WE ARE CURRENTLY STUDYING
VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE LIFE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE ...
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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!
subject concerning which these words are used? Our Great God,
two of His attributes or actions anyway.
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
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."
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).
words, "something that cannot be followed!" Cannot be tracked!
Beyond the scope of our pursuit! Never to be located!
unfathomable riches of Christ!
Not able to
Our salvation and sanctification and glorification and a million
other things ... all because we have been gloriously saved,
having been placed "in Christ Jesus!"
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!"
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
The Fire in
The Famine in
the coming tribulation day.
"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."
all together, "unable to speak." So glorious that words cannot
describe it, them in this case!
actions, deeds, habits, character!
Yet still one
Our God is
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."
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
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