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Paul moves from a prayer of praise (1:3–14) to a prayer of thanksgiving and petition.
Ephesians 1:15-23
Look away from yourself. Look to Jesus.
Philippians 1:1-4:23
Gospel Advance: The Central Concern of Paul's Life
Philippians 1:12–18
Paul's deep affection for the Philippians and his prayer that their affections abound
Philippians 1:7–11
God finishes what he begins in you and in us.
Philippians 1:3–6
God begins a good work in us individually and in us as his people.
Philippians 1:6
Fellow partners in the work of the gospel are gifts. When we remember gospel-gifts, we praise (i.e. thank) the Giver.
Philippians 1:3–5
In Christ Jesus we are both servants and saints. That is, we are consecrated to our Master, Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:1-2
God preserves his people and accomplishes his purposes through them.
Acts 28:1-6
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Galatians 2:15-21
Main point summary. Arc.
James 1:2-4
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Psalms 1:1-6
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Deuteronomy 2:26-31
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Romans 9:30-10:4
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Romans 9:24-29
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Romans 9:6-13
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Ephesians 4:17-32
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Ephesians 6:1-9
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Ephesians 1
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Ephesians 6:21-24
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Eph 6:10-20
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Ephesians 6:10-20
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Eph 5:22-33
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Ephesians 5:22-33
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Eph 5:15-21
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Ephesians 5:15-21
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Eph 5:3-14
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Ephesians 5:3-14
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Eph 4:25-5:2
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Ephesians 4:25-5:2
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Ephesians 4:17-24
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Ephesians 4:17-24
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Eph 4:1-16
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Ephesians 4:1-16
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Ephesians 3:14-21
Question 1 :   The eternal plan/purpose that God made with/in Christ of vs.
Ephesians 3:1-13
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Ephesians 3:1-13
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Eph 2:11-22
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Ephesians 2:11-22
Theological Questions 1.
Ephesians 2:1-10
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Ephesians 1:15-23
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Philippians 3:8-10
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Ephesians 1:15-23
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Ephesians 1:3-14
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Eph 3:14-21
Questions: 1.
Published March 13th, 2013
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Questions: 1. How are we to understand κατοικῆσαι τὸν Χριστὸν διὰ τῆς πίστεως ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ὑμῶν? What does it mean to "house Christ in our hearts..."? At one level, we remember that when we have Christ, we have the "fullness of God" (Col 1:19) within us. Thus, when Paul prays that the reader would "house Christ in our hearts" he is asking that they would be filled with the very one who is the fullness of God. Simply put, it would seem to mean nothing more than that by faith, we have Christ dwelling in us. But not the physical Christ, but the Spirit of Christ. It is the Spirit who takes up residence within us. Not Jesus. Could it be that to have Christ "in our hearts" is another way of saying that we "treasure him" and our affections are centered upon him? Could this be the force? Rather than a spiritual or mystical dwelling of the now resurrected and heavenly seated Jesus in us, we embrace his person and find that "we are filled with the Divine Spirit" (Calvin, Ephesians, 262)? Is this not a more consistent understanding? Hoehner, after laborious syntatical work, states that this "denotes the contemplated result, namely, that Christ may "be at home in," that is, at the very center of or deeply rooted in the believers' lives" (Hoehner, 481). Hoehner goes on to state that "Christ must become the controlling factor in attitudes and conduct." The reference to the heat is a reference to the control center, the seat of the will, at this point (see Hoehner, pg. 481, c.f. 1:18). As you are strengthened in the inner man (vs. 16) you find Christ taking center stage and exuding maximum influence in your life. On a side note, Calvin mentions the power of faith at this point. By faith (which we must define) we are justified before God (Rom 3:28, 4:11, 5:1), by faith we live (Hab 2:4, Rom 1:17), by faith the sick are healed (Acts 3:16), by faith hearts are cleansed (Acts 15:9), by faith we are sanctified (Acts 26:18), by faith we have access to God (Rom 5:2), by faith we have peace with God (Rom 5:2), the promises come by faith (Gal 3:22), and the list could go on. Thus, Calvin declares, "What a remarkable commendation is here bestowed on faith, that, by means of it, the Son of God becomes our own, and "makes his abode with us! (John 14:23). How awesome it is that the God of heaven has decided to bless us so magnificently through the simple exercise of faith in him. 2. To be glory in the church? Does this refer to God's manifestation of his love, grace, mercy, message, etc. to be displayed within the body of Christ? Does this happen through the activity or simply the being of the church ? It is not "to be" but "to him be glory in the church." The simple point is that praise, glory, and honor are characterize the very existence of the church. Hoehner notes, "Paul indicates where God is to be praised..." (Hoehner, 494). Hoehner goes on to say that "God is to be glorified in the church because his power and splendor are displayed there and he is glorified in Christ Jesus because of Christ's work..." (Hoehner, 495).
11362408710860 1362185989368 Notes 2013-03-04 14:51:51 2013-03-07 15:46:14 Questions: 1. How are we to understand κατοικῆσαι τὸν Χριστὸν διὰ τῆς πίστεως ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ὑμῶν? What does it mean to "house Christ in our hearts..."? At one level, we remember that when we have Christ, we have the "fullness of God" (Col 1:19) within us. Thus, when Paul prays that the reader would "house Christ in our hearts" he is asking that they would be filled with the very one who is the fullness of God. Simply put, it would seem to mean nothing more than that by faith, we have Christ dwelling in us. But not the physical Christ, but the Spirit of Christ. It is the Spirit who takes up residence within us. Not Jesus. Could it be that to have Christ "in our hearts" is another way of saying that we "treasure him" and our affections are centered upon him? Could this be the force? Rather than a spiritual or mystical dwelling of the now resurrected and heavenly seated Jesus in us, we embrace his person and find that "we are filled with the Divine Spirit" (Calvin, Ephesians, 262)? Is this not a more consistent understanding? Hoehner, after laborious syntatical work, states that this "denotes the contemplated result, namely, that Christ may "be at home in," that is, at the very center of or deeply rooted in the believers' lives" (Hoehner, 481). Hoehner goes on to state that "Christ must become the controlling factor in attitudes and conduct." The reference to the heat is a reference to the control center, the seat of the will, at this point (see Hoehner, pg. 481, c.f. 1:18). As you are strengthened in the inner man (vs. 16) you find Christ taking center stage and exuding maximum influence in your life. On a side note, Calvin mentions the power of faith at this point. By faith (which we must define) we are justified before God (Rom 3:28, 4:11, 5:1), by faith we live (Hab 2:4, Rom 1:17), by faith the sick are healed (Acts 3:16), by faith hearts are cleansed (Acts 15:9), by faith we are sanctified (Acts 26:18), by faith we have access to God (Rom 5:2), by faith we have peace with God (Rom 5:2), the promises come by faith (Gal 3:22), and the list could go on. Thus, Calvin declares, "What a remarkable commendation is here bestowed on faith, that, by means of it, the Son of God becomes our own, and "makes his abode with us! (John 14:23). How awesome it is that the God of heaven has decided to bless us so magnificently through the simple exercise of faith in him. 2. To be glory in the church? Does this refer to God's manifestation of his love, grace, mercy, message, etc. to be displayed within the body of Christ? Does this happen through the activity or simply the being of the church ? It is not "to be" but "to him be glory in the church." The simple point is that praise, glory, and honor are characterize the very existence of the church. Hoehner notes, "Paul indicates where God is to be praised..." (Hoehner, 494). Hoehner goes on to say that "God is to be glorified in the church because his power and splendor are displayed there and he is glorified in Christ Jesus because of Christ's work..." (Hoehner, 495). notes
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