Monday, February 22, 2016

The HEADSHIP of CHRIST... Passover Meditations for the Monastic-At-Heart... Ephesians 1:10


Meditations  for Pascha
(The Passover Season, 2016)
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Meditations for the Monastic-At-Heart

Now is My+ soul troubled;
and what shall I+ say ...
FATHER,
save ME+
from this hour ?
but for this cause
came I+ unto this hour.

FATHER,
Glorify Thy Name.

Then came there a Voice from Heaven, saying,

I have both glorified IT,
and will glorify IT again.

John12:27-28

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Meditation Verse 
Ephesians 1:10

That in the dispensation of the fullness of times HE might gather together in one all things in CHRIST, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in HIM+:

In this verse, there are some major translation problems within the KJV. Those issues are dealt with below the meditation and prayer and praise.

For our purposes then, let us read the verse literally, from the Greek, expanded to make sense from the context.

[ ... Having made know unto us the Mystery of HIS Will according to HIS good pleasure which HE purposed  in HIMSELF] ...

...unto (GOD'S) management of the fullness of times  TO HEAD-UP AGAIN (GOD HIMSELF doing it)  all things in CHRIST, both which are in the Heavens, and which are on earth; even in HIM+:
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Meditation

If translated literally,
this verse gives us
some EXCITING truths !

1.  HIS Will continues IN MYSTERY for most of mankind through the ages .

2. HIS Will always works as a steward or administrator , in the best economy possible, managing creation , directing His Household of Saints, and moving mankind in the DIRECTION HE WANTS.

3. HIS WILL administrates or orchestrates all things and all eras unto completion in CHRIST.

4. HIS WILL culminates or brings to the very highest point HIS good pleasure, done by The FATHER HIMSELF WHO...

5. ...has given CHRIST JESUS the HEADSHIP of all things in Heaven and in earth...

6. ... AGAIN!  

Thus, The FATHER RE-ESTABLISHES HIS Beloved SON+ JESUS CHRIST to HEADSHIP over the whole realm.

In this verse, we see the FATHER HIMSELF culminating the HEADSHIP of all things in CHRIST, completing the purpose of GOD for this present earth and this present Heaven...

...AS IT WAS
IN THE BEGINNING of time !


That at the Name of JESUS
every knee shall bow,
of beings in Heaven,
and beings on earth,
and beings under the earth;

That every tongue
should confess
that JESUS CHRIST is LORD,
to the glory of GOD The FATHER.
Philippians 2


Interestingly enough, the Syriac-Aramaic translators have the word RESTORED or RENEWED  rather than the literal Greek TO-HEAD-UP- AGAIN. 

Of a TRUTH, we will see all of creation being  REstored to Our LORD because it was His+ to begin with! 

At the fall of man, the satan ruined man and the world with him. The LORD CHRIST will restore both the world and regenerated mankind back to their pristine nature without the ruination of sin... when HE+ re-assumes His+ HEADSHIP !

"Sin has disarranged the creature's relation of subordination to GOD," is stated in  Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown's Commentary (1976 Reprint ed.,Vol. 3, pg 400, Ephesians 1:10 ).

Luke tells us the same thing in Acts 3:19-21 :

Repent ye therefore,
and be converted,
that your sins may be
blotted out,

when the times of refreshing
shall come from the
Presence of the LORD.

And he shall send JESUS CHRIST,
WHO+ before was preached
unto you:

WHOM+ the Heaven must receive
until the times of restitution*
of all things,
which GOD hath spoken
by the mouth of all HIS holy prophets
since the world began.
* restitution = Gk. reconstitute

Bless GOD:
The FATHER,
HIS Beloved SON+
our LORD JESUS CHRIST,
and the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT:

ONE GOD,  
world without end
to the ages of the ages.
Amen.

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Let us pray:

Ah LORD GOD, Behold, THOU hast made the Heavens and the earth by Thy great power and stretched-out arm and there is nothing is too hard for THEE.

