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The grace of God trains us to renounce sin
Titus 2:11-12
God communicates in words proclaimed, received, accepted, and now at work among believers
1 Thessalonians 2:13
There is a river flowing right through the middle of God's eternal city. We may indeed be refreshed by its waters even now.
Psalms 46
Satan may be powerful, but God is sovereign!
1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13
1 Peter 5:12-14
An exhortation from a fellow elder.
1 Peter 5:1-11
1 Peter 4:12-19
...therefore live so as to magnify Christ.
1 Peter 4:7-11
A knotty passage indeed!
1 Peter 3:18-22
1 Peter 3:13-17
1 Peter 3:1-7
1 Peter 2:18-25
1 Peter 2:11-17
An Exhortation to Gospel-Rooted Love
1 Peter 1:22-2:3
1 Peter 1:13-21
A Greeting Packed Full with Theological Truth
1 Peter 1:1-5
Christ fulfills Psalm 8 on our behalf
Hebrews 2:5-18
Jesus: the exact and perfect revelation of God
Hebrews 1:1-14
Romans 7:13-25
The Hour has Come.
John 12:20-26
Light From the Father.
John 12:44-50
The Nature of Unbelief.
John 12:37-43
Sons of Light.
John 12:27-36
Sons of Light.
John 12:27-36
Philippians 3:12-16
Philippians 3:7-11
Philippians 3:17-4:1
2 Timothy 3:10-17
Philippians 1:3-11
Destroying Strongholds
2 Corinthians 10:1-6
Central Idea: Paul declares that he is going to defend himself so that the accusation of inconsisten...
2 Corinthians 10:7-11
Central Idea: Paul declares he would not dare to join the fray of 'ministry comparisons.
2 Corinthians 10:12-18
Central Idea: Paul asks the Corinthians to bear with him as he enters into the foolishness of boasti...
2 Corinthians 11:1-6
Central Idea:   All praise to God for the treasure of blessings we have in Christ, namely: He c...
Ephesians 1:3-14
Central Idea: Paul will not give an inch in this matter of preaching free of charge.
2 Corinthians 11:7-15
Central Idea: Paul, finally ready to meet boasting with boasting, makes an ironical appeal: "You've ...
2 Corinthians 11:16-21
Central Idea: Having unraveled all his opponents' categories of boasting (v.
2 Corinthians 11:30-33
Central Idea: Paul will go on to speak of his visions, however to boast of such things is a worthless exercise in self-promotion.
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Central Idea: None of this has been for Paul's sake (in self-defense) but for their sake; His fear i...
2 Corinthians 12:19-21
Central Idea: Paul sighs, "Ugh! It's done.
2 Corinthians 12:11-18
Central Idea: Paul addresses a supposed implication of 5:20, ".
Romans 6:1-14
Central Idea: Paul's prayers of thanksgiving for the Colossian believers are in response to Epaphras...
Colossians 1:3-8
Central Idea: Paul relates the substance of his prayers on behalf of the Colossian believers: that t...
Colossians 1:9-14
Central Idea: Paul's prayer for the Colossians overflows into a hymn of praise declaring the glories...
Colossians 1:15-20
Central Idea: Paul calls the Colossians to not allow the intruders to either pass judgment on them o...
Colossians 2:16-23
Central Idea: In contrast to those that would steer them away from Christ, Paul calls the Colossians...
Colossians 3:1-4
Central Idea: The direct inference from setting one's mind on heavenly things is the command, "put to death what is earthly in you.
Colossians 3:5-11
Central Idea: Here is the practical culmination of all that Paul has been driving toward: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
Colossians 3:12-17
Central Idea: Paul details what it looks like to obey v.
Colossians 3:18-4:1
I'm curious to see how others arc v.
Mark 2:18-20
Central Idea: God has graciously and abundantly provided all that we need to live in godliness.
2 Peter 1:3-11
Central Idea: Because growth in Christian maturity is not automatic, Peter will confidently remind h...
2 Peter 1:12-15
Central Idea: Paul exhorts his readers to walk in sacrificial love which stands in sharp contrast to...
Ephesians 5:1-14
This a simplified alternate to my arc "Walk as Children of Light.
Ephesians 5:1-14
Apposition = two words or phrases side by side performing the same grammatical role in a sentence.
Titus 2:11-14
Summary:   In the fear of God, Paul persuades others because he is controlled by the love of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Summary: It is not to angels that God has subjected the world to come; It is subjected to The Man, (...
Hebrews 2:5-9
What 10,000 ways might we live out the truth that Christ has killed the hostility between us?
Ephesians 2:11-22
I found this to be a very difficult passage to arc but, as always, worth the effort of pressing on u...
Ephesians 3:1-13
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Paraphrasing Course 4.4
Ephesians 1:3-10
Shared September 28th, 2018; Updated September 28th, 2018
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Implied Connections
Implied Connections
Ephesians 1:3-14
e Blessed be f the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing g in the heavenly places,
h even as he chose us in him j before the foundation of the world, that we should be k holy and blameless before him. In love l he predestined us 1 for m adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, n according to the purpose of his will , o to the praise of his glorious grace , with which he has blessed us in p the Beloved.
In him we have redemption s through his blood, t the forgiveness of our trespasses, u according to the riches of his grace , which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight v making known 1 to us the mystery of his will, n according to his purpose , which he w set forth in Christ as a plan for x the fullness of time, y to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
In him we have obtained an inheritance , a having been predestined b according to the purpose of him who works all things according to c the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be d to the praise of his glory .
In him you also , when you heard e the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit , who is h the guarantee 1 of our i inheritance until j we acquire k possession of it, 2 l to the praise of his glory .
We should first consider what connection is made by the phrase "even as." Verse three is a statement of praise to God the Father in light of all the spiritual blessings he has granted to us. How has he blessed us? " Even as..." or "in this way..." or "by doing..." In other words, what we expect to follow are some examples of what those spiritual blessings are. One of the patterns that stands out in v. 4-14 is the repeated phrase, "in him..." In fact, this was the key marker that indicated where to divide v.4-14 into four units: he chose us in him; in him we have redemption; in him we have obtained an inheritance; and in him you were sealed with the Holy Spirit. This has a strong link back to verse three, where Paul highlights that the blessings the Father has bestowed, he has bestowed in Christ . Other repetitions add to the links across each unit: That these blessings are granted according to the purposes (and grace) of God is highlighted three times. Likewise there is a repeated statement of the ultimate purpose of these blessings - to the praise of his glory. Thus, in this passage we have a declaration of praise to God for the bounty of spiritual blessings that he has granted in Christ Jesus, followed by a four-fold exposition of those blessings.
Maybe its overshooting, but I put some implied connections in almost every phrase :) I become confused with the "according to"; "even as" and "having been" as having some connections that don't fit nicely in the word list, so I would add "and furthermore" to the In Him phrases to indicate the list nature of that thought, "according to" as an explanation highlighting the source of blessing, "even as" also as a "furthermore"  or reason? Ah well, we keep plugging along.
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