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This question at first seemed like a non sequitur to me, but it actually comes from an interesting place. The Eastern Orthodox churches use the Greek word μυστήριον (musterion) to refer to sacraments, but the word actually means 'mystery', and many Orthodox would prefer the term Sacred Mystery over sacrament. Ephesians 5:31-32 says that the joining of a man ...


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I am aware of four lines of evidence frequently adduced: Greek syntax and vocabulary Even a casual read through Ephesians in Greek shows it to be different from the undisputed Pauline letters.1 Despite their sometimes complex argument structure, the Greek of the other letters tends to minimize the complicated subordinating syntax of Classical Greek. ...


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From Calvin's commentary on Ephesians 2:2 : We may now draw from it also this inference, that ungodly men have no excuse in being driven by Satan to commit all sorts of crimes. Whence comes it that they are subject to his tyranny, but because they are rebels against God? If none are the slaves of Satan, but those who have renounced the service, and refuse ...


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I would simply add to Mawia's anwer that the expression "the air" is a way of identifying the evil, sentient beings in the spiritual realm; namely, Satan and his minions, or demons. The Hebrews believed in, and wrote about, three heavens, and in English we would call them "the firmament," "space," and "the home of God" (or "the highest heaven," as in "God ...


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When Paul refers to “one faith,” I think he is referring to “the faith” (i.e. Christianity) spoken of elsewhere (emphasis added): 1 Corinthians 16:13 NASB Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 2 Corinthians 13:5 NASB Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about ...


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Satan was a mighty angel (Ezekiel 28:12-14), who was cast out from Heaven because of his pride and rebellion (Isaiah 14:12-15). Latter, Satan deceived Adam and Eve and became the father of sinners. John 8:44 (NIV) You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding ...


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I've been able to find exactly two explanations: The anomaly is because two separate Pauline letter collections were merged, one of which ended with Galatians and the other of which began with Ephesians. The canonical order was modified from pure length order to emphasize the imprisonment theme common to Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. The truth ...


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There are many translations that do not use the term "blessed us in the the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing on Christ. I am no scholar of Greek or Hebrew, but clearly experts disagree on the translation. So I wouldn't dwell too long on what "heavenly realms" means. Here are some versions: Ephesians 1:3 (ASV) Blessed [be] the God and Father of ...


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There are two words in Greek that could describe "air": οὐρανός (ouranos) and ἀήρ (aēr; obviously the origin of the English word). The latter word is what appears in Ephesians. Whereas οὐρανός usually means "heaven" or "the heavens", ἀήρ refers to the space just above the surface of the earth ("sky"). Sometimes οὐρανός is used to mean "sky" (e.g. Matthew ...


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I think the big 3 (Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism) generally teach that both the images of the Church as the bride and body of Christ are both valid and instructive. Here is a statement from a Greek Orthodox church (The Church: Procedures for Becoming a Member of the Orthodox Christian Church): The close association between Christ ...


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In the epistle of the Ephesians Paul starts out by setting an example which all things fallowing must embrace Ephesians 5:21 “Submit your yourselves to one another out of reverence for Christ”. This statement of mutual self offering reflects the love which is the Trinity. The Fathers self gift to the Son and the Sons self gift to the father. The ...


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Jehovah's Witnesses agree that Ephesians 4:8 refers to Jesus and that Psalm 68:18 refers to Jehovah God (Yahweh). They also agree that it equates Jesus' actions with God's actions, but they disagree that it equates Jesus with God. Jehovah's Witnesses believe Jesus is God's Son and God's representative, and as God's representative, it's Jesus' responsibility ...


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John Calvin makes it clear in his commentary on the book of Job : For after that Job hath been reported to have been sound, it is also said of him, that he was upright. This uprightness is meant of the life he led, which is as it were the fruit of the said root, which the Holy Ghost had planted afore. Job then had an upright and sound heart. For his ...


