MARK'S REFLECTION FOR THE WEEK

DWELLING IN EPHESIANS PART 1 WEEK 2

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…” Ephesians 1:3 

 

Perhaps you have seen the pictures of Lake Cakora, in Brooms Head, Australia this week in the news, 

Taken by local, Derry Moraney, from a drone, they show a tidal pattern which he has called “the tree of life.” The pattern, caused by tea tree oil being washed from the surrounding trees on high tides, changes colour spectacularly, but the phenomenon can only be seen from the panoramic view afforded by his flying camera. 

 

In our passage this week (Ephesians 1:3–14) Paul, from the lockdown of his prison cell, takes a panoramic view of what it means to be “in Christ.” Utilising a trinitized form of the ancient Jewish berakah, the blessing of God for his mighty acts, Paul uses a word play to demonstrate that the God we bless is none other than the God who blesses. God who got the universe started; God who sent his son Jesus and now sends us his Spirit. God, it’s all about him, and God is what God does; and God does what God is. 

 

What follows is a visceral torrent of Greek verbs in one sentence without pause for punctuation, seven in all, in which we discover what God does for us in this resurrection life we’re experiencing: blessed… chose… destined… bestowed… lavished… made known… gather up. 

 

We don’t get to figure God out or explain him, rather we worship God as he is, and God is what God does; and God does what God is.   

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Want to explore Ephesians further?  Join Mark each Sunday for “Breakfast with the Bible” at 9.45 am, GoToMeeting code 467-782-845. 

 

If you’re interested in a Bible Club for young people, yr5 and above, on Wednesday evenings at 6.30 -7.00pm, email Mark for further details (mark-stanford@hotmail.co.uk). 

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