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Ascension Day

Texts & Discussion:

Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47 or Psalm 93
Ephesians 1:15-23
Luke 24:44-53

 

Other Resources:

Commentary:

Matthew Henry,    Wesley
Word Study:
Robertson
This Week's Themes:

Ascension of our Lord
Exaltation of Christ
Promise of Christ's Return
Promise of the Spirit
 


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A Rich Inheritance, Ephesians 1:15-23, by Rev. Randy Quinn

It probably comes as no surprise to you, but I donít speak Greek.  I donít read it, either.  Since the New Testament was written in Greek, most of us rely upon translators to tell us what Paul writes in his letter to the church in Ephesus.  Thatís part of why I like to use a variety of translations when Iím studying a text Ė and why I take the time to read what scholars have to say before writing a sermon.

One of the things I was surprisedto learn in my studies this weekwas that our text today Ė the entire passage Ė is one long sentence in Greek.I tried reading it in a couple of different translations; and there was not one I found where I could read it aloud with only one breath.

I know some people who take multiple breaths in the same sentence because the sentence is so long; but generally itís because they are excited about something and donít know when to put an exclamation point on it and stop talking.

Paul was apparently so exuberant that he didnít know when to stop talking!  He is excited about what God has done Ė and is doing Ė in Ephesus; and he is excited about what the church is doing in response.  That church has become for him an example of what he has been preaching throughout the Roman Empire Ė it serves as a model of the church as the Body of Christ, through which Jesus is seen at work.

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