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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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Be Filled by the Spirit
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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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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
Arc.
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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Become Who You Are in Christ
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Published March 14th, 2014
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2014-03-14 13:29:15
2014-03-17 15:38:41
1. (High Point) Don't walk as the Gentiles do (vv.17-19) BL construction : walking in ignorance is not the highest reason why people don't live according to godliness. The HEART and its hardness is the deepest reason why people live in ungodly ways. The heart is the main issue. Education (i.e. mind) does not change people to live for God. People need a heart change. You don't raise kids simply to "know" good and bad; right and wrong. That doesn't produce Godliness. Rather, you need to get to the HEART of people. You need to teach kids HEART implications. When you counsel people, it's not just a mind-game - good advice. As a pastor, I need to care about the HEART of individuals. Emphasis on "being" - darkened and alienated (v.18a). To walk in futility means to walk ignorantly and in alienation to God's way of life. VV.18-19 remind me of Israel's history. Why could they never live according to God's laws? Why would they always walk in futility? A: Deuteronomy 29:4 and Deuteronomy 30:6. Notice the relationship with "being" and "action" (SEE gold bars on main screen). Who you ARE leads to what you DO. You always act in accordance with your heart stance. 2. Become who you are in Christ (vv.20-24). Paul is encouraging the Ephesians to live in a way that accords with how they have been taught. They 1) "heard" and 2) were "taught" in Jesus - for the truth is in Jesus. They were taught three things: 1) to put off the old man, 2) be renewed in the Spirit of their minds, and 3) to put on the new self. Notice the "opposites" in vv.22 and 24. Old man vs. New man (Id/Exp). In short, the Ephesians were to become who they are in Christ Jesus. Who are the Ephesians? 4:24 says they are a "new creation". These new creation trophies of Grace are to walk in the good works which God predestined for them (Ephesians 2:10). QUESTION: How do we take the infinitives? Indirect discourse (content)? Or as imperatives? Pastor Steller takes the imperatives as indirect discourse. In Tom's mind, Paul is telling us about what happened to us when we were saved (vv.21-24). Look what GOD has done for us. In this understanding, the only call to action would be v.17. The way I have it arced right now, the infinitives are taken as imperatives - which Tom agrees with too (in other words, they are both "gloriously true" :) ) **(O'Brien) in no other GRK literature was anybody taught! No other "person" was taught in GRK literature. Not so with Christ (v.20). We should see all of our teaching as "learning Christ!". SUMMARY: A darkened mind and understanding (due to ignorance and hard-heartedness) lead to godless living (vv.17-19). On the other hand, a renewed mind leads to godly living (vv.20-24) (O'Brien, pg. 331 top paragraph). Q1: What is the significance of the "mind" in this section? It functions as an inclusio. Additionally, how does "ignorance" play into this? A: In the first arc, Paul is telling believers not to "walk in the futility of their minds" but rather, to walk according to how they have been taught in Christ (vv.20-24). I take this to mean that Christians can indeed walk in a way that is UNTRUE of their calling (to "which they have been called"). In other words, it's possible to live in contradiction with the "new man" that God has created in believers. But what role does the "mind" play? For some reason, there's something about the mind (and heart) that, though we are new creations in Christ, we can "go back" (as it were) to our old ways - our old ways of thinking and doing. This is, no doubt, a facet of indwelling sin. When Paul says to "be renewed in the spirit of your minds", I think that phrase has massive implications for preaching the gospel to yourself. How do you "renew the mind"? I think its related to putting off the old man and recognizing that in Christ' we are new creations (4:24; 2Cor.5:21). The mind needs to be "renewed", and preaching the realities of Ephesians 1-3 (and really, the whole counsel of God) is so important for Christians - lest we return to our old ways. Christians need to be reminded of who they are in Christ. Additionally, preaching the gospel to ourselves kindles our hearts to love God and desire to walk in his ways - which is what Paul refers to in v.18. "Ignorance" of mind has to do with being unawares of God's redeeming purposes for the world, his people, and their calling (Ephesians 4:1). Ignorance is due to hard-heartedness. Thus Christians should seek God and pray to him that hearts would not be cold, affections would be real and that the Bible would be a joy to read. If Christians rely on yesterday's past for today's grace they will fail (Hebrews 3:13). The ignorance that leads to "darkened understanding" and "alienation from the life of God" is due to hardness of heart. Preaching the gospel - "every day as long as it is called today" - is the means by which the heart is kindled to love God. When God is being sought after and the heart is feasting on God's Word, ignorance from God's plan, personal love, and blessings in Christ are removed, and thus we are more able to "put off the old man... to be renewed in our minds, and put on the new man". Q2: O'Brien & Hoehner mention that the infinitive in v.23 should be passive and not middle. In this sense, it is GOD who is doing the renewing. So what part do we play? A: When taking into consideration v.17, "When the readers were instructed in Christ, they were urged to be made new. They are to yield themselves to God and allow themselves to be renewed in their inner person" (O'Brien, pg.329). So what do believers do? Christians are to "put on" the new man and be receptive to the Spirit's work and leading in their lives as He renews them. This is such a hard thing, because believers are told to do something that only GOD can do to them (hence the passive).
