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A few remarks of an introductory nature may not be considered out of order. Remarks pertaining to the general setup of this rubric. Our editor of the Standard Bearer has requested, that those contributing to this department could write exegetical studies. These should be of a consecutive nature. In attempting to meet with this requirement the undersigned has agreed with the Rev. H. Veldman to also write on the first section of the Epistle to the Ephesians. The Rev. Veldman would write on the first 6 verses, and I would continue from thereon. Naturally, each would then be free to...

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We should remember, that, in our discussion, we are still occupied by the verses 6-10. Up to this point we have called attention to the 7th verse. More particularly, we would point out, that we have called attention to the following elements: We have called attention to the phrases, “the redemption in His blood” and “the forgiveness of sins.” In doing so, we attempted, not only to show the implication of each phrase taken by itself, but also to show how these two ideas are related mutually as a benefit of Gold’s grace. Attention was also directed to the fact,...

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“. . . . Having made known tons the Mystery of His will. . . .(namely) to sum up all things in Christ. . . .even, in Him.” Eph. 1:8-10 The conclusion at which we arrived in our former article was, that the phrase “in all wisdom and prudence”, in verse 8, does not refer to the manner of God’s dealing with us, to divine virtues that prompted Him to cause His riches or grace to abound to us. It rather must he understood to designate the content, or at least a phase of the content, of the riches of...

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“. . .Having made known the Myistery of His will to us, namely, to sum up all things in Christ . . . . even in Him”. Eph. 1:8-10 Our former article ended in the midst of our discussion of the Scriptural idea of the concept “Mystery”. We might notice, that the concept “Mystery”, in Scripture, does not refer to something that is necessarily hidden, and, that can therefore never be known by the mind of finite man, but that it most emphatically refers to that which is hidden by God and in Him until and when He pleases to...

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“…unto a dispensation of the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ . . . . even in Him”. Eph. 1:8-10 Before we further consider the implication of the Scriptural presentation of God’s wonderful and almighty act of grace, whereby He places all things at the feet of (His beloved Son, somewhat more in detail, it will be expedient and to our mutual advantage to notice still another important element in the text. The element to which we refer is the phrase “unto a dispensation of the fullness of times”. The text in full reads as follows....

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 “. . . . unto a dispensation of the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ. . . . even in Him”. Eph. 1:10 The terms “fullness” and “dispensation” In the phrase “unto a dispensation of the fullness of times” still call for exposition. Attention has been called, in our former article, to the term “times”. The conception “fullness of times” is indeed a knotty one. It is not at all so simple a matter to grasp its distinct implications as this might seem to be at first glance. This was also true of the term “times”,...

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“In Him, in whom we have been made a heritage, having been foreordained according to the purpose of the all things energizing One according to the counsel of His will, in order that we should be unto the praise of His glory, we who before hoped in Christ.” Ephesians 1:11, 12 That God has caused all wisdom and prudence to richly abound to the New Testament Church, in the beloved Son in the flesh, is the clear teaching of the apostle Paul in the preceding verses. According to His eternal good pleasure God has purposed to sum up all things...

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“In whom also ye, having heard. . . . in whom also having believed ye were sealed. . . . unto the redemption of the (final) possession, unto the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:13, 14 It is of the utmost importance for the proper understanding of this passage, that we keep the line of thought, as developed by the apostle in the foregoing verses, in mind. This line of thought cam be stated as follows: First of all, that the Triune God, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in...

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“In whom also ye, having heard the Word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also (in which (gospel) also) having believed ye were sealed. . . . by the Holy Spirit of Promise unto the redemption of the (final) possession, unto the praise of His glory?” Ephesians 1:13, 14 That the “sealing” of which the Bible speaks must not be conceived of as being realized in a mechanical way, nor in such a way as to render man a “mere stock and block” became evident, we trust, in our former writing. This act of the God of...

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