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('Pregnancy'= accounting precedence for the Rapture)
Preface to Ephesians 1:3-14,
Paul's Meter of Church Time
To comprehend Ephesians, you must know Paul's meter from the Greek; but to know his meter, you first need to know its underlying Doctrine of Time. Bible Hebrew meter, which Paul uses here in Greek, conveys a doctrine about How God Orchestrates Time. It runs pan-Bible, so has been used for 1500 years. Undetected, by Christendom.
All prophecy is an accounting, primarily. All the prophetical events are accounted, to 'obey' this Doctrine's Rules. So, the Time Rules are encoded metrically, since Israel had to memorize Scripture orally. This made the Rules, easy to remember. Hence this meter is extensively used in the Old Testament, yet scholars don't know about it. They've debated whether OT Bible Hebrew even has meter, for over 300 years. They can't discern that meter, since they impose Western ideas of poetry meter, on the Bible text.
Most of the scholars involved in the debate over Hebrew meter, are preterists and Replacement Theologians. So it's not to their advantage, to 'find' a meter which disproves preterism, which disproves Replacement Theology, since both 'doctrines' cut out the Jews from God's Promises; just like Harold Camping did recently, his Mad-Magazine numbers loudly and laughably predicting the world's end on May 21-now-October 21, 2011. The world, justifiably snickers. Bible is a casualty. Bible looks Bad. Not fair.
For God's Prophecy concerns the JEWs, and we Church weren't supposed to be here, Romans 11. We got 'grafted in', only because Israel rejected Christ and He contracted to BUILD CHURCH, starting in Matthew 16:18, specifically asking for it per Father's Discretion (hence Rapture is pre-Trib and cannot be predicted), in John 17:17-26.
Little wonder then, that 'scholars' debate what even constitutes a syllable, in Hebrew. Yet every Jew has always known: consonant to consonant, one syllable. The next consonant begins the next syllable, and sometimes also ends the prior syllable; certain consonant combinations unite into one syllable. So you only concern yourself with vowel elision, a stringing-together of sound which occurs in every language; and in Hebrew, also the waw might be elided (nowadays called vav). No need to play games with the text, no artificial-sounding recitation as in today's Judaism (harsh Sephardic tones), just read the text. Which in writing, is easy to parse. No confusion.
Once Christendom appreciates God's rhetorical device of metering Time to match verse content, every denomination will want to retool its ideas of hermeneutics, textual criticism, and above all, eschatology. So obviously, much up-front explanation is required; for much debate will justifiably ensue.
No one likes hearing he's been remiss in his Bible understanding, i.e., the fact that everyone accounts years as lunar, but BIBLE NEVER DOES. So Christendom as well as Judaism, constantly get Bible's dates wrong; Bible doesn't seem to balance, and oh you must just take it on faith, as if we're doing God a favor. Bible only uses solar years, but we use lunar, then claim Bible wrong, obtuse, or (yikes!) "inscrutable"! Camping played games on Bible math. He's not alone. Scholars routinely ignore the EXTRA SEVEN YEARS in Daniel 9, claiming they are lunar years. NO!
On the other hand, we all like hearing our faith in Bible, vindicated. That's another certain conclusion, in what follows. God is Trustworthy. He did preserve His Word. You can rely on it, and once you see how God proves He orchestrated HISTORY YOU CAN TEST, you'll feel MUCH better about Bible's Divinity.
By the way, you needn't credit 'brainout' for this material; nor did I use anything copyrighted, to derive it. I think the point of 'my' getting it, was to prove a) even a brainout can know this, and b) to save scholars and pastors, vetting time. For I know this material, only because I asked God for Bible proof of a doctrine my pastor long taught: that God uses Believers To Buy Time. [Christendom generally calls this 'salt of the earth'.] He called it 'Blessing by Association', but he didn't know there were explicit AMOUNTS of Time. I learned that, when sleuthing to see what he meant by 'Buying Time.'
So if YOU also come to see its Biblical validity, YOU own it. For it's BIBLE's data, not 'brainout's'. Different 'B'. I know this is controversial material, and yet it's mostly correct. So each day I throw stones at it; I hope you will, too. Obviously to the extent correct, it's of GOD, not 'brainout'. And that's the ONLY 'B', which matters. So I hope you'll tell me, where you find my errors.
So Bible does indeed use meter, to Account for Time. Because, Israel was on a SCHEDULE God set up at Adam's Fall. For the rhetorical-style uses of meter, click here for the Meter Notes' section, read bullets prior to Note A.
This document will show how Paul employs meter; especially, how he 'tags' specific passages metrically in Psalm 90, Isaiah 53, and Daniel 9. Thus you gain precise certitude on how to read and interpret, Ephesians. And you know something else: everyone used to be familiar with these Rules, just as we know our abcs.
o Time is a LOAN. So it must be 'paid' by someone voting for God. Else, TIME ENDS.
o This LOAN is in specific units, each with its own voting 'audience' and purpose.
o First Unit, a 490, during which at least ONE BELIEVER must spiritually SUPERMATURE. Else, Time Ends. Per Bible, Adam was the first to supermature, as indicated by the 'present' of his son Seth (Appointed-to-Carry-the-Name). Genesis 5 is a roster of those who Voted and Supermatured. That's its primary purpose, to Track Time Grants Being Met. The sons' births are TIMED; and when you crunch the math, you learn that, for example, there were 490 years between Seth's birth and Enoch's, showing that Jared also supermatured at the last minute. (Nerd Note: Age rounding means that there might be a 1-2 year variance in the math.) Same 490, between the births of Shem and Isaac.
o Second Unit is a 70, following the 490 if it successfully completed (someone supermatured during that Unit). During this 70, BELIEVERS EN MASSE must Vote To Learn God. The 'mass', can be as small as one (i.e., Noah, who voted during his own 70). Else, Time Ends for those who didn't vote. (Hence the Flood.)
o Third Unit, is another 490, following the 70, if the latter successfully completed. Again, at least One Believer must spiritually supermature. Else, Time Ends.
o Unit Four, the Sum: 1050 (490+70+490), constitutes God's Basic 'house' of Time. It 'funds' the ability of unbelievers to Vote To Be Saved. Gospel is always the same in any time period: you BELIEVE in the Future Savior Who Will Pay For Your Sins (aka Messiah, in Hebrew): and thus are saved from Hell and to Heaven.. forever.
o So notice Unit Four, the 1050 is also constructed of 50's: there are 21 of them. So, 1000+50 constitutes twenty 50's, plus one. (Hence the term 'millennium' in a generic sense. Really, 1000+50, not 1000. But in shorthand, 1000.)
o So Unit Five, is a special unbeliever-voting window during the last 50 years of the 1050. Notice how it piggybacks onto the last 50 years of the last 490, thus signifying that unbeliever votes depend on believers, voting. (Nerd Note: this is precedence for the sabbatical years, for Pentecost and Jubilee, covered here passim.)
o So the 1000 is a 'civilization' unit, with a '50' at the end; so the 'house' of 1050 contains both believers and unbelievers, each with a TIME promise and a TIME warning, if they don't vote for God.
o TIME ENDS for those who don't vote for God. That's the basic point, so is precedence for the sudden-death nature of the Rapture; which Paul will stress, in this passage.
o For the Millennium was predicted to arrive in the year 4200 from Adam's Fall, ever since the Exodus (and maybe prior, I can't yet prove what prior knowledge, of a 2nd 2100). The first two units ran 2100 years, for the Gentiles. The second 2100 was for the Jews. Jews today even know this, but they account 2000 each, not 2100. And they use a bad calendar, patterned after the Seder Olam Rabbah. Google on that term.
o Messiah was SCHEDULED to die 57 years before the end of the second 2100; hence when the Jews rejected Him, there was no more time left. There was no more time left, because Abraham matured EARLY, so that 57 was 'owed' the Gentiles. (Again, this was encoded into the Mosaic Law as Passover+Pentecost, Jubilee+Trib, mirrors.)
o Technically, Abraham supermatured in the very year that Noah's 490-year Time Grant, ran out. That was year 2046 from Adam. Rounded, the number is 54 (2100-2046). [Really, it's 53.5 years. An extra 3.5-year piece is tacked on, probably precedented from Noah, who entered the Ark 57 days after his birthday. I'm not yet sure why that is precedent.]
o So there is no more time left to Israel, if she doesn't accept Messiah when He comes On Time. [This might explain the origin of preterism. If one only looks at the fact Israel ran out of time, one can falsely conclude that the remainder 'passed on' to Church. But Bible's promises to Abraham, Moses, David are UNCONDITIONAL, so are still future. The Last David, inherited them all, Isaiah 53:12. So there is a future for Israel, which Church TIES to, and fronts; ergo, the unpredictable pre-Trib Rapture.]
o All this was recorded in the meter of Psalm 90; Isaiah 53 picked up the meter timeline where Moses left off; Isaiah updated the Advent timeline, since David had been born and died; now everyone knew when Messiah had to be born:
o 1000 years after David's consolidated Kingship, which was (per Bible), 1004 bc.
o So then Messiah was SCHEDULED to have the same lifetime as David's total rulership, 40 years.
o So then He would have died in 37AD, had the Jews accepted Him. That was, year 4143 from Adam's Fall. Rule of 57 would be met.
o So when the First Temple went down, that Schedule was now in breach. Daniel knew the meter, and thus metered his own prayer in Daniel 9, timing the date he prayed it, to the beginning of the last missed sabbatical year, again shown in his meter.
o Daniel's metered prayer asked for the specific units of Time God grants (God replying also in meter, as well as explicit text), in Daniel 9:24-26. [The '50' is left out, since it's not Jewish time. So it's in ellipsis, between Daniel 9:26 and 9:27.]
o So there were TWO sevens, 14 -- a subunit depicting Time In Breach, Loss of Time due to Temple Down, which Moses had warned of, metrically; which Isaiah metrically doubled (two positives offsetting the negative). As we'll see in the Ephesians passage, Paul will ape both Moses' and Isaiah's usage, in a type of antiphony showing the Church will be used as the Time Bridge to fulfill the 14.
o One seven, was embedded in the 62nd week; and the other was the Tribulation, in Daniel 9:27. Both were to play, respectively in and due to Messiah's 'time' (front-and-back like 7-day-pre-Flood warning to Noah, Messiah's death kicking off the final 57); since Israel went overbudget, so to speak, in Temple Reconstruction delay (21 years instead of seven, between 537BC and 516BC).
o So when Christ came and Israel rejected Him, He ended up dying seven years earlier, still in the 62nd week of Daniel 9:26. So that 'week', didn't complete. [We don't notice that, because we ASSume a lunar accounting. So the preterist thinks that Daniel 9:27 is the only 7. So too, the Dispensationalist. Not so!] This hanging extra 7, was yet future at the time Paul wrote, and would be 'spent' on taking down the Temple under Titus, 64-70AD. Everyone expected that, since Daniel 9:26 is on Temple Down.
o Accordingly, the Christ knew that; so before He died, He Inaugurated Church To Continue Time for no set AMOUNT of Time, Matt16:18. John 17:17-23 shows It's Up To Father, How Many FUTURE SOULS Christ Should 'Fund', On The Cross.
o As a result, Time is in a 'bubble' of Daniel 9:26, the '62nd week', a 434, leaving 56 to finish the 490.
o So, Paul's meter sums 434, to display We Church Are The Time Bridge of History. [Personal note: I wish my pastor were alive to see this. All during his ministry he taught that Church was the Time Bridge, especially when exegeting Ephesians for us in daily Bible class, for seven whopping years! He didn't know this meter, or I'm sure he'd have taught it. He taught it for free. So I'm publishing this material for free. Anonymously, so anyone can claim it as their own.]
As a result, I've made many videos on God's Time Rules and on the passages Paul uses, to show their meter. These videos are designed to acquaint the viewer with the Rules you'll see Paul use in the next section, and to demonstrate how their meter is designed to show how God met those Rules -- or, conversely, violated by man. The video series thus far are unfinished, and are categorized into five playlists:
Psalm 90: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=FF2856603C945631 Shows how Psalm 90 is structured as the Meter of Time, Adam through Millennium.
Isaiah 53 Meter Hypothesis: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=8523934356BE4BDC Journal-type videos on how I learned that no words were missing in Isaiah 53's Hebrew, and what meter structure I found. This was how I learned the meter you're about to see in this document.
10 GGS (Greek Geek Stuff): http://www.youtube.com/playlist?p=PL5D3F5A2E85CE65CC Introduction to Eph1 use of Hebrew meter but Greek words; this document's contents will eventually be shown in videos, here. This playlist dovetails with Psalm 90 playlist Episode 18 and following. It includes other NT metered passages, like the Magnificat: click here, for only the Magnificat.
