Saturdays Through Ephesians

For me and my family, Saturdays are for rest and the Word of God.  For a time, I am dwelling in Ephesians, so I thought I would invite you along.  What you will read is my translation, which like Eugene Peterson’s translation, reads more like a paraphrase than a literal interpretation.  So, with that in mind, here’s hoping that Saturdays through Ephesians gives us both rest in a restless age.

 

Ephesians 4.17-24

Therefore, I say it and insist on it in the Lord:  please, do not any longer tromp about like the gentiles tromp about.  You know I have a lot to say about them.  They tromp about in the futility of their minds.  They are darkened in their reasoning, not acquainted with the life of God.  They are ignorant, really, amongst themselves.  Ultimately, their hearts are fast and closed.   Finally, after loosing a sense of shame, immersed in greed, they allow for the way of truth to be turned into all sorts of dirty acts.

But, you were not taught about Christ in that way.   If, that is to say, you heard him and were really discipled in him.  For the truth is in Jesus, and the truth has at least three implications for you.   First, it compels you to put away the way you first acted in your ruinous former humanity.  It compels you to put away those things that were really deceptive passions. Second, the truth works its power to renew your spirit’s mind.   And third, the truth seeks to enfold you with the new humanity, the way that is most in line with God’s creation.  [Purgation, Illumination, Union]. The new humanity clothes you in righteousness and commissions you for the truth.

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