Worship V Day 10 My Jesus I Love Thee: Digging Deeper

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Finding the original intent of Scripture and making good application to our everyday lives as we become equipped to correctly handle the Word of Truth!

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The Questions

1) What does it mean that redemption is provided to us through the blood of Christ?

2) Tracing the pronouns in verses 7-8, what do we discover about the roles of the Son and the Father in our salvation?

3) What mystery has been made known to us by God? (verse 9

Ephesians 1:7-10

7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 that He richly poured out on us with all wisdom and understanding.
9 He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure that He purposed in Christ 10 as a plan for the right time—to bring everything together in Christ, both things in heaven and things on earth in Him.

Original Intent

1) What does it mean that redemption is provided to us through the blood of Christ?
Teacher Erik Raymond describes Ephesians 1 as a “man-humbling, Christ-exalting run-on sentence that serves to distill the praise and power of God.” He goes on to say, “the theological truth of this chapter is the catalyst for this exemplarily praise.” What theological truth? It’s the glorious truth evidenced by God’s redeeming work on our behalf: Christ’s blood saves us! In the original Greek, verses 7-10 are part of one very long sentence stretching from verse 3 to verse 14. After his initial greeting, Paul begins expressing to the church at Ephesus his gratitude to God for “redemption through His [Christ’s] blood.” Every Scripture the readers would have known (that is, the Old Testament) pointed toward the necessity of the blood sacrifice. (Leviticus 17:11 ) Christ was the ultimate and final sacrifice of this kind. The Greek word used here for “redemption” is used 10 times in the New Testament and signifies freedom from sin, as well as a release from the penalty of sin. Albert Barnes helps us to see the significance: “The word used here … denotes deliverance from sin, and from the evil consequences of sin, which has been effected by the offering of Jesus Christ”, the One whose sacrificial death atoned for our sins.”

2) Tracing the pronouns in verses 7-8, what do we discover about the roles of the Son and the Father in our salvation?
The ambiguity of the pronouns in the passage require us to take some time to read through these verses in order to comprehend what they communicate about the Father and the Son. Reading through the chapter several times in its entirety helps us correctly translate it (2 Timothy 2:14-15). Referring to a Greek lexicon still leaves questions about the pronoun references. Though study tools can be useful as we dig deeper into Scripture, in this case a thorough and repetitive reading will be the most clarifying approach we can take. In the context of the greater passage, we can conclude that most pronouns refer to God the Father. “He” is the Giver of the gift of salvation, which is provided through “Him”, the Son. Based on the Greek structure and the framework of the passage’s pronouns regarding the work of the Father and the Son, the overarching message illuminated for us is that it was because of God’s love that He purposed and planned to redeem fallen mankind through Christ. This message is confirmed in Paul’s other writings (for example, Colossians).

3) What mystery has been made known to us by God? (verse 9)
In his essay “The Weight of Glory”, C S Lewis wrote: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” In the same way the physical sun illuminates all we see, Jesus – God the Son – reveals the glory of God that had been veiled. (Revelation 21:22-23)   The apostle Paul told the believers in Colossae he had been called by God to proclaim “the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to His saints.” (Colossians 1:24-27 ). It was such an important part of his gospel message that he used the word “mystery” over 20 times in his letters.  His readers understood that Paul was referring to that which had been undisclosed to previous generations, but had now been revealed to the people of God. Jesus spoke of this mystery to His disciples (Mark 4:10-11) and Paul reinforced the truth that it was indeed the kingdom of Jesus Christ. Without Jesus coming to us and dying for us, we would never have been able to comprehend it. According to God’s purpose and timing, the revealed secret was made known to those who trusted in Christ’s death as their only way of eternal life. (1 Corinthians 2:7-14).

Everyday Application

1) What does it mean that redemption is provided to us through the blood of Christ?
Those in Christ are the redeemed ones! We were once slaves to sin and death, but our freedom has been purchased by the blood of Lamb of God and we are no longer in bondage! We were in no condition to be bought, but the price was paid because of the mercy of the One who bought us. There was no animal sacrifice that could fully pay the price. It had to be a perfect man. We sing of our love for Christ and confess the foolishness of our sins as we consider the price paid for our redemption. What a glorious thought is this: “My sin, not in part but the whole, is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more!” The sacrificial death of Christ bought our liberty! What a beautiful scene to envision: Consider Heaven, filled with those who were once sin’s prisoners, but through no goodness or credit of their own are now standing forgiven and free! And we will sing together the song of the redeemed (Revelation 7:9-10).

2) Tracing the pronouns in verses 7-8, what do we discover about the roles of the Son and the Father in our salvation?
In the long sentence found in chapter 1 of Paul’s letter, there are three major sections that all include a note of praise for God. Verses 6, 12 and 14 focus on giving worship and praise to the three Persons of the Godhead (Godhead = God’s divine nature). We take time to consider the pronouns because we want to know the God we worship. He is the One who deserves all glory and honor.  In verses 4-6, Paul pours out his praise to God the Father who has chosen to redeem people; in verses 9-12, he offers up praise for the Son who was willing to go to the cross at the predetermined time; and in verses 13-14 the apostle gives praise for the Holy Spirit who has sealed the redeemed with the promise of an eternal inheritance. As long as he lived, Paul used his breath (and pen) to worship.
Pastor David Mathis said: “Christian worship engages both heart and head. It necessitates true doctrine about the Father and His Son, and their partnership in rescuing sinners.” We read the word of God with intentionality because it helps us worship in spirit and truth.

3) What mystery has been made known to us by God? (verse 9)
Songwriters Matt Boswell and Matt Papa penned these lyrics to help us worship our Redeemer, recognizing that through Christ, the mystery of the ages was revealed:
Come behold the wondrous mystery: Christ the Lord upon the tree. In the stead of ruined sinners hangs the Lamb in victory. See the price of our redemption, see the Father’s plan unfold; bringing many sons to glory, grace unmeasured, love untold!
When we think of such love, such sacrifical love, that God the Father would send His Son to die in our place, we are overcome with gratitude. That we are chosen to be the beneficiaries of the riches of God’s mercies is incomprehensible. If we were writing a letter to friends, proclaiming the wonder of such great mercy, we might be just like Paul and write a sentence that goes on and on in adoration “to the praise of His glory!!”

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Digging Deeper is for Everyone!

1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read it, and the verses around it,
several times
3) Write down your questions
as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you
other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God
in your everyday!

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Why Dig Deeper?

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Study Tools

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources, providing the original Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament) with an English translation.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Discover “origin”, “definition” and hear the original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want more background? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

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