Ephesians 1:11 ESV "In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory."
- Is the meaning of "all things" here to do with all things in the church? The immediate context is the church. e.g. Eph 1:11 "we have obtained an inheritance." "We" being "the church".
The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges commentary suggests that "energountes" is "worketh in us"-"the process of grace in the soul and the church". "Us" being "the church".
- Or, does "all things" refer to things inside and outside the church? e.g. "We have obtained an inheritance" implies, I suggest, that others have not done so but both situations are worked out by him.
The Expositors commentary puts it that the panta/all has the absolute sense..."and is connected with the foundation of things universally."