10 YMH (Yapping Most High): http://www.youtube.com/playlist?p=PLB73D9DA02D729857 Jewish dispensationalism compared with God's 1050-year 'house' of Time, primer videos. Since at least Rambam (Maimonides), Jewish Dispensationalism claims God Orchestrates Time to run in 2000-year units. That's close to the Biblical description. (Really 2100 years for the goyim; 2100 years for the Jews; and then Messiah was supposed to Come, which He did.) Since their calendar is off, Jews expect Messiah to arrive in their Year 6000, but their calendar is 346 years short of history, and many Jews know that. (Year 2011 they call Year 5771, but it's really the 6117th year from Adam's Fall. Sometime during the Hasmonean period, or at least by Josephus' day, someone took the Seder Olam Rabbah and made it into a historical calendar, even though everyone knew the makers of the SOB had cut OUT years, like those under the Persian kings. For the SOB was designed to keep track of PROMISE TIME, which they didn't reckon as consecutive time. You can research this cutting-out, on the internet.)
Genesis Exegesis: Genesis 5 begats introduce God's Orchestration-of-Time doctrine. Start in Episode 8c1, where I cover how to use the GeneYrs.xls timeline (see next page): http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=AB5BE9F40D2918FB .
How God Constructs Time: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=32D5DBC20BF4163F General orientational videos on the doctrine, samples from the above playlists. Of these, the "Pass the Salt" video pair are the most important. The 'Companion' Pass the Salt has additional videos in its description, tracing the voting periods from Adam, forward.
Before the videos, I wrote webpages and documents on God's Rules for Time. I learned the rules first, back in May 2004, from Daniel 9's text; only by accident (yeah, right), when sleuthing whether Isaiah 53 had missing words, did I find the meter pattern (2008). So beginning with Isaiah 53 (2008), then Psalm 90 (2009), then Daniel 9 (2010) and here Ephesians 1 (Christmas 2010), the current and future videos focus on these Bible passages and meter uses, so you can see how the Bible conveys this doctrine. Once you see the meter pattern, you should find it in any prophetic OT passage you choose. Other NT passages also use the same meter, like Philippians 3:14 (a Rapture passage), Hebrews 11:1 (a whole chapter on Accounting-for-the-Rapture). So look for the meter pattern in the NT, as well.
Again, folks in Paul's day and prior, learned these Time Rules as we learn our ABC's. This was basic theology, to them. Daniel, for example, was a teenager when taken hostage to Babylon. Daniel 9 is in meter, accounting the TIME of Israel's kings, playing off specific sections of Psalm 90 and Isaiah 53 via their syllable counts. God's reply to Daniel is also metered; the explicit numbers in Daniel 9:24-26, mirror Daniel's meter. Thus you know why Daniel didn't ask questions, though every other converse with Gabriel, ended with Daniel being surprised.
So the documents that follow, largely predate the videos. I apologize for the bits-and-pieces nature of the analysis, but I publish it as I learn it. It's not fair to delay or keep this information quiet.
o http://www.brainout.net/BibleHebrewMeterCharacs.doc is the latest update on the Meter Rules. All further refinements of the Meter Rules will be codified there. So far, it's a short (16-page), updated diagnostic of 30 identifiable characteristics in Bible Hebrew and Greek meter, plus troubleshooting tips. You can use it to test any passage in Bible for meter. Included in the doc, are hints on how to find such passages; plus (passim), a tentative shortlist of them.
o Main webpage on How God Orchestrates Time: http://www.brainout.net/Mirroring.htm. Has all videos, too.
o Next, brainoutFAQ: http://www.brainout.net/brainoutFAQ.htm#6. Read it through 6b. Shorter display of the Biblicity of Bible dates used in Mirroring.htm and GeneYrs.xls.
o Timeline From Adam forward: http://www.brainout.net/GeneYrs.xls. Shows how God's Rules for Time affect history both in Bible and post-Bible. All worksheet dates are taken from Bible; no astrology, astronomy, or extra-Biblical 'sources'. Just count the dates as Bible gives them, and be sure to count in SOLAR YEARS. Lunar accounting is a Jewish convention; but Bible's calendar is always based on BIRTHDAYS, from Adam forward; so is always solar; God bid Israel use a solar year, Exodus 12. So the worksheet Col G (in yellow) dates tally to Bible. (Our BC/AD dates are sometimes 3 years off, which timeline also reflects. You can't fix it, by moving the timeline up three years. There are two self-cancelling errors in our calendars; that's why SOME of our BC/AD dates are right; some chronologers only make one or the other, error. Bible's timeline is self-auditing, so I'll eventually find where those errors are located.)
o Backup Timeline Explanation for GeneYrs.xls and Mirroring.htm: http://www.brainout.net/TenWaysThisTimelineDiffers.doc. That Word document briefly explains the scholar errors, i.e., human king's decree in Daniel 9:25; lunar years; ignoring 1Kings 6:1 on David's death age (77), and instead preferring Josephus, etc. It also goes into the accounting relationship between 70 and 50 (on page 15 of TenWays), vital to how Paul crafts and 'nests' his own meter.
o Another backup, showing we can know from BIBLE, exactly when the Lord was born and died, and that between His Arrest and Crucifixion, there were FOUR DAYS, not one: http://www.brainout.net/PassPlot.htm . Bible documentation there is extensive, and will take you months to vet; for God designed Israel's calendar around the Christ, just as Hebrews 1:2 says, in Greek (mistranslated). There's really no excuse for our centuries of confusion.
o Exodus backup, how the BIBLE's date (1440 bc) obviously dovetails with history we know: http://www.brainout.net/Exodate.htm .
o Another backup, showing the Noahic Flood timeline; Bible writers use the LXX, not the BHS dates. Paul here relies on you knowing the LXX chronology, and tags his meter to it. So here's that chronology: http://www.brainout.net/FloodChronoREVISED.doc . The pdf copy: http://www.brainout.net/FloodChronoREVISED.pdf
o Harold Camping misused Bible to craft his Doomsday dates; so, he used the wrong Flood dates, even. If you're interested, I refuted his calculations here: http://www.brainout.net/CampingTimelineGaffes1.doc and http://www.brainout.net/CampingTimelineGaffes2.doc . I couldn't have done it so well if I didn't know the meter. What attracted people to Camping was his alleged precision with Bible timelines. Well, the REAL Bible's precision makes his fake timeline look like the LXX begats' bungling, in Genesis 5!
o God's Play of History Hebrew Meter style and integration among Psalm 90, Isaiah 53, Daniel 9:4-26 and Eph 1:3-14: http://www.brainout.net/Ps90Isa53Dan9Eph1.doc ; next, http://www.brainout.net/Ps90Isa53Dan9Eph1.pdf is the pdf conversion.
o Psalm 90
o http://www.brainout.net/Psalm90ParsedTrilingual.pdf (with LXX and NASB translation as well as Bibleworks' 5 BHS text)
o http://www.brainout.net/Ps90Parsed.pdf (meter map of Psalm 90 with explanation and notes, parsing and metered translation)
o http://www.brainout.net/Psalm90inHebrew.doc (original doc used to create the Ps90Parsed.pdf)
o http://www.brainout.net/Psalm90Palindromes.pdf (map showing the palindromic nature of Moses' meter)
o http://www.brainout.net/Psalm90Palindromes.tif (original scan from which pdf was made)
o http://www.brainout.net/Judges.pdf (map of how Judges tracks to Psalm 90's meter)
o Isaiah 53
o http://www.brainout.net/Isa53Hypo4Dotted3.pdf (meter parsing map)
o http://www.brainout.net/Isa53Map.jpg (meter map showing patterns and balancing)
o http://www.brainout.net/Isa53MeterTransInEnglishWide.doc (metered-to-Hebrew, English translation)
o http://www.brainout.net/Isa53.RTF (original sleuthing on whether Isaiah 53 had missing words; has outdated parsing +LXX)
o Daniel 9
o http://www.brainout.net/DAN9V4-19HebOnePagerPARSED.pdf (meter map of Daniel 9 with notes, no translation provided)
o http://www.brainout.net/DAN9V4-19HebOnePagerPARSED.RTF (same, used to create the pdf)
o http://www.brainout.net/Dan924HebParsed.pdf (shocking meter in Daniel 9:24-27, no translation; God stresses the 14!)
o See also Footnote E of http://www.brainout.net/Ps90Isa53Dan9Eph1.doc . It extensively documents Daniel's use of meter to track Israel's history and craft the 490 he REQUESTS from God, syllable by syllable, with cross-references to the specific Kings and Chronicles passages, Daniel has in mind when he talks. Will change how you read, Daniel 9. Very shocking and witty. A copy of Footnote E now resides also in the DAN9V4-19HebOnePagerParsed documents.
o Ephesians 1
o http://www.brainout.net/Eph1DecreeSyllablesREPARSED.pdf (comprehensive proof of Paul's meter mapping to Ps90, Isa53, Daniel 9, plus metered translation)
o http://www.brainout.net/Ephesians1REPARSED.doc (this document, used to create the REPARSED.pdf)
o In 2012, while making the Synoptic videos to prove Mark's Gospel is third, not first: I was nonplussed to find out the Magnificat was metered. Her meter and time tracks, are easily as sophisticated, as Daniel's. Click here for videos on her meter. Word doc there used: http://www.brainout.net/MagnificatMeterDraft2.doc . As usual, the NT text is pasted from BibleWorks NA27 aka UBS4, unaltered.
o Last video in that playlist shows Zecharias' Luke 1 meter; wow, HE plays on Mary's. Bear in mind he spoke 3 months after she did; Luke's just quoting. So this tells you how commonly they used meter; like we might compose a lyric or rhyme, on the fly! Mary's just talking off the top of her head on ARRIVAL, for crying out loud; Zecharias, is talking for the first time in nine months! Paul Uses Their Meters To Craft the Ephesians 1 Ninety-One's: four quarters in the Year, Boat of Church.
Other material (all outdated)
o Summary of Bible Hebrew Accounting Meter Usage: http://www.brainout.net/BibleHebrewAccountingMeter.doc ,
o which is a Word doc copy of blog entry: http://godsrhetoricalstyles.blogspot.com/2011/06/this-entry-is-long-time-in-coming.html
o http://www.brainout.net/BibleHebrewMeter.htm . Initial doc on the Meter Rules. Has been updated in the Psalm 90 playlist video description, Episode 23b, and especially in the blog entry listed at the beginning of this subsection.
o http://www.brainout.net/Isa53trans.htm . Analysis of Isaiah 53's import with combined BHS+LXX texts . Material is somewhat outdated. My original purpose was to see if any Hebrew words were missing, i.e., as shown in Moeller's copy of the Isaiah scroll. What a surprise, to find the text perfectly metered, instead!
Ephesians 1:3-14 (with Meter-Matching Translation)
Euvloghto.j o` qeo.j kai. path.r10 Worthy of Glory [is] God the Father a
tou/ kuri,ou h`mw/n VIhsou/ Cristou/ 20 of The Lord-and-Our-Master, Jesus Christ;
o` euvlogh,saj h`ma/j 27 the One Who Is Blessing Us b
evn pa,sh| euvlogi,a| pneumatikh/| 37 with every spiritual blessing [class]
evn toi/j evpourani,oij evn Cristw/| 47 with those living in heaven, via Christ,
kaqw.j evxele,xato h`ma/j/| 56 A even as He had elected us; 56
21+ 7 + 21+ 28 +14 = 91
28 + 56 + 7 = 91
eivj oivkonomi,an tou/ plhrw,matoj tw/n kairw/n 252 g
To Result in the 'Filling-Up of Times' Dispensation; e
49 + 7 + 35 = 91
evn w-| kai. u`mei/j avkou,santej 352 In Whom, even you also hearing
to.n lo,gon th/j avlhqei,aj 360 the [Divine] Word of [Divine] Truth,
to. euvagge,lion th/j swthri,aj u`mw/n 372 the Official Announcement of your Salvation;
evn w-| kai. pisteu,santej 379 in Whom, even believing,
evsfragi,sqhte tw/| pneu,mati388 you were sealed by the [Holy] Spirit
th/j evpaggeli,aj tw/| a`gi,w| 398 with Heritage Pledge by that Holy One; K
o[ evstin avrrabw.n 404 This One (Spirit) is Downpayment N
th/j klhronomi,aj h`mw/n 412 on this inheritance of ours,
into Redemption [price] of [us as] The Possession: d
Verses 6, 12, 14 are anaphoric, dual-entendre: How God Glorifies Christ and thus is Glorified, using Church.
o verse 3 through 1st clause in verse 4, dramatic opening flourish Prologue (like John begins his Gospel and 1John) -- a 56-syllable doxology and dateline. See and End Note a on '56'.
o 1st '91', ten clauses: second clause in verse 4 through verse 6, Election Purpose to be sons of the Son. As a result, Father is Glorified. [Fulfills Isaiah 53:12 due to contract in Isaiah 53:10, Matt16:18 and prayer in John 17. Juridical basis: Election of Christ, so we are elected IN Christ, Isa52:13, 53:10, 12. j, l]
o 2nd '91', ten clauses: verses 7-9, Spiritual Assets Election for spiritual growth for building and operation of Church Temple aka Body of Christ.
o Verse 10, Trial Purpose to wrap up all history, Time Bridge back to Israel and Millennium.
o 3rd '91': verses 10b-12, FirstFruits Presentation Purpose of History. As a result, Christ is Glorified.
