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Paul's Thanks for the Ephesians
Ephesians 1:15-23
All notes are from 2-5-09: Not only is Paul intent on praising God for who he is and what he has done for the saints (Eph.
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2011-11-24 17:09:22
All notes are from 2-5-09: Not only is Paul intent on praising God for who he is and what he has done for the saints (Eph. 1:3-14), but he also has this reason also to praise God: he has received word that the Ephesians are continuing strong in their faith and are loving others! And, in disclosing the specific details of what he is praying toward for the Ephesians, he cannot help but constantly remind them of the works which God has done for them in Christ and their wonderful implications! While I am fairly set in my thinking as to the main force of the passage, some of the specific questions I have concerning the flow and content are still uncertain. I am taking this passage to be centered on verse 16, which says simply that Paul is not ceasing to give thanks to God in his prayers because he has heard about two things which have encouraged him to do so (their faith in the Lord and love for the saints, verse 15). The content of his prayer, then, follows in verses 17-18 as a petition for a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ to be poured out on the Ephesians, with the hope that its effects would be three-fold (verses 18-19) in the lives of those he is praying for. Verses 19b-23 I take to be a further explanation of the "surpassing greatness of his power in us who are believing." The first question I have concerns whether the hiva in verse 17 could be explaining the purpose of why Paul is continually praying and making mention (present participles) of the Ephesians. If this is the case, then the force would be thus: "I (Paul) don't cease giving thanks because of you and making mention of you in my prayers in order that God...would give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him." This interpretation may not be all that different from the hiva of content, which simply would treat God's giving of a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him as what Paul is actually praying. This option seems more concise to me, however, as I look at the point that it is in the knowledge of God that Paul bases this God-given gift which he is praying for. If he were praying in order that God would give them this gift (a spirit of wisdom and revelation), adding "in the knowledge of him" would imply perhaps that they didn't already have this type of spirit, that is, they were not really in the knowledge of him until after these types of prayers are prayed (which is not the case interpretively as God pours out a certain type of spirit in the knowledge of him to any who have trusted in his name and have been sealed by the Holy Spirit of the promise (verse 13), The next difficulty lies with the perfect participle pephotismenous in verse 18. It is sitting within an accusative construct, which already is an unwieldy frame for understanding the meaning. The main debate I am have is this: is this participle functioning more as the subject modifier of the eis to eidenai framework, "(as) the eyes of your heart have been enlightened in order that you know," or is it a participle of means, "by having the eyes of your heart enlightened in order that you know?" It seems that the way that one treats the hiva question in verse 17 will directly impact the force of the perfect participle here. If one takes it as a simply modifying participle, the importance is not on so much on this enlightening as on the fact that God would give a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. This may be confirmed by the perfect tense: "as the eyes of your heart have been enlightened" (this started happening at some distinct point in the past at the new birth, but still is continuing in its effects until the present day as we grow in the knowledge of God). It would seem that treating this participle as one of means would be to prescribe the purpose intentionally of hiva in verse 17, that Paul is praying in order that a certain type of spirit be given by the enlightening of our hearts. The difficulty for me as I have considered it more is then how to treat the clear purpose infinitive construction in verse 18 and its three clear purposes that Paul is intending, because one would have to be treating verses 17-18a as part of his purpose and 18b-23 (or just 21) as the second part of it. This seems to be too complicated to be a good argument/purpose! Another question I have about the structure of this purpose (in three requests in verses 18-19a concerns the grounding clause in 19b-23 throwing the emphasis on an inference that that whole final section is about "the surpassing greatness of his power." Now, while verses 19-21 clearly go together, I am wondering whether it is really possible to have this whole section (verses 19b-23) as a grounding statement, especially in light of the fact that this "since..." clause would be starting with a prepositional phrase (not normal) and verse 22 contains a finite verb which doesn't quite seem to fit easily in series with verses 19b-21. Although I don't have many good arguments (in my mind) for this treatment, other than it appears to make sense more so than other arrangements of the text, one that could make some sense is noticing that the two aorist active indicative verbs in verses 20 and 22 seems to match up ("which he worked...and he subjected"). Against, this is a weak argument, but it shows continuity of tense, subject matter, and point of view.
