A Rich Inheritance,
by Rev. Randy Quinn
comes as no surprise to you, but I donít speak Greek. I donít read it, either.
Since the New Testament was written in Greek, most of us rely upon translators
to tell us what Paul writes in his letter to the church in Ephesus.
Thatís part of why I like to use a variety of translations when Iím studying a
text Ė and why I take the time to read what scholars have to say before writing
One of the things I was
surprisedto learn in my studies this weekwas that our text today Ė the entire
passage Ė is one long sentence in Greek.I tried reading it in a couple of
different translations; and there was not one I found where I could read it
aloud with only one breath.
I know some people who take
multiple breaths in the same sentence because the sentence is so long; but
generally itís because they are excited about something and donít know when to
put an exclamation point on it and stop talking.
Paul was apparently so exuberant
that he didnít know when to stop talking! He is excited about what God has
done Ė and is doing Ė in Ephesus; and he is excited about what the church is
doing in response. That church has become for him an example of what he has
been preaching throughout the Roman Empire Ė it serves as a model of the church
as the Body of Christ, through which Jesus is seen at work.
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