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Do not be discouraged when you sin. God's promise to be with His people is not hindered by your sin, as we learn from Jacob
Genesis 28:10-15
God's promise to keep you secure lies not in your ability to perform or not perform, but in His good word
Genesis 28:10-15
Jesus' incarnation was not simply to come as God in the flesh. It was to fulfill the atonement for His people and be crushed by God.
Isaiah 53:1-6
Worry & Anxiousness are the beginning signs of idolatry, even worry over our basic needs. Do you worry?
Matthew 6:25-34
Even our basic needs are no cause for anxiety. Jesus assures us that the Father will provide for His children from day to day
Matthew 6:25-34
What does believing and doubting have to do with prayer and receiving from God? EVERYTHING!
James 1:2-8
The believer's certainty is so sure that John stated it twice. God's love for His people is remarkable!
John 3:9-18
Humility is submitting to God, both in trials and in the Church
1 Peter 5:6-9
Paul's success in the gospel was due largely to the people's help. Do you stand behind those who minister to you?
Philippians 1:3-11
The resurrection gives a believer hope because he will be kept by a power greater than himself–God's own power.
1Peter 1:3-5
We receive everything of God "according to His great mercy." Everything hinges on this
1Peter 1:3-5
How do we fear God and love Him at the same time? The Psalmist has the answer
Psalms 147:10-11
Our salvation is the most precious thing we have. The prophets, apostles, and Holy Spirit all testify to it
1 Peter 1:10-12
The Incarnation of Christ is about more than just a manger. He is manifested for the joy of the world
1 John 1:1-5
Chaos is not always bad. God commands that we fully lean on Him. Israel's wanderings are a great example of good chaos.
Deuteronomy 8:1-5
A person who fancies their self religious but has no outward manifestation is one who is most deceived indeed.
James 1:26-27
Trials are only here for a little while; and then we are with Jesus. What a great comfort this should be to Christians!
1 Peter 1:1-9
God's holiness is fearful; His mercy is greater
Isaiah 6:1-7
Forget your checklist. Stop looking inside to find your justification and look to the cross for a clean conscience.
Galatians 3:1-7
God is the ultimate Blesser. We should focus less on our blessings and focus more on the Blesser Himself.
Ephesians 1:1-14
The goodness of God leads us to great philanthropic acts (good works) because He saved us from a life of sinful desires and attitudes.
Titus 3:1-8
Do you like stirring up trouble? Are you a person who likes to argue just for argument's sake? If so you may be in danger!
Titus 3:9-11
If you believe good works has nothing to do with Christianity, think again. Good works doesn't sanctify us but it proves our fruit.
Titus 3:12-15
Phrase.
Titus 3:1-8
Main point summary. Arc.
Ephesians 1:1-14
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Galatians 1:1-5
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1 Corinthians 2:6-9
It appears that the two main themes that flow out of this passage are: To His glorious praise.
Ephesians 1:3-9
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Ephesians 1:3-10
Context This section of Hebrews 11 deals specifically with the faith of Abraham.
Hebrews 11:8-19
  Note on 1c - One may ask why I consider 1c a concessive statement.
1 Peter 1:1-5
A Brief Synopsis 7a seems to be the ground for these four verses.
1 Peter 1:6-9
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Inheritors of the Crown
Ephesians 1:11-14
Inheritors of the Crown   Again, the glory of God and Christ are the central theme in this pass...
