11. The Book of Ephesians XI.~(NASB) Chapter 1

December 8, 2017

 

Ephesians 1: 1 “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful IN CHRIST JESUS: 2 GRACE to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST, 4 just as He chose us IN HIM before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons THROUGH JESUS CHRIST to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His GRACE, which He freely bestowed on us IN THE BELOVED. 7 IN HIM we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the RICHES of His GRACE 8 which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight 9 He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed IN HIM 10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things IN CHRIST, things in the HEAVENS and things on the earth. IN HIM 11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope IN CHRIST would be to the praise of His glory. 13 IN HIM, you also, after listening to THE MESSAGE OF THE TRUTH, the GOSPEL of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed IN HIM with THE HOLY SPIRIT of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”

Repetition is a vital element in the learning process. Therefore, we will be going over a few things discussed in previous blogs. At the root of The Inductive Bible Study Method is meditation, which is the exact opposite of emptying your mind of all thought. We fill our minds with The Word of God with a view of it taking root, growing, and producing the appropriate fruit from that tree. Here are two well-known verses of scripture that most Christian are familiar with, they teach us how often we should meditate in His Word and how.

Joshua 1: 8 “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it DAY and NIGHT, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” & Psalm 1: 1 “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates DAY and NIGHT. 3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.”

If you had an employer who asked you to sit at your computer working on some project both day and night, what would that suggest to you? I’ll tell you what it would suggest to me; all the time. Of course, I wouldn’t like it, especially it I were salaried and there’s no overtime involved but, I would interprete those word to mean non-stop.  The LORD intructed Joshua to stay in The Word continuously, so was King David. Many Believers will say “I’ve read the Bible from Genesis through Revelation”, and that is where they stopped. They’ll read it once and assume that they’ve done their due diligence. However, they have missed the mark completely. The Hebrew word used for Joshua and King David is the same:

Thayer Definitions-hâgâh=

1) to moan, growl, utter, muse, mutter, meditate, devise, plot, speak

1a) (Qal)

1a1) to roar, gr owl, groan

1a2) to utter, speak

1a3) to meditate, devise, muse, imagine

1b) (Poal) to utter

1c) (Hiphil) to mutter

Part of Speech: verb

Each word suggesting either making sounds or using your imagination to create Word pictures. For example, The LORD commanding Joshua to never allow His Word to leave his mouth, or David’s imagery of being like a tree planted by streams of water, producing fruit in the proper season. This is Biblical meditation, and it has nothing to do with emptying your mind and going auuummm!!!

A this verb is a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence, and forms the main part of the predicate of a sentence. Hâgâh is an action that’s taken with the idea of getting results. Even though it will be work, I suggest that every time I post Ephesians 1 you read it again. Each time read with a purpose. First we read it just to get a lay of the land i.e. who the characters. Then go back looking at places and times. By now, you’re breaking into a sweat because this seems like hard work, maybe you feel you’re investing too much time in this. Understandably, one would conclude this is not the easiest thing you’ve ever done. Nevertheless, before excusing yourself from this study, consider what those men must have experienced when The Holy Spirit moved upon them to get this Gospel in your hands. Some were martyred because of that work:

2nd Cor. 4: 8 “we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”

We can’t think that it was easy for them to gather all the necessary information from The Torah, The Talmud and the Historians of their day, to give us an accurate account of the events they either witnessed or were second party to? I also realize this post may be long for some, my fingers and wrist are crying out to quit, but we are Servants of The Most High God. We do as we’ve been instructed.

As you read chapter one focus on the Key Words. This is meditation; think of every key word as a tree you’ve come across since landing. Study the type of fruit that tree bares and when we return we’ll examine the type of tree that fruit is on, the leaves of the tree, the type of soil it’s best suited, and the soil this kind of tree is most commonly found. These are only metaphors and figures of speech, just so there’s no confusion. And I will get to verse two very soon. If you read number nine you know that I had some technical difficulties which we won’t go over again. To be continued…

 

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