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“1:1 In the beginning is a thesis statement, which can be paraphrased, ‘Here” (Page 4)
“This great, climactic verse speaks of the genuine faith of the people of Israel at the end of their experience of God’s saving works and at the beginning of their journey of faith. When we read so the people feared the Lord and the words that follow, we are meant to understand that the community had come to saving faith and so were a reborn people. They believed the Lord (the same wording used of Abraham’s saving faith in Gen. 15:6; read Paul’s comments in Rom. 4). It was also significant that the people believed His servant Moses. At the beginning of this miraculous ordeal, they had not believed him at all (Ex. 6:9). The people were transformed spiritually even as they were delivered physically. It is no wonder that they broke out in song (ch. 15).” (Pages 112–113)
“He emptied Himself.’ Christ did this by taking on the form of a servant, a mere man. In doing this, He did not empty Himself of any part of His essence as God. Instead, He took upon Himself existence as a man. While remaining completely God, He became completely human. form: Jesus added to His divine essence (v. 6) a servant’s essence, that is, the essential characteristics of a human being seeking to fulfill the will of another. Paul does not say that Christ exchanged the form of God for the form of a servant, involving a loss of deity or the attributes of deity. Rather, in the Incarnation, Christ continued in the very nature of God but added to Himself the nature of a servant.” (Page 1550)
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