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Inheritors of the Crown Again, the glory of God and Christ are the central theme in this passage as Paul's phrase, To the praise of His glory is stated twice; at the end of verse 12 and then again at verse 14. Sandwiched in the middle of those two verses are the Ephesians' believing in Christ and being sealed with the Holy Spirit. Note closely however, that the focus is not so much on the believer as it is on the promise of God to impart to the believer the inheritance that rightly belongs to Christ. This passage can be outlined as follows: The Obtaining of the Inheritance While Paul focuses on the inheritance of the believer, pointing to the riches they have in Christ Jesus with the Father, he also makes it very clear the reason behind the inheritance. It has nothing to do with us and everything to do with God. He gives two reasons for this: A. Having been predestined First, is the idea that we have already been selected unto this inheritance. Though predestination is a hard doctrine to digest, and though it makes us uncomfortable and violates our view of who God is, it is nevertheless a truth that cannot be ignored. It is truth because the Bible clearly portrays the doctrine here and throughout its pages. A few examples will suffice to prove this point: Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him. (Gen 18:18-19) And the LORD said to Moses, "When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go. . .And he said, "I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name 'The LORD.' And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.(Ex 4:21, 33:19) And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. (Acts 13:48) The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come. (Re 17:8) Of course, these passsages represent a very small portion of Scripture that talk about God's sovereignty over mankind. I have simply pointed to these passages to concrete the idea that predestination is present throughout Scripture; and Paul makes no attempt to hide the fact that we are blessed only because of God's choosing of us and His mercy upon our wicked selves. There are two other things I would like to briefly point to before moving on: In Scripture, predestination always has God as its subject. My point in saying this is for us to realize the fact that in eternity past no one existed but God alone. That is to say that the only one around who made the decisions concerning salvation, sanctification, and any other action was solely God. Most would try and re-interpret what Paul says as the fact of God knowing in advance who would and would not believe. But this is not the case for God is the creator of all things including time, circumstances, and will. So the question remains is, does God simply know (cognitive knowledge) of who will exercise faith in Him, or does He know (omnisciently) because He creates the time, person, and circumstances under which that person will exercise faith in Christ? God not only knows what is going to happen He causes it to happen. That is why Joseph could confidently declare to his brothers, "Do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God." (Gen 45:5, 7-8) Now, Paul relays this sovereignty to the Ephesians. In fact, Paul's usage of both words of 'obtained' and 'predestination' are not only in an aorist tense (completed action) but also in a passive voice. Simply put, it means that the subjects of this sentence (us) are being acted upon (by an outside agent. i.e, God) rather than doing the action for ourselves. Predestination always precedes any spiritual blessing. This is simply a fact that is throughout all Scripture. Why was God favorable towards Abraham? Because He chose him (Gen 18:18). Abraham certainly did not ask to be sought after. He continued in everyday life worshiping false gods until Yahweh called him to leave Ur. And why did the Lord bless the stubborn, wicked, rebellious Israelites and give them the Promised Land? Because He loved them and chose them as His own people (Deut 7:7-10). In the same manner, God has chosen us as His special people; a people to be holy and blameless before Him (v.4). And I can certainly assure you that there was nothing in us that would cause Him to choose us except for pure, unhindered love and mercy (1Pe 2:4, 9; Mt 22:14; Ro 11:5, etc.). B. According to His purpose There are two phrases here in verse 11: According to the purpose of Him and According to the counsel of His will. The Greek words used are boule and thelema, respectively. Both can be interchangebly used in the sense of 'will.' Often, thelema is used as something that has been determined or that which will come about (Thayers, G2307. See also, Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics, pp.73-136 for a detailed discussion of the Genetive case and its multi-faceted use; [ the Genetive is used in the Greek construction in the last clause of verse 11 ] ). So, in Paul's mind the inheritance of the believer has already been obtained. Note that it is obtained to the praise of His glory. This inheritance is tied to the two phrases mentioned earlier: (1). According to the purpose of Him Everything God does is always to glorify His own Name and cause His people to praise Him. His glory is first and foremost while our salvation and sanctification is secondary. Let us never make the mistake of reversing the two: God's glory is not dependent upon our salvation, but our salvation is dependent upon (and with great mercy and love) God's glory. Scripture testifies over and over again that God does these things in spite of us rather than on account of us (Isa 63:14; Ex 33:19; Isa 43:7; Ezek 20:14; 1Pe 1:20; 1Joh 2:12). (2). The counsel of His will This phrase alone signifies a great deal. The nuances are plain and Paul makes use of them well here. There are two that can be discussed here. First, the counsel belongs to God and God alone. He has no need to consult another for He is the creator of all things. He already possesses complete and perfect knowledge for He had already in mind what He was to do before He began the process of creation (Isa 46:10). Regarding our inheritence, Jesus was the Lamb slain from the foudation of the world (1Pe 1:20; Re 13:8) and all counsel is within the Triune Godhead so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of His glory. The beauty of this is twofold: (1) We are the beneficiaries of God's counsel having been predestined. It is something that causes us to break forth in praise which in turn causes God to be glorified. (2) God still recieves the glory from His own counsel regardless of what may come. If God damns every person to Hell, He is still glorified. If He saves some and not all, He is still glorified. If every person were to willingly bow their knee to Christ, He is still glorified. No matter which way we turn the key God's glory is always at the other end of the lock. The second aspect of God's counsel is this: no one was there when He made these decisions. This seems a bit trifling to point out but it is truth. God made, decreed, and acted upon His own counsel. No outside force was there to persuade or dissuade Him from any course of action; and when we come across the doctrine of predestination in the Bible we would do well to remember this. God is still in control of every situation. Many are offended at the idea that God is the one who chooses the recepients of His grace. Yet, the text is very clear in saying that the cause of our inheritance is the fact of our having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will. Can Paul be any clearer? God needs no defense for the actions He makes and we disservice God greatly when we insist that He work according to our sense of justice and fairness. When we begin to meddle in God's counsel we may receive the same answer that a well-loved character of the Bible received: Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me (Job 38:1-3). The simple fact of the matter is, God is God and we are not. All the good, the bad, and the ugly of this world belong to His counsel; His secret counsel of which no man has ever entered, and we would do well to leave God as the final Orchestrator of all matters, including our salvation. Application We have been created solely for God's glory and His Name. If we are in Christ it is because of His grace; if we are inheritors of the crown it is because of His love and mercy; if we have answered the gospel call it is because of His purpose and the counsel of His will. God's main concern is To the praise of His glory. How awesome that God would choose from among His creatures those of us who are unlovely and not deserving of anything but death and condemnation! And God has done this so that we will break forth in unhindered praise and sing mightly to God: Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. (Ps 96:2) How awesome is our God!
10000000013120 13120 Notes 2009-10-06 19:49:20 2015-05-31 21:37:43 Inheritors of the Crown Again, the glory of God and Christ are the central theme in this passage as Paul's phrase, To the praise of His glory is stated twice; at the end of verse 12 and then again at verse 14. Sandwiched in the middle of those two verses are the Ephesians' believing in Christ and being sealed with the Holy Spirit. Note closely however, that the focus is not so much on the believer as it is on the promise of God to impart to the believer the inheritance that rightly belongs to Christ. This passage can be outlined as follows: The Obtaining of the Inheritance While Paul focuses on the inheritance of the believer, pointing to the riches they have in Christ Jesus with the Father, he also makes it very clear the reason behind the inheritance. It has nothing to do with us and everything to do with God. He gives two reasons for this: A. Having been predestined First, is the idea that we have already been selected unto this inheritance. Though predestination is a hard doctrine to digest, and though it makes us uncomfortable and violates our view of who God is, it is nevertheless a truth that cannot be ignored. It is truth because the Bible clearly portrays the doctrine here and throughout its pages. A few examples will suffice to prove this point: Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him. (Gen 18:18-19) And the LORD said to Moses, "When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go. . .And he said, "I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name 'The LORD.' And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.