One of the most exquisite gems in the Psalter is that beginning "Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty" (Ps 131:1). N.A.S.B. So I had to get at behind the person at the other register. John the Baptist gives a good "formula" to ensure an every growing awareness of our humble state writing that... "He (Jesus) must (not an option) increase (present tense = continually) , but I must decrease (present tense = continually). Men ought to be industrious, that they may do some good, and that they may be kept from temptation. Moreover, His design "that He might fill all things" ( Ephesians 4:10 , Greek, "the whole uerse of things") may imply the same. anger--lasting resentment: opposed to "forgiving one another." Ephesians 4:2 (CEBA) There is no peace here. Westminster John Know Press, 1964, George, T. The New American Commentary. It is the ability to hold one's feeling in restraint or bear up under the oversights and wrongs afflicted by others without retaliating. The teachable spirit is docile and tractable, and therefore humble enough to learn. might fill--In Greek, the action is continued to the present time, both "might" and "may fill," namely, with His divine presence and Spirit, not with His glorified body. It is manifest by the quality of forbearance under provocation. Questions (Ephesians 3:1-10) (Amplified Bible - Lockman), NLT: Be humble and gentle. “You must not have heard me rightly,” he said. He remember the oil poured over his head, running down his beard and onto his robes and he used this picture to poetically portray how unity overflows to others -- a picture he portrays as wonderfully refreshing. 16. “Lowliness”: Humility. There is no article in the Greek. It is produced and maintained by the Holy Spirit. Morris observes that "the only references to Christian "unity" in the New Testament--in so far as the word itself is concerned--are here in this chapter. Peace has two meanings. Abraham prayed for Sodom, Gomorrah, and probably Lot too, when the division between them and God was so great that He had to destroy the cities (Genesis 18:16-33). The final NT use of the great unity word homothumadon is found in Romans where Paul prays... Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus; 6 that with one accord (NIV = "a spirit of unity") (homothumadon from homos = one and the same + thumos = temperament, mind) you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. A missionary to India once said that "If I were to pick out two phrases necessary for spiritual growth, I would pick out these: 'I don't know' and 'I am sorry.' I have had to learn how to live at peace with all sorts of people. ILLUSTRATION OF "PEACE" - Jim Walton was translating the NT for the Muinane people of La Sabana in the jungles of Colombia. Bible verses by topic. For--with a view to; the ultimate aim. A spirit of fault-finding; an unsatisfied temper; a constant irritability; little inequalities in the look, the temper, or the manner; a brow cloudy and dissatisfied - your husband or your wife cannot tell why - will more than neutralize all the good you can do, and render life anything but a blessing.It is in such gentle and quiet virtues as meekness and forbearance, that the happiness and usefulness of life consist, far more than in brilliant eloquence, in splendid talent, or illustrious deeds, that shall send the name to future times. Compare the names of princes compounded of "pharnas," Hebrew, "pastor," Holophernes, Tis-saphernes (compare Isaiah 44:28 ). This describes what Paul reminds us to. The leading captive of satanic powers here, is not said to be at His descent, but at His ascension; so that no argument can be drawn from it for a descent to the abodes of Satan. And I know why you picked it. The Beatitudes, Part 7: Blessed Are the Peacemakers. The present tense calls for this to be our lifestyle. Quickly they were brought into unity through adjustment, and the incurable disease was cured. Bond (4886) (sundesmos sundesmos from sundéo = join together in turn from sun = with, speaks of an intimate union + deo = bind) describes that which binds together. What was heretofore IMPOSSIBLE is now ''HIM POSSIBLE''! (F. B. Meyer. In the apostle's creed, the article as to THE CHURCH properly follows that as to THE HOLY GHOST. Mark : Ephesians 3:20-21 Bible Study Questions, Introduction: Problems of Disunity Broadman & Holman Publishers, The Greatest of These Is Love - Dying As a Means of Loving, Morris, Henry: Defenders Study Bible. Quoting from the Septuagint (LXX = Greek of the Hebrew Old Testament) rendering of Zechariah 9:9, which predicts the Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Matthew uses the adjective form of prautes (praus) to describe Jesus as “gentle (praus) and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden” (Mt 21:5). Comment: When younger men willingly place themselves under the authority of the leaders, who are usually older, order and unity will be preserved and promoted! Believers can make far greater advances for Christ's cause when they act and pray together than they could ever make alone. All are invited.”. Paul quotes it of CHRIST ascending to heaven, who is therefore GOD. Mark how God's forgiveness causes us to forgive. cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive--Translate as Greek, "craftiness tending to the methodized system of deceit" ("the schemes of error") [ALFORD]. Although the New Testament urges us to possess a PERSONAL faith in Jesus Christ, it says nothing at all about a PRIVATE faith. (MacArthur, J: Matthew 1-7 Macarthur New Testament Commentary Chicago: Moody Press), Ray Stedman describes meekness as "strength under control" adding that "It is real strength, but it does not have to display itself or show off how strong it is. (humility = praǘtēs). In our dealings with our fellow men we must reproduce this loving, forbearing, forgiving, patient attitude of God towards ourselves. Ephesians 1:1 Only by the Will of God (McGee, J V: Thru the Bible Commentary: Thomas Nelson). Forbearance is a vital part of agape love. In secular Greek writings sundesmos was used to describe "good men" who form the bond that keeps the state (government) together! Paul names four characteristics of conduct that are "attractively adorning" in two sets of two. As a Dad, I have had to learn what it is to preserve the unity of the Spirit with my family. In Ephesians of course sundesmos is used figuratively to picture the binding together in the sense of the spiritual forces that unite believers. It could not be cut in pieces as she now is. Paul is saying believing Jews are to lay aside their former "religious" pride and humbly regard their Gentile counterpart as their equal and not as their spiritual inferior. This is peacemaking through living by godly character. It is the ability not to lose patience when people are foolish, not to grow irritable when they seem unteachable. the old man--your old unconverted nature ( Romans 6:6 ). It is not mere external unity; it is not a mere unity of creed; it is not a mere unity in the forms of public worship; it is such as the Holy Spirit produces in the hearts of Christians, when he fills them all with the same love, and joy, and peace in believing. (The Pursuit of God). Walking worthily, humility, meekness, patience, and forbearance will lead to submitting to one another in the fear of the Lord. 31. bitterness--both of spirit and of speech: opposed to "kind." The idea of making haste, being eager, giving diligence, and putting forth effort are in the word. While visiting friends who are rock collectors, I asked, "Do you believe that rock formations reveal a very old earth?"
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