John Broadus on the Resurrection and Courageous Hope

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The quote below is from an unpublished, handwritten manuscript by the great preaching professor and second President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, John Broadus (1827-1895).  The unfinished book was titled The Pauline System of Christian Doctrine and Ashland Publishing is involved in transcribing it and hopes to make available in the near future.

[John A. Broadus papers Box 19.28, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary]

His resurrection ensures to us a future participation in the exaltation & glory of Christ who rose again & rules with princely power and dignity, and renders our deliverance & redemption from the power of all enemies certain. Accordingly, the hope of believers rests upon the resurrection of Christ (1 Pet. 1:3): to them it is an argument for courageous perseverance, the source of courage & power, to crucify the old man & to walk in a new life & to gain the victory over every spiritual foe, since by his resurrection he has “spoiled principalities & powers,” ascended to heaven whence he sends the Spirit into their hearts. Eph. 2:5. Col. 2:12, 13. 3:1. This is what Paul calls the “the power of his resurrection”, Phil. 3:10.—the efficacy of his resurrection, which especially becomes manifest in the “the fellowship of his sufferings,”—the patient, steadfast, courageous endurance of sufferings & sacrifices for the sake of Christ. For this the followers of Christ must be prepared, as he himself says.

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