(Ex 4:21, 33:19) And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. (Acts 13:48) The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come. (Re 17:8) Of course, these passsages represent a very small portion of Scripture that talk about God's sovereignty over mankind. I have simply pointed to these passages to concrete the idea that predestination is present throughout Scripture; and Paul makes no attempt to hide the fact that we are blessed only because of God's choosing of us and His mercy upon our wicked selves. There are two other things I would like to briefly point to before moving on: In Scripture, predestination always has God as its subject. My point in saying this is for us to realize the fact that in eternity past no one existed but God alone. That is to say that the only one around who made the decisions concerning salvation, sanctification, and any other action was solely God. Most would try and re-interpret what Paul says as the fact of God knowing in advance who would and would not believe. But this is not the case for God is the creator of all things including time, circumstances, and will. So the question remains is, does God simply know (cognitive knowledge) of who will exercise faith in Him, or does He know (omnisciently) because He creates the time, person, and circumstances under which that person will exercise faith in Christ? God not only knows what is going to happen He causes it to happen. That is why Joseph could confidently declare to his brothers, "Do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God." (Gen 45:5, 7-8) Now, Paul relays this sovereignty to the Ephesians. In fact, Paul's usage of both words of 'obtained' and 'predestination' are not only in an aorist tense (completed action) but also in a passive voice. Simply put, it means that the subjects of this sentence (us) are being acted upon (by an outside agent. i.e, God) rather than doing the action for ourselves. Predestination always precedes any spiritual blessing. This is simply a fact that is throughout all Scripture. Why was God favorable towards Abraham? Because He chose him (Gen 18:18). Abraham certainly did not ask to be sought after. He continued in everyday life worshiping false gods until Yahweh called him to leave Ur. And why did the Lord bless the stubborn, wicked, rebellious Israelites and give them the Promised Land? Because He loved them and chose them as His own people (Deut 7:7-10). In the same manner, God has chosen us as His special people; a people to be holy and blameless before Him (v.4). And I can certainly assure you that there was nothing in us that would cause Him to choose us except for pure, unhindered love and mercy (1Pe 2:4, 9; Mt 22:14; Ro 11:5, etc.). B. According to His purpose There are two phrases here in verse 11: According to the purpose of Him and According to the counsel of His will. The Greek words used are boule and thelema, respectively. Both can be interchangebly used in the sense of 'will.' Often, thelema is used as something that has been determined or that which will come about (Thayers, G2307. See also, Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics, pp.73-136 for a detailed discussion of the Genetive case and its multi-faceted use; [ the Genetive is used in the Greek construction in the last clause of verse 11 ] ). So, in Paul's mind the inheritance of the believer has already been obtained. Note that it is obtained to the praise of His glory. This inheritance is tied to the two phrases mentioned earlier: (1). According to the purpose of Him Everything God does is always to glorify His own Name and cause His people to praise Him. His glory is first and foremost while our salvation and sanctification is secondary. Let us never make the mistake of reversing the two: God's glory is not dependent upon our salvation, but our salvation is dependent upon (and with great mercy and love) God's glory. Scripture testifies over and over again that God does these things in spite of us rather than on account of us (Isa 63:14; Ex 33:19; Isa 43:7; Ezek 20:14; 1Pe 1:20; 1Joh 2:12). (2). The counsel of His will This phrase alone signifies a great deal. The nuances are plain and Paul makes use of them well here. There are two that can be discussed here. First, the counsel belongs to God and God alone. He has no need to consult another for He is the creator of all things. He already possesses complete and perfect knowledge for He had already in mind what He was to do before He began the process of creation (Isa 46:10). Regarding our inheritence, Jesus was the Lamb slain from the foudation of the world (1Pe 1:20; Re 13:8) and all counsel is within the Triune Godhead so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of His glory. The beauty of this is twofold: (1) We are the beneficiaries of God's counsel having been predestined. It is something