10000000004236 4236 Notes 2009-01-27 16:04:37 2011-11-24 17:09:22 All notes are from 2-5-09: Not only is Paul intent on praising God for who he is and what he has done for the saints (Eph. 1:3-14), but he also has this reason also to praise God: he has received word that the Ephesians are continuing strong in their faith and are loving others! And, in disclosing the specific details of what he is praying toward for the Ephesians, he cannot help but constantly remind them of the works which God has done for them in Christ and their wonderful implications! While I am fairly set in my thinking as to the main force of the passage, some of the specific questions I have concerning the flow and content are still uncertain. I am taking this passage to be centered on verse 16, which says simply that Paul is not ceasing to give thanks to God in his prayers because he has heard about two things which have encouraged him to do so (their faith in the Lord and love for the saints, verse 15). The content of his prayer, then, follows in verses 17-18 as a petition for a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ to be poured out on the Ephesians, with the hope that its effects would be three-fold (verses 18-19) in the lives of those he is praying for. Verses 19b-23 I take to be a further explanation of the "surpassing greatness of his power in us who are believing." The first question I have concerns whether the hiva in verse 17 could be explaining the purpose of why Paul is continually praying and making mention (present participles) of the Ephesians. If this is the case, then the force would be thus: "I (Paul) don't cease giving thanks because of you and making mention of you in my prayers in order that God...would give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him." This interpretation may not be all that different from the hiva of content, which simply would treat God's giving of a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him as what Paul is actually praying. This option seems more concise to me, however, as I look at the point that it is in the knowledge of God that Paul bases this God-given gift which he is praying for. If he were praying in order that God would give them this gift (a spirit of wisdom and revelation), adding "in the knowledge of him" would imply perhaps that they didn't already have this type of spirit, that is, they were not really in the knowledge of him until after these types of prayers are prayed (which is not the case interpretively as God pours out a certain type of spirit in the knowledge of him to any who have trusted in his name and have been sealed by the Holy Spirit of the promise (verse 13), The next difficulty lies with the perfect participle pephotismenous in verse 18. It is sitting within an accusative construct, which already is an unwieldy frame for understanding the meaning. The main debate I am have is this: is this participle functioning more as the subject modifier of the eis to eidenai framework, "(as) the eyes of your heart have been enlightened in order that you know," or is it a participle of means, "by having the eyes of your heart enlightened in order that you know?" It seems that the way that one treats the hiva question in verse 17 will directly impact the force of the perfect participle here. If one takes it as a simply modifying participle, the importance is not on so much on this enlightening as on the fact that God would give a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. This may be confirmed by the perfect tense: "as the eyes of your heart have been enlightened" (this started happening at some distinct point in the past at the new birth, but still is continuing in its effects until the present day as we grow in the knowledge of God). It would seem that treating this participle as one of means would be to prescribe the purpose intentionally of hiva in verse 17, that Paul is praying in order that a certain type of spirit be given by the enlightening of our hearts. The difficulty for me as I have considered it more is then how to treat the clear purpose infinitive construction in verse 18 and its three clear purposes that Paul is intending, because one would have to be treating verses 17-18a as part of his purpose and 18b-23 (or just 21) as the second part of it. This seems to be too complicated to be a good argument/purpose! Another question I have about the structure of this purpose (in three requests in verses 18-19a concerns the grounding clause in 19b-23 throwing the emphasis on an inference that that whole final section is about "the surpassing greatness of his power." Now, while verses 19-21 clearly go together, I am wondering whether it is really possible to have this whole section (verses 19b-23) as a grounding statement, especially in light of the fact that this "since..." clause would be starting with a prepositional phrase (not normal) and verse 22 contains a finite verb which doesn't quite seem to fit easily in series with verses 19b-21. Although I don't have many good arguments (in my mind) for this treatment, other than it appears to make sense more so than other arrangements of the text, one that could make some sense is noticing that the two aorist active indicative verbs in verses 20 and 22 seems to match up ("which he worked...and he subjected"). Against, this is a weak argument, but it shows continuity of tense, subject matter, and point of view. notes
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διὰ τοῦτο κἀγώ ἀκούσας τὴν καθ' ὑμᾶς πίστιν ἐν τῷ κυρίῳ Ἰησοῦ καὶ τὴν ἀγάπην τὴν εἰς πάντας τοὺς ἁγίους
For this reason I also, having heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and (your) love (which is) for all the saints,
οὐ παύομαι εὐχαριστῶν ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν
I do not cease giving thanks for you,
μνείαν ποιούμενος ἐπὶ τῶν προσευχῶν μου
making mention in my prayers,
ἵνα ὁ θεὸς τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ ὁ πατὴρ τῆς δόξης δώῃ ὑμῖν πνεῦμα σοφίας καὶ ἀποκαλύψεως ἐν ἐπιγνώσει αὐτοῦ
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, might give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,
πεφωτισμένους τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς τῆς καρδίας ὑμῶν
(by) having the eyes of your heart enlightened,
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εἰς τὸ εἰδέναι ὑμᾶς τίς ἐστιν ἡ ἐλπὶς τῆς κλήσεως αὐτοῦ
in order that you (would) know what is the hope of his calling
τίς ὁ πλοῦτος τῆς δόξης τῆς κληρονομίας αὐτοῦ ἐν τοῖς ἁγίοις
(and) what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints
καὶ τί τὸ ὑπερβάλλον μέγεθος τῆς δυνάμεως αὐτοῦ εἰς ἡμᾶς τοὺς πιστεύοντας
and what is the surpassing greatness of his power unto us who are believing,
κατὰ τὴν ἐνέργειαν τοῦ κράτους τῆς ἰσχύος αὐτοῦ ἣν ἐνήργησεν ἐν τῷ Χριστῷ
(that is, the greatness of his power that is) according to the working of the might of his strength, which he worked in Christ,
ἐγείρας αὐτὸν ἐκ νεκρῶν
(by) raising him from the dead
καὶ καθίσας ἐν δεξιᾷ αὐτοῦ ἐν τοῖς ἐπουρανίοις
and (by) sitting (him) down at his right (hand) in the heavenly places,
ὑπεράνω πάσης ἀρχῆς καὶ ἐξουσίας καὶ δυνάμεως καὶ κυριότητος καὶ παντὸς ὀνόματος ὀνομαζομένου
far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name being named,
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οὐ μόνον ἐν τῷ αἰῶνι τούτῳ
not only in this age
ἀλλὰ καὶ ἐν τῷ μέλλοντι
but also in the one which is coming,
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καὶ πάντα ὑπέταξεν ὑπὸ τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ
and he subjected all things under his feet
καὶ αὐτὸν ἔδωκεν κεφαλὴν ὑπὲρ πάντα τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ
and he gave him as head over all things to the church,
ἥτις ἐστὶν τὸ σῶμα αὐτοῦ
which is his body,
τὸ πλήρωμα τοῦ τὰ πάντα ἐν πᾶσιν πληρουμένου
the fullness of the one filling (in himself) all things in all (people).
