the letter to the Ephesians

It is now in the flow 2:23 PM Friday afternoon. My wife went off to comfort the dying. I have been wandering my cell and reading from these two books in my condition of exile-

"Reformation Readings of Paul: Explorations in History and Exegesis" Edited By Michael Allen and Jonathan A. Linebaugh

"Galatians, Ephesians" New Testament X Reformation Commentary On Scripture Edited By Gerald L. Bray

I thought about taking a nap this afternoon, but I never got around to it. I like to be wide awake when there is music tonight.

Earlier today I gave Rudy our dog a bath. I fed our birds this morning. I did a couple loads of wash. The day slowly flows by.

I wish I could remember what month this year 2015 I was reading the Reformation commentary on Galatians, Ephesians. I do remember looking also at this commentary on the Letter To The Ephesians, "The Letter To The Ephesians" [The Pillar New Testament Commentary] by Peter T. O'Brien.

I got out these commentaries on the Epistle to the Ephesians because in the book "Reformation Reading of Paul" I am reading the chapter 5 titled 'Martin Bucer's Reading of Ephesians" essay by Brian Lugioyo. There are no English translations of Martin Bucer's lectures on Ephesians, but in the Reformation commentary on Ephesians they quote/translate some of Bucer's Lectures on the Letter to the Ephesians in English.

I do have in my library a book given to me by someone I knew in at Reformed Bible College titled, "John Calvin's Sermons on Ephesians" published by the Banner of Truth Trust/first published in 1562. I also have in our library, "Sermons On Galatians" by John Calvin first published in 1574. One can not go wrong in reading the sermons of the French Reformer John Calvin. I have in our library "Calvin's Commentaries on the Bible" 22 Volumes. I am a student of the life and teachings of John Calvin (since some would describe me as a Calvinist because I hold to the Five Points of Calvinism/the doctrines of sovereign free grace/Pauline Theology.)

So the day goes by. Existence keeps flowing by. I suppose I will close to read and glory in the doctrine of unconditional election. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption, as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will" Ephesians 1:3-5.

Many years ago when I left California to attend Reformed Bible College, Grand Rapids Michigan I had among my books one titled, "God's Sovereignty" by Elisha Cole (d.1688). I will close quoting from this old book.

"2. After a man comes to believe, this doctrine of absolute election is of singular use and benefit to him, both as tending to keep him on his feet, and to raise him when he is down. 1. It is a great preservative in time of temptation. The remembrance of that love which looked upon him when he was in his blood, and said he should live, and hath now also made good its word to him, must needs operate strongly with a gracious heart, against whatever might be unworthy of such love: let the bait be ever so aptly suited, he will turn from it in a holy disdain, as good Joseph did, "How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God!" Gen. 39:9. who hath dealt so bountifully with me! 2. Nothing more tends to recovery after a fall, than the consideration of the freeness of God's love at first, and his mighty power in quickening, when altogether dead; and that both these, namely, his love and his power, are engaged by an absolute covenant, to bring every one that takes hold thereof to glory; and therefore will receive him, not only after, upon return to his duty, but in the midst of his backslidings, he will come and heal him. . ." pg. 100 ELECTION Elisha Cole
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