Verses 13-14, Spirit Glorified and Glorifies Son by Making Church, 13 sevens (number play on 12 tribes with Joseph's double-portion)
Temple Construction and Function, Royal Family of Christ
o 4th '91', ten clauses: verses 13-14, inclusive. Not divisible by seven until the end. j
o Verse 13, Sealing Ministry
o Verse 14, He functions as the Downpayment on our Inheritance, Agent of Spiritual Growth. As a result, Spirit is Glorified. [Due to the Election of Christ, it's justifiable that God Himself make us, since we are the Asset of Christ. Idea that we are His Inheritance, so it's not a compromise to Righteousness to intimately relate to us.]
The ten-clause structure of each '91' paragraph is vital: each clause 'talks back to' its counterpart in the next '91'. Like John in 1John, Paul uses a tic-tac-toe outline form of rhetoric. Thus you know exactly what Paul means.
Greek and Bible rhetoric frequently stress importance by repeating small differences versus the prior text. This style is used to advance the meaning of an idea. You'll see the Lord and the writers do it with OT quotations, which is known as 'interpretative quoting'. Modern example: 'Give me Christ or give me death'. Obviously I changed the famous Patrick Henry quote by one word, substituting 'Christ' for the original 'liberty'.
Paul takes what he'd just said and slightly changes it to show the relationship between the prior text and the changed text, so you know exactly what he means. Since the text is ropingly repetitive, we Christians miss this rhetorical technique (and especially its import), which is rampant in Bible (i.e., that's why we have four Gospels, not just one). The purpose of repeating and then slightly changing previously known text is to show how the CHANGE RELATES to that previous text. It's especially important in legal contracts, and that's what we have here: Paul outlines the Legal Inheritance Provision OF Christ, and therefore IN Christ.
[See: I just did a tic-tac-toe, changing OF to IN, and you thus learned the RELATIONSHIP due to that little prepositional change. That's exactly how the NT writers do it, so to see that, track the preposition changes right here in Eph 1:3-14. Then do that with any Bible passage. Can't tell you how often my pastor admonished us to 'track the prepositions' and 'track the definite articles', in order to know the writer's 'flow' of discourse; else, you don't really know what he's saying. So, that's what I'm doing here!]
To see this tic tac toe, print out the three Greek pages and lay them on a table or floor; side by side, such that each '91' paragraph is horizontally beside the next, in verse order.
Now, start with the first clause in the first '91', verse 4's "In Him before the founding of the world".
Next, read the first clause in the second '91', verse 7's "In Whom we keep on having Redemption".
Next, read the first clause in the third '91', verse 10's "To Sum, gather under One Head".
Finally, read the first clause in the fourth '91', verse 13's "In Whom, even you also hearing".
Do the same for each second clause, then each third clause, etc. Then do it vertically, matching the similar words to the next such similar clause in the next '91'.
In short, all these clauses link horizontally and vertically, just as building blocks. Showing the INTERTWINED function of Trinity. TEMPLE. TEMPLE. TEMPLE. TEMPLE. Tic-Tac-Toe with ALL X's (Christos!), Full Circle, Ultimate Palindrome. Awesome stuff!
Two Extra Observations: First, I get the strong impression Paul not only invokes Daniel 9's prayer to Restore the Temple as rhetorical basis for Paul's meter, stressing the 62 'weeks' of Dan 9:1-13's and v.16's meter, and God's explicit use of 62 in reply, Dan 9:25; but Paul also invokes Isaiah 63, especially the 'year of redemption' clause in Isa63:4. That chapter is structured as verses 1-9 Son, 10-14 Spirit, 15-19, Father. Isaiah himself benchmarks keywords in Isaiah 53 and Psalm 90. Daniel also invokes Isaiah 63:15-19, in Daniel 9:15-19. What a shock. So maybe Isaiah 63 is metered, too? Paul definitely invokes it as the legal basis for his structure here, for look at how Isaiah 63:7-10 act as a biography for the origin of Church. See also Romans 11.
Second, that Paul demonstrates by this meter structure, how Church Has Its Own Better Deal due to Christ's Success at the Cross, ergo his running sotto-voce warning, don't be jealous of the Jews. By using the same Hebrew Meter as in the OT, Paul stresses Juridical Continuity, so we are not to interpret what he says as replacement of Israel. It's not Juridical Continuity, if the covenant prior, is broken. And Paul's showing that in fact the OT covenant is NOT broken, but rather Church is being used as the Time Bridge To Fulfill The Covenants To Israel, Eph1:23, Romans 11. [Book of Hebrews is built around Ephesians; but Paul didn't write it, he'd just died, Hebrews 13:23. Hebrews stresses 'better', Attic kpeittwn; so we know that God's Promise to Israel is to be fulfilled via Church Time Bridge: Hebrews 11:39-40 shows that context of Juridical Continuity, from Abel forward.]
OVERVIEW: Verses 3-14 are all one sentence in the Greek. So you are to read them as a contractual whole, with subsections. Legal language: idea that nothing is defined outside the context. That sets up for both Paul's prayer in verses 15-23, which doesn't close, and for the second chapter's two walls. [It now looks like Paul treats 1:15 through 3:19 as a whole, also; meaning, text between 1:23 and 3:15 is a parenthetical explanation; his actual prayer is bifurcated, so you are to read the prayer as bookended, with 1:15-23 as the left bookend, and 3:15-19 as the right bookend. Writer of Hebrews does the same thing but with Jeremiah 31:31-34, left bookend at Hebrews 8:8-12, and right bookend at Hebrews 10:15-17. That means he's talking back to this 1:15-3:19 passage in Ephesians, too. Have to study that idea further, since I don't recall my pastor (back in 1985-1991) noticing that parallel structure; he noticed and explained the Hebrews bookending style, but treated the two Ephesians prayers as separate, first unfinished, latter as finished. It was a very important hermeneutical point, to him. Only now, do I see why.]
In short, the election of Church is separate from all other covenants. You are never to read the covenants prior or future 'into' the context of verses 3-14, because all other such covenants are outside the sentence. ELECTION OF CHURCH is the theme of the book. Doesn't mean there were no other elections, but does mean that no other elections (and hence blessing contracts) are in view. In Chapter 2, Paul talks about how Church relates to the other covenants; Church is its own wall, and the other covenants are the other wall.
Still, here in Ephesians 1 Paul deliberately parallels OT covenants, to show precedence and carryover. Bride has her own 'deal', but it's based on the past. All Justice is founded on precedence. There must be a contractual reason to abrogate a covenant and start a new one; whatever went wrong in the old contract, remains a juridical issue in the new one. Consistency and precedence are the foundation of jurisprudence, especially God's.
Christians disregard God's jurisprudence (click here for definition), when reading Bible. So Ephesians 1 (like Daniel 9) in translation is churchy, snoozy, gee-whiz-look-how-God-loves-us. So the reader misses what Paul says!
One can see how Catholics and Reformers, mistakenly or with malice, read Israel OUT of God's promises. They ignore the separateness of the legal grammar structure, above. Something old (precedence), something new (covenant), something borrowed (learning from the past covenants in the OT), something blue (God's Fealty in all Covenants, dispensations).
Bride could have been Israel, but Vashti refused to come. So Church (including any Jews who believe) is The Esther, whose job is also, to protect the Jews. All other covenants for Israel were unilateral and unconditional, sourced in Abraham, Moses, David. So they are yet-to-be-fulfilled. The only conditional covenant was the Brideship. We end up being that Bride. Brideship is a separate contract, sourced in Christ via his pre-Israel kata-Melchizedek Kingship (Battlefield Royalty Award for defeating Satan, Psalm 110, Hebrews 1-2). So it does NOT negate Israel's own covenants that were unconditional, delivered also due to Christ as Seed (Galatians 3), but initially provided and thus precedentally sourced in Abraham, Moses, David. So Ephesians 2 shows TWO walls.
It's vital to account the covenants and their terms, legacies, and above all, named beneficiaries. If your aunt named you as a beneficiary but someone else came in and claimed your aunt replaced you with a third party, the Judge would demand proof, else 'you' remain the beneficiary per your aunt's will. Same, for God's Will. there are no other named beneficiaries for the millennial and eternal ot promises except israel through abraham, moses, DAVID and christ.
But prejudice like anti-semitism, affords a handy excuse, for Bible misuse. Even, for centuries. Anti-semitism is the worst spiritual cancer in the Body of Christ. Sad thing is, all the major denominations have it in their doctrines of Replacement Theology, preterism, 'we are the lost tribes', amillennialism, denial-of-Rapture, etc. 90% of Christianity! No wonder Christians are hurting. End Commercial Message...
Paul's meter apes Psalm 90's both in content and structure; he apes Daniel 9's, in purpose; all to show God's Use for Time. Psalm 90 began with a Decree Antiphony, first 84 syllables. Isaiah split that Decree into bookends of 42's: first half, Isa52:13-14; last half, 53:12. (Isaiah 53 starts at 52:13, in Hebrew.) Daniel invokes the 84 in Dan9:14, 17 in 42-syllable bookends like Isaiah, thus claims the Isaiah promise based on Psalm 90's 84, to invoke the 1Kings 9 contract.
So Paul splits Psalm 90's 84, into four 21's. [There are also four 21-syllable 'paragraphs' in Psalm 90, one per epoch: verse 4, Millennial; verse 8, Adamic; verse 9, Noahic; verse 16, Israel in Diaspora. See my Psalm 90 playlist in Youtube; or, view the same videos at the bottom of http://www.brainout.net/Mirroring.htm . They comprehensively review how Moses tracks All Scheduled History in Psalm 90's Hebrew. Also see End Note d, j in this document, on the use of 21.]
Paul thus weaves the Temple-building result of Daniel's prayer into four 91's = one year (364), starting at verse 5, plus a 'Messiah's Vote Precedence' of 70 (56+14); hence Paul's own verses 3-14 = 434 syllables, just as
o Daniel summed his meter tally to 434 by Daniel 9:13, and
o made Daniel 9:16 = 62 syllables; so
o God made Daniel 9:25 (also metered) a '62' Promise;
o so Paul's verse 3-14 meters sum with the same 62 = 434, to show we are IN the 'time bubble' of Daniel 9:26c.
Moses used five 70's to signify The Schedule Of All History (sabbatically, via believer voting periods). So, he subdivided his meter, thus: 84 (70+14), 70, 70, 70, ending with '56' (70-14, warning Israel would be 14 over her Time Budget).
Hence Paul parallels Moses' Psalm 90, updates the '70' to '91'; for the Last Adam, won! [See End Note j on '91'.] So Church has its own Time: whatever it takes, to fulfill the Time Promise God made, in Genesis 3:15.
Paul, like Moses, then brackets the '14' TWICE to show it will be fulfilled future of his own writing. [See End Note g, Verse 10 note, Pregnancy 1, Pregnancy 1b, Pregnancy 2 and Pregnant14, below.] This set-apart, bracketing, bookending, tallies to Psalm 90:16-17 and Isaiah 53:12, respectively. (14 over and then short in Psalm 90, at beginning and end; Isaiah brackets it by DEBITING 28 from the total, 490 - 28 = 462, the number of syllables in Isaiah 53.) So Paul too asserts both Trib and Mill, are yet future.
Paul thus nests his meter, playing on Chronos, Greek god of time, who ate his kids as soon as they were born. For of course Paul is writing to the Greeks, so he makes analogy to the Real God, using ideas they all know. As you'll see in the Pregnant Expectations section, Paul cleverly nests Hebrew meter with famous Greek epic (10-11 syllable) meter, again to show the culmination of Time, via Church. So each divisible-by-7 paragraph can grammatically stand alone, yet is unfinished. With a grand, recurring enjambment (see End Note c), the line OF the breakpoint (where divisible by 7) introduces content of the next 'paragraph'. That's a feature of classical Greek rhetoric, to begin a new clause based on the content of the one prior. It's also a feature of Bible Hebrew. This is the ultimate palindrome, not only in meter, but in content. You can read Ephesians 1:3-14 either forwards or backwards. Full circle.
In short, Paul's style is dramatic. Those who allege his style is koine will misread what Paul says (i.e., Ephesians 1:7 and 14 are about ASSETS of salvation YOU USE, not sterile gee-whiz-I'm-saved-so-I-don't-have-to-name-sins-to-God). My pastor made a big stink about Paul's Drama Greek style, never mind whether his words were superficially koine. The meter here proves that decisively, for he concurrently uses classical epic (10-11 syllables) and Hebrew meter.
