Look What God Has Done
Ephesians 1:3-14
Structure I have been wrestling with how this passage is structured.
Published June 1st, 2012
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2008-11-19 10:01:13
2009-09-28 14:56:04
Structure I have been wrestling with how this passage is structured. Other 'arcers' have been helpful: Marshall Segal (http://biblearc.com/arc.php?arcid=4165) sees the three references of "to the praise of His glory" (6;12a;14a) as significant. Other have also pointed out the "in Him" phrases (http://biblearc.com/arc.php?arcid=4116). Still another has suggested that there be a Trinitarian emphasis in the structure (Father: 4-6; Son: 7-12; Spirit: 13-14) (http://biblearc.com/arc.php?arcid=4072). The further I look at it, I think there is really both of these elements (Trinitarian, with each section being capped by a statement regarding the praise of His glorious grace). It really is a wonderfully complex passage that only emphasizes the glorious richness of our salvation. I think that this is primarily worship of the Father, who has done these things to us. God the Father is the main focus of the "Him" statements, but Jesus and the Spirit are necessarily part of this (as through Jesus' work salvation is made possible, and the Spirit is the guarantee of salvation). Commentary/Arcing Notes One difficulty is tracking the "him" statements, sorting out who exactly "him" is in each particular case. I've attempted to color code everything for clarity. 3a - It seems that this passage is essentially a list of reasons why Paul calls God blessed. I see the list as following: 1) He predestined us in love for adoption, 2) He forgave us and redeemed our souls, 3) He has given us an inheritance, 4) we who have believed have been sealed with His Spirit. 3b - I was having a difficult time figuring out whether 3b should be included in the list of reasons why God is called 'blessed,' as it initially seemed to be a contributing reason. However, the more I look at it, I think it's more of a summarizing idea, and 5ff explain that idea. This is partly because 5-6 seem to restate (to an extent) verse 4. What does it mean that God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places? That's massive. How are we to understand that? See 4a. Is there any correlation here to 2 Peter 1:3? Do all the "in Him" statements point towards this? Where God has blessed us in Christ? 4a - 4a begins the 'manner' in which God has blessed us. 4b - We were chosen to be holy and blameless before God. I would assume this has a twofold element, our ultimate righteousness before God (found solely in Christ Jesus) and our living of a redeemed, holy life before God. While we don't live perfectly, we do live differently. It is now lived out towards God, seeking to be obedient and holy as opposed to the rebellious self-centered life we used to live before knowing Jesus. 6b - Does this tie back at all to 3b? "...who has blessed us in Christ..." (3b); "...with which He has blessed us in the Beloved." (6b) 7-9 - I think the "In Him" statement in 7a refers to Jesus (as w/ the next one "His blood..."). However, I think the focus shifts back to the Father come 7d. I believe this refers to God the Father's grace, which He lavished upon us, and made known to us the mystery of His will, which He set forth in Christ ... Because of this shift (it would make no sense for Paul to be talking about Jesus setting forth His plan in Himself (3rd person). [still working this out...]
10000000003145 3145 Notes 2008-11-19 10:01:13 2009-09-28 14:56:04 Structure I have been wrestling with how this passage is structured. Other 'arcers' have been helpful: Marshall Segal (http://biblearc.com/arc.php?arcid=4165) sees the three references of "to the praise of His glory" (6;12a;14a) as significant. Other have also pointed out the "in Him" phrases (http://biblearc.com/arc.php?arcid=4116). Still another has suggested that there be a Trinitarian emphasis in the structure (Father: 4-6; Son: 7-12; Spirit: 13-14) (http://biblearc.com/arc.php?arcid=4072). The further I look at it, I think there is really both of these elements (Trinitarian, with each section being capped by a statement regarding the praise of His glorious grace). It really is a wonderfully complex passage that only emphasizes the glorious richness of our salvation. I think that this is primarily worship of the Father, who has done these things to us. God the Father is the main focus of the "Him" statements, but Jesus and the Spirit are necessarily part of this (as through Jesus' work salvation is made possible, and the Spirit is the guarantee of salvation). Commentary/Arcing Notes One difficulty is tracking the "him" statements, sorting out who exactly "him" is in each particular case. I've attempted to color code everything for clarity. 3a - It seems that this passage is essentially a list of reasons why Paul calls God blessed. I see the list as following: 1) He predestined us in love for adoption, 2) He forgave us and redeemed our souls, 3) He has given us an inheritance, 4) we who have believed have been sealed with His Spirit. 3b - I was having a difficult time figuring out whether 3b should be included in the list of reasons why God is called 'blessed,' as it initially seemed to be a contributing reason. However, the more I look at it, I think it's more of a summarizing idea, and 5ff explain that idea. This is partly because 5-6 seem to restate (to an extent) verse 4. What does it mean that God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places? That's massive. How are we to understand that? See 4a. Is there any correlation here to 2 Peter 1:3? Do all the "in Him" statements point towards this? Where God has blessed us in Christ? 