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10000000004236 4236 Arc 2009-01-27 16:04:37 2012-09-21 20:58:55 editing Ephesians 1 15 1 23 Ephesians 1:15-23 49 NT tisch mine i177111 i177093 διὰ τοῦτο κἀγώ ἀκούσας τὴν καθ' ὑμᾶς πίστιν ἐν τῷ κυρίῳ Ἰησοῦ καὶ τὴν ἀγάπην τὴν εἰς πάντας τοὺς ἁγίους For this reason I also, having heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and (your) love (which is) for all the saints, i177112 i177094 οὐ παύομαι εὐχαριστῶν ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν I do not cease giving thanks for you, i177113 i177095 μνείαν ποιούμενος ἐπὶ τῶν προσευχῶν μου making mention in my prayers, i177114 i177115 i177096 ἵνα ὁ θεὸς τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ ὁ πατὴρ τῆς δόξης δώῃ ὑμῖν πνεῦμα σοφίας καὶ ἀποκαλύψεως ἐν ἐπιγνώσει αὐτοῦ that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, might give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, i177097 πεφωτισμένους τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς τῆς καρδίας ὑμῶν (by) having the eyes of your heart enlightened, actionmanner 1 i177116 i177098 εἰς τὸ εἰδέναι ὑμᾶς τίς ἐστιν ἡ ἐλπὶς τῆς κλήσεως αὐτοῦ in order that you (would) know what is the hope of his calling i177099 τίς ὁ πλοῦτος τῆς δόξης τῆς κληρονομίας αὐτοῦ ἐν τοῖς ἁγίοις (and) what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints i177117 i177100 καὶ τί τὸ ὑπερβάλλον μέγεθος τῆς δυνάμεως αὐτοῦ εἰς ἡμᾶς τοὺς πιστεύοντας and what is the surpassing greatness of his power unto us who are believing, i177118 i177101 κατὰ τὴν ἐνέργειαν τοῦ κράτους τῆς ἰσχύος αὐτοῦ ἣν ἐνήργησεν ἐν τῷ Χριστῷ (that is, the greatness of his power that is) according to the working of the might of his strength, which he worked in Christ, i177119 i177120 i177102 ἐγείρας αὐτὸν ἐκ νεκρῶν (by) raising him from the dead i177121 i177122 i177103 καὶ καθίσας ἐν δεξιᾷ αὐτοῦ ἐν τοῖς ἐπουρανίοις and (by) sitting (him) down at his right (hand) in the heavenly places, i177104 ὑπεράνω πάσης ἀρχῆς καὶ ἐξουσίας καὶ δυνάμεως καὶ κυριότητος καὶ παντὸς ὀνόματος ὀνομαζομένου far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name being named, locative 1 i177123 i177105 οὐ μόνον ἐν τῷ αἰῶνι τούτῳ not only in this age i177106 ἀλλὰ καὶ ἐν τῷ μέλλοντι but also in the one which is coming, negativepositive 2 temporal 1 series i177124 i177107 καὶ πάντα ὑπέταξεν ὑπὸ τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ and he subjected all things under his feet i177125 i177108 καὶ αὐτὸν ἔδωκεν κεφαλὴν ὑπὲρ πάντα τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ and he gave him as head over all things to the church, i177126 i177109 ἥτις ἐστὶν τὸ σῶμα αὐτοῦ which is his body, i177110 τὸ πλήρωμα τοῦ τὰ πάντα ἐν πᾶσιν πληρουμένου the fullness of the one filling (in himself) all things in all (people). ideaexplanation 1 ideaexplanation 1 series progression actionmanner 1 ideaexplanation 1 series actionpurpose 2 actionpurpose 2 actionmanner 1 1 1 1 tisch 25 mine 25 a 50 discourse
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