The meter is also subdivided into three 'Glory' sections, see End Note n and the . Verse 3 begins the 'Father-Glory' subsection, how Father glorifies Christ -- answering His Prayer in John 17 -- Who is glorified by bringing Church to completion. Subsection runs through the end of verse 6. The first word in Greek is eulogetos, and Paul plays on that sound: eulogetos, eulogesas, eulogia. That Trinity soundplay is quite elegant in Greek, but it sounds chirpy and phony in English; so I translated eulogetos as 'Worthy of Honor' (my pastor's translation), rather than 'Blessed', since 'Blessed', 'Blessing' and 'Blessing' repetition won't sound elegant in English, but rather hypocritical. Or worse, that God is blessed because He blesses us, which is contrary to what Paul says!
First Clause: This is a doxology, dramatic opening to Father. See End Note a. Paul plays on sound in each clause, as just noted above. It's also better to say 'Worthy of Glory' given the Trinity epainon anaphora Paul employs in verses 6, 12 and 14, so the reader sees that connection in translation. My pastor's translation was "Worthy of Praise, Honor and Glorification", so he referenced the anaphora, too.
Second Clause: Continued. See End Note b.
Third Clause: More soundplay.
Fourth Clause: Greek en pasei eulogiai pneumatikei is also soundplay, but its meaning needs much more explanation. You can't translate its meaning, in English. We snooze and ahh at 'every spiritual blessing', yet have no clue what that means. So here's your clue: if you have the Spiritual Blessing, you have all the material ones, too.
Christ said, Seek Ye First The Kingdom Of God, in Matt. 6:33; Luke 12:31. First things first. For, you have a bizillion dollars; that won't do you a bit of good, if you don't know how to use it. You must learn how to use what you have, whether a little or a lot, and that's also why the Lord said, Faithful In Little, Faithful In Much, Luke 16:10, 19:17. So, first you have a little, you learn how to use it well, and as a result you get more. So, first you learn a little about your spiritual assets, then use what you learned, and then you get more.
Now think this over: since your assets are spiritual, you have to LEARN them. So, that requires what? TIME. Time to study. Time alone. Time to think. And you know what that means: you have to have MONEY, so you can have the TIME, to study. For you need money to live, and working costs you what? Time. If your life is complicated with people and obligations, well then you need circumstances that somehow save you Time. Get the picture?
Have you noticed? Every Bible hero spent a lot of time alone. You go off by yourself for set times to learn, study, think. And yes, you attend teaching (church is to attend teaching, not socialize). But then you have to think over what you heard, not just forget it. Forgetters, James 1:23-25. You 'do' the Word by what? Thinking about it. Can't do what you don't know, and can't know, if you don't think it over!
So you must organize your life, to get that Time to Study. And you will, if you Want To Learn. Thus you are indeed seeking the Kingdom of God, since you are seeking to learn it. Him.
So God will CREATE the Time, the Money, and whatever means are needed, so you CAN learn. So if you don't have those things, either a) you're not seeking, or b) you think you should do it on your own, so you're not Asking God.
ASK Him. You'll be very surprised at His Response. More time and money than you can imagine. But of course, if you want to spend it on something other than Him, well.. you'll end up losing it. And you will eventually lose it at times, even when you want to learn Him, to refine your motive in having it.
Training in Having First the Spiritual Assets, and as a result, the Material. Because you need the material, logistically speaking, to get the spiritual. Once you have the spiritual, you still need the material to PRACTICE your spiritual learning assets ON the material. To express your learning. You always have tension between spiritual and material, Romans 8. At times you must stress the material, as whatever you receive, you own; whatever you own, owns you.
It's a funny thing about wealth. A lot of money can easily be worse than poverty. Why? Because wealth TAKES UP TIME. So to get time to study, you must have the right kind of wealth, in the right amount, lest the wealth actually Eat the Time you needed for study.
So that right-kind-and-amount question might result in you seeming to have too little money, relative to your expectations about what frees up your time. So ask God how to Find the Time in the position He gives you. Then watch what happens. It will always be glitchy -- remember, the demon boys don't want you to learn Bible -- but God will always furnish you with the answers if you keep using 1John1:9 and asking Him, Hebrews 11:6. He will prosper you more. The right amount, at the right time, in the right way, to Have The Time To Learn Him. And that's true wealth, baby.
To get a sense of the wealth God makes OUT of your study, skim http://www.brainout.net/LvS4b.htm#1stFacet . My pastor spent seven years explaining 'every spiritual blessing' (in his 1985 Ephesians series); so in that webpage I tried to classify what he'd taught. Better still, get the series yourself, at http://www.rbthieme.org . They never ask for money.
So Paul's Greek en pasei eulogiai pneumatikei, also invokes what people knew from the Mosaic Law, Leviticus 26 and Deut 28. That's what the Sermon on the Mount, also summarized. God set up Israel to be the Blessed Nation, so everyone could know HE was God. So people could Vote with their Feet to Learn This God. That's why He blessed the weather, the crops, the people with all kinds of genetic talents, looks, you-name-it: which even today, the Jews are so famous for having, there are hundreds of jealous myths about them. To advertise that the God of Israel is the Real God.
Of course, going with all that advertised prosperity, was a sober warning: TEACH THEM. KEEP STUDYING ME. Israel failed to do that. So, look at how she's been punished for centuries now. Heartbreaking. So for Church, it's the same warning, but at a higher level. And look how we've been suffering, too. We aren't seeking Him. So, we hurt. Katrina mostly hit the Bible belt, you know.
See how much more is meant by en pasei eulogiai pneumatikei? It's real, it's literal, it's vast, and it can't be translated except with snoozy church words everyone knows but no one understands!
Fifth Clause, Greek epouraniois doesn't mean 'in the heavens', but 'those living in the heavens'. Preposition 'epi' distinguishes the inhabitants from the place. Greek ouranios, which Paul uses in verse 10, means the place.
Big difference. See, a blessing fuzzily defined as 'in heaven', masks the shocking import of what epouranios means:
Your blessing is NOW,
right down here,
is PUBLIC AMONG those in heaven, en epouraniois.
Angelic Trial, baby: that's a Big Deal.
Your dead gramma or great-uncle knows what you've got in Christ. You don't know. Every elect and fallen angel knows. But you don't know. And they all wonder -- only at times, they do other things, y'know -- they wonder if you will ever LEARN what you have.
When my pastor taught this, he'd often bring up an analogy to a kidnapped Royal heir. The King and Queen spared no expense looking for him. Finally they found him with the gypsies in a circus. The kid, of course, had no idea who he was, he had been kidnapped so young.
A lot rides on whether you do learn, for none of us is an island. This Angelic Trial is the purpose for Church, too, and that's what Paul introduces here. If I screw up during a day (and I do, many times) -- that has an impact forever. Using 1John1:9 can cancel that impact, or at least modify it, depending on God's Justice Rules. At my stage of maturation, I expect some discipline remains to train me; I'm not a kid, anymore. I expect some of what happened became a Trial Issue, so I must redo some practice. (Greek word pragma often in wordplay for Trial Matter, Paul will elliptically use in verse 10; which the writer of Hebrews picks up, in Hebrews 11:1.) And there will be gain, as there was a loss. That's how God does things, Isaiah 54:1.
UPSHOT: it's all PUBLIC.. up there. Think of Royal Family on TV. That's YOU, on Divine TV.
o Paul's doxology is meant to be instructive: you are a PUBLIC PERSON.
o What you are down here, stopped being an issue when you got saved. What you are UP THERE will forever matter.
o So, en pasei eulogiai pneumatikei, Every Spiritual Blessing, is PUBLIC.
o So what do you do with what you have in Christ? That's the Trial Issue.
o Furthermore, this epouraniois clause introduces the theme of the Book: Church is Public, Body of Christ is On Trial, so What Completes Church, Completes History.
o Trial ends, with Church (verse 10). The rest, is Epilogue.
Are you freaked out? You should be. If Christ was watched by everyone (and He was), what do you think is true for us? We are Body. Why does everyone obsess over Christianity? Why aren't they obsessing as much over Buddhism? More people are Buddhists in the world, than Christian. Why aren't they obsessing as much over the Hindus? Many more people on earth are Hindu, than Christian. Why do the Buddhists obsess over Christianity? Why do the Hindus? Why do the Muslims? And for God's Sake WHY does everyone pick on the Jews?
You see: we are PUBLIC, because ours is the Real God. Everyone knows that. Hates it, laughs at it, but knows it, just the same.
We are much more public, in heaven. Just as those Bible people whose lives we often know by heart, our own lives are on public view, being commented on. So when you decided whether to wear a pink tie or dress, and had your petty thoughts, it was all broadcast to heaven. Live, like the 1999 movie Edtv, starring Matthew McConaughey. When you learned something you found important about God, that was broadcast, too. When you go to the toilet, make love, eat dinner.. all public. To the epouranioi, who decided to peek in on you. Some of them are elect angels, 1Pet1:12. Some are fallen, ibid. Some are probably your dead relatives, that's a logical corollary, for if angels are interested, wouldn't your relatives be, too? Etc.
Just as those Bible people's lives are public consumption down here, so our lives are public consumption.. up there. Think about it. Smile, You're on Divine Candid Camera!
[My pastor taught that angels can't read our thoughts. I have to disagree with that, partially. Since we are on Trial, a theme he taught stridently, it's not fair disclosure if our thoughts can't be read. So I posit that some kind of Divine Broadcasting System is provided, either on an ad hoc or on a blanket basis, probably the latter, the idea being that anyone 'up there' can eavesdrop at will. Why? To demonstrate the Trial issues. Most of our lives, are lived in our heads. What we say and do, often is counter to what we think. It would be an essential Trial 'discovery' (legal term) issue to have our thoughts, disclosed. So, they are.]
Again, my pastor spent seven years showing the ties to Eph1:3, pan-Bible. Royal Family. Us. Public. In Him. What we do, determines history forever. He taught that over and over. 'Not only down here, where the Justice Consistency Requirement of Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 principles obviously apply.. but forever. "As goes the believer, so goes the client nation to God", my pastor often quipped. Yeah, and we are what? A "holy nation", 1Pet2:9. So in whatever nation we live, we are to be good citizens and thus a blessing to it, 1Tim2, Romans 13. For in heaven, we are forever citizens -- and the earthly kingdoms, all belong to CHRIST -- Philippians 3:20 (see also Eph 2:6, 19).
So, we are On Display. Just as Christ was. And of course, still is. He's the REASON WHY we too are On Display, Hebrews 11:1 (in Greek, verse is mistranslated, see my http://www.brainout.net/Heb111.htm).
Paul continues the Father-Glory subsection. First clause ends the previous 'paragraph', ropes (piggybacks) as is good classical Greek style, to introduce the next paragraph. The next paragraph, beginning at the second clause, is about the content of the Election which Glorifies Father. It runs through the end of verse 6.
First clause, double-entendre syntax: Father elected; but Christ also had to and did, elect Church in Matt16:18.
Paul uses a 56 dateline for when he writes: End Of Christ's 56th Year. [See End Note a, Meter Tagging Styles, and Pregnancy 1 on '56'.] That's S.O.P., first divisible-by-7 'paragraph' is a dateline. It's also 56 sevens from when Alexander the Great became King of Macedon, who also died at age 33. That would matter, to Paul's Greek audience. A Better Alexander is here, and He DID Conquer the World for all time! [If Paul writes Ephesians during his Acts 21 imprisonment in Jerusalem, 56 would correspond to our dates; that would explain why the rest of the chronology here -- see the Chrono Chart link -- so closely matches our dates. Maybe it was SENT, later. Tychicus was in both places, with Paul.]
So Paul resets Time Accounting to Christ's Birth, to show Time is rebirthed, too. [My timeline in http://www.brainout.net/GeneYrs.xls, ties the 490s to Christ's death. Paul instead benchmarks 490's from His Birth. So subtract 33 from each of the 490 endings in GeneYrs.xls, see what new historical patterns, might emerge. God tracked David's 490s to the endings of his kingship and death, but also tracked his birth to the 400th anniversary of the Exodus (which you can't see, until analyzing 1Kings 6:1); so the 490's of Christ would likewise benchmark at death, surely; but what tracks should benchmark forward from His Birth, I'm not sure yet.
God benchmarks from births, deaths, crownings, other events; each is an accounting track; they all converge. So the accounting basis for each time track must be deciphered, or you'll go in circles, frustrated. Example: Psalm 90 runs on four accounting tracks: from Flood, from Israel's slaveship, from Adam, and from the year Moses writes, to the appointment of human kings. All those tracks are embedded in the meter.]
