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To the Praise of the Trinity: Blessing upon blessing on God's Chosen
Ephesians 1:3-14
In general, I see a gradual progression conceptually (not grammatically).
Published January 24th, 2014
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2014-01-24 19:22:01
2014-01-30 16:52:04
In general, I see a gradual progression conceptually (not grammatically). On the whole, blessing upon blessing is being showered from God onto his people through each member of the Trinity. That much is clear. That is why we are able to call this a conceptual progression. The worship of God grows deeper and deeper as each members' role becomes highlighted. Three times (a,b,c) each member of the Trinity is called to be "praised". Thus, each section is "capstoned", so to speak, with praise and glory! Additionally, all of God blessing for his people is for the praise of his glory. Thus, two key themes are man's blessing and God's glory (so, Christian Hedonism). But when looking at the big paragraphs and how they relate, I do not see any hard and fast grammatical ties. I do, however, see conceptual progression - from eternity to eternity . The steps are as follows: We have every spiritual blessing : 1. God chose us before the foundation of the world to be sons (v.4b) 2. God then forgave and redeemed us of our sins (2:1-3) by revealing his plan to "unite" all things in Christ Jesus 3. Being "in Christ" (v.11a), the Jews are "claimed as God's portion" 4. This future inheritance (which is point #3) is guaranteed by the presence of the Holy Spirit now, which is this very moment at work in Gentiles, too. 5. One day, we will be God's possession (that is our inheritance) 6. Thus, because we are in God's presence for eternity, we will praise God and His glory forever and ever. In other words, on the whole, I see this entire section "going somewhere" progressively. It is moving from predestination to election as sons, to forgiveness from sins, to a promised inheritance, to the indwelling Spirit of God within believers, to our being God's possession (which is our inheritance), so that we would praise God for all eternity. Word picture : I remember a cartoon I saw one time, that reminds me of what Paul is doing here. Think of a cartoon. And there's a wall, and say there's a huge leak in the pipe behind the wall. And to stop the leak, as typical in cartoons, the character puts a cork in the hole in the wall where the leak is. And the leak is stopped for a time, but then you see something: the wall behind it begins to bulge and get bigger. And suddenly, the cork bursts and all the water comes gushing forth - just exploding through the walls and covers everything. That's exactly what Paul is doing in 1:3-14. Paul is unleashing the cork which holds back the force of praise and blessing to God the Father for all of his blessings! This text is just Paul unleashed; he is going nuts, he is out of his seat in praise to God. Why? Because of the blessings that God has showered toward his chosen people. Paul holds nothing back here. Paul just piles relative clause, after relative clause, plus prepositions to magnify God. He is grasping for language. You can almost feel him searching, looking for language to express his joy and praise for our blessings in Christ!
11390591321859 1390591321853 Notes 2014-01-24 19:22:01 2014-01-30 16:52:04 In general, I see a gradual progression conceptually (not grammatically). On the whole, blessing upon blessing is being showered from God onto his people through each member of the Trinity. That much is clear. That is why we are able to call this a conceptual progression. The worship of God grows deeper and deeper as each members' role becomes highlighted. Three times (a,b,c) each member of the Trinity is called to be "praised". Thus, each section is "capstoned", so to speak, with praise and glory! Additionally, all of God blessing for his people is for the praise of his glory. Thus, two key themes are man's blessing and God's glory (so, Christian Hedonism). But when looking at the big paragraphs and how they relate, I do not see any hard and fast grammatical ties. I do, however, see conceptual progression - from eternity to eternity . The steps are as follows: We have every spiritual blessing : 1. God chose us before the foundation of the world to be sons (v.4b) 2. God then forgave and redeemed us of our sins (2:1-3) by revealing his plan to "unite" all things in Christ Jesus 3. Being "in Christ" (v.11a), the Jews are "claimed as God's portion" 4. This future inheritance (which is point #3) is guaranteed by the presence of the Holy Spirit now, which is this very moment