“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,” (Ephesians 1:13, NASB95)
Yesterday we established that the “we” and “us” personal pronouns were the Jewish remnant (believers). Beginning in Ephesians 1:11-12 there is a shift from first person to second person. So who is the “you” in these verses? Sadly, most commentaries and sermons simply ignore the pronouns and assume “we” and “you” are the same group of people, even though the English language doesn’t allow such practice, and we never do it in everyday usage. Pronouns are precise!Ephesians 1:12
From Ephesians 1:13-2:11 we learn several things about “you” that can help us determine their identity.
- You listened to the Gospel, and believed
- You were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit
- You love the saints
- Paul prays for you
- You were dead in trespasses and sins
- You have been saved by grace
- You are “the Gentiles” and “uncircumcision”
By following the context, we discover who the “you also” is: the gentiles, formerly “excluded from the commonwealth of Israel” and “having no hope and without God in the world.”
When you interpret Scripture, don’t ignore the personal pronoun: it is rich in insight!
In His Grace;
Dr. Randy White
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