Now, there is a very sudden change in the picture on the page. For between chapter 1 and 2, our eyes drop from the gloriously rich perfections of heaven, to the wretched condition of mankind... The condition in which the Savior found us, when He came to seek and to save the lost.
Notice the italicized words in 2:1 [bracketed in the text displayed on this website]. These words were inserted by the translators in this position, to help us grasp a long and difficult sentence. Verses 1-7 form one sentence in the Greek. The translators chose to break the sentence into two (v.1-3; v.4-7) to help our English speaking minds process a complex thought. The italicized words in v.1 were copied from v.5 to tie the thought together. Their presence in v.1 enables us to see where the long sentence is going. But their absence, in the original, draws a very sharp contrast between the glories of the risen Savior and the absolute worthlessness and hopelessness in which He found us...
This vital union of all believers in the body of Christ will also be compared to the union of Christ to His Bride, the Church (in Eph 5:21-33). As the Church, the Bride is joined to Christ and fully submitted to Him, so, the individual members of the Bride must be submitted to Him, and also to each other (Eph 5:21).
What a high and privileged relationship! We, who were dead in our trespasses and sins, have been lifted up, raised out of our filth and death to be joined to God's Beloved Son, the glorious King, as His Bride, His Queen. How can it be?!
How is it that we allow ourselves to become distracted from Him and irritated with each other? How can the Bride's eye, ear, hand or foot be in conflict with one another, when we are one with the great King?
Isn't it because our affections are set on the things of earth (power struggles, money, buildings, possessions, friends, even church stuff...) rather than on the things above? (Col 3:1-4) 'When He shall appear...' Are you listening for His shout? Are you listening to His still small voice, as you watch and wait? (He is speaking, today, to those who listen, through His written Word and by His Spirit.)
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