You are responsible for your influence. Woods, B. ii., pp. Of error includes the idea of deceit or delusion. ridiculous nonsense--antiquated things--we want no charts, destroy every one of them. Greek: hina meketi omen (1PPAS) nepioi, kludonizomenoi (PPPMPN) kai peripheromenoi (PPPMPN) panti anemo tes didaskalias en te kubeia ton anthropon en panourgia pros ten methodeian tes planes, Amplified: So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/ephesians-4.html. The words "modern thought" are used by not a few in our day as a badge of reproach. And carried about with every wind of doctrine - With no firmness; no settled course; no helm. ), As when men stand and look into the heavens with the naked eye they see some three thousand stars; as with a glass of a certain power they may see some ten or twenty thousand, and as with a larger glass they may see still more, penetrating to the infinite depths of space, so the human mind has been such that at first it could see a little of the nature of God, then a little more, then a little more, and so on, with a power of vision that has increased clear down to the present time. 6) is not doubtful as to its signification. The Metonymy of the abstract [for the concrete: error, for the Parent of error, Satan] expresses the concealed mode of acting which the enemy uses. Note: The greatest mistake that any Christian can make is to assume that teachers of error are sincere. vii. To consider the case of the deceived, who suffer themselves to be tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine. Hence, it means game, gambling; and then anything that turns out by mere chance or hap-hazard - as a game at dice does. II. Be virtuous. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/ephesians-4.html. (MacDonald, W & Farstad, A. Believer's Bible Commentary: Thomas Nelson). ‘Recklessness,’ lit. I suspect we can be fairly sure what was not done by former pastors in that church. 1905-1909. Lit., tending to the system of error. ), one is given up to the deceptive play of men! Unless our thinking be modern, we have no thinking at all. 1. Volumina Rhetorica, VIII, 33) can be called an “error.”, In the NT, plane is used only in the figurative sense to describe straying or wandering from the path of truth. But it is rather a distinct clause, emphasising the dishonesty and trickery of the false teaching. The association of methodeia with Satan (in Ephesians 6:11) shows that, here, plane = planos; i.e. p. 28 D: μὴ παντὶ λόγῳ πλάγιον, ὥσπερ πνεύματι, παραδιδοὺς ἑαυτόν. Suppose a painter, in painting a man’s face, should omit the hair and the eyebrows, saying, “A man can live without hair, and I paint only the important features,” and should represent simply the mouth, the eyes, and the nose; what sort of a picture would he make? The Scripture always uses methodeia with a negative connotation. (MacDonald, W & Farstad, A. Believer's Bible Commentary: Thomas Nelson), McGee - If you sent babes into the gambling den, the sharpies would take them in with their system of error. ῞ινα μηκέτι ὦμεν νήπιοι—“In order that we may be no longer children.” This and the following verse are illustrative of the preceding one, and show the peculiar weakness and dangers to which believers in an imperfect state are exposed. "Commentary on Ephesians 4:14". Bibliography"Commentary on Ephesians 4:14". "Sleight" according to one old commentator was like the tossing of dice, the thrower tosses the dice for his own benefit, not the benefit of those around him. The characters of those imposters and seducers that do thus unsettle and unhinge men, they use sleight; a metaphor taken from gamesters, who with art and sleight of hand can cog the dice, and win the game. Pastor - teacher - leader - this is your wake up call. (Ep 6:11-note). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wbc/ephesians-4.html. Childhood has a peculiar facility of impression-, κλυδωνιζόμενοι καὶ περιφερόμενοι παντὶ ἀνέμῳ τῆς διδασκαλίας —“tossed and driven about with every wind of teaching.” κλυδωνιζόμενοι-tossed about as a surge; κλυδωνιζόμενοι is passive; instances may be found in Krebs and Wetstein. 1909-1922. Whereby they lie in wait to deceive, viz. Out yonder is that great and wide sea of life that is full of perils for them that navigate therein. Greek. “Of course we are to resemble children in their humility and innocence (Matthew 18:3; 1 Corinthians 14:20), but not in their ignorance and instability” (Stott p. 170). But let not such a statement be carried to the other extreme, as if there were no progress beyond childhood. on Ephesians 3:18. I gave you milk to drink (easily digestible Truth given to new believers), not solid food (difference is not in kind of truth, but degree of depth); for you were not yet able to receive it. Whatever is manly is virtuous; and, vice versa, whatever is not virtuous is unmanly. "Commentary on Ephesians 4:14". 1 Thessalonians 2:3 For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit; 2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false, James 5:20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death, and will cover a multitude of sins. They become religious gypsies, moving to and fro from one appealing fantasy to another. Comment: The Greek is a present imperative with a negative particle [not = Greek word "me"] and is better translated "Stop being carried away..." indicating they this sad plight was a real and present danger! "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". Because you are no longer children you are expected to be men. πλάνη means error, also at Matthew 27:64; Romans 1:27; 2 Peter 3:17; 2 Peter 2:18; James 5:20. didaskalia. If they had studied the Bible for themselves, they would be able to see through his deceitful juggling of words. ‘Error’ is that which plans or machinates; the idea of ‘deceit ‘is included, but the term is here used abstractly, and ‘error’ is perhaps preferable. In nequitia hominum, Greek: en te kubeia, in fallacia: Greek: kubeia, est lusus aleæ. BibliographyWesley, John. All rights reserved. It “may” possibly also denote the trick or fraud that