Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The secret of the mystery, Part 134. Grasping the idea in the presence of all the saints what is the width and length and height and depth.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
We have now noted the plan of God from the viewpoint of eternity past, known as predestination, and the plan of God from the viewpoint of the believer in time, the PPOG.
The PSD’s strengthen us in the inner man or the new creature.
They keep us going on and going forward and help solve the problem with the OSN.
EPH 3:17 - Paul introduces awareness of problem-solving devices through doctrinal orientation, personal love for God the Father, and impersonal love for all mankind.
Platos - width, not breadth = the unlimited power of the PSD’s.
EPH 3:19 introduces awareness of the greatest of all problem-solving devices - occupation with Christ.
EPH 3:18 that you may be able to comprehend or grasp the idea in the presence of all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
Prepositional phrase - “with all the saints” = emphasizes equality of all believers of the Church-age.
“With all the saints” = “Sun [with] pasin [all] tois [the] hagiois [saints]”
“Sun” = in the company of, together with, in association with, along with, accompanied by, to sit beside with,
in fellowship with.
EPH 3:18 that you may be able to comprehend or grasp the idea in the presence of all the saints what is “the[to] breadth [platos] and [kai] length [mekos] and [kai] height [hupsos] and [kai] depth [bathos]”
Since they have only one article, they refer to the same thing in a different way with a different emphasis.
The Granville Sharp rule of interpretation of the use of the Greek article with nouns connected by the conjunction kai.
EPH 4:11 And He gave [tous] some as apostles, and [tous] some as prophets, and [tous] some as evangelists, and[tous] some as pastors and teachers [pastor-teachers],
EPH 3:18 - the four dimensions are all talking about the same thing.
They refer to God’s plan, will, and purpose for every Church-age believer.
The four dimensions emphasize the fact that God has provided the means of victory for every believer becoming a winner, an invisible hero, following the precedence of the humanity of Christ in the dispensation of the Hypostatic union.
Our Lord did not sin while bearing our sins. His problem-solving devices prevented outside pressure from breaking into His soul.
The four dimensions emphasize the fact that God has provided the means of tactical victory for every believer becoming a winner, an invisible hero, reaching our subject of fulfilling the PPOG for your life.
Breadth - platos = width [TCNT] = the great extent of something.
Breadth/platos = the function of the defense line of your soul, made up of the ten problem-solving devices, designed to prevent the outside pressures of life from becoming the inside pressures of stress in the soul.
The application of this word as it relates to the PPOG = the defense line of your soul, made up of the ten problem-solving devices, designed to prevent the outside pressures of life from becoming the inside pressures of stress in the soul.
EPH 3:18 That you may utilize the power to grasp the idea with all the saints what is the width - the defense line of your soul made up of the ten problem-solving devices.
Length - mekos - greatness or magnitude = the pre-designed plan of God for your life with metabolized doctrine circulating in the soul through the filling of the Spirit.
Mekos = knowing the plan of God from the viewpoint of eternity past, the angelic conflict, and dispensationalism.
Height - hupsos = execution of the PPOG and reaching the height of supergrace, becoming an invisible hero, and having an impact on those around you.
It refers to the execution of the PPOG, becoming an invisible hero, the conveyance of escrow blessings for time and eternity, and glorifying God in the historical phase of the prehistoric angelic conflict, therefore reaching the “high ground” of spiritual maturity.
Height - hupsos = such things as the fantastic “spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ,” EPH 1:3.
Height - hupsos = the fantastic power made available for every Church-age believer, EPH 1:19-20.
Height - hupsos = our position in Christ and our union with Him, EPH 2:4-7.
Height - hupsos = where the glorification of God in the angelic conflict takes place which is in “heavenly places,” EPH 3:10; EPH 6:12.
Depth - bathos = our very own portfolio of invisible assets, the fantastic riches of God, the deep things of God and the spiritual warfare that a believer must be aware of.
This word is used, REV 2:24, to describe the “deep things of Satan.”