THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS
Chapter Two - The MacCorkle Text
"The Church as the Temple of Christ"


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


CHAPTER TWO - The Church As The Temple Of Christ
            The Temple Architecture 2:1-10

                       
The Raw Materials Used 2:1-3

                                    The Raw Materials Were Spiritually Dead People 2:1

                                    The Raw Materials Were Spiritually Disobedient People 2:2

                                    The Raw Materials Were Spiritually Desirous People 2:3
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You all were also long dead spiritually because of your deviations and sins. 2 You formerly walked around in them: in conformity with the evil operation of this world's system, in conformity with the authority of the prince of this lower sphere, whose spirit now tenaciously drives those who are disobedient. 3 We too were all formerly numbered among them. We conducted ourselves by habit, doing the cravings of our flesh and our evil thoughts. We were by nature children destined for wrath, even as the rest of mankind is.

 

            The Reproduction Work Done 2:4-10

                        The Contractor Building the Temple is God 2:4-5

                                    God Works Out of His Wealth 2:4

                                    God Works Out of His Power 2:5

                        The Construction Work on the Temple is Great 2:6-7

                                    The Work is Elevating 2:6

                                    The Work is Excelling 2:7

                        The Contract for the Work is Guaranteed 2:8-10

                                    Guaranteed by Grace 2:8

                                    Guaranteed But Not to Be By Any Works 2:9

                                    Guaranteed by A New Creation 2:10

4 On the other hand, since God is wealthy in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were spiritually long dead persons because of those deviations, God made us spiritually alive together with Christ by grace you now stand in a saved condition 6 and He raised us up together spiritually with Christ and seated us together spiritually in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. 7 His purpose was that in the coming ages He might demonstrate the excelling wealth of His grace shown in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you now stand in a saved condition through faith, and this salvation did not originate with you; it is God's free gift. 9 This salvation was not derived from human works, so that no person may boast. 10 For we are His and no other's masterpiece, having been created by Christ Jesus to do the really good works that God prepared earlier, purposing that we should be occupied with them.

                The Temple Appointments 2:11-18

                        A Study in Contrasts 2:11-12

                                    The Ceremonial Aspects 2:11

                                    The Covenant Aspects 2:12

                        A Study in Combinations 2:13-18

                                    One New Mediation 2:14a

                                    One New Grouping 2:14b

                                    One New Mankind 2:15

                                    One New Body 2:16

                                    One New Proclamation 2:17

                                    One New Access 1:18
11 For which reason, keep in mind that you were formerly Gentiles in terms of the flesh, being called uncircumcision by those called circumcision: made by hands in the flesh, 12 because in that season you were separated from Messiah, excluded from Israel's State, and ignorant of the covenants based upon the promise, not possessing any hope, and without God's help in the world-system. 13 But right now, in Messiah Jesus, you who were formerly far away have been brought near by the blood of Messiah. 14 For He, and no other, is our peace. He made both categories one organism and having in His crucified flesh dissolved the hostility, that is, having broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having rendered inoperative the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, He purposed by this action to create the two parties into one new mankind, in Himself thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one Body by means of the cross, having slain the hostility upon it. 17 And having come He proclaimed peace to you who were afar off and peace to those who were near, 18 because through His action we both are enjoying perpetual access by one Spirit to the Father.

                The Temple Appearance 2:19-22

                        It Is A Secure Temple 2:19

                        It Is A Substantial Temple 2:20

                        It Is A Set-Apart Temple 2:21

                        It Is A Spiritual Temple 2:22
19 So then you Gentiles are no longer strangers or outsiders, but fellow citizens of those who are set apart and the immediate family of God. 20 You have been built up on the foundation laid by the apostles and prophets, of which Jesus Christ is the head cornerstone. 21 In Christ the whole building, harmoniously fitted together, keeps on growing into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 You too, in Christ, are being built together into a dwelling of God by the Spirit.


"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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