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Ephesians Cameroon 4:25-5:2 #2
Ephesians 4:25-5:2
Shared April 6th, 2021
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Piper Questions. 1.Is there any appeal to self-love in verse 25? That is, is there any appeal made to our own desire for happiness? a. I think there is an appeal to our own desire for happiness in this verse. Paul does not directly command us to yield our attention to the ardent pursuit of our individual happiness. By instructing us to speak the truth with our neighbors, he shows us the way to our own happiness. This helps me understand that speaking the truth with my neighbor exhibits self-love which is not sinful because I do unto others what I want them to do to me. b. How does one give an opportunity to the devil (verse27)? I think one gives the devil an opportunity when one chooses to feed on anger and make no move to secure quick reconciliation. Hoehner helps me understand that I need to understand verse 27 in the light of verse 26. This gives me to understand that if I prolong anger, I am by my choice to be angry for some time giving the devil an opportunity to make the anger increase and degenerate into dissension. 2. Insights gained from Hoehner or other secondary Sources. Some commentators and Bible translators perceive in the first imperative a conditional (“If you do get angry, be sure you do not sin.”). Robertson uses Eph. 4:26 to illustrate that “Sometimes two imperatives are connected by kai when the first suggests concession.” He uses the same text to illustrate an instance where “two imperatives together practically answer as protasis and apodosis.” Louis Segond chooses the conditional view. These instances demonstrate the puzzle in Eph. 4:26. Paul’s command to put away anger in verse 31 further complicates the puzzle.Hoehner suggests that it is best to see the two imperatives as independent commands. He indicates that the choice of the conditional ignores the use of the coordinating conjunction which shows that both statements are equal. He also says the conditional view does not fit because of the absence of a conditional protasis “ ἐὰν ὀργίζεσθε ”. I find his clarification helpful. (Harold W. Hoehner, Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary(Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2002), 619. 3. Brief doxological response or personal application. As a believer, it is a given that I will be angry and I will also make others angry. This does not mean I am required to be angry and for that reason, I should become passive in overcoming anger. I understand this command to mean I need to exercise self-control when I am angry. Anger should not control me because its control will only lead me to sin. 4. Time invested in preparing for this class period I invested about 4 hours and some minutes 5. Submit your Arc tab and your Homework notes tab either through Biblearc (preferred) or by attaching PDFs of the arc and homework notes to an email
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