But when the set time had fully come,(A) God sent his Son,(B) born of a woman,(C) born under the law,(D)

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rather, he made himself nothing(A)
    by taking the very nature[a] of a servant,(B)
    being made in human likeness.(C)

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  1. Philippians 2:7 Or the form
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And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death(A)
        even death on a cross!(B)

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16 Beyond all question, the mystery(A) from which true godliness(B) springs is great:

He appeared in the flesh,(C)
    was vindicated by the Spirit,[a]
was seen by angels,
    was preached among the nations,(D)
was believed on in the world,
    was taken up in glory.(E)

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  1. 1 Timothy 3:16 Or vindicated in spirit
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14 Since the children have flesh and blood,(A) he too shared in their humanity(B) so that by his death he might break the power(C) of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil(D)

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The Incarnation of the Word of Life

That which was from the beginning,(A) which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes,(B) which we have looked at and our hands have touched(C)—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.

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The life appeared;(A) we have seen it and testify to it,(B) and we proclaim to you the eternal life,(C) which was with the Father and has appeared to us.

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This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh(A) is from God,(B)

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