Tuesday, November 22, 2011

All in All

1 Kings 18:21 (children)
Ephesians 1:15-23 (message)
Confirmation and Baptism of young people

Message in notation form only

Structure of English translation/Greek:

Prayer, part 1, Thanks (1.15-16)
Thanks for
your faith in Jesus
your love for the saints
Prayer, part 2, Request (1.17-19)
Pray that God
give you spirit of wisdom & revelation = eyes of heart enlightened
so that you may know
the hope to which he has called you (1.12, 1.18, 4.1, 4.4)
the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints (1.11, 1.14, 1.18)
the greatness of his power-power-power-power (4 synonyms)
Power of God, part 1, Christ exalted (1.20-21)
Power to work in Christ when God
raised him from the dead
seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places
above rule, authority, power, dominion
above every name named in this age and age to come

Power of God, part 2, Christ ruling (1.22-23)
put all things under his feet
made him head over all things for the church
which is his body,
[which is] the fullness of him
who fills all in all

1.19, with the four synonyms for power in bold: “what is the immeasurable [with the Greek root “hyper”] greatness [with the Greek root “mega”] of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his mighty strength.” (See G.D. Cloete and D.J. Smit, June 1, 1988, “Exegesis and Proclamation: Preaching from the Lectionary”, Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, p 59-67 [Electronic edition, http://web.ebscohost.com] – p 59).

Thanking God for your faith in Jesus –
“hear Christ and his story” (Austin)
the witness of Sharon and your mentors

Thanking God for your love for the saints –
Halloween snow - snow and limb removal
YDC meals - sharing love and compassion with the Youth Development Center

The three interlocking themes of the prayer request, all around resurrection:
hope – Eph 1.12, 1.18, 4.1, 4.4
inheritance – everything that is God’s is ours
“Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Eph 1.3)
power – resurrection, new life
"Fullness", difficult translation and syntax questions:
filled by/with, and full manifestation of

Christ’s fullness in the church ... elsewhere, Christ is described as filling the world and filling God’s people individually. If you want to encounter Christ, all three arenas are important – meet him personally, meet him through the church, meet him in the world. A spiritual life that does not include the church misses a crucial dimension of Jesus. A spiritual life that does not connect with the world misses a crucial dimension of Jesus. A spiritual life that does not involve a personal encounter with Jesus lacks a crucial dimension of the fullness of Jesus.

"All in All"
contemporary English expression – not the same as the Scripture
all things considered, neglecting details ... often negative details
“All in all, it’s not so bad”

only two uses of the expression in the NT
Eph 1.23
1Co 15.28, also in context of Christ ruling over all

not in the apostolic fathers (Hermeneutika’s BibleWorks software)

Augustine, Confessions, I.III.3, electronic version
3. Since, then, thou dost fill the heaven and earth, do they contain thee? Or, dost thou fill and overflow them, because they cannot contain thee? And where dost thou pour out what remains of thee after heaven and earth are full? Or, indeed, is there no need that thou, who dost contain all things, shouldst be contained by any, since those things which thou dost fill thou fillest by containing them? For the vessels which thou dost fill do not confine thee, since even if they were broken, thou wouldst not be poured out. And, when thou art poured out on us, thou art not thereby brought down; rather, we are uplifted. Thou art not scattered; rather, thou dost gather us together. But when thou dost fill all things, dost thou fill them with thy whole being? Or, since not even all things together could contain thee altogether, does any one thing contain a single part, and do all things contain that same part at the same time? Do singulars contain thee singly? Do greater things contain more of thee, and smaller things less? Or, is it not rather that thou art wholly present everywhere, yet in such a way that nothing contains thee wholly?

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