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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Common Hearts

Ephesians has continued to be a great study.  The five men with whom I am working through the book met this morning.  We went another week on the overview of the book.  One of the men focused on the statement Paul made in verse 1:3.  He observed that all that follow in chapter 1 is unpacking that short statement.
Paul and Peter were two strong personalities that clashed - they shared a common heart.
A few minutes ago I was reading through 1 Peter.  I noticed that in 1:3 - 5 Peter quotes in concept what Paul states in Ephesians 1:3.  That is intriguing at two levels.  First, that both the apostle to Israel and the apostle to the Gentiles would pen nearly the same thoughts.  It demonstrates the common thinking about Christ in the early Church.

Second, that two men who were decidedly type A’s, who clashed so strongly in Galatia, who were both passionate defenders and propagators of the faith, who were both imprisoned and eventually executed for their faith, were united in their passionate view of their blessed position in Christ.

Read through Ephesians 1 and 1 Peter 1 and compare their common heart.

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