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Paul's 2nd Prayer: "Be filled with all the fulness of God"
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Published March 4th, 2014
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1. VV.14-19: Paul's prayer - to "Be filled with all the fulness of God". Prayer for Christians. a. vv.14-17: Content & desire of Paul's prayer (Ac - God would "do" something) Notice the Trinitarian structure: praying to the Father, for the Spirit's work to exult Christ in man's inner being. V.16 - could be a "content" clause, rather than a purpose clause (NET bible; O'Brien and Hoehner) V.17a - desired result of prayer if/when v.16 comes true. Paul is praying v.16 to happen so that v.17 can happen. V.17b - confidence that this prayer can/will happen. God loves his children. God is a good Father who gives his children good gifts to those who ask (Matthew 7:11; Luke 11:13) b. vv.18-19: Aim of Paul's prayer (Pur) -- If/When v.17a is a reality: Pen-ultimate aim: vv.18-19a (love of Christ) Ultimate aim: v.19b v.18 has no object, but in this context I take v.19a to be the explanation of v.18. Object of "breadth, length, height, and depth"? A: the love of Christ. "Already at Romans 8:35-39 Paul has mentioned two of these dimensions in close association with the love of Christ. Accordingly, the movement in Paul's prayer is from the idea of being rooted and grounded (v.17b) to the readers' being empowered to grasp the vast dimensions of that love. Although it is not possible to be certain, on textual grounds a reference to the love of Christ is preferable" (O'Brien, pg.263). So there is a progression in Paul's prayer : Christ dwelling --> comprehend the love of Christ --> be filled with the fullness of God 2.( VV.20-21) Doxology: Inference from the prayer. God's infinite ability and chief aim of upholding his glory gives us confidence (Gr) that Paul's prayer request is possible. God is able to exceed our requests (20a) God is at work in our lives (20b) (Ephesians 1:19) Inference (21): Correct response to the God who can give all things + more.
11393538458549 1393538458546 Notes 2014-02-27 22:00:58 2014-03-04 19:58:14 1. VV.14-19: Paul's prayer - to "Be filled with all the fulness of God". Prayer for Christians. a. vv.14-17: Content & desire of Paul's prayer (Ac - God would "do" something) Notice the Trinitarian structure: praying to the Father, for the Spirit's work to exult Christ in man's inner being. V.16 - could be a "content" clause, rather than a purpose clause (NET bible; O'Brien and Hoehner) V.17a - desired result of prayer if/when v.16 comes true. Paul is praying v.16 to happen so that v.17 can happen. V.17b - confidence that this prayer can/will happen. God loves his children. God is a good Father who gives his children good gifts to those who ask (Matthew 7:11; Luke 11:13) b. vv.18-19: Aim of Paul's prayer (Pur) -- If/When v.17a is a reality: Pen-ultimate aim: vv.18-19a (love of Christ) Ultimate aim: v.19b v.18 has no object, but in this context I take v.19a to be the explanation of v.18. Object of "breadth, length, height, and depth"? A: the love of Christ. "Already at Romans 8:35-39 Paul has mentioned two of these dimensions in close association with the love of Christ. Accordingly, the movement in Paul's prayer is from the idea of being rooted and grounded (v.17b) to the readers' being empowered to grasp the vast dimensions of that love. Although it is not possible to be certain, on textual grounds a reference to the love of Christ is preferable" (O'Brien, pg.263). So there is a progression in Paul's prayer : Christ dwelling --> comprehend the love of Christ --> be filled with the fullness of God 2.( VV.20-21) Doxology: Inference from the prayer. God's infinite ability and chief aim of upholding his glory gives us confidence (Gr) that Paul's prayer request is possible. God is able to exceed our requests (20a) God is at work in our lives (20b) (Ephesians 1:19) Inference (21): Correct response to the God who can give all things + more. notes
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