4a - 4a begins the 'manner' in which God has blessed us. 4b - We were chosen to be holy and blameless before God. I would assume this has a twofold element, our ultimate righteousness before God (found solely in Christ Jesus) and our living of a redeemed, holy life before God. While we don't live perfectly, we do live differently. It is now lived out towards God, seeking to be obedient and holy as opposed to the rebellious self-centered life we used to live before knowing Jesus. 6b - Does this tie back at all to 3b? "...who has blessed us in Christ..." (3b); "...with which He has blessed us in the Beloved." (6b) 7-9 - I think the "In Him" statement in 7a refers to Jesus (as w/ the next one "His blood..."). However, I think the focus shifts back to the Father come 7d. I believe this refers to God the Father's grace, which He lavished upon us, and made known to us the mystery of His will, which He set forth in Christ ... Because of this shift (it would make no sense for Paul to be talking about Jesus setting forth His plan in Himself (3rd person). [still working this out...] notes
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2008-11-19 10:01:13
2009-09-28 14:56:04
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Ephesians
Ephesians 1:3-14
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esv
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
ideaexplanation
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world,
that we should be holy and blameless before him .
actionpurpose
In love
he predestined us
actionmanner
for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ,
according to the purpose of his will,
to the praise of his glorious grace,
with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
series
ground
progression
In him
we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of our trespasses,
according to the riches of his grace,
which he lavished upon us,
in all wisdom and insight
making known to us the mystery of his will,
according to his purpose,
which he set forth in Christ
as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him ,
things in heaven and things on earth.
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locative
In him
we have obtained an inheritance,
having been predestined
according to the purpose of him
who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory .
In him you also,
when you heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation,
and believed in him ,
were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
who is the guarantee of our inheritance
until we acquire possession of it,
to the praise of his glory .
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discourse
10000000003145 3145 Arc 2008-11-19 10:01:13 2009-09-28 14:56:04 editing Ephesians 1 3 1 14 Ephesians 1:3-14 49 NT esv i130259 i130260 i130224 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, i130225 who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, ideaexplanation 1 i130261 i130262 i130263 i130226 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, i130227 that we should be holy and blameless before him . actionpurpose 2 i130264 i130265 i130266 i130228 In love i130229 he predestined us actionmanner 1 1 i130230 for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, actionpurpose 2 i130267 i130231 according to the purpose of his will, i130268 i130232 to the praise of his glorious grace, i130233 with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. ideaexplanation 1 series ground 1 progression i130269 i130270 i130234 In him i130271 i130272 i130235 we have redemption through his blood, i130236 the forgiveness of our trespasses, progression i130237 according to the riches of his grace, i130273 i130274 i130238 which he lavished upon us, i130239 in all wisdom and insight actionmanner 1 i130275 i130240 making known to us the mystery of his will, i130276 i130241 according to his purpose, i130277 i130242 which he set forth in Christ i130278 i130243 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him , i130244 things in heaven and things on earth. progression actionpurpose 2 ideaexplanation 1 ground 1 actionpurpose 2 bilateral 1 locative 1 1 i130279 i130245 In him i130280 i130281 i130246 we have obtained an inheritance, i130282 i130283 i130247 having been predestined i130248 according to the purpose of him ground 1 i130249 who works all things according to the counsel of his will, ideaexplanation 1 ground 1 i130250 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory . actionpurpose 2 locative 1 1 series i130284 i130251 In him you also, i130285 i130286 i130287 i130252 when you heard the word of truth, i130253 the gospel of your salvation, ideaexplanation 1 i130254 and believed in him , progression i130288 i130289 i130255 were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, i130256 who is the guarantee of our inheritance ideaexplanation 1 i130290 i130257 until we acquire possession of it, i130258 to the praise of his glory . actionmanner 1 temporal 1 temporal 1 1 locative 1 1 series actionmanner 1 1 1 1 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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