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Why might Paul emphasize FOUR spatial dimensions when describing the love of Christ (Eph. 3:18)?

Paul didn't take analytic geometry. People in his day would look at spatial dimensions based on how they would measure them, not on a coordinate system. They could measure length all at once, and ...
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What is "the gift of God" in Ephesians 2:8?

Examining the Text The Greek text gives a fairly clear clue as to what is being referred to (its just one's theology that tends to get in the way of seeing it). There is a textual variant here, but ...
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Why so many differing Greek words rendered “one”?

Unlike English, Greek is a heavily (or highly) inflected language.1 In English, one could say/write, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism,” and the adjective “one” does not change spelling according to ...
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Why so many differing Greek words rendered “one”?

All the words for "one" are different declensions of the same word (εἷς, μία, ἕν in the lexicon). It is declined to match the noun it modifies. ἓν - is nominative neuter singular μιᾷ - is dative ...
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Ephesians 3:4 "πρὸς ὃ"

The verse: πρὸς ὃ δύνασθε ἀναγινώσκοντες νοῆσαι τὴν σύνεσίν μου ἐν τῷ μυστηρίῳ τοῦ Χριστοῦ. When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ.(ESV) [With reference] ...
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In Ephesians 2:15 exactly what part of the Law has been abolished?

Although Paul does not use the same word for 'abolish' as Jesus in Matthew 5:17, I think it helpful to bear that verse in mind, as Paul did not intend to contradict what Jesus says: 17“Do not think ...
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Why doesn't St. Paul use LOVE for each of the members, when he lays out the Rules for a Christian Households [Col 3:18-20]?

Marriage isn't 50-50. It's both parties giving 100%. Dr. Emerson Eggerichs addresses the differences in the commands extensively in his book Love and Respect and on his website, most recently in a ...
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Why might Paul emphasize FOUR spatial dimensions when describing the love of Christ (Eph. 3:18)?

This is quintessential Hebrew idiom based on multiple hyperbole. Paul is trying to convey the matchless riches of God's love and grace and struggles to find words to express it. He uses three ...
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What does "word of God" mean in Ephesians 6:17?

Key Element of the analogy To properly understand the analogy of the word of God as the sword of the Spirit it is helpful to understand what, within the analogy, the sword of the Spirit is meant to be ...
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How can someone be "filled with the Spirit" if the Spirit is a person? Ephesians 5:18

Here's the same issue with the temple: 27 “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built! 28 Yet have ...
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"ἐν Ἐφέσῳ" in Ephesians 1:1

Update: I've left my original two opening paragraphs here (slightly modified for contextual clarity) because I still believe in general they are true when it comes to resolving highly disputed ...
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Does the Bible render the Holy Spirit as a person in Ephesians?

The participle translated by the NIV here as 'who' is the Greek word ὅ, which is extraordinarily common and possesses a wide variety of meanings in English. The word is most commonly rendered as '...
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Do Christians receive the Holy Spirit upon conversion or not (Ephesians 1:13 vs. Acts 8:14-17; 19:1-7)?

Apollos 24 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent ...
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Does the Holy Spirit have emotions?

And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: [1 Thessalonians 1:6 KJV] The joy with which the followers received the word ...
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How can someone be "filled with the Spirit" if the Spirit is a person? Ephesians 5:18

Exactly the same question could be asked of other instances where we meet the same idea. Luke 1:17 - And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the ...
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What is meant by "schemes of the devil" in Ephesians 6:11?

The operative word here is μεθοδεία (methodeia) from which come our English word "method". It is a rare NT word only occurring in Eph 4:14, 6:11. Eph 4:14 - Then we will no longer be ...
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How can Ephesians 4:8 be a quote/translation of Psalms 68:18?

1. Question Restatement: In Eph. 4:8, Why does Paul translate Ps 68:18 ("to Take") - using the exact opposite term: ἔδωκεν ("to Give")? In Psalms 68:18, לָקַ֣חְתָּ is translated into Greek, as: ...
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In Ephesians 2:2, to what or whom does "the authority of the air" refer?

Clues from the Immediate Context of the Verse Itself In Eph 2:2, this "ruler" (τὸν ἄρχοντα) is clarified as to what he rules over. This clarification comes, as is common with this word, in the form ...
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In Ephesians 3:5, could «τοῖς ἁγίοις ἀποστόλοις αὐτοῦ καὶ προφήταις» be categorized as an instrumental dative?

There are two reasons why it is highly unlikely that the datives here are instrumental: 1) The verb αποκαλύπτω takes a direct and indirect object as you say, making a suitable nearby dative likely to ...
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How should Ephesians 3:15 be understood?

"Every" and not "the whole" is the correct translation here. The phrase in Greek, as you quoted, uses the word πᾶς and not ὅλος (as in ...the whole body shall be full of light - Matthew 6:22). So ...
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Be filled (G4130 vs G4137) with the Spirit

The difference between πληρόω (eg, Eph 1:23, 3:19, 4:10, 5:18 etc) and πλήθω (eg, Matt 22;10, 27:48, Acts 2:4, 31, etc) is quite small. Thayer and BDAG list the lexical entry (root word) for πλήθω as ...
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Ephesians 6:1 - Are Adults Commanded to Obey Their Parents?

There are many things one can do with this passage. You are right in saying "τέκνα is not a term that is age limited." Neither is the English word "children." And yet the image ...
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Did Paul teach works-based salvation in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27?

Did Paul teach works-based salvation in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27? These verses have nothing to do with salvation but with rewards. When one looks at the context of these verses one needs to look back to ...
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What does "word of God" mean in Ephesians 6:17?

In the message regarding the armor of God, the sword is the only offensive weapon that is presented. Everything else is designed to defend & protect areas of vulnerability, such as: Helmet (...
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Why it is translated "Be filled by the Spirit" (Eph 5:18-20)

There are four instances of the Present Imperative (Second Person Plural) in the Epistle to the Ephesians where there is ambiguity between the middle and passive voice, because the literal grammatical ...
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What are the "lower parts" in Ephesians 4:9?

Short Answer: We can be fairly certain this is just saying that before Jesus could go back up to heaven, He first had to go down to the earth, which is lower. The variants There are two major ...
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What is it that Paul prays Ephesians will comprehend?

Prolegomena The question assumes Pauline authorship, a point on which scholars are divided.1 It must be noted that I do not take Paul to be the author of Ephesians—I regard this epistle as ...
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