EPHESIANS CHAPTER FIVE
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The purpose of the observation stage is to maintain focus on the text at hand in accordance with the framework in which it was written: a framework which is defined by the normative rules of language, context and logic - rules which do not impose undue, unintended meanings to the text , and which largely limit the observer to the content offered by Paul's epistle to the Ephesians and his other writings. In order for any passage from elsewhere to be considered, it must have a relationship with the context at hand, such as a Scriptural quotatio n or a specific cross reference in the passage at hand by the author. This will serve to avoid going on unnecessary tangents elsewhere; and more importantly, it will provide the framework for a proper and objective comparison with passages located elsewhere in Scripture.
Remember that something elsewhere may be true, but in the text at hand it may not be in view.
information on manuscript evidence is from "THE NEW TESTAMENT TEXT AND
TRANSLATION COMMENTARY," by Philip W. Comfort, Tyndale House
Publishers, Inc, Carol Stream, IL.
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(Col 3:5-9) Commentary On Col 3:5-9]:
IN COL 3:5, BELIEVERS ARE EMPHATICALLY COMMANDED TO PUT TO DEATH THEIR MEMBERS WHICH ARE "ON THE EARTH" IN THE SENSE OF IMMEDIATELY DEACTIVATE THOSE MEMBERS OF THEIR BODY WHICH ARE EARTHLY AS OPPOSED TO HEAVENLY, I.E., OPERATING UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE SIN NATURE; COMMITTING SINS SUCH AS THOSE LISTED: FORNICATION, UNCLEANNESS, [LUSTFUL] PASSION, EVIL DESIRE, AND COVETOUSNESS, WHICH IS IDOLATRY. FOR PAUL EXPLAINS THAT IT IS BECAUSE OF THESE THINGS THAT THE WRATH OF GOD WILL COME UPON THE SONS OF DISOBEDIENCE - THOSE WHOSE LIVES ARE CHARACTERIZED BY DISOBEDIENCE, UNBELIEF AND EVER INCREASING UNGODLINESS / SINFULNESS. PAUL REMINDS THE BELIEVERS THAT IN SUCH UNGODLINESS THEY ONCE WALKED, WHEN THEY WERE LIVING AS UNBELIEVERS. AND SO PAUL ADDS MORE FOR THEM TO PUT OFF: ANGER, WRATH, MALICE, BLASPHEMY, FILTHY LANGUAGE OF OF THEIR MOUTHS; AND DO NOT LIE TO ONE ANOTHER, SINCE THEY HAVE PUT OFF THE OLD MAN - THE CONTROL OF THE OLD SIN NATURE WITH ITS EVIL DEEDS WHEN THEY BECAME BELIEVERS
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(Ro 6:5-6:6a) THE BELIEVER'S UNDERSTANDING THAT HE HAS BECOME UNITED WITH JESUS CHRIST IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS DEATH AND THAT HE SHALL BE ALSO BE UNITED IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS RESURRECTION LEADS TO KNOWING THAT HIS OLD SELF WAS CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST
THE OLD SELF = LIT, 'THE OLD MAN' = THAT PART OF EVERY INDIVIDUAL (INCLUDING BELIEVERS) WHICH CONTROLS THE PRACTICE OF EVIL WHICH HAS BEEN CRUCIFIED = PUT TO DEATH, I.E., IT'S CONTROL IS DEACTIVATED BUT NOT ANNIHILATED AT THE MOMENT ONE BECOMES A BELIEVER
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(Eph 1:4) AUTHOR AND APOSTLE PAUL PRAISES / BLESSES THE GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ON BEHALF OF ALL THE SAINTS FOR HAVING BESTOWED EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES UPON THE SAINTS - THE ONES BELIEVING IN CHRIST JESUS, FOR HE CHOSE US IN HIM BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, TO BE HOLY AND BLAMELESS IN HIS SIGHT IN LOVE
(Eph 1:4) Author And Apostle Paul Praises / Blesses The God And Father Of Our Lord Jesus Christ On Behalf Of All The Saints For Having Bestowed Every Spiritual Blessing In The Heavenly Places Upon The Saints - The Ones Believing In Christ Jesus, For He Chose Us In Him Before The Foundation Of The World, To Be Holy And Blameless In His Sight In Love
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