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Phrase.
Philippians 2:12-18
Main grammatical points: v.
Think Like Christ: the Preference of Humility
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Philippians 2:1-11
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Philippians 1:27-30
Main point : "Let your life be worthy of the gospel.
Let Your Life be Worthy of the Gospel
Introduction:  1.
Magnify Christ, Whether Life or Death
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Philippians 1:18-26
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Philippians 1:12-18
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Philippians 1:1-11
Arc.
Philippians 1:27-30
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Philippians 1:18-26
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Philippians 1:12-18
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Philippians 1:9-11
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Ephesians 6:21-24
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Ephesians 6:10-20
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1 Timothy 2:1-7
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Submit to One Another: Children & Fathers, Slaves & Masters
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Ephesians 6:1-9
SUBMIT TO ONE ANOTHER: Husbands and wives 1.
Submit to One Another: Husbands & Wives
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Ephesians 5:21-33
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Ephesians 5:15-21
*Imperatives are not blank and bland statements.
Once Darkness, now Light in the LORD
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Ephesians 5:3-14
Diagram.
Matthew 5:17-20
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Matthew 5:17-20
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Be Imitators of God: Walk in Love
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Ephesians 4:25-5:2
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Ephesians 4:17-24
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Become Who You Are in Christ
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Ephesians 4:1-16
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Paul's 2nd Prayer: "Be filled with all the fulness of God"
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Ephesians 3:14-21
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Ephesians 3:1-13
BIG QUESTION: How is  Ephesians 3:1-13  functioning within the letter of Ephesians? I take Eph.
Parenthetical Commentary: The Mystery of the gospel
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Ephesians 2:11-22
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Ephesians 2:11-22
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Ephesians 2:1-10
Textual notes: Q2 : V.
Ephesians 1:15-23
In general, I see a gradual progression conceptually (not grammatically).
Ephesians 1:3-14
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Be Filled by the Spirit
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Published April 14th, 2014
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2014-04-11 16:55:25
1. Look carefully how you walk (vv.15-16). Main emphasis: "Look accurately, closely, how you walk", since you are children of light (Ephesians 5:8). Immediate means: "making the most of every moment". Q2 : What exactly does this mean? I think it gets spelled out in the preceding verses (17-21) a little bit. Making the most of "every opportunity" does not mean to not have fun. I think it means to live soberly . I think it means to live seriously and not flippantly. The days are evil. The Devil is prowling around like a lion. Live soberly, for you can fall away from the faith, by the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:13-14). Don't live in an unwise manner. Life or death is at stake. Interesting note here by commentators that makes much sense: wisdom and folly are both mentioned (v.15 and v.17) - recalling OT wisdom literature of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song on Songs. Clearly, there is an emphasis on the wisdom of Proverbs. The OT seems to be view here as a aid or guide in how to live wisely. Ground: the days are evil. Surely this is the case. The Devil is on the move and his "spirit" is at work (Ephesians 2:2). He is characterized as the "god of this world" (2Cor.4:4). 2. Be filled by the Spirit (vv.17-21). Q1 : how do I do something that happens to me? διὰ τοῦτο (so then, therefore) - gives me reason to think this section is not a restatement to vv.15-16 (so not an Id/Ex). The idea seems to be: "Walk as children of light, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, because you are to walk wisely and live soberly..." general question: what is the will of the Lord? V.18 - HIGH POINT of this section. Getting drunk with wine is not merely debauchery, it brings debauchery. What I'm saying is, getting drunk in itself is wrong. That I agree with, clearly. But it's MORE than that. A debauched lifestyle follows drunkenness. The devastating affects of alcohol used wrongly has brought us much sorrow and sadness, especially from a cultural perspective. But Paul is getting at something deeper here: You are LIGHT in the LORD. Drunkenness must not characterize a child of light. That's not who you ARE in the Lord. (Notice how theology drives the imperatives. These aren't empty imperatives; they flow from glorious, blood-bought realities stemming from the cross). Drunkenness is not wise. You are LIGHT in the Lord, you must thusly watch how you life. It is not fitting to be drunk. (Positive) ACTION: Be filled with the Spirit. We are passive in this process (be filled), yet are told to do it (imperative). Play on words : in order to get drunk, you must be "filled" with alcohol. You must consume it to get drunk by it. Paul is saying, don't get "filled" on that. Rather, get "filled" by the Spirit. CASE STUDY (Wisdom in point): compare Proverbs 23:29-35 & Proverbs 31:4-9. Wisdom discerns when to apply each text to the appropriate situation. RESULT: I take Hoehner's interpretation here, which is that the 5 participles are the result of being filled by the Spirit. This is what "being filled" looks like: 1) singing, 2) thanksgiving, 3) submitting. Why RESULT participles? Hoehner suggests that if Paul were commanding these things, he would have made them imperatives - not infinitives.
