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Ephesians Cameroon 4:17-24 #2
Ephesians 4:17-24
Shared March 29th, 2021
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1. Exegetical Questions and Answers (at least two) 1. Now why should the Gentiles be alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them? Is it not better for God to sympathize with their lack of information provide them with the knowledge they need? Paul clearly indicates that the ignorance in context is not with reference to innocence. Paul's use of the prepositional phrase "ἐν αὐτοῖς" points out that the Gentiles have chosen to be ignorant. This is ignorance that comes as a result of rebellion to knowledge. I think one will not be wrong to consider verse 20 and say the ignorance of the Gentiles is learned ignorance. If Paul calls the believers to walk a certain way because of what they learned, I think it follows that the Gentiles walk in the futility of their minds because they have consciously chosen to walk that way. 2. Compare Ephesians 4:19 with Romans 1:24, 26, and 28. Do you see any conflict? How do you bring these into harmony? (The same word for given over " π αρ έ δωκαν" is used) What I find common in these texts is a downward spiral as a result of willful rebellion to truth. The conflict I perceive in these texts is in the subject of " π αρ έ δωκαν". In Ephesians 4:19 I observe that the Gentiles have given themselves up. In Romans 1:24 , 26 , and 28, I notice that God gives up rebels. Considering context, rebellion to truth causes the downward spiral. In Romans the unregenerate refuse to respond properly to revealed truth and yield their effort to a futile way of life. In Ephesians Paul situates the giving up of the Gentiles to the pursuit of futility in the hardness of their heart heart. So, in Romans and in Ephesians there is no conflict. What is evident is that the Gentiles ignore truth, choose a worthless pattern of life, and God confirms their choice. 2. Insights gained from Hoehner or other secondary sources I find Hoehner's commentary on the " οὖν" in verse 17a helpful. He says that "The οὖν , “therefore,” does not serve as an inferential conjunction but has a resumptive force resuming the thought of verses 1–3 that had been interrupted at verse 4". This makes slowdown to consider why Paul interrupts his flow of thought in 3:1 and in 4:1-3. Harold W. Hoehner, Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2002), 582. 3. Brief doxological response or personal application In Christ I need to make conscious effort to avoid every sinful habit of my past life. 4. Time invested in preparing for this class period I put in more than 3 hours in this exercise. 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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