Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Hardshell Devotionalist ignores Ephesians 1:13

A local Hardshell elder sends out a daily commentary (actually more of a devotional) to an emailing group of which I have remained a part for several years.  He has lately spent much time in the glorious first chapter of Ephesians.  In the past week he has written on verses 4,5,7,9,11, and 12. Curious as to what thoughts would come from verse 13 my hopes were dashed this morning when out of the blue he forsakes this verse-by-verse approach and jumps to the gospel of John and sends out a devotional from there. Wonder why?

Was this just where his mind was leading him?  Possibly.  Or was he hesitant to confront it, choosing rather to address another portion of God's Word?  Even more possible.  Did he find it difficult to place this gospel-means passage in a temporal framework, seeing that all verses before and after pertain to eternal salvation? If he did see that eternal salvation was established by the context did he see that it was hard to relegate the sinners' activity therein mentioned to the subconscious level?

Yeah, that hardshell hermeneutic ain't workin' too well here!

It certainly does present a challenge!

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