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Eph 1

Questions for Children (or anyone else)

Ephesians 1
May 3 2020

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Draw a picture of an enormous, beautiful hotel or mansion. Can you make it reflect the Trinity in some way? Three parts to the structure, or three person involved in building it?

Have you ever had to make a big plan for a project? What did you have to do in making that plan?

What three reasons are given in Ephesians 1 for the plan of redemption that impacts the Trinity?

  1. Greater ___________
  2. Greater ___________
  3. Greater ___________

It is true that there is one will which belongs to the One Essence of God. It is also true that there is one will because ____________________________________________

What are some things that make you who you are? Write down some things that are unique about yourself?

How can you use these unique things within your family or your church? If everyone served each other in this way do you think it would help unify your family or church?


Sermon Text

John 17:20–26 (ESV)

20“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,

21that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

22The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,

23I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

24Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

25O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me.

26I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

A Little Deeper

It is quite fascinating to me that despite the breadth of the current debate on the Eternal Functional Subordination of the Son, there hasn't been more reference made to how the Eternal Covenant of Redemption helps bridge the Immanent and Economic Trinity. Part of the reason, I suspect, is that very few major works have been written on the Eternal Covenant. However, John Owen has extensive reflections on it in the more extended version of his commentary on Hebrews. I quote from this section in the sermon.

But this sacred truth must be cleared from an objection where unto it seems obnoxious, before we do proceed. “The will is a natural property, and therefore in the divine essence it is but one. The Father, Son, and Spirit, have not distinct wills. They are one God, and God’s will is one, as being an essential property of his nature; and therefore are there two wills in the one person of Christ, whereas there is but one will in the three persons of the Trinity. How, then, can it be said that the will of the Father and the will of the Son did concur distinctly in the making of this covenant?”

This difficulty may be solved from what hath been already declared; for such is the distinction of the persons in the unity of the divine essence, as that they act in natural and essential acts reciprocally one towards another,—namely, in understanding, love, and the like; they know and mutually love each other. And as they subsist distinctly, so they also act distinctly in those works which are of external operation. And whereas all these acts and operations, whether reciprocal or external, are either with a will or from a freedom of will and choice, the will of God in each person, as to the peculiar acts ascribed unto him, is his will therein peculiarly and eminently, though not exclusively to the other persons, by reason of their mutual in-being. The will of God as to the peculiar actings of the Father in this matter is the will of the Father, and the will of God with regard unto the peculiar actings of the Son is the will of the Son; not by a distinction of sundry wills, but by the distinct application of the same will unto its distinct acts in the persons of the Father and the Son.

I think, however, that one of the best meditations on this subject is by Jonathan Edwards in a work that was not published in his lifetime, Observations Concerning the Scripture Oeconomy of the Trinity and Covenant of Redemption. Although it is has been the source of some controversy, I think it is excellent, and actually accords very well with much of John Owens' thought above.

Songs concerning the plan of the Trinity to redeem. Use them before or after the sermon. 

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