Notes on the Greek New Testament
Wednesday 28 September
Today's Reading - Ephesians 6:1-24
These daily readings will take you through the New Testament in a year -
see the Reading Plan.
Quote for the Week
"Christian hope is utterly realistic about the human capacity for evil and the doubtful march of human progress, well aware that there is no guarantee that 'things will get better.' ... Christian hope has at its heart a trust in God's action for the salvation of the world. Put differently, progress focuses on what happens in this world, while hope focuses on what comes to this world from the transcendent realm where Christ now is. This does not mean that there is no hope for this world, but rather that hope for this world does not come from within this world, but from the Creator who fashioned it, who sustains it, and who will re-create it...
"But for Paul hope does not simply have to do with the end. It has also to do with the beginning of life in Christ, for such life always lives in and with the hope that the world does not determine its own course and that the death-dealing ways of the world are not the final word written over it."
Marianne Meye Thompson, Colossians & Philemon (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B Eerdmans, 2005), p. 22