See also Galatians 4:4 in Greek, which plays on Christ's Chanukah birthday. (Bible Proof that Christ was born on Chanukah is covered here: http://www.brainout.net/PassPlot.htm#HisBday , including timesaving videos.) So Paul just can't help but quip Gal 4:4, since Chanukah coincided with the Roman Saturnalia: Greek god 'Chronos' is another name for Saturn, famous for eating his kids as soon as they were born. Hence Saturnalia at end of year, time eaten, time born. Get the pun? Christ comes in Full-Term Pregnancy of Time, and is Eaten to Deliver Time! So Paul wittily uses pleroma in Eph1:10, see End Note e. [Bible debunkers ignore the many problems with Varro's 'auc'. Review Roman Chronology problems for details. Claudius mandated this calendar for Rome. Our bc/ad system is based on it: 753AUC = '1BC'. More on this topic is covered in Appendix I, here.]
Anno Domini Accounting: Years From The King
(Click here for the Appendix I bc/ad reconciliation to Paul)
o Paul follows the same dateline convention as Isaiah 53, Daniel 9. Time Theme of those OT passages is first David to Last David. Last David Has Come And Left The Building For Father To Complete, so Paul nee Saul (named after Israel's first king, how apt), writes the conventional date as years-from-the-king, the Last David's Birth. For the brith, changed to Matt16:18's promise when He Successfully Died, Daniel 9:26's 'karat'. Cutting a covenant. Ours.
o Paul writes on or near Christ's 57th birthday, setting up his metrical theme of a 'YEAR' FOR CHURCH (the four 91's). Total syllable count equals Daniel 9:25's 62 weeks ( = Daniel's meter in Dan 9:1-13's 434-syllable total and v.16's 62 syllables), subdivided 364+70. Equals years 1st Temple stood (364) versus its Allotment (490 years, so 126 years remained). Exodus plagues also lasted one year; so too, Noah's time in the boat. (364: day of exit is excluded. New day piggybacked on sundown prior. Paul uses LXX Flood dating, not BHS, see http://www.brainout.net/FloodChronoREVISED.doc .)
o Analogy: our 'time' is like Noah's in the Ark = Christ, awaiting God to say 'come out', Genesis 8:14-16, 1Thess4:17; aka Rapture, Rev 4:1's 'come up here'. Paul here tags Psalm 90:3's 'shuvu' ("Return!", a command) as well, the 57th syllable in Psalm 90. [2Pet3:6-8, a Rapture passage, also pegs to Eph1:4. Notice that Peter ties to the END of the Flood, not the beginning. Harold Camping misuses it, to artificially craft an anti-Biblical timeline in order to cover up his own past mistakes, page 1 of his (nee) rapture-proof.pdf : http://www.familyradio.com/graphical/literature/proof/proof.pdf . However, Camping's gaffe helps us see what Peter DID mean. Peter concurrently points to Psalm 90:4, Eph1:4's bookending 56 meter, with the selfsame ellipsis in Eph 1:14, tying it to the Flood's LAST 57 in Genesis 8:14-16, which was precedence in the Mosaic law for the last 57 years of history preceding the Millennium.]
o Precedence: Christ had all humanity 'in' Him on the Cross, Romans Chapters 5-6; just as Noah had all humanity 'in' him in the boat.
Paul also uses the 56 (and its split-factors, 28) to ape and tag specific passages of the same syllable counts in
o Isaiah 53 ( http://www.brainout.net/Isa53Hypo4Dotted3.JPG), and
o Daniel 9 (http://www.brainout.net/DAN9V4-19HebOnePagerPARSED.RTF) --
o as a Warning T0 Vote.
o Paul thus ends verse 14 at 434 syllables = 490-56, as the Entire Church Age is Dan 9:26's 62nd 'week', yet to finish.
Many scholars know that separateness-of-Church and 'Daniel 9:26 time-bubble' meaning in Ephesians 1 and 3; but they don't know how it's stressed and intertwined, within the meter.
Many of the debates over Daniel 9's interpretation are conclusively resolved, once you see the interplay of the meter as a cross-referencing system the writers use to point to other Bible passages. Daniel's meter usage in particular, would resolve the hoary debate over when Daniel wrote; for like other Bible writers, he DATELINES when he writes, by a specific metric convention (first sevened paragraph). We see that convention from Moses forward; it can be checked pan-Bible; so it can be independently verified.
Daniel also includes certain biographical dates with respect to himself, Cyrus and Nebuchadnezzar that you find in the text; but to also find it in the meter, well.. you get certification of the traditional early date for Daniel (i.e., 607-538BC), given that meter is regularly used to Account Time, in the Bible. Confirmed, by the way PAUL uses the Daniel passage, as we'll see throughout this document.
[http://www.brainout.net/Ps90Isa53Dan9Eph1.doc, footnote E covers the Daniel meter usage line by line. You might want to read it alongside the above bulleted Daniel 9 link.]
So from this meter, you can see how Paul sets up his Ephesians 3:18 prayer of 'dimensions' for Church 'Temple' (again, stressing Church has its own covenant), aka Body of Christ. Thus he also sets up Chapter 2. It's not clear in translation how Paul got from verse 1:3 to 3:15; not clear, how he got to Chapter 2. Translation is jerky, out-from-nowhere.
So in translation, you can't follow Paul's elegant flow; so what he means, you can't elegantly know. You surely can't tell he apes Daniel, incorporating by reference four key Bible passages via meter tags!
Ultimate Rule of Hermeneutics is to apprehend the exact thought of the writer. How many times we've all heard that rule from our pastors and Bible scholars. Well, if you don't know the writer's flow, you don't know what he's saying, or why he's saying it! And here we Know The Flow, from the meter. Because, it was popular to memorize aurally; so they would value Paul's evocative syllable accounting.
Meter was the core of prophetical accounting. For centuries past, God Required You To Know When Messiah would Come.
See: for eons everyone was required to know What Time it was. They learned it while being weaned: 2100 years until the progenitor for Messiah, then (for Israel) 2100 years more until Messiah came 57 years before The End, then The Day of The Lord. So those distant from each 2100, were disheartened. Those close to it, were nervous and goofy, like pre-Tribbers, today. when was told long in advance, like the Flood. Paul demonstrates this accounting, in Acts 13:20ff.
So notice: post-Temple fall, believers were still thinking in terms of The Date, which had been long known to be 57 years before the 4200th year from Adam's Fall. So they were upset the Rapture didn't arrive, and the public effect was very much like what you see now with the Harold Camping fiasco. Put yourself in the believers' place: for 2000 years, they were obliged to count count count, warn the world of that count, too.
Then all of a sudden, poof! No More Counting?! And what they'd told the world for 2000 years, suddenly doesn't happen at the right time?
Do you realize now, why Acts 1:7 reads as it does? They couldn't adjust to the change. So, they kept on counting. Paul relies on that attitude, to show why no more counting is needed.
Due to Israel rejecting Christ, a series of potential Rapture dates existed, keeping with the original pre-Church schedule and its 50-year Harvest-the-Gentiles goal. These dates were a constant source of speculation, as you'll see in the Gospels, Acts and the epistles. For if it was a good idea to have the period last 50 years pre-rejection, and the same people were living 'now', then it was reasonable to expect God would 'shoot for' the same goal. So went the 'logic'. For believers didn't appreciate the changeover, due to Church. Her existence wasn't simply to make up for Israel's rejection, as Paul here and the later writer of Hebrews, will explain. A wholly new Body was an award to Christ due to His Success at the Cross, not based on Israel's contract, but due to 'kata Melchizedek', the Psalm 110 promise of Battlefield Kingship for defeating Satan. Souls paid in advance, for Him.
Old habits die hard. The writer of Hebrews, like Paul, will use folks' expectations here to warn them. [Heb 2, 4, 7, 9, 10.]
Expected Rapture Dates (Paul's Anno Domini of Christ's Age; allow 3-year variance *). They calculated Rapture backwards from an expected Daniel 9:27 midpoint. The underlined links below will take you to that accounting. Paul uses the anaphora meter, to 'balance' to these dates.
o 63 AD: Year 66 Trib midpoint, the Lord would have been dead as long as alive; Temple was thus expected to go down.
o 70 AD: assumes His age 33+40 years at Temple Down in 73 AD. Trib would begin 3.5 years prior. Temple Down's 40 years balance, repaying the Land for Israel's late entry (40 years in wilderness).
o 77 AD: seven years prior to the 50-year mark under the old schedule, adjusted for Christ dying seven years early.
o 80 AD: same idea as 70AD, but using 33+50, rather than 33+40. Temple assumed to die in 83 AD.
o 83 AD: the 50-year mark, adjusted for Christ dying early (end of year); Temple would die in 87.
o 84 AD: 50-7 had He died on time (beginning of year, which means April);
o 91 AD: the 50-year mark had He died on time. (Had He turned 40 the previous Chislev, then died on Nisan, which 'becomes' 91.)
* Tribulation timing is based on David dying 3.5 years BEFORE Temple construction began. So Rapture can only be pre-Trib. So people then counted backwards from a deemed mid-Trib Temple Down, to derive Rapture date. Speaking of dates, Our BC/AD accounting comes from the Roman system. So if Rome were 753 years old when Christ was born, 1 Anno Domini begins then. Since Christ is born at the end of the Roman year, you must add 1 or even 2, due to the overlap. Also, if Paul wrote just after imprisoned in Jerusalem, 56 fits; Tychicus could bring the letter later, the postscript ending Ephesians, written then. For more info, see Roman Chronology problems.
Paul will address each of these potential dates, in order to show that yes, Virginia the Rapture can happen at any time; but Body is being built and it will take as long as it takes. Of course, the real concern should have been to grow up to know him, and also (negatively) to Grow Up because you don't know if others are growing up faster than you, and the balloon will go up when they DO. Classical military motivation, not to be caught with your pants down at Evaluation. Bible uses military and economic terms to describe Evaluation, since that was how Romans rewarded their troops.
Hence the second clause at 66 syllables, begins a series of what-if-the-rapture-happened scenarios. Total paragraph count will be '21' (77-56), pregnant Precedental Time of Temple Building, Jacob's Time Outside the Land, Noah's thrice-sent dove. So the kosmou phrase ends equivalent to our 68-69AD at start, Year of the Four Emperors; when Paul himself will die and so too, Nero. That's when Tribulation was expected to begin, but for a different prophetical reason: Christ would have been dead as long as he had been alive, a 'mirror'. So Paul benchmarks it, as a 'what if'. Notice the wit, playing on the 66th syllable in Psalm 90: Yeah, eleph heleph! We'd have 'shuvu'd' in Him (Who was) before The Foundation, followed by 7 long-predicted years To Complete Building For Eternity! Philippians 3:11's ei pws, written just after Ephesians, reflects that suddenness. [Greek ei pws ="if by whatever means" (death or Rapture), missing in English Bibles, say Paul Attains (works)! Though even BDAG admits katantaw = to arrive at a destination in life, same verb in Eph4:13! The quoted 'shuvu'd' is also from Psalm 90:3, ending at 63 syllables, leaving seven for the Trib.]
Third clause, at 73 syllables -- another what if the rapture happens scenario -- Paul tags Daniel 9:5's 73 syllables (confessing all Israel had sinned). Like Isaiah before him, Daniel used that verse metrically as a second dateline, tying back to the end of Psalm 90: years-from the initial rejection of God as King, in 1050 bc. (=73 sevens = 511, # years prior to Daniel's writing). For in the Millennium, The Rejected King Returns. So note how Paul parallels Daniel: if Trib began at syllable (year) 66, then it would end at 73; so first Church (@66) and then (@73) the Trib folk would instead be 'holy', rather than the 'sinners' Daniel rightly confessed. The Millennium would begin. Ties also to that same moment in Psalm 90:4, 'ayineyka' in Hebrew (73rd syllable): yeah, in His Sight, at LAST! Of course, in Isaiah 52:15, 'w'asher lo shamu' ends the 73rd syllable: for He'd be on earth for all TO hear.
But notice: 73 is not divisible by 7. That would have been syllable 70, einai hemas, meaning we are to be -- what?
Next if-the-Rapture in the same third clause, syllable 77. Here Paul shows what's far more relevant to Rapture: voting, not date-setting. Yeah, as voting, not historical events, cause the Rapture (Paul's climactic chapter 4)! Kinda nice to know Christians this century are no better or worse than those of Paul's day. Watch...
Syllable 77 is divisible by seven, so this benchmark is stressed (End Note b). It represents the start of the Christ's 78th year on His 77th birthday as the 77th Son of Adam, same year as David's age when he died. Isaiah metered Chapter 53's first 77 syllables after the first David's age; so Paul apes that, just as Matthew 1 and Luke 3 did, both books having been out when Paul wrote; so Paul uses the same meter, to remind his audience. All the more, as Temple was foreknown to go down, 33-40 years after Crucifixion. All eyes were on that Temple, mouths drooling, We might go Home by His 78th birthday! See: date-setting is not new.
