archon. You are in God’s House and Presence. Paul brings up the past again later as a means of motivating their present and future conduct writing that…, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind (Eph 4:22-note), In a similar manner, Paul reminded the saints at Colossae of the incredible change that God's Spirit had wrought in them…, And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach (Col 1:21, 22-notes), Writing to the Church at Corinth Paul reminded them of their former manner of life to emphasize the greatness of their salvation…, Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? That this was a current opinion, may be seen fully proved in Wetstein; compare Bloomfield, Grotius, and particularly Koppe. James : Peah, fol. God says, "Thou shalt not" but we say "I shall" and then we hate ourselves afterwards. has no scriptural basis, unless in this place. https: Out in the lobby was an engraved plaque listing all the members of the church who were dead as a result of their military service. The spirit that now worketh — With mighty power; and so he did, and doth in all ages. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:2". He alone can take away the deadness of your soul and give you a thrilling awakening that brings forgiveness and joy right now, and the prospect of heaven forever. Scripture: Ephesians 2:11–22. AND YOU WERE DEAD IN YOUR TRESPASSES AND SINS: Kai humas ontas (PAPMPA) nekrous tois paraptomasin kai tais hamartiais humon: Adapted from Kent Hughes: Preaching the Word: Ephesians, AND (kai) clearly ties the following statement to the previous verses. We live in the darkness of sin and not even the tiniest ray of light breaks through to us. From the time we were born, Satan began to inject us with his mind, thoughts, ways, attitudes, and purposes, so by the time that God gets to us—but in God's good time He calls us and begins to convert us—we are in union with Satan. Isaiah 59:1-2 A.F.V This again is a difficult clause. Some Calvinists would have us believe that the spiritually dead are totally incapable of doing anything good. That such a designation of Satan would have been unintelligible to all classes or readers. Worketh in—Operating like a poison in their hearts; deranging their intellects and inflaming their passions. His army is an army, not a crowd. "Sons of disobedience" is a way of saying people characterized by disobedience, as a son bears the traits of his parent. "The course of this world" is the zeitgeist—the spirit of the times. Dead in - "In" is locative of sphere, which indicates the sphere or realm, in which we lived before we were born in (the sphere of) Christ (see in Christ and in Christ Jesus and in Christ). The Greek word translated "course," aion, is especially interesting. How do spiritually dead people act, or how do they live their lives? 1 John : The New English Bible calls him "commander of the spiritual powers of the air now at work among God's rebel subjects." Or, thirdly, it may designate those to whom power belongs, as in Ephesians 1:21. Advertise | And this is no philosophical supposition, but rather one which may be abundantly supported by the pages of the Bible. (Witham) --- Secundum sæculum mundi hujus: according to the custom of this world. Of the activity of spiritual powers of evil here only in the active in N.T. As he neared the enemy lines, he stopped and began singing, "Noel, noel! Pride, Contention, and Unity. ‘To those of us who are confirmed a text like this is the most solemn “exhortation to Holy Communion” I know of. God before conversion, walk in the same road that others do; and that conversion is a turning out of this way; and that when persons are converted, the course of their walking is altered, which before was. Go to. 1897-1910. “According to”: The present age, the opinions and views of the world, did not originate with mankind. Compare 2 Corinthians 4:4. There are others who argue, that the apostle borrowed the notion either from the Pythagorean or Gnostic demonology. The lost desire fame, fortune, and following just as the Devil. This power, the collective body of the demonarchy, is in thought and words concentrated into a spirit, identified with a controlling influence in wicked men. to mean ‘the power’ or ‘powers’ whose seat is in the air, ἡ ἐξουσία being used as in Ephesians 1:21, Ephesians 3:10, Ephesians 6:12 of the person exercising the dominion. BibliographyCoke, Thomas. Required fields are marked *, Notify me of followup comments via e-mail, Designed by Elegant Themes Ignatius, in his Epistle to the Ephesians, refers also to the ἀερίων πνευμάτων. This world's Christians, in an effort to evade responsibility for the evil in them, have instead blamed God for creating man this way. We produced the fruits of a spirit but not the Spirit of God. The πνεῦμα here is not the spirit or mind of man (which would be inconsistent with the force of the ἐξουσίας), nor is it a collective term equivalent to the ἐξουσία (for its form is against that, as is also the statement of its operation). ἐξουσία appears to be used here as ὁμηλικίη in Homer, ἡλικία, ἑταιρία, δουλεία, ὑπηρεσία συμμαχία, and the like, to represent the aggregate of those in power: as we say, ‘the government.’ So that all such renderings as ‘princeps potentissimus’ are to be at once dismissed. But a contrast to the αἰὼν μέλλων is not at all implied in the context; indeed, it was entirely self-evident that the Satanic activity extends only to the time before the Parousia; how then could it occur to a reader to find in the νῦν a negation of the αἰὼν μέλλων? It is interesting that Trench ties his definition to air, in that, even as we unconsciously breathe air in and out to sustain life, the course of the world is every bit as necessary to carnal life and is affecting us invisibly and constantly.

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