at work in Gentiles, too. 5. One day, we will be God's possession (that is our inheritance) 6. Thus, because we are in God's presence for eternity, we will praise God and His glory forever and ever. In other words, on the whole, I see this entire section "going somewhere" progressively. It is moving from predestination to election as sons, to forgiveness from sins, to a promised inheritance, to the indwelling Spirit of God within believers, to our being God's possession (which is our inheritance), so that we would praise God for all eternity. Word picture : I remember a cartoon I saw one time, that reminds me of what Paul is doing here. Think of a cartoon. And there's a wall, and say there's a huge leak in the pipe behind the wall. And to stop the leak, as typical in cartoons, the character puts a cork in the hole in the wall where the leak is. And the leak is stopped for a time, but then you see something: the wall behind it begins to bulge and get bigger. And suddenly, the cork bursts and all the water comes gushing forth - just exploding through the walls and covers everything. That's exactly what Paul is doing in 1:3-14. Paul is unleashing the cork which holds back the force of praise and blessing to God the Father for all of his blessings! This text is just Paul unleashed; he is going nuts, he is out of his seat in praise to God. Why? Because of the blessings that God has showered toward his chosen people. Paul holds nothing back here. Paul just piles relative clause, after relative clause, plus prepositions to magnify God. He is grasping for language. You can almost feel him searching, looking for language to express his joy and praise for our blessings in Christ! notes
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Εὐλογητὸς ὁ θεὸς καὶ πατὴρ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ,
( Appropriate response and inference in light of vv.3b-14) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
ὁ εὐλογήσας ἡμᾶς ἐν πάσῃ εὐλογίᾳ πνευματικῇ
( who is God the Father? He is the one...) who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing
ἐν τοῖς ἐπουρανίοις ἐν Χριστῷ,
( Sphere in which all these blessings are found) in the heavenly places in Christ,
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ideaexplanation
καθὼς ἐξελέξατο ἡμᾶς ἐν αὐτῷ
( Start of reasons to bless God ) [for, because] he chose us in him
πρὸ καταβολῆς κόσμου
before the foundation of the world,
temporal
εἶναι ἡμᾶς ἁγίους
( Purpose of being chosen) that we should be holy
καὶ ἀμώμους
and blameless
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κατενώπιον αὐτοῦ
before him.
actionpurpose
προορίσας ἡμᾶς [in love]
( Cause or reason why God chose us) Having predestined us [in love]
εἰς υἱοθεσίαν
( Ultimate purpose of predesintation) for adoption as sons
progression
διὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ εἰς αὐτόν,
through Jesus Christ,
κατὰ τὴν εὐδοκίαν τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ,
( On what basis God predestined us) according to the purpose of his will,
actionmanner
εἰς ἔπαινον δόξης τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ
( Purpose of adoption) to the praise of his [namely, the Father's] glorious grace,
ἧς ἐχαρίτωσεν ἡμᾶς ἐν τῷ ἠγαπημένῳ.
( Sphere in which this grace of adoption is given) with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
Ἐν ᾧ ἔχομεν τὴν ἀπολύτρωσιν
(Let me say more about Jesus) In whom we have redemption
διὰ τοῦ αἵματος αὐτοῦ,
through his blood,
τὴν ἄφεσιν τῶν παραπτωμάτων,
( What is "redemption" - v.7a - specifically?) the forgiveness of our trespasses,
κατὰ τὸ πλοῦτος τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ
( Basis of our redemption) according to the riches of his grace,
ἧς ἐπερίσσευσεν εἰς ἡμᾶς, ἐν πάσῃ σοφίᾳ καὶ φρονήσει,
( Clarifying the absoluteness of grace in our redemption) which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
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γνωρίσας ἡμῖν τὸ μυστήριον τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ,
( How God's grace was lavished on us) by making known to us the mystery of his will,
κατὰ τὴν εὐδοκίαν αὐτοῦ
( Basis of why God revealed his will) according to his pleasure,
ἣν προέθετο ἐν αὐτῷ
( Focus of God's will) which he set forth in Christ
εἰς οἰκονομίαν τοῦ πληρώματος τῶν καιρῶν,
( When God established his plan) as a plan for the fullness of time,
ἀνακεφαλαιώσασθαι [infinative of purpose] τὰ πάντα ἐν τῷ Χριστῷ,
( Content of God's plan) to unite all things in Christ,
τὰ ἐπὶ τοῖς οὐρανοῖς
( Namely ) all things in heaven
καὶ τὰ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἐν αὐτῷ.
and ( Namely ) all things on earth in him.