11397226402333 1397226402327 Notes 2014-04-11 14:26:42 2014-04-11 16:55:25 1. Look carefully how you walk (vv.15-16). Main emphasis: "Look accurately, closely, how you walk", since you are children of light (Ephesians 5:8). Immediate means: "making the most of every moment". Q2 : What exactly does this mean? I think it gets spelled out in the preceding verses (17-21) a little bit. Making the most of "every opportunity" does not mean to not have fun. I think it means to live soberly . I think it means to live seriously and not flippantly. The days are evil. The Devil is prowling around like a lion. Live soberly, for you can fall away from the faith, by the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:13-14). Don't live in an unwise manner. Life or death is at stake. Interesting note here by commentators that makes much sense: wisdom and folly are both mentioned (v.15 and v.17) - recalling OT wisdom literature of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song on Songs. Clearly, there is an emphasis on the wisdom of Proverbs. The OT seems to be view here as a aid or guide in how to live wisely. Ground: the days are evil. Surely this is the case. The Devil is on the move and his "spirit" is at work (Ephesians 2:2). He is characterized as the "god of this world" (2Cor.4:4). 2. Be filled by the Spirit (vv.17-21). Q1 : how do I do something that happens to me? διὰ τοῦτο (so then, therefore) - gives me reason to think this section is not a restatement to vv.15-16 (so not an Id/Ex). The idea seems to be: "Walk as children of light, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, because you are to walk wisely and live soberly..." general question: what is the will of the Lord? V.18 - HIGH POINT of this section. Getting drunk with wine is not merely debauchery, it brings debauchery. What I'm saying is, getting drunk in itself is wrong. That I agree with, clearly. But it's MORE than that. A debauched lifestyle follows drunkenness. The devastating affects of alcohol used wrongly has brought us much sorrow and sadness, especially from a cultural perspective. But Paul is getting at something deeper here: You are LIGHT in the LORD. Drunkenness must not characterize a child of light. That's not who you ARE in the Lord. (Notice how theology drives the imperatives. These aren't empty imperatives; they flow from glorious, blood-bought realities stemming from the cross). Drunkenness is not wise. You are LIGHT in the Lord, you must thusly watch how you life. It is not fitting to be drunk. (Positive) ACTION: Be filled with the Spirit. We are passive in this process (be filled), yet are told to do it (imperative). Play on words : in order to get drunk, you must be "filled" with alcohol. You must consume it to get drunk by it. Paul is saying, don't get "filled" on that. Rather, get "filled" by the Spirit. CASE STUDY (Wisdom in point): compare Proverbs 23:29-35 & Proverbs 31:4-9. Wisdom discerns when to apply each text to the appropriate situation. RESULT: I take Hoehner's interpretation here, which is that the 5 participles are the result of being filled by the Spirit. This is what "being filled" looks like: 1) singing, 2) thanksgiving, 3) submitting. Why RESULT participles? Hoehner suggests that if Paul were commanding these things, he would have made them imperatives - not infinitives. notes
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