THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS
Chapter One - The MacCorkle Text
"The Church As The Body Of Christ"


THE VISUALIZED TEXT (Douglas B. MacCorkle [1])


 

CHAPTER ONE - The Church As The Body Of Christ

            The Christian Salutation 1:1-2

                        The Author and His Authorization 1:1a-b

                        The Addressees and their Addresses 1:1c

                        The Assets and Their Accreditation 1:2

1 I, Paul, one of Jesus Christ's apostles, through the direct act of God's will,  am writing to those set apart people in Ephesus who are believers in Christ Jesus: 2 grace and peace be to all of you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

            The Divine Composition of the Church 1:3-14 (The Divine Creation of the Church)

3 Let the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be highly acclaimed Whose favor endowed us by the Spirit with every spiritual asset in the Heavenlies in Christ.

 

            The Major Creation Work of the Father 1:4-6 (The Work of Election by God the Father)

4 He (the Father) did all this in keeping with the fact that He (the Father) selected us for Himself, in Christ, before the foundation of the world  intending us to be in His presence: (the Father's presence) holy and faultless people characterized by Godly love, 5 having predestined us (by God the Father) to be positioned legally as His (the Father's) adult sons to Himself (the Father) through the mediatorial work of Jesus Christ, in line with what pleases His will. (the Father's will) 6 His (the Father's) ultimate purpose is an acclamation of His (the Father's) grace's glory which He (the Father) lavished on us in the Beloved One.

 

            The Major Creation Work of the Son 1:7-12 (The Work of Redemption by God the Son)

7 We keep on enjoying redemption in Him (the Beloved Christ) through His blood (Christ's blood) which involves the dismissal of sins that He accomplished (the Father accomplished through Christ's blood) in a manner matching the wealth of His grace. (the Father's grace) 8 God (the Father) caused this grace to be ours in abundance, in terms of every kind of insight and practical understanding. 9 This was done by (the Father) making known to us the open sacred secret that expresses His will, (the Father's will) that He (the Father) openly purposed to center in Him (the Son). He (the Father) did this in a manner in keeping with what pleases Him (the Father). 10 He (the Father) will head up all things in Christ, in a dispensation appropriate to the fullness of the ages: administering heavenly affairs and earthly affairs even in Him (the Son). 11 We also, having been predestined, were made God's portion in Him (in Christ), in keeping with the purpose of the One Who (the Father) executes all things in line with the brilliance of His (the Father's) will. 12 His (the Father's) ultimate purpose is that we should bring acclaim to His (the Father's) glory we who hoped in Christ first.

 

            The Major Creation Work of the Holy Spirit 1:13-14 (The Work of Sealing by God the Holy Spirit)

13 You too hoped in Him (Christ) when you heard the word of the truth, the good news about your salvation. When you also believed in Him (Christ), you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. 14 He (the promised Holy Spirit) is the guarantor of our inheritance. His (the promised Holy Spirit) indwelling presence will lead to the final release of His (the Father's) purchased possession. This will bring acclaim to His glory. (the Father's glory)

 

            The Church As The Complement to Its Risen Head 1:15-18 (Complementary in its Spiritual Perception)

                        Through Its Spiritual Excietment 1:15-17

                        Through Its Spiritual Enlightenment 1:18

15 On account of this triune blessing, I too, having heard of the faith of you all in the Lord Jesus and you godly love toward all the set apart people, 16 never cease giving thanks for all of you, making mention of you when I pray.17 My desire is that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, would give all of you a spirit of insight and revelation as you gain a clear perception of Him (the Father), 18 and that by having the eyes of your hearts permanently enlightened you might begin to perceive three things: first, what hope there is in His (the Father's) calling; second, what wealth there is in the glory of His (The Father's) portion among the set apart people;

 

            The Church is Complementary in Its Secret Power 1:19-21 (Commentary on its Secret Power)

                        The Power of Endowment 1:19

                        The Power of Example 1:20

                        The Power's Extent 1:21

19 and third, what extraordinary mega-power is available for us believers relative to the internal operation of the strength of His (the Father's) might. 20 He (the Father) operated this way in the Messiah: first, when He (the Father) raised Him (Christ) from among the dead; second, when He (the Father) seated Him (Christ) on His (the Father's) right hand in the heavenlies, 21 high above every kind of rule, authority, power, lordship, and every title that is named not only in this age but in the one to about to come.

 

            The Church is Complementary in Its Supply from His Fullness 1:22-23 (Complementary in its Sovereign Resources)

                        His Cosmic Headship 1:22a

                        His Church Headship 1:22b

                        His Care in Headship 1:23

22 Third, when He (the Father) subordinated every thing under His (Christ's) feet. Fourth, when He (the Father) established Him (Christ), and no other, as Head over all things to the Church. 23 The Church is His (Christ's) Body the fullness of the One (Christ) Who (Christ) constantly fills these total blessings in all members.

 


"This simple translation is provided by the author to save the study time of the busy reader and better equip him to prepare his presentation of the "Word of the truth of the good news" Eph 1:13. We have provided a translation of the Koinee Greek text of Ephesians that is, we think, distinguished by its designed slant toward basic exegesis. It intends that a smooth reading style might at times be sacrificed for greater literary accuracy and for the greater prominence of contexts. This makes it a study translation. While Wuest calls his an expanded translation, this is both an expanded and an exegetical or even an expository translation.

If accusations of interpretation arise, it must be said there is no such thing as a non-interpretive translation. We hope all of our alleged biases are clearly stated without apology so that readers may make their own evaluations, under the Holy Spirit and the correlated Word of God without the leverage of questionably intentioned side swipes."

Dr. Douglas B. MacCorkle


[1] The Writings of Douglas B. MacCorkle

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The Outline and Expanded Translation Text presented in this study is from Dr. MacCorkle's God's Special Secret - The Case Paul Argues in the Epistle to the Ephesians, Copyright 1993 by Douglas B. MacCorkle. Printed and bound in the United States of America. Published by the not for profit MacCorkle bible Ministries, Inc. Books, P.O. Box 320909, Cocoa Beach, Fl. 32932-0909.

 

God's Own VIPS,  - How God uses Election, Foreknowledge, Predestination, Calling, Justification, and Glorification for our good. Copyright 1987 by Douglas B. MacCorkle. MacCorkle Bible Ministries, Inc., Printed in the United States of America. Published by the not for profit MacCorkle Bible Ministries, Inc. Books. P.O. 320909, Cocoa Beach, Fl 32932-0909. The complete text of God's Own VIPS is available on this website.

 

Prophetic Peaks, Exposition of the Olivet Discourse. Copyright 1968 by Douglas B. MacCorkle. Third Printing 1972. Printed by Careers With Christ Press, Philadelphia College of Bible, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Printed in the United States of America. Published by the not for profit MacCorkle Bible Ministries, Inc. Books. P.O. 320909, Cocoa Beach, Fl 32932-0909. The complete text of Prophetic Peaks is available on this website.

 

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