posted on May, 5 2014 @ 03:41 PM
1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children
2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for
us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
At first glace it might look as if it is saying that we should love as Jesus loved, where he made himself a sacrifice.
With further examination, it looks more like it is saying something like this:
“Imitate God since He has adopted us.”
“Walk in the way of love as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God, just as Jesus gave himself up (out of love) for us.”
The way to know that this proposed understanding that I just offered is correct is by looking at the parallel verses 25-27 later in this same
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing
with water through the word,
27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and
How we as the church live, loving others, is the offering that is the metaphorical parallel to the fat of the lamb that was burnt on the altar as a
"pleasing aroma" to make atonement.
There is what I would consider an earlier New Testament example of the use of this type of terminology that is connected to the behavior of a church
community, that the writer of Ephesians may have picked up on and decided to use in his own way:
. . . you sent me aid more than once when I was in need.
17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your
18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts
you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
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