Here we gotta get technical about how Paul benchmarks the 77th syllable in the third clause of verse 4, to show his metrical wit and doctrinal savvy, which of course is for our instruction.
o Isaiah metered Chapter 53 based on an accounting theme of First David to Last David.
o So, Isaiah begins Chapter 53 (52:13 in Hebrew) timed to David's lifetime,
o but with this twist: first 42 syllables, half of Psalm 90's 84, are about the Decree to make the Last David, Christ;
o but the meter is timed, to the first David's birth in 1040 bc. [So Isaiah 53 should be metrically read as tracking history from 1040 bc forward. The text has a dual role of tracking Israel's future Countdown to Messiah 1 syllable = 1 year. Thus we learn how to better interpret Kings and Chronicles. Moses had done the same annual tracking, so the book of Judges is designed in 'reply', showing how Moses' tracking came true, which I quickly charted in http://www.brainout.net/Judges.pdf.]
o Those first 42 syllables constitute the Decree to Make The Christ, and the Decree that He will die for sins at the hands of his own people, Isa52:13-14.
o Then as a result, the goyim will believe in Him, Isaiah 52:15.
o That's why Matthew 1 is rhetorically styled to run at 42's, but
o Luke 3, uses the 77 syllables thru Isaiah 52:15, to incorporate the goyim, as the rhetorical base for his 77th Son.
o The first David was 77 when he died. [Scholars ignore 1 Kings 1:1-2:39, dismiss 1Kings 6:1 as a scribal error; and favor, errant Josephus.]
o Paul plays on it as Luke did, but even more so as Isaiah: 77 as an AGE.
o So Paul meter-maps the third clause in his own verse 4, to the cumulative total syllables in Isaiah 52:13-15, the Decree To Create Christ And Have Him Pay. Notice how keenly Isaiah's text ties to Paul's, here: einai hemas hagious kai amwmous, result of Ultimate Sanctification. [So now we know specifically, what Bible passage God has Paul tag. Meter is like a fingerprint, when you have enough of it. Paul tags Isaiah's unique 77 palindrome in Chapter 53, just as Daniel, Matthew and Luke had done. ]
o Notice next, that Paul instead started the 91, in the second clause of verse 4, at 66 syllables -- why? Well, look at the text -- In Him In Him In Him!
o So notice the palindrome: this third clause in verse 4, ends with 77 syllables;
o and there are also 77 syllables between the ending paragraph in verse 6 @14,
o and the start of the boxed 91 paragraph in the second clause of verse 4.
o So a 77, inside a 70! So the Savior Who is the Ultimate 490 (77 aka 70 x 7 aka 490) Votes even as those who will be saved by Him voted, and thus He is born! And Who Voted First? "Worthy of Honor, God-Father", verse 3! See: the nested, metered wit is phenomenal! Not like that dry reading in church! Oh, but it gets even better, watch...
o David in Him, as well as He being in David! Us in Him then, so we can be in Him now, since now He is in us!
o For Isaiah set Chapter 53 to run 1078 years = syllables (remember, your new year begins piggybacked on your birthday, so 1078=1077), with the interval between first David's death and Isaiah's ministry (252 years) in ellipsis between Isaiah 52:15 and Isaiah 53:1. The second ellipsis (364 years) is between Isaiah 53:10 and 53:11, a promise to reimburse Temple Time; which promise Daniel claims in his meter (Dan9:1-13's 434-syllable total and v.16's 62 syllables); so God benchmarked Daniel 9:25 (also metered), into an explicit 62. You can't see why He uses 62, in translation.
Now examine Paul's text at syllable 77: blemishless (lit., blemish-free animals for sacrifice). No more lo shameynu, 77th syllable in Daniel 9 (verse 6). Instead, hitbonanu, 77th syllable in Isaiah (52:15). The 78th syllable evor (evening) of Psalm 90:4 would have begun; 1000 years dawning on the Day that is night, Zechariah 14:6-7. See how well Paul tags those OT passages?
Original Millennium was scheduled, had Israel accepted Christ, as the 4200th year from Adam's fall. Moses shows that schedule, by his own syllable 84 ending Psalm 90:4 (End Note C). So Paul pegs it, next.
Fourth Clause and 4th what if the rapture happens scenario, 84, katenwpion autou. Before Him by His Standard (kata). The l'shmua Stands Before all; so we all 'report' Him, Isaiah 53:1 (84th syllable). Daniel's 84th syllable in Dan9:6 is Ha! For then we FINALLY LISTEN Al-Avadeka the naviim reported. Ya just gotta love Paul's meter-tags. What wit!
First Clause of verse 5: To craft '91', Paul makes 'In love', an Attic enjambment (End Note c). Metrically and grammatically, it belongs to verse 5, but translators rightly end it in verse 4. So it sticks out as a bridge. So the rest of the clause, would tally '91' (91st year begins on 90th birthday). No Christ, no Plan. the election is christ, not us. due to christ we are elected. By Means of, by Agency of Love: Christ's. Not, ours. Paul used the moniker 'Love' for Christ back in 1 Cor 13, climactic passage of His Head to be completed in Writing so it can get into our heads (1Cor1:5's Greek, His Word in our words).
Then again, one could truncate the first clause into seven syllables, like this: en agape, proorisas! For if the Rapture had happened at 91, we'd all be in the air with a shout, as Paul told the Thessalonians. That clause would make a good shout, and you'd elide the second O, to make 7 syllables. Since we'd be shouting, 'hemas' would be left out. Thus Paul plays a specific-syllable tagging game on his OWN text, as he talks.
First Clause of verse 5, actually ends with 94 syllables, and also is not divisible by seven. 94 is past the '91' final Rapture date under the old schedule. The enjambment 'piggybacked' the 91, since it's a key date relative to Christ, is divisible by seven and would be evocative, here. So the 91 is embedded in the 94. The 94 doubles as the mid-Trib point, in the scenario, when the Tribulation evangelists (the 144k of Rev 7), come home to heaven (shown in Rev 14). They would be shouting the same thing, at that point. But they wouldn't be SONS. So this is a dramatic way to focus on the text -- you are pre-ordained to SONSHIP, so think about THAT future, not escape from life. Sound familiar?
Rapture date expectations end, with 94. Yet Paul keeps using meter this way, to acquaint us with future Church history. For this passage, plays the same role as Psalm 90 for the Jews. See Paul's Chronology Meter, for that story.
Eph1:3's first sevened paragraph ending at 56, is a deft way to 'tag' Isaiah 53:1+2, :5+6, 9+11. Each of those passages sums 56 syllables. Paul has 'this thing' for quoting many verses at once by concatenated catchphrase, i.e., in Romans, here in Ephesians, Galatians. I didn't know he'd also do it with meter! Look: Psalm 90:9+10, 13 through 15, 16+17 are also included. Probably overlapping Psalm 90 verses 7 through 9 (which add to 57), as well.
Eph1:4's second clause began a new sevened paragraph, 21 syllables long, as you saw. Paul severally tags Psalm 90:4, 8, 9, 16; each of those verses is also 21 syllables. Paul tags these to set up what follows (he'll also individually tag verse Ps90:7 at end of his own verse 6). So Paul's verse 4 here, second clause through also the second clause of verse 5 (the huiothesian), is antiphonal to those Psalm verses. Compare content, see for yourself. Awesome wit!
So right away we see these Tagging Styles:
o First sevened paragraph is a DATELINE. Here, Anno Domini, the year-from-The-King, in which Paul wrote.
o By individual syllable number, above examples of 66, 73, 77; and finally 84, on Daniel 9:6. Of course, Daniel repeatedly tags individual syllables in Isaiah, to create his prayer. So we know Paul knew Daniel did that, for he aped Daniel.
o By aggregate (cumulative) syllable number, example of the 84 and 77, above. Isaiah tagged Psalm 90:4; so Paul tags Isaiah, as well as Psalm 90. Which means, Paul knew Isaiah tagged Psalm 90.
o By a sevened paragraph's sum, just illustrated above with 56 and 21. More on the 56 and 21, is in Pregnancy 1.
Thus we see Paul deploy meter based on Moses: in Bible, for 1500 years. It can be tested. It is deliberate. So what a revolution for hermeneutics, if we all sought metered passages, i.e., those giving us trouble. Even a old brainout or a young kid, can count syllables; but full research requires a cast of thousands, not just one. Think of the JOBS! End Commercial Message.
First clause: Greek en agapei syntactically belongs to verse 5, heads the verse. However, it's not wrong for translators to have put it at the end of verse 4, see End Note c. Paul is piggybacking the import of verse 5 on Love (aka Christ, aka Love=God).
Greek preposition en is a keyword, especially pan-NT. Idea of stressing causality and result by nuanced use of prepositions, articles, etc. Turns these little workhorses into racing stallions, driving the meaning of every verse. That is, if you can trace them. Hence, one might argue en should always be translated the same way, since in Bible you track keywords, to see flow. [Ergo many scholars prefer literal-translation Bibles like KJV or NASB, to make tracking easier.] Unfortunately, English semantic range of 'in', though now heavily influenced by Biblical usage, is too narrow, vs. Greek en. So in this passage, where the MEANS function of 'en' is stressed, I translate it with by, by means of, agency of, with hopefully enough repetition for the reader to track those nuances. For Paul repeats the same word, to exploit semantic range. That's a mainstay rhetorical style pan-Bible.
Greek verb proorizw is better and more literally translated, fore-order. Plan. That's Paul's point, too. A Plan is what you WILL and what you PROVIDE, with no connotation of forcing. 'Order' or 'ordination' connotes approval of that Plan. There is no implication of forcing. In fact, quite the opposite: any plan has contingencies for events that don't conform to the plan. Hence contingencies that violate the plan are not only assumed to occur, but have backup plans associated with them. That's the idea here. One might prefer 'predetermine' as the translation. But even that doesn't have the breadth of 'foreordain' in English, which we all know means a predicted outcome that is approved and provided for, not something imposed upon the recipient.
Think of it as insurance. You buy an insurance policy which (pretend) simultaneously insures that if you die, your heirs get money; if you are disabled, you'll be well taken care of for life; if you need a loan, you can automatically get it; if you need certain expenses paid, you'll get that money for those expenses. Pretty neat policy, huh.
Now notice something: the policy just sits there. It doesn't force those things to happen to you, but provides funds for those contingencies. And, it's approved in advance, so you know you can trust it, the issuer has already calculated the costs, Put Them On Deposit.
That's what proorizw means. All the costs associated with a given plan, including all contingencies which the Grantor will act on; and most importantly, proorizw means these contingencies and their costs are Paid In Advance, and On Deposit, for the contingency of usage. None of that provision, forces those contingencies to occur.
You have such an insurance policy, aka Salvation. Christ paid it all in advance, and the payment itself was a planned thing in eternity past. The hitch was, would He Freely Succeed, once Here and on the Cross? Else, there would be no funds. But He did, and you have this policy PAID BY HIM. Not, forcing you to use it. Not, forcing Him to use it. He contracted to do it, however any contract can be broken. Yet "in Love", "by agency of Love", He will honor that contract. See the difference?
English 'predestine' connotes a forcing that is not in the Greek. Sadly, theology prefers the harsher 'predestine' with all its English undertones of no-free-will, fate, Hindu karma, etc. I think 'predestine' shouldn't be used, given the theological shackles with which it has been bound.
Second clause: Greek huiothesia gets scant attention, in theology. We but mouth it. Paul uses a culturally-loaded word, here. Rights of Firstborn Son. Inheritance rights. In Roman custom, there was but ONE heir; everyone else got specific bequests out from the testator's estate. Often, the heir had the right to overturn those bequests. So all who were junior, were beholding to the Heir for their inheritance, as well as to the Testator.
Point: WE SHARE IN ALL CHRIST IS AND HAS. My pastor stressed that, when exegeting this verse.
Point: if we Christians only grasped how VAST is our inheritance, we'd study Bible deeply.
You inherited a bizillion dollars, in Christ. Do you know how to access your vast wealth in Him? Do you realize, Prayer means you can Ask Anything In His Name and He will do it, Jn. 14:13f; 15:16; 16:23f? So now the flipside: if you do not ask, then you are responsible for fallow wealth. Stingy servant with the napkin (Luke 19:20), you will be punished for not using 1 John 1:9 (an asset, Eph 1:7, 14), for not growing in Grace (2Pet 3:18), for not learning and living on Bible. For the Heir DID do those things, Luke 2:40, Matthew 4:4, Deut 8:3!
Just start thinking of yourself as the richest person in history. For, that's what you are. In Christ. Once you recognize this and take it seriously, you'll get serious about Bible. For it tells you what you have, and how to use it; and baby, you're in deep doo-doo if you don't use your wealth. End Commercial Message.
Third clause: Greek eudokia is often translated good pleasure. Paul dramatically parallels it with the two bouletai uses in Isaiah 53:10's LXX, which is usually translated 'delight' or 'please'. 'Delight' is better, so I used it.