that causes us to break forth in praise which in turn causes God to be glorified. (2) God still recieves the glory from His own counsel regardless of what may come. If God damns every person to Hell, He is still glorified. If He saves some and not all, He is still glorified. If every person were to willingly bow their knee to Christ, He is still glorified. No matter which way we turn the key God's glory is always at the other end of the lock. The second aspect of God's counsel is this: no one was there when He made these decisions. This seems a bit trifling to point out but it is truth. God made, decreed, and acted upon His own counsel. No outside force was there to persuade or dissuade Him from any course of action; and when we come across the doctrine of predestination in the Bible we would do well to remember this. God is still in control of every situation. Many are offended at the idea that God is the one who chooses the recepients of His grace. Yet, the text is very clear in saying that the cause of our inheritance is the fact of our having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will. Can Paul be any clearer? God needs no defense for the actions He makes and we disservice God greatly when we insist that He work according to our sense of justice and fairness. When we begin to meddle in God's counsel we may receive the same answer that a well-loved character of the Bible received: Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me (Job 38:1-3). The simple fact of the matter is, God is God and we are not. All the good, the bad, and the ugly of this world belong to His counsel; His secret counsel of which no man has ever entered, and we would do well to leave God as the final Orchestrator of all matters, including our salvation. Application We have been created solely for God's glory and His Name. If we are in Christ it is because of His grace; if we are inheritors of the crown it is because of His love and mercy; if we have answered the gospel call it is because of His purpose and the counsel of His will. God's main concern is To the praise of His glory. How awesome that God would choose from among His creatures those of us who are unlovely and not deserving of anything but death and condemnation! And God has done this so that we will break forth in unhindered praise and sing mightly to God: Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. (Ps 96:2) How awesome is our God! notes
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Ephesians 1:11-14
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ἐν ᾧ καὶ ἐκληρώθημεν
In him we have obtained an inheritance,
προορισθέντες
having been predestined
actionmanner
κατὰ πρόθεσιν τοῦ τὰ
according to the purpose of him
actionpurpose
πάντα ἐνεργοῦντος κατὰ τὴν βουλὴν τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ,
who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
εἰς τὸ εἶναι ἡμᾶς εἰς ἔπαινον δόξης αὐτοῦ τοὺς προηλπικότας ἐν τῷ Χριστῷ·
so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
ἐν ᾧ καὶ ὑμεῖς ἀκούσαντες τὸν λόγον τῆς ἀληθείας, τὸ εὐαγγέλιον τῆς σωτηρίας ὑμῶν,
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation,
ἐν ᾧ καὶ πιστεύσαντες
and believed in him,
ἐσφραγίσθητε τῷ πνεύματι τῆς ἐπαγγελίας τῷ ἁγίῳ,
were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
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ὅς ἐστιν ἀρραβὼν τῆς κληρονομίας ἡμῶν,
who is the guarantee of our inheritance
εἰς ἀπολύτρωσιν τῆς περιποιήσεως, εἰς ἔπαινον τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ.
until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
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10000000013120 13120 Arc 2009-10-06 19:49:20 2015-07-13 01:29:15 editing Ephesians 1 11 1 14 Ephesians 1:11-14 49 NT tisch esv i328914 ἐν ᾧ καὶ ἐκληρώθημεν In him we have obtained an inheritance, i328915 προορισθέντες having been predestined i328932 actionmanner 1 i328916 κατὰ πρόθεσιν τοῦ τὰ according to the purpose of him i328933 actionpurpose 2 i328917 πάντα ἐνεργοῦντος κατὰ τὴν βουλὴν τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ, who works all things according to the counsel of his will, i328918 εἰς τὸ εἶναι ἡμᾶς εἰς ἔπαινον δόξης αὐτοῦ τοὺς προηλπικότας ἐν τῷ Χριστῷ· so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. i328934 actionpurpose 2 i328938 actionpurpose 2 i328919 ἐν ᾧ καὶ ὑμεῖς ἀκούσαντες τὸν λόγον τῆς ἀληθείας, τὸ εὐαγγέλιον τῆς σωτηρίας ὑμῶν, In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, i328920 ἐν ᾧ καὶ πιστεύσαντες and believed in him, i328935 actionmanner 1 1 i328921 ἐσφραγίσθητε τῷ πνεύματι τῆς ἐπαγγελίας τῷ ἁγίῳ, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, i328936 actionresult 2 i328922 ὅς ἐστιν ἀρραβὼν τῆς κληρονομίας ἡμῶν, who is the guarantee of our inheritance i328923 εἰς ἀπολύτρωσιν τῆς περιποιήσεως, εἰς ἔπαινον τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ. until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. i328937 temporal 1 i328939 actionpurpose 2 i328940 progression 1 1 1 tisch 25 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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