Ἐν ᾧ καὶ ἐκληρώθημεν προορισθέντες
(Let me say some more about being in Christ) In whom we also have been chosen as God's portion, having been predestined
κατὰ πρόθεσιν τοῦ τὰ πάντα ἐνεργοῦντος
( Stressing the agreement between God's plan and will/desire. God cannot be stopped.) according to the plan of him who works all things
κατὰ τὴν βουλὴν τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ
according to the counsel of his will,
εἰς τὸ εἶναι ἡμᾶς εἰς ἔπαινον δόξης αὐτοῦ
( Divine Purpose of God making himself a portion to a people) In order that we would be to the praise of his glory,
τοὺς προηλπικότας ἐν τῷ Χριστῷ.
( Who is the "we" referred to from 12a? Paul and his "fellow Jewish Christians") the first ones to believe in him
Ἐν ᾧ καὶ ὑμεῖς
(The Gentiles being addressed now) In whom you also were included in Christ
ἀκούσαντες τὸν λόγον τῆς ἀληθείας, τὸ εὐαγγέλιον τῆς σωτηρίας ὑμῶν,
( Looking back on the Gentiles' salvation) when you heard the word of truth, [namely]...the gospel of your salvation,
ἐν ᾧ καὶ πιστεύσαντες
and believed in him,
ἐσφραγίσθητε τῷ πνεύματι τῆς ἐπαγγελίας τῷ ἁγίῳ,
( Result of "hearing" and "believing - contemporaneous in time) were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise
ὅ ἐστιν ἀρραβὼν τῆς κληρονομίας ἡμῶν,
( Who is the Spirit? ) who is the guarantee of our inheritance,
actionresult
εἰς ἀπολύτρωσιν τῆς περιποιήσεως,
(God's full claim of his possession in the future) to the redemption of the possession,
εἰς ἔπαινον τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ.
( Ultimate purpose of being in relationship with God) to the praise of his glory.
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11390591321962 1390591321853 Arc 2014-01-24 19:22:02 2014-02-10 15:54:44 editing NT 49 1 3 1 14 Ephesians 1:3-14 na28 esv i1261606 i1261607 i1261568 Εὐλογητὸς ὁ θεὸς καὶ πατὴρ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, ( Appropriate response and inference in light of vv.3b-14) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, i1261608 i1261569 ὁ εὐλογήσας ἡμᾶς ἐν πάσῃ εὐλογίᾳ πνευματικῇ ( who is God the Father? He is the one...) who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing i1261570 ἐν τοῖς ἐπουρανίοις ἐν Χριστῷ, ( Sphere in which all these blessings are found) in the heavenly places in Christ, locative 1 ideaexplanation 1 1 i1261609 i1261610 i1261611 i1261612 i1261571 καθὼς ἐξελέξατο ἡμᾶς ἐν αὐτῷ ( Start of reasons to bless God ) [for, because] he chose us in him i1261572 πρὸ καταβολῆς κόσμου before the foundation of the world, temporal 1 i1261613 i1261614 i1261573 εἶναι ἡμᾶς ἁγίους ( Purpose of being chosen) that we should be holy i1261574 καὶ ἀμώμους and blameless series i1261575 κατενώπιον αὐτοῦ before him. locative 1 actionpurpose 2 i1261615 i1261616 i1261617 i1261618 i1261619 i1261576 προορίσας ἡμᾶς [in love] ( Cause or reason why God chose us) Having predestined us [in love] i1261577 εἰς υἱοθεσίαν ( Ultimate purpose of predesintation) for adoption as sons progression i1261578 διὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ εἰς αὐτόν, through Jesus Christ, locative 1 i1261579 κατὰ τὴν εὐδοκίαν τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ, ( On what basis God predestined us) according to the purpose of his will, actionmanner 1 i1261580 εἰς ἔπαινον δόξης τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ ( Purpose of adoption) to the praise of his [namely, the Father's] glorious grace, i1261581 ἧς ἐχαρίτωσεν ἡμᾶς ἐν τῷ ἠγαπημένῳ. ( Sphere in which this grace of adoption is given) with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. locative 1 actionpurpose 2 i1261620 i1261621 i1261622 i1261623 i1261582 Ἐν