Fourth clause: Greek thelematos isn't merely Will, but Purpose. Every time you will something, there's a reason (good or bad, right or wrong) behind your will. For every will is a decision based on Something You Will. Get that order.
o You have content.
o You decide ON that content.
o At no point is the content, deciding on you.
o So you are responsible for whatever you decide, and
o you are never constrained by the content.
o Much more so, God.
o His Purpose is first an Act of Will, Decided upon.
o So you can never divorce purpose from will, nor will from purpose;
o but you can always divorce both from Content,
o since Will determines how Content will be valued.
So God's Purpose and Decision isn't forced on Him by a) what He knows, or b) what He is. HE CHOOSES FREELY, at all times. All that, is inside the meaning of thelematos. And it should give you a great deal of comfort:
o God isn't choosing you because of you (that's content),
o nor will He reject because of you (more content),
o nor did He devise this Plan because of you (more content),
o nor does He remain faithful because He must (content of Attributes).
o It's all 100% God and 100% Voluntary At All Times. [See: God truly is Sovereign, Theos Thelematos. Over His Attributes, not 'constrained' by them. That childish Calvinist notion of 'constrained' needs to go to the dungheap, in the 21st century.]
Here we also meet a second nested anaphora Paul uses: the epainon. It is nested partly inside the eudokian anaphora. So the first Asset in the eudokian asset portfolio, is the greatest. By Divine Decree, We will be THE Glory of Christ Himself. It's shocking, until you respect the fact that God shouldn't settle for lesser-thans. So, He doesn't. So, we won't BE lesser-than Christ. By Divine Decree! Bride should be worthy of Her Husband. God can do anything. So, He does EVERYTHING.
God is Infinite. So, we must be also: "be ye Perfect", Christ said. You don't spend time on trailer trash, so God will not. But we are trailer trash, compared to Him. So, He did something about it. Salvation is only the beginning. This first asset tells you the past-hidden plan from the getgo: ye are Gods, John 10:34-36. The Son of God is the CopyBook, and we WILL BE made copies of Him. By Divine Decree.
Not equally, for we don't equally choose to use our eudokian portfolio. But, in aggregate, as a fitted hierarchy, each to his own self-selected pattern, will be THE Glory of Christ. Some of us (very very few, maybe 1000 in all history) will be kings. The rest, will forever be Royal Peasants who didn't learn to live on Word as Christ did, but learned other things (works, rituals, people). So, they don't have the Thinking Needed To Rule. So, they will be ruled.
But even the lowest among us will be light-years superior to all the human achievements and satanic achievements in history, combined. What's lauded down here is despised even by demons, up there.
And rightfully so, for our ideas of spirituality are despicable. God expelled the Jews for far less rebellion, than ours. Daniel 9's confession of Israel's history of rejecting God, is doubly true, for us. We have so much more than she had, as you will soon see. Assets we ignore or twist, to make ourselves important to ourselves.
Christians down here pride themselves on their faith. Meaning, of course, that God doesn't deserve it. You realize, I hope, that when people pride themselves on what they do, it means they hate that very activity, and seek pride as a solace. So when people make a big stink about THEIR faith, denomination, practices -- they advertise that they hate those very things. They advertise, to get compensation. Because, they feel they aren't getting any.. from God.
When you love someone or something, in your mind nothing you ever do is good enough. So you never crow about it. If you managed to do something well, you are grateful, not resentful. You don't expect anyone's approval, for you never have your own. You constantly strive to improve, because you LOVE what you're trying to achieve so much, all you want to do is.. more of the same. You'd do it for free, you'd even prostitute yourself if need be, to do it. Love is like that.
Hatred, by contrast, always feels it gives more than it gets. So is constantly seeking recognition, approval, and magnifies little goods as if they were monumentally valuable. Because, to hatred, everything self does is too much for what it gets in return. Not receiving the return it deems appropriate, it goes to pride, comforting the self on what sacrifices were made for no gain. Even a cup of water in Jesus' name is given high status. And, that's as high as Hatred is willing to go.
Such is the history of Christianity. So for God to want to make us into His Son's Glory is warranted, for HE deserves it -- but the very idea is unfathomable, just the same.
o Meanwhile, we preen over how humble we are to insist how low we are. How arrogant! It's a cop-out, really. An excuse to be a peasant.
o So, these majority-rules peasants of Irrevocable Eternal Royal Birthright, gauge their worth by how well the puny world lauds them,
o their degrees or peer recognition,
o hushed tones and 'oh brother',
o how many they 'converted';
o and they call their activities all sorts of sickeningly arrogant names, like 'soul winning'. Oh? YOU win souls for God? Should he bow and scrape in gratitude to you? Yecch.
o They pride themselves on how nice they are to people, but James condemned it. Christ condemned it even more.
o Christians down here pride themselves on whether they can spout Bible,
o give to charity,
o and they make sure to pat themselves on the back for every little good deed they do.. while the angels, vomit to watch. Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who the HELL are you! the demon literally said to the seven self-righteous sons of Sceva, Acts 19:15. [My pastor was particularly fond of reciting that verse. Made the prim folk in the congregation, wince.]
o Christians pride themselves on their doctrinal fights, with those most heretical, calling everyone else Heretic!
o Christians take to politics, when Christ warned against that, and Revelation 17 made it clear that Church in politics is a harlot.
o Christians account themselves spiritual if they sing rah-rah Jesus songs -- because oh, there are a dozen verses out of TEN THOUSAND ON LEARNING TO THINK BIBLE -- well, those dozen sing verses must be the spiritual life!
o So they gauge spirituality by how they feel,
o and they think they are spiritual giants if they can recite Psalm 23.
o They pass judgment on those whose (usually sexual) sins differ, in order to feel superior.
o They argue about Saturday or Sunday, wearing hats or dancing, is it Yeshua or Jehovah or Yahweh;
o and, like Tom Lehrer sang.. everybody hates the Jews.
In short, it's a sandbox, Christianity. All chirpy all mistaking morality as spirituality (lol even the Muslims are largely moral); and in short, FLUNK is their report card. Assets Fallow.
But even so, when the balloon goes up, they will be to however small a diamond-faceted extent -- a true Glory of Christ. Maybe one-quarter carat of the Karat Who was Garroted to the Cross, but still genuinely reflecting Him. Even Him. Father would have it so; and so it shall ever be.
So the values you have now, will reverse. Up there, ONLY CHRIST will be interesting to you. By your free will choice. Okay, but what will you have to give to Him? To express your love? Nuthin', if you didn't use these assets. Someone else will have them, and you'll be under that someone else, mighty grateful and happy, but.. with nothing but a smile. That's why Christ said, get rich in Doctrine, 'and all these things [material needs] will be added to you. Yeah, forever. Literal material wealth: for the ruled need it. For, all they ever learned down here were body ideas, slapping God's name on everything they wanted, to feel holy. So they never learned the spiritual life.. which is To Think Royally.
So this topmost benefit, Made Into the Very GLORY OF CHRIST -- will be your heart's desire. With no matching physical assets, if you didn't learn and live on Bible. As usual, when God makes great promises, there's a horrific flipside: you'll wish you went after Bible with all your life, once you're dead. But it will be too late. No punishment, but nothing atop your naked salvation, either. And you'll be happy. But low. Bet you don't want that future...
So now, to these Assets. The epainon anaphora being nested within with the eudokian anaphora, tells you juridical origin. In short, due to the eudokian anaphora, the epainon anaphora occurs. As shown in verse 5's note, eudokia references the WILL. Moreover, Paul makes sure you know eudokia relates to the Isaiah 53:10 contract between Father and Son, via the cognate boulen in Eph1:11, thus tying to bouletai (twice) in Isaiah 53:10's LXX.
Greek epainon needs clarification. Technically it's the sum of epi+ainos; on the surface, it means 'good report' about someone. The 'someone' is put in the genitive case. But 'good report' doesn't convey the meaning, here. When you ARE a praise, it means you REFLECT the object, yourself. [See Thayer's lexicon for epainon, which notes for Ephesians 1:12 that we ARE the praise. That distinction is very important to the shocking meaning of this anaphora.]
So someone looking at you, admires the object you represent; for you resemble that object. Thus, the person looking at you, is doing the praising. Not, you doing it. All you do, is breathe. Example: when people in the OT saw an angel, they would often mistake the angel for God, and would fall flat on their faces, etc. The angel didn't do any praising of God, the angel gave a message. But the very glory of the angel made the one seeing him, think of God. That's the meaning of epainon, here. We will so totally reflect Christ's very Glory, we will seem to BE Him. Way higher than, angels (theme of Hebrews 1-2, 1John 3:2).
Unlike the eudokian anaphora, which is dramatically complex, This epainon anaphora is spectacularly simple. Here's how it works. If you said 'Give me Christ or give me death', you replaced 'liberty' with Christ; you would make someone smile, if they knew the original Patrick Henry quote. Paul makes this same 'substitution', to convey astonishing Bible truth. The exchange denotes how the replaced words are fulfilled. Look:
Second Clause: Sometimes repeating words in Greek is elegant, so Paul uses both charitos and charitow, together. So the only English equivalent was 'graced us out', which in English is less formal, but more vivid. Paul's vivid, here.
Third Clause: "In the Beloved". Greek en = by means of by agency of with, and Paul means them, too: all prepositions, Him. He uses prepositions as bullet points, meter divisions. Genitive's root idea is belonging-to. So Him to us, we to Him.
Every one of those 28-syllable paragraphs in Psalm 90 and Isaiah 53, are on your sin and His Redeeming You. So what does that redeeming, mean? Well, per those metered paragraphs, ya got two kinds of dying. One, you die angry at God, so God mirrors your own anger back at you, so you come to know the 'anger' of God; two, you die wise and happy, knowing you'll see Him in a few minutes. Not afraid. Not angry. For, you know He redeemed you.
Have you ever seen a coupon? You can either get whatever's pictured on the coupon, or you can "redeem" it for a certain (usually small) amount of cash. Just look on any coupon's fine print. In America of the 1950's, it was a craze for grocery and hardware stores to give you 'Green Stamps'. They looked just like postage stamps, and you'd get 10 or so every time you shopped. Then you pasted them into books; and when you got enough books full of the things, you could REDEEM them for items in the S&H catalog. Took like a bizillion stamps to get a 'free' kitchen knife, but it was fun.
Everyone likes getting something for free. Except that it wasn't really free. It cost the retailers hundreds of thousands of dollars, and it took a lot of TIME to paste those stamps into books. So you ended up paying for the stamps via grocery (etc.) prices, for where do THEY get the money to pay for the stamps they give away, except from sales? And then you paid double, with the time spent pasting...
Salvation redemption is just the opposite. You DO nothing. Christ DID everything, Romans 5:8, Gal 3:18-22. So Salvation Redemption means you have a LIFETIME COUPON -- and your life never ends -- a LIFETIME COUPON of money. He paid it, you have it. Like, a bank account. Now of course if you never find out the account number, then all that wealth just keeps on being on deposit in the Universal Bank of Heaven, doing you no good at all.. until you DIE to this world, and go home to His.
So then, how do you access your wealth in Him, exchanging (redeeming!) your puny ideas of life, for His? Ahhh. You realize, right, that the quality of your life depends on the quality of your thinking? Bad thinking makes people sick, poor, get into trouble. So if you had competent thinking, the quality of your life would improve. Better job, better decisions, better everything. Whether rich or poor. Whether sick or well. Your life is only as good as your thoughts are. Petty thinking, jealous thinking, nasty thinking makes for an unhappy life. Wealth of any kind gets spent mostly on trying to fix problems, and inevitably one finds out that the intended fixes, were just loose band-aids or another buggy computer program. Very upsetting.
Bible alone can cure it all, and truly make you happy, no matter what your circumstances. That's True Wealth, and why people even seek wealth. But only Bible can cure the SOUL. But you first gotta BELIEVE that you have the wealth. Then you gotta BELIEVE it's important to find out what it is. Then you gotta Study Your Divine Assets Manual, so your LIFETIME COUPON doesn't DAM up and you say, 'Damn! What good is this Bible?' But you open up that Bible, and it's all words words more fuzzy words. So let's first cover Accessing your Divine Asset Management Account (ADAMA), so Bible won't stay a DAM gathering earth-dust while it sits on your coffee table -- so people will think you read it, of course -- because you rightly have trouble giving a damn about its fuzzy words, the many denominational fights, etc. ad nauseam.
Redemption means You CAN name your sins to God. Just NAME them. You got ticked off in traffic. "Dad, I sinned!" You got ticked off at Windows. "Dad, I sinned!" You worried about some bill. "Dad I sinned!" You felt guilty. "Dad, I sinned!" It becomes as quick and natural as breathing, to REALIZE that 1000 times a day you have some thought which God would never have, so it's a sin. Anything you do with your body, of itself isn't the sin: sin is what you THINK. Body just obeys THOUGHT.
