Tuesday, October 14, 2008

It's Greek to me...

(Pre-script: To get the most out of this post, read it as the song " A thousand winter's melting" by the Myriad" plays...I'll wait...) (...still waiting...)
Can anyone tell me what this means? :

"When he ascended on high,
he led captives in his train
and gave gifts to men."
(What does "he ascended mean except that he also descended into the lower, earthly regions?...") -Ephesians 4:8-9.

I think I understand these verses on a surface level, but I always feel like it has a deeper meaning that I'm missing...
...But I also think that there are certain things that we do only understand on a surface level, and that maybe we're not supposed to know the full, deeper meaning of everything...
...Sometimes we need to allow space inside of ourselves for the mystery; let it knock around inside the heart and mind for awhile; examine it from different angles; look up the context in which it was written...but even then...
I'm studying the book of Ephesians in the bible.
This book of the bible was written by Paul to a church in the city of Ephesus. What piques my interest about this book is how Paul speaks of physical realities that we see and feel on Earth as being just as real as Spiritual realities that we don't necessarily see or feel. The concept of time as we know it is happening within the larger reality of the timelessness of an eternity that is not limited by time. He intertwines phrases like "when you..." with statements like "before the foundation of the world."
Which makes sense, and it also makes no sense at all; we don't know everything, we can't know everything...
And the reality that we don't see is more real than the one we do see.
Wha-what?!?

-XOXO,


2 comments:

Michelle said...

Derek's comment: "I really like the picture at the top. I didn't even SEE the eye at first, I just saw the fingers, and then I saw the eye, and it was like a whole new dimension."

sara said...

I looked up the scripture - WOW! I have to agree with my study Bible that I don't think the passage teaches that Christ descended into hell (as some translations suggest)... Let me know what you find out!