ᾧ ἔχομεν τὴν ἀπολύτρωσιν (Let me say more about Jesus) In whom we have redemption i1261583 διὰ τοῦ αἵματος αὐτοῦ, through his blood, actionmanner 1 i1261584 τὴν ἄφεσιν τῶν παραπτωμάτων, ( What is "redemption" - v.7a - specifically?) the forgiveness of our trespasses, ideaexplanation 1 i1261624 i1261585 κατὰ τὸ πλοῦτος τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ ( Basis of our redemption) according to the riches of his grace, i1261586 ἧς ἐπερίσσευσεν εἰς ἡμᾶς, ἐν πάσῃ σοφίᾳ καὶ φρονήσει, ( Clarifying the absoluteness of grace in our redemption) which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight ideaexplanation 1 ground 1 i1261625 i1261626 i1261627 i1261587 γνωρίσας ἡμῖν τὸ μυστήριον τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ, ( How God's grace was lavished on us) by making known to us the mystery of his will, i1261588 κατὰ τὴν εὐδοκίαν αὐτοῦ ( Basis of why God revealed his will) according to his pleasure, actionmanner 1 i1261628 i1261589 ἣν προέθετο ἐν αὐτῷ ( Focus of God's will) which he set forth in Christ i1261590 εἰς οἰκονομίαν τοῦ πληρώματος τῶν καιρῶν, ( When God established his plan) as a plan for the fullness of time, temporal 1 ideaexplanation 1 i1261629 i1261591 ἀνακεφαλαιώσασθαι [infinative of purpose] τὰ πάντα ἐν τῷ Χριστῷ, ( Content of God's plan) to unite all things in Christ, i1261630 i1261592 τὰ ἐπὶ τοῖς οὐρανοῖς ( Namely ) all things in heaven i1261593 καὶ τὰ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἐν αὐτῷ. and ( Namely ) all things on earth in him. series ideaexplanation 1 actionpurpose 2 actionmanner 1 i1261631 i1261632 i1261633 i1261594 Ἐν ᾧ καὶ ἐκληρώθημεν προορισθέντες (Let me say some more about being in Christ) In whom we also have been chosen as God's portion, having been predestined i1261634 i1261595 κατὰ πρόθεσιν τοῦ τὰ πάντα ἐνεργοῦντος ( Stressing the agreement between God's plan and will/desire. God cannot be stopped.) according to the plan of him who works all things i1261596 κατὰ τὴν βουλὴν τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ according to the counsel of his will, series actionmanner 1 i1261635 i1261597 εἰς τὸ εἶναι ἡμᾶς εἰς ἔπαινον δόξης αὐτοῦ ( Divine Purpose of God making himself a portion to a people) In order that we would be to the praise of his glory, i1261598 τοὺς προηλπικότας ἐν τῷ Χριστῷ. ( Who is the "we" referred to from 12a? Paul and his "fellow Jewish Christians") the first ones to believe in him ideaexplanation 1 actionpurpose 2 i1261636 i1261637 i1261638 i1261599 Ἐν ᾧ καὶ ὑμεῖς (The Gentiles being addressed now) In whom you also were included in Christ i1261639 i1261600 ἀκούσαντες τὸν λόγον τῆς ἀληθείας, τὸ εὐαγγέλιον τῆς σωτηρίας ὑμῶν, ( Looking back on the Gentiles' salvation) when you heard the word of truth, [namely]...the gospel of your salvation, i1261601 ἐν ᾧ καὶ πιστεύσαντες and believed in him, temporal 1 1 temporal 1 i1261640 i1261602 ἐσφραγίσθητε τῷ πνεύματι τῆς ἐπαγγελίας τῷ ἁγίῳ, ( Result of "hearing" and "believing - contemporaneous in time) were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise i1261603 ὅ ἐστιν ἀρραβὼν τῆς κληρονομίας ἡμῶν, ( Who is the Spirit? ) who is the guarantee of our inheritance, ideaexplanation 1 actionresult 2 i1261641 i1261604 εἰς ἀπολύτρωσιν τῆς περιποιήσεως, (God's full claim of his possession in the future) to the redemption of the possession, i1261605 εἰς ἔπαινον τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ. ( Ultimate purpose of being in relationship with God) to the praise of his glory. progression actionpurpose 2 locative 1 progression ground 1 1 1 1 na28 25 esv 25 a 50 90 90 discourse
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