Loved in the Beloved
Ephesians 1:3-10
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2009-02-05 14:28:58
2009-02-05 16:35:47
Please rate this arc and include your construtive feedback. I'm pretty new to arcing, so I need all the help I can get. The beginning section provides the basis for my sermon notes. The second section is my notes on the passage. ------------------------- Exegetical Thought: Paul praises God for what He has accomplished in Christ for the redeemed. Three Key Ideas Contained in the Flow of Thought: 1) The activity of God throughout has a result and a purpose. a) Result - God's choosen are made Holy and are reoriented toward the praise of God. b) Purpose - Rightly oriented praise and rightly ordered creation in Christ. 2) The Father loves the obedient work of the Son in redemption. 3) The "faithful" only recieve the benefit/result of the work of purpose and work of redeption who are "faithful in Christ Jesus ". That is, it is the testimony throughout this passage that affirms verse 2. Any love that the believer recieves is only as he is adopted/united into the love that the Father has for the Son. Therefore, it is not our faithfulness, but our in Christ Jesusness by which we recieve redeption, the forgiveness of our trespasses. ------------------------- Father and Son - It is very important throughout the exegesis of these verses not to lose sight of when either the Father or the Son are specifically being spoken of. 3b-4 - Here's what He did and how he did it. He blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing. He did it by choosing us in Him. So the idea is that we are blessed in Christ. The explanation is that we were chosen to be represented in the Father's choosing of Christ. The Father chose us when He chose to place us in His chosen Son. 4b "that we should be holy and blameless" - I chose to make 4b the result of the action because it is secured and sure. I would say that it is the purpose of the choosing, but it is a resultant matter of fact in the very act of His choosing. It is not even that He chose that someday for sure we would be holy. Holiness and blamelessness is the concrete result of His sovereign choice. 4c - I need to look at if "in love" is the manner of the action or the grounds of the action. I have to admit that a part of me wants to call it the location of the action. We are predestined only as we are located in Christ. There is at least a manner in which this is true with the repeated emphasis of "in Christ" in the text. But I don't know that the author had location in mind here specifically. Though if I was in a conversation with Paul and explained the above he would probably lift the corner of his lip and say, "Hmm, that's cool, I guess it kinda works that way too. I didn't intend that, but it really is the case because God the love in which the believer finds himself predestined is the very love which which God loved Christ. It is adoption as sons afterall, and Christ is the firstborn." 5-6 - The fact that verses 5 through 6 are action/purpose confirm all the more that 4b should be action result. The purpose or choosing or predestination is not holiness or blamelessness. The purpose is the praise of his glorious grace. It is the result of grace/choosing/predestining that the believer is holy. It is the purpose of grace to be praised. It is not lost on Paul or God the Father that the fact that the Father is praised for His glorious grace is because of "the Beloved". The Father did the choosing and the Son did the work. The Son was sent to do the will of the Father. Why use the word "Beloved" here? A great deal of the present love of the Father for the Son is due to the praise that is directed to the Father because of the faithful obedient work of the Son! 7-10 result and purpose - His grace has an action/result and an action/purpose. action/result - He lavished grace upon us with the result that we know the mystery of His will. Note that we don't know yet why He did this, we only know that grace resulted in something. action/purpose - He set forth Christ as a plan in order to unite all things in Him. It is obvious that this is more about God and His glory than it is about the benefit of the things united. But that it benefits the things united we therefore praise His glorious grace. This is congruent with the action/result and action/purpose that is found above in verses 4-6. The result is something good for God's people. The purpose is the glory of God Himself. It is the very fact that the result is good for the chosen that His purpose of praise is surely achieved. 7-10 "according to" - I found it very difficult to follow the progression of though of the "according to" phrases. What was "according to" these two "according to"s? Wow! Even asking the question is a riddle. Is the "according to" in verse 7 then "according to" verse 9 and following? Or is the "redemption" according to both of these? - I found the BibleArc "Chosen In Christ (Ephesians 1:3-10) [esv]" by Kevin Jones to be helpful in helping me put together my thoughts on this passage.