So it's a big deal, to Just Name It And Move On, not even stopping to feel bad about it, for -- guilt is a sin, too! Feeling bad doesn't ATONE for squat. So you just committed the sin of HALLUCINATING that how you feel, accomplished something. NAME IT, move on! You got this LIFETIME COUPON, see: it never expires. So naming sin means Dad writes a check to FIX YOU, from what Son paid on your behalf 2000 years ago! Imagine what INTEREST accrues on His Payment, 1900+ years before your birth!
Our use of Redemption is far simpler than what the OT people got; they also had to
o go to the hassle and expense of finding blemishless animals,
o dragging them to the local Levite priest,
o putting their hands on the animal,
o Naming The Sin
o while the priest cut the animal's throat.
o Then blood,
o more waiting,
o the smell,
o and you took some of it home
o or ate it there in front of the priest, (often, not always, depended on what kind of sin it was).
o And you did all that, because it was DINNER. With God. Restored to Peace with God, signified by eating the animal that just died 'for' you, picture of Messiah-to-Come.
If you're at all familiar with eating in the ancient world, you have to know that meat was hard to come by. People lived on milk, fish, cheese, grains, vegetables. Very small amounts, too. But here you are, every time you sin, EATING THE BEST MEAT. And you just know, people sinned 100 times a day or more. Life was even more annoying for them, than for us. Still, it was a hassle. Took at least an hour, not to mention, waiting in line behind all the other sinners with their stinking lambs, goats, doves, and the doo-doo those animals would excrete.
So contrast this: Redemption for Church means that since Christ is the Lamb of God and He paid, there are no more animals to bring, and you are your own priest, 1Pet2:5, 9; 2Peter 1:9 (in Greek, translators forgot to translate labwn, lol); Hebrews 10. Takes a nanosecond to think toward Father and admit you sinned, even if you forgot what ones and when, you know you did, so you admit it. I use 1John1:9 a bizillion times a day.
Of course, many Christians think it's too hard, hallucinate that they have to keep TRACK of their sins, and they feel bad about doing that, so they invent excuses. Like the hallucinated idea that here in Ephesians 1:7, you're forgiven of all your sins so you don't need to tell God you sinned, anymore. Okay, then you're drawing funds from your own account down here, for the Holy Spirit won't fill a defiled Temple. You. For your online banking with UBH requires 1John1:9 as the passcode. No tickee, no washee. So you're not clean. So you're not filled with the Spirit. So you're INCOMPETENT at reading Bible. So you are DAMNED up, and you'll be punished for it, Colossians 3:25.
[Nerd Note: There's a crazy 'school' of 'scholars' who maintain that Greek aphesin (next clause) is appositional to apolutrwsin, here. They clearly aren't using 1John1:9, so that's why they are utterly incompetent. For just as in the OT prospectively, for us retrospectively, Christ's Payment means you CAN name sins, but you still MUST do it, to be back in fellowship with God. David explained that, in Psalm 32:5 and 66:18, which is reasonably clear in translation. I did a whole playlist of 1John1:9 videos showing the many categories of OT verses. So naming sins is based ON Redemption, and is a function OF it. Here in Eph 1:7, you have an Attic double accusative of cause and result, not koine appositional usage: my pastor stressed that 1000 times. Paul's language is Greek drama, with DROPPED VERBS. Very obvious. And all the OT confirms that meaning. Moreover, anyone sane can read 1John1:9 and know that, since JOHN confessed the same thing (we we we we we we -- hello?), putting The Funding BASIS in 1John1:7.]
Idea? Redemption means Forgiveness In Time is FUNDED -- a) so you CAN name your sins, b) so you can GROW UP spiritually, not merely be saved as a newborn.
OT saved like David, Moses, etc. all sinned. We have their sins recorded. David even wrote about how if he did NOT name his sin, God made him SICK, Psalm 32:5, 66:18! We just don't need the animal ritual anymore, for the Lamb of God, Paid. Hebrews 6-10 also warns that NOT admitting sin -- results in destruction (subtheme since Hebrews 2:1).
You neglect your salvation assets (Heb 2:1), if you don't use 1 John 1:9. John used it, "we" in 1John1. Like, David, Moses -- for which Moses wasn't allowed to enter the Land, Deut 32. So we don't enter our inheritance, if we won't name our sins to God. Babies we are, and babies we stay. Saved but naked, 1Cor3. The adults (atsumim, in Hebrew Isa53:12) get the inheritance instead, to spend on the babies. The babies, have nothing. Forever.
No one learns Bible in a state of sin. A state of sin exists even after the sin is committed, UNTIL YOU NAME IT to God. And if you don't remember, just say I SINNED, DAD! You needn't be anal, keeping sin lists, agonize here!
Christianity remains in the theological playpen for 2000 years,
for Christians won't use 1John1:9.
Can't properly read Bible, without it.
So, they don't. So, they lose their faith. So, they get punished.
So now let's talk about what it means, to GROW UP, 2Peter 3:18. Well, if you use 1John1:9 regularly, what's redeemed? Your thinking. Sin isn't your biggest problem, but its aftermath. Sin is an addiction. As with any other addiction, you CAN say 'no'; but your desire increased with prior repetition. So it's harder to say no. Sin is inherently a desire to fit in with the world. Individual sins themselves are all rooted in that urge. fitting-in. Moral sins, or immoral sins, all try to FIT IN.
Your body thrives on repetition, familiarity. It can't tell the difference between repeating something good, or something bad. To it, repetition of any kind is good. Repetition breeds comfort, fluency, competence and skill. So if you repeated a bad thing, its attractiveness grows; a built-in urge to do it again, repeats upon the next instance of associated past repetition.
Each successive repetition, makes the next one, easier; more fun; more automatic. And so it is with sin, too. So it is with learning and living on Bible, too. But you can't learn Bible in a state of sin. So: naming sins, is important. You can't access this Divine Redemption Thinking from Bible, except while you're filled with the Spirit; and He won't fill, a defiled Temple.
That access is phenomenal: 'Filling', means Filling you with Divine Perspicacity. My pastor called it "Spiritual IQ", and he's right. I'm evidence of it. God makes you smarter as a result of 1John1:9. See, this is a real asset you can use. And you need it, because you need Divine Smarts, to grasp Bible. So, you can sometimes grasp in minutes, what takes a scholar, a year or more to research. Why? Because the Holy Spirit Connects the Dots, John 14:26. Even a great scholar who's not using 1John1:9, is trying to connect them on his own power. So, usually he runs around in circles, grappling with 90 other scholars of 90 other opinions; he's always forced to hedge. By contrast, in seconds the Holy Spirit can make the right connected verses come to your mind, John 14:26. Saves you time, angst, controversy. Try it. Use 1John1:9 like breathing, for a month. Daily. Try to make it a habit. Repeat repeat repeat and it will become as natural to use the verse, as brushing your teeth.
Then you'll appreciate what Paul means at the end of this verse 7, by 'ploutos'. Seriously. Try it yourself. Words won't suffice; you have to see it in your own life, to know. Use 1John1:9 like breathing, make it a habit. Watch what happens.
That is the heart of redemption: you are REDEEMED from 'your empty way of life', as Peter put it, 1Pet1:18. See, all the world has in its mind, is the world. It has no higher understanding. But you do -- thanks to Redemption. Whether you access this higher way of life, however, is up to you. Greek word mataios in Peter (and elsewhere) means 'futile', 'empty', and signifies the chasing-after-windmills quality of this life. Chasing your tail, really, for whatever you gain in this life always bites you at the end.
Instead, the way God thinks, can become the way you think. Funded on the Cross, paid by Christ: THAT is True Redemption. Your sin nature will buck it constantly, theme of Romans 6-8. But you now have an option for a happiness INDEPENDENT of the world. Independent of circumstances, people, what you have or lack. Again, try using 1John1:9 repeatedly and daily for a month.. see what happens.
Second Clause, reason why you have redemption: Christ paid. Not with physical blood, but with His Thinking, Isaiah 53:11's bedato yatsdiq. 'Blood' was what circulated in the animal. Its throat was cut. That cut off the pain, but the poor thing bled to death. A soul has no corpuscles. The 'blood' of a soul, is thought. Sins are thoughts. So only THINKING 'blood' can pay for sins. Just as Isaiah explains: by means of His Mastery of Truth Knowledge, He makes Righteous. Not, by bleeding to death.
You are always a Child of God, saved forever. So, there are heavenly living expenses. You live. You sin. The sin damages your soul. Now, if your kid needed lunch money, you'd not say, "well I have it in my bank account" but give him NOTHING, right?
Okay, so your kid had to ADMIT he needed money. Even so, your Heavenly Father waits for you to admit you sinned, to justify spending Christ's past payment FOR you, ON you. Because, your kid might try to get the money somewhere else. Because, you might try to 'pay' for your sin, yourself. Always failing, of course.
You are Christ's property and his 'kid', as well. His Payment to Father is to be spent ON you, Isaiah 53:10 contract. But it won't be spent on you, if you won't use 1John1:9. So you name sins to God and He what? "purifies you from all malfeasance (literal translation 1John1:9b)." Insurance policy. Errors and Omissions. Damages paid when they occur. Funded prior, paid now.
Paid to do what? Develop you spiritually. BUY THE WORLD, Time. Hopefully you saw on pages 3 and 4, how vital it is to the world's weal, that you grow spiritually. Using 1John1:9, is the greatest and only good deed a human can do. For only God, is good. So guess how much God must spank you if you won't use it? YOUR FAULT, if the world is hurt by your not growing!
That's what ten aphesin means. Sin insurance. All the premiums were paid by Christ 2000 years ago. So USE THE POLICY, 1John1:9. Or you'll never ever understand Bible, you spit on Christ's Payment; you hate people, too, for God will only bless them if He grows, YOU! So you want God to curse THEM, if you won't use 1John 1:9!
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(a teenager made for me in 2008)
Fourth Clause: Note the clever sandwiching placement here. Palindromic, goes forward or backward or stands alone. Ties back to the first epainon clause, in verse 6. The entire passage is like this; each clause stands alone, both poetically and syntactically, yet there is more. Yeah, always more! And to imagine, this Paul guy was saddled between two praetorian guards under house arrest in Rome, awaiting Trial. He just DICTATED this right out of his mouth! So Paul's flow and thinking here, the awesome GENIUS of it, is a DEMONSTRATION of the very ploutoi he's talking about. Living example, genius writing, easy flow -- Holy Genius, wholly enjoyable!
First Clause: Greek perisseuw means to overflow like a flood you very much like: someone 'flooding' you with a bizillion dollars, for example; opening up the cargo section of a mid-air C-31 transport, the money only raining down on you. So the usual translations are fine, and I used my pastor's, though I'm not too fond of the word 'superabounds'. Too churchy.
When we read words like 'wisdom' and -- I forget how translators phrase phronesei, maybe 'sober judgment' or something equally appalling -- when we read these words, we sigh in self-righteousness and learn nothing. These words were specifically defined in Greek culture, made famous by Plato and the other philosophers. To the Greeks, it was all about pleasure on the one hand, and intellectual stimulation on the other. Wisdom to them was a thinking thing, and phronesis meant just that: clear thinking. An aphron was a fuzzbrain, someone incapable of clear thinking, hence the English translation, 'fool'.
So Paul is using very precise terminology here, and in Greek to Greeks. He's carefully building on what they already know, and since Ephesians is modeled after Euripides' play Ion, he's weaving in a famous myth of Greek origin to show them the REAL Origin of Time, the Real God; so that believers can successfully communicate the Real Plan of Time, to their fellow Greeks. It's an awesome thing he does, here.
This is also a function of Redemption funding. Here, Paul focuses on the CONTENT of what you can know. Redemption itself is a series of funds, so Paul now must list them severally. All of them, subsets of epainon which is a subset of eudokia. The eudokia bookends are about purpose; the epainon bookends, result; but in between, what OPERATION occurs?
So your second asset in the eudokia portfolio, Redemption, itself has subsets which alike are separate portfolios of their own.
o APHESIN, Forgiveness-of-Sin assets. You get these each time you use 1John1:9, even if you don't learn and live on Bible. You won't grow, but you are still fixed enough so you CAN grow. You avoid illness this way, so USE THE VERSE.
o You grow, as a result of learning and living on Bible between sins. In what? WISDOM and CLEAR THINKING. Bad decisions come from bad thinking; an unhappy life comes from bad thinking. Like a bad computer program, it's difficult to unravel bad thinking. Bible in your head will reprogram you, as you consent to learning and living, on it.
o So this is a real asset helping you in every category of your life. Hence the pasei, 'every class'. Whether you're inside or outside, Bible class. For God hears you 24/7; it won't be pleasing to Him to hear you think badly. So, He provides a way to think well. As well as His Son.