essay: Eph 1:3-5 w/notes

July 16, 2014

3~~Worthy of praise and glorification {eulogetos}
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
the One {Father}
having provided us benefits/blessings {eulogeo}
by means of every spiritual benefit/blessing
in the heavenlies
in Christ . . .
{Doctrine of Positional Truth – Union with Christ}

{Note: In the New Testament, eulogetos is ONLY used for Deity and means ‘worthy of praise and glorification’. Next, ‘eulogeo’ is the Greek word used for blessing mankind.}

{Note: ‘Every spiritual blessing’ refers to the 40+ things God provided believers at the point of salvation. And, ‘having provided blessings’ is an aorist participle. The action of the aorist participle precedes the action of the main verb. The main verb is in the next verse ‘has elected’. This means ‘the blessings’ preceded His election of YOU! And, both occurred billions of years before YOU existed!}

4~~even as He {God the Father}
has chosen/elected us
{‘chosen’ is the main verb of this long sentence}
for Himself
in Him {Jesus Christ}
before the beginning/foundation of the world {eternity past}
for the purpose that
we keep on being ‘set apart to God’/saints/holy {hagios}
even unblemished/blameless
before/’in the presence of’ Him’ {God the Father} . . .

{Note: Hagios means to be set apart to God . . . saintly . . . holy. It represents Positional Sanctification. Jesus is perfect. We share His perfection ‘positionally’. Therefore because of what HE did, WE are set apart to God. We are not ‘saints’ based on what WE do!}

{Note: The last prepositional phrase ‘by means of virtue love’ starts the next verse in thought.}

5~~’in love’/’by means of virtue love’ {agape}
having predestined/pre-designed us
with the result
of the ‘appointment of adult sons’/’adoption’ {huiothesia}
for Himself
through Jesus Christ
according to the benevolent/grace purpose
from the source of His will . . .

{Note: Agape is a relaxed mental attitude and soul love. The absence of mental attitude sins.}

{Note: Huiothesia is a compound word meaning ‘adult son and placement’ so it means the appointment of an adult son – a form of ‘adoption’. But it is different from what we think of as adoption of a small child today. This is the Roman custom of heir-ship. If eldest
son was a lemon, the father adopted another adult as a ‘son’ and
heir . . . one who HAD integrity.}