To what do sophia and phronēsei refer to in Ephesians 1:8?
For more than 4,000 the mystery which was hidden from angels and men was revealed in Jesus Christ.(Vs 26), God now revealed this mystery to his holy people (Vs 26). And was now being preached to the Gentiles. (Vs 27)
Colossians 1:26-28 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition
26 The mystery of which was ...
The fiery darts are references to deception
“Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows (darts), and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!””
We see what the antidote of these darts are
“In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the ...
A dart is a weapon designed to injury, disable, or kill. Satan attacks through temptation; he seeks to lure people off the strait and narrow, or better yet, prevent them from finding it. If we accept the reality of free will (I do), we must acknowledge that Satan cannot force us to sin; he must tempt and deceive instead.
The darts of the evil one ...
Although I don't see a legal right to temptation arising from these verses on their own (though Paul certainly acknowledges they will be tempted, see appendix for more on free will), I propose that three of Paul's prior statements shed light on his meaning:
you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their
minds. They are darkened in ...
So the Greek goes
κατὰ τὸ πλοῦτος τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ ἧς ἐπερίσσευσεν εἰς ἡμᾶς (A), ἐν πάσῃ σοφίᾳ καὶ φρονήσει (B), γνωρίσας ἡμῖν τὸ μυστήριον τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ (C) ...
which would be the equivalent of
according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us (A) in all wisdom and prudence; (B) Having made known unto us the mystery of his ...
Grammatically, according to Meyer
ἐν ἐπιγνώσει αὐτοῦ That αὐτοῦ does not apply to Christ (Beza, Calvin, Calovius, Baumgarten, Flatt), but to God (although we have not
to write αὑτοῦ), is clear from the αὐτοῦ of Ephesians 1:18-19; it is
only at Ephesians 1:20 that the discourse passes over to Christ.
This is made more probable by the fact that "God&...
I agree with the OP's disambiguation - a grammatical construction in the first clause called "apposition". In English, an example might be: That car, the red one, is what we will use. Here "That car" and "the red one" are apposite = two phrases about the same object and BOTH form the subject of the sentence.
In Eph 1:17 we ...
The word "all" πᾶς occurs several times in the immediate verses around Eph 1:11 such as:
V3: every spiritual blessing in Christ
V8: all wisdom and understanding (ie, that comes from God)
V10: all things in heaven and on earth together in Christ
V11: everything by the counsel of His will
It is immediately obvious that "all" here does not ...
1: ”Is the spirit of wisdom and revelation referring to spiritual gifts or the Holy Ghost?"....................
Biblical ‘understanding’ is either ‘natural’ - what ‘you’ reason out, either intellectually or emotionally [via senses] - or ‘revelation’, what the spirit has ‘revealed’ to you.
JOHN 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father ...
When you reflect on a passage such as this, we all have a ‘foundation’ we ‘work from’. For this outline, I am obviously outlining mine - for consideration. There are different views, and hopefully some will present them for consideration.
So let’s look at “the God of our Lord” - as opposed to the Father of our Lord. Understanding this depends on your [own] ...
OP wrote: The immediate context is the church. e.g. Eph 1:7 "we have redemption through his blood."
Actually, there is one that is even more immediate:
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9making known to us the ...
Here are some possibly relevant "sitting" passages. It seems clear to me that at a minimum, Paul would have us understand that we are being given an incredibly privileged and honored position with Christ. Based on other passages, some measure of co-regency or co-judging seems also be implied.
the firstborn of the Pharaoh who sits on his ...
EPH 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
The word translated “together” (synegeirō) here was used three times - here in Ephesians, and also in Colossians.
COL 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him
COL 3:1If ye then be risen with Christ
It is describing our union with ...
English Standard Version
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
Adjective - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's 2032: From epi and ouranos; above the sky.
The Greek word, by itself, does not carry a sense of ...