11394803754950 1394803754947 Notes 2014-03-14 13:29:15 2014-03-17 15:38:41 1. (High Point) Don't walk as the Gentiles do (vv.17-19) BL construction : walking in ignorance is not the highest reason why people don't live according to godliness. The HEART and its hardness is the deepest reason why people live in ungodly ways. The heart is the main issue. Education (i.e. mind) does not change people to live for God. People need a heart change. You don't raise kids simply to "know" good and bad; right and wrong. That doesn't produce Godliness. Rather, you need to get to the HEART of people. You need to teach kids HEART implications. When you counsel people, it's not just a mind-game - good advice. As a pastor, I need to care about the HEART of individuals. Emphasis on "being" - darkened and alienated (v.18a). To walk in futility means to walk ignorantly and in alienation to God's way of life. VV.18-19 remind me of Israel's history. Why could they never live according to God's laws? Why would they always walk in futility? A: Deuteronomy 29:4 and Deuteronomy 30:6. Notice the relationship with "being" and "action" (SEE gold bars on main screen). Who you ARE leads to what you DO. You always act in accordance with your heart stance. 2. Become who you are in Christ (vv.20-24). Paul is encouraging the Ephesians to live in a way that accords with how they have been taught. They 1) "heard" and 2) were "taught" in Jesus - for the truth is in Jesus. They were taught three things: 1) to put off the old man, 2) be renewed in the Spirit of their minds, and 3) to put on the new self. Notice the "opposites" in vv.22 and 24. Old man vs. New man (Id/Exp). In short, the Ephesians were to become who they are in Christ Jesus. Who are the Ephesians? 4:24 says they are a "new creation". These new creation trophies of Grace are to walk in the good works which God predestined for them (Ephesians 2:10). QUESTION: How do we take the infinitives? Indirect discourse (content)? Or as imperatives? Pastor Steller takes the imperatives as indirect discourse. In Tom's mind, Paul is telling us about what happened to us when we were saved (vv.21-24). Look what GOD has done for us. In this understanding, the only call to action would be v.17. The way I have it arced right now, the infinitives are taken as imperatives - which Tom agrees with too (in other words, they are both "gloriously true" :) ) **(O'Brien) in no other GRK literature was anybody taught! No other "person" was taught in GRK literature. Not so with Christ (v.20). We should see all of our teaching as "learning Christ!". SUMMARY: A darkened mind and understanding (due to ignorance and hard-heartedness) lead to godless living (vv.17-19). On the other hand, a renewed mind leads to godly living (vv.20-24) (O'Brien, pg. 331 top paragraph). Q1: What is the significance of the "mind" in this section? It functions as an inclusio. Additionally, how does "ignorance" play into this? A: In the first arc, Paul is telling believers not to "walk in the futility of their minds" but rather, to walk according to how they have been taught in Christ (vv.20-24). I take this to mean that Christians can indeed walk in a way that is UNTRUE of their calling (to "which they have been called"). In other words, it's possible to live in contradiction with the "new man" that God has created in believers. But what role does the "mind" play? For some reason, there's something about the mind (and heart) that, though we are new creations in Christ, we can "go back" (as it were) to our old ways - our old ways of thinking and doing. This is, no doubt, a facet of indwelling sin. When Paul says to "be renewed in the spirit of your minds", I think that phrase has massive implications for preaching the gospel to yourself. How do you "renew the mind"? I think its related to putting off the old man and recognizing that in Christ' we are new creations (4:24; 2Cor.5:21). The mind needs to be "renewed", and preaching the realities of Ephesians 1-3 (and really, the whole counsel of God) is so important for Christians - lest we return to our old ways. Christians need to be reminded of who they are in Christ. Additionally, preaching the gospel to ourselves kindles our hearts to love God and desire to walk in his ways - which is what Paul refers to in v.18. "Ignorance" of mind has to do with being unawares of God's redeeming purposes for the world, his people, and their calling (Ephesians 4:1). Ignorance is due to hard-heartedness. Thus Christians should seek God and pray to him that hearts would not be cold, affections would be real and that the Bible would be a joy to read. If Christians rely on yesterday's past for today's grace they will fail (Hebrews 3:13). The ignorance that leads to "darkened understanding" and "alienation from the life of God" is due to hardness of heart. Preaching the gospel - "every day as long as it is called today" - is the means by which the heart is kindled to love God. When God is being sought after and the heart is feasting on God's Word, ignorance from God's plan, personal love, and blessings in Christ are removed, and thus we are more able to "put off the old man... to be renewed in our minds, and put on the new man". Q2: O'Brien & Hoehner mention that the infinitive in v.23 should be passive and not middle. In this sense, it is GOD who is doing the renewing. So what part do we play? A: When taking into consideration v.17, "When the readers were instructed in Christ, they were urged to be made new. They are to yield themselves to God and allow themselves to be renewed in their inner person" (O'Brien, pg.329). So what do believers do? Christians are to "put on" the new man and be receptive to the Spirit's work and leading in their lives as He renews them. This is such a hard thing, because believers are told to do something that only GOD can do to them (hence the passive). notes
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