Sunday, March 20, 2011

On Sleep And Soteriology

Awake, O sleeper,
And arise from the dead,
And Christ will shine on you

- Ephesians 5:14
Perhaps Paul is referencing a contemporaneous hymn thus highlights the one of the ubiquitous triplet metaphors for salvation (Isaiah 9:2; 26:19; 52:1; 60:1)
1. Being awakened (Romans 13:11)
2. Being raised from the dead (Ephesians 2:1-10)
3. Transferred from light to darkness (John 3:19ff; Colossians 1:10-14)
- For more see the discussion in Francis Foulkes, Ephesians, Tyndale New Testament Commentary, vol. 10 (Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 1989), 149.

1 comment:

Ched said...

I love those connections.

There's a lot to reflect on in those three concepts.