10000000004513 4513 Notes 2009-02-05 14:28:58 2009-02-05 16:35:47 Please rate this arc and include your construtive feedback. I'm pretty new to arcing, so I need all the help I can get. The beginning section provides the basis for my sermon notes. The second section is my notes on the passage. ------------------------- Exegetical Thought: Paul praises God for what He has accomplished in Christ for the redeemed. Three Key Ideas Contained in the Flow of Thought: 1) The activity of God throughout has a result and a purpose. a) Result - God's choosen are made Holy and are reoriented toward the praise of God. b) Purpose - Rightly oriented praise and rightly ordered creation in Christ. 2) The Father loves the obedient work of the Son in redemption. 3) The "faithful" only recieve the benefit/result of the work of purpose and work of redeption who are "faithful in Christ Jesus ". That is, it is the testimony throughout this passage that affirms verse 2. Any love that the believer recieves is only as he is adopted/united into the love that the Father has for the Son. Therefore, it is not our faithfulness, but our in Christ Jesusness by which we recieve redeption, the forgiveness of our trespasses. ------------------------- Father and Son - It is very important throughout the exegesis of these verses not to lose sight of when either the Father or the Son are specifically being spoken of. 3b-4 - Here's what He did and how he did it. He blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing. He did it by choosing us in Him. So the idea is that we are blessed in Christ. The explanation is that we were chosen to be represented in the Father's choosing of Christ. The Father chose us when He chose to place us in His chosen Son. 4b "that we should be holy and blameless" - I chose to make 4b the result of the action because it is secured and sure. I would say that it is the purpose of the choosing, but it is a resultant matter of fact in the very act of His choosing. It is not even that He chose that someday for sure we would be holy. Holiness and blamelessness is the concrete result of His sovereign choice. 4c - I need to look at if "in love" is the manner of the action or the grounds of the action. I have to admit that a part of me wants to call it the location of the action. We are predestined only as we are located in Christ. There is at least a manner in which this is true with the repeated emphasis of "in Christ" in the text. But I don't know that the author had location in mind here specifically. Though if I was in a conversation with Paul and explained the above he would probably lift the corner of his lip and say, "Hmm, that's cool, I guess it kinda works that way too. I didn't intend that, but it really is the case because God the love in which the believer finds himself predestined is the very love which which God loved Christ. It is adoption as sons afterall, and Christ is the firstborn." 5-6 - The fact that verses 5 through 6 are action/purpose confirm all the more that 4b should be action result. The purpose or choosing or predestination is not holiness or blamelessness. The purpose is the praise of his glorious grace. It is the result of grace/choosing/predestining that the believer is holy. It is the purpose of grace to be praised. It is not lost on Paul or God the Father that the fact that the Father is praised for His glorious grace is because of "the Beloved". The Father did the choosing and the Son did the work. The Son was sent to do the will of the Father. Why use the word "Beloved" here? A great deal of the present love of the Father for the Son is due to the praise that is directed to the Father because of the faithful obedient work of the Son! 7-10 result and purpose - His grace has an action/result and an action/purpose. action/result - He lavished grace upon us with the result that we know the mystery of His will. Note that we don't know yet why He did this, we only know that grace resulted in something. action/purpose - He set forth Christ as a plan in order to unite all things in Him. It is obvious that this is more about God and His glory than it is about the benefit of the things united. But that it benefits the things united we therefore praise His glorious grace. This is congruent with the action/result and action/purpose that is found above in verses 4-6. The result is something good for God's people. The purpose is the glory of God Himself. It is the very fact that the result is good for the chosen that His purpose of praise is surely achieved. 7-10 "according to" - I found it very difficult to follow the progression of though of the "according to" phrases. What was "according to" these two "according to"s? Wow! Even asking the question is a riddle. Is the "according to" in verse 7 then "according to" verse 9 and following? Or is the "redemption" according to both of these? - I found the BibleArc "Chosen In Christ (Ephesians 1:3-10) [esv]" by Kevin Jones to be helpful in helping me put together my thoughts on this passage. notes
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Ephesians
Ephesians 1:3-10
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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,
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world,
that we should be holy and blameless before him.
actionresult
ideaexplanation
In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ,
according to the purpose of his will,
ground
to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
actionpurpose
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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10000000004513 4513 Arc 2009-02-05 14:28:58 2009-02-05 16:35:47 editing Ephesians 1 3 1 10 Ephesians 1:3-10 49 NT esv i187736 i187721 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, i187737 i187738 i187722 who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, i187739 i187723 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, i187724 that we should be holy and blameless before him. actionresult 2 ideaexplanation 1 i187740 i187741 i187725 In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, i187726 according to the purpose of his will, ground 1 i187727 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. actionpurpose 2 i187742 i187743 i187728 In him we have redemption through his blood, i187729 the forgiveness of our trespasses, ideaexplanation 1 i187744 i187730 according to the riches of his grace, i187745 i187746 i187731 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight i187732 making known to us the mystery of his will, actionresult 2 i187747 i187733 according to his purpose, i187748 i187734 which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, i187735 to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. actionpurpose 2 ideaexplanation 1 ground 1 ideaexplanation 1 ground 1 progression ideaexplanation 1 1 1 1 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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