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WE ARE CURRENTLY STUDYING VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE LIFE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE ...

(To read yesterday's Material, marked as Lesson number 14, "click" HERE with your mouse. In fact, the first 13 Lessons are archived there too.)

Today I would like for us to study another word that is used only by Paul. And then only twice. And then only in English! Because the two Greek words the Apostle employed are different!

And the subject concerning which these words are used? Our Great God, two of His attributes or actions anyway.

Now immediately to the Scriptures. But first I tell you the powerful little word itself, "Unsearchable." (My computer tells me it does not exist!) But it does, in my King James Bible!

Here are the two references.

Joining Paul mid-sentence (because occasionally the man will write a ten-verse-long sentence) ... "Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ." Ephesians 3:8, the unsearchable riches of Christ!

The word Paul chooses here is "anexichniastos." It means "not" (the first letter, the "a") plus "out of" (the second syllable, the "ek" as in our word "exit") plus "footprint, track, step" (the final "ichnos).

In other words, "something that cannot be followed!" Cannot be tracked! Beyond the scope of our pursuit! Never to be located!

Yes, the unfathomable riches of Christ!

Not able to be mapped!

Like what? Our salvation and sanctification and glorification and a million other things ... all because we have been gloriously saved, having been placed "in Christ Jesus!"

Wow!

Now here's the next (the only other) location for "unsearchable." Romans 11:33, which exclaims: "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!"

This time God's "judgments" are in view. And clearly they are here paralleled, favorably compared, to God's "Ways." The noun "judgments" is "krima," suggesting God's "decrees," especially in the areas of "condemnation," and "damnation," and the like.

The Flood in Noah's day.

The Fire in Lot's day.

The Famine in the coming tribulation day.

And millions more!

These "judgments" are, Paul says, "unsearchable." (Psalm 36:6 beautifully captures this same truth. "Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.")

Now here our Greek word "unsearchable" is spelled "anexereunetos," blending two prepositions and a verb! The initial "a" is called an alpha privative, and negates the whole stem. It means "not." The second syllable is "ek" meaning "out of." Then the root, "ereunao," meaning "to utter, to speak."

Putting it all together, "unable to speak." So glorious that words cannot describe it, them in this case!

Indescribable!

God's actions, deeds, habits, character!

Amazing!

Two different words today!

Yet still one great Truth!

Our God is awesome!

His ways are, as Paul just said, "past finding out!"

In fact, we would know none of them (His "riches" or His "judgments") except through Jesus Christ, God the Son! In Him are "hidden" according to Colossians 2:3 "all the treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge."

Amen!

             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

Unsearchable ... but enjoyable nonetheless!

 

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