We have already noted how some early Christian traditions presented a juxtaposition between the human and the divine Jesus. Several other early reports contrasted the seeming defeat suffered at the cross with the triumph of Jesus’ resurrection. Earlier, Philippians 2:6ff. was mentioned as expressing this first comparison of the human Jesus who was to be exalted by God. More specifically, Philippians 2:8 additionally reports the humbling of Jesus as he died on the cross in direct contrast to this later exaltation. Another example is to be found in Romans 4:25, which Bultmann refers to as “a statement that had evidently existed before Paul and had been handed down to him.”^28 The content of this tradition is that Jesus died for our sins and was afterward raised from the dead to secure the believer’s justification. Similarly, 1 Peter 3:18 (cf. 1 Tim. 2:6) also contrasts Jesus’ death for the sins of mankind (in spite of his own righteousness) with the resurrection as the means of bringing people to God.^29