Even our fears are not too hard for THEE.

We beseech THEE to help us stay focused upon THEE during these troublous times.

Help us to Watch with THEE, as Thy plan unfolds to bring this rebellious planet under submission to Thy Beloved SON+ JESUS once again.   

LORD JESUS, O, how we long for Thy+ return to restore all things, to bring everything under Thy+ HEADSHIP.

And... let Thy+ Headship begin with me.

In the sublime Name of Our LORD JESUS CHRIST... the same yesterday, today and forever... I pray. Amen

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Worthy is the LAMB+.

Worthy is The LAMB+
that was slain.

Worthy is the LAMB+,
slain
from the foundation
of the earth.
Revelation 13:8


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PRAISE and THANKSGIVING
be to The FATHER,
and to HIS Beloved SON+
JESUS CHRIST,
and to
the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT.

ONE GOD:
FATHER,
SON+,
and HOLY SPIRIT,
both now and forever,
world without end.
Amen.

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ANALYSIS OF EPHESIANS 1:10

First:  DISPENSATION

The word used in the Greek Text  is similar to "house-management" or stewardship. Some Greek translators render it administration.

Strong's states:   (3622) oijkonomi>a, — oy-kon-om-ee’-ah; from (3623) (oijkono>mov); administration (of a household or estate); specially a (religious) “economy”: — dispensation, stewardship.

It seems the word "dispensation" itself was taken directly from the Latin Vulgate instead of translating from the Greek text, in the KJV.

Thus, the phrase That in the dispensation of the fulness of times... means:

That in [GOD'S] management of the fullness of times...


The second issue is with the phrase:
...HE might gather together in one...

None of those words are in the Greek text.

There is only one word used in the Greek text and this phrase simply does not capture the meaning of that word.

If the Apostle Paul intended to say that phrase, there are sufficient words in the Greek language to specifically write those words.

That one Greek word in this verse is anakephalaiomai. 

·     It is made of the prefix ana =  up, back, again, which is added to the root word…
·       kephalA = head,
·     Or in this case, the verb kephalaio0 = to sum up, to bring under heads ( from Vines, pg. 295).
·     This verb is an infinitive  aorist  middle

>  >  > Obviously, HEADSHIP has been omitted in the English translations.

>  >  >  So has the concept of AGAIN, found in the prefix "ana." 

Indeed, the Greek grammar has been over-looked too in the KJV, as this verb in this verse is an infinitive aorist middle verb.

The literal grammar, then, tells us that in   the phrase: 
...HE might gather together in one...

the usage of "might" is changing the tense from infinitive aorist -- an act , a fact -- to one that is probable.

Some translators have used "to sum up," to bring the translation in line with the grammar, as the infinitive, but it is misunderstood generally as making a "summary."

The "middle" part of the verb generally infers an action that is reflexive or involves the subject doing something for or within himself.

Thus, we could benefit from the literal translation of that verse, which continues from verse 9 :

 [ ... Having made know unto us the Mystery of HIS Will according to HIS good pleasure which HE purposed  in HIMSELF] ...

...unto ( The FATHER’S) management of the fulness of times  TO HEAD-UP AGAIN (The FATHER HIMSELF doing it)  all things in CHRIST, both which are in the Heavens, and which are on earth; even in HIM+:

Yes, in THE HEAVENS is plural in the Greek text. 

Also, at least two Pre-Nicene church writers have written that the HEADSHIP of CHRIST JESUS was meant in Ephesians 1:10. 

See: Irenaeus Against Heresies, Ante-Nicene Fathers, V. 1, Book 3,

·                   chapter 16, section 6
·                   chapter 20, section 2
·                   chapter 21, sections 1 and 2

Tertullian Against Marcion,
ANF, V. 3, Book v, chapter 17, footnote 4.


The Syriac / Aramaic Peshitta has (NeTH CHaDaT) "renew", as does the Latin text which has INSTAURARE, "restore" or "renew," instead of HEADSHIP.


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