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John Calvin makes a comparison between this verse and Romans 9:11, asserting that the same principal was being described. Thus restricting the scope of application to just the Ephesian church is not warranted. From Calvin's Commentaries for Ephesians 1: According as he hath chosen us. The foundation and first cause, both of our calling and of all the ...


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Ephesians 4:5 mentions Lord, faith and baptism, but it does not mean that there is only one Lord, only one faith or only one baptism. It is about believers or followers of Christ. Yet there is a lot of teaching going around, for example that there is only one baptism (i.e. water baptism). The word ONE in Eph4:5 refers to ONE AND THE SAME, meaning that ALL ...


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(LDS) This scripture is meant to emphasize that there is only one doctrine of Jesus Christ. “One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism” The word “one” appears seven times in Ephesians 4:4–6. Oneness and unity are important themes in Ephesians and in Paul’s other writings. Paul constantly preached about unity and prayed for unity among Church members (...


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Read the whole of the Paul's argument here in Ephesians, and especially chapter 4. He is saying there is a unity of faith and there are those who are given gifts to edify the body of Christ, so that we may "grow up". And that we should grow up, putting away our lusts, and walk after righteousness. (We have the words of those apostles, and can read them for ...


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The reason freely choosing to accept the gift of Jesus would rob God of glory in Reformed theology is that it would soft pedal the nature of the fall. Calvinists understand that when mankind fell into sin it affected our entire person and nature, leaving no portion unaffected. This is not the same thing as saying that humanity is as bad as it could possibly ...


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This is Eph 2:1-2, Catholic translation: You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. Source: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+2&version=NRSVCE. Reading ...


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Before you ask what Calvin thought, it might be a good idea to ask, "What did Job think?" Job 9:2 Yes, I know what you’ve said is true, but how can a person be justified before God? Job had no illusion that his life, his righteous words and deeds, were capable of rendering him justified before God. If he had confidence that his actions could effect ...


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First of all, there's no question that Calvinists believe that the fornication of Job 31 and Ephesians 5 is a damning sin (like all sins). At the same time, they would oppose the idea that even a serious failure by a truly converted person automatically consigns such a person to hell (cf. David). But your question is focused on this particular passage in ...


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There are several other verses in the Bible which also discuss these ones which are "sealed" by holy spirit. They can shed more light on the subject. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 But the one who guarantees that you and we belong to Christ and the one who anointed us is God. He has also put his seal on us and has given us the token of what is to come, that ...


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("explain away" presupposes this verse teaches the so-called 'once saved always saved' doctrine) Ephesians 1:13-14 In whom you also, after you had heard the word of truth, (the gospel of your salvation;) in whom also believing, you were signed with the holy Spirit of promise, Who is the pledge of our inheritance, unto the redemption of acquisition, ...


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It could be the sermon "Spirit Baptism and Sanctification." Updated to add more information: The reason I think this is the answer you are looking for is because I listened to it, and it appeared to be matching your criteria of: Baptism in the Spirit If you've got it all, where is it? If you've got it all, why are you so unlike the New Testament ...


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With my understanding of Calvinism/Reformed theology, the question here is confused on what the theology actually teaches. My understanding is that you are unconditionally selected for grace, however, once that grace is poured out on you, you freely and willingly surrender to it and follow God. I find this is a common misunderstanding. Common enough that I'...


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The Source of Our DNA Starting with your analogy of the DNA of Christ, I suggest that all the gifts reside in Christ to perfection. Jesus was the apostle from heaven who was sent by his Father to save the world from sin. In the words of Isaiah, the Son said to the Father, "Here am I. Send me" (6:8). Jesus was the epitome of the prophet, in who are ...


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As a student of Pentecostal history and a practicing charismatic/Pentecostal, the simple answer to your question is no, it is not the meaning all church history pre dating Pentecostalism put on those scriptures. There is a huge period of cessationism in the church For a full research on tongues through out history go here http://www.brothermel.org/sites/...


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