Ephesians 1 revised

Posted: February 8, 2013 by J in Bible, Book review, Theology

Try this out:

Ephesians 1:3   Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in Christ has blessed us Jews with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.  4 Initially he chose our people in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.  5 He destined us Israelites for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, by his favour and will,  6 to the praise of his glorious grace – a grace which he has now freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  7 In Christ we Jews have redemption through his blood – the forgiveness of sins – because of the riches of his grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight 9 he has made known to us Jewish disciples the mystery of his will, his good purpose that he set forth in Christ.  10  His  plan was – in the fullness of time – to gather up all things in Christ, things in heaven and things on earth.  11 And it is in Christ also that we Jewish disciples have actually obtained this promised inheritance, the inheritance destined for us in the purposes of him who accomplishes everything that he intends;  12 with the result that we Jews, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, now live to the praise of his glory.

13 In him you Gentiles also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit;  14 this is the pledge that you will share in our Jewish inheritance – until the day when it is finally redeemed, to the praise of his glory.

This, as far as I understand it, is how Donald Robinson read Ephesians 1. Based on his collected works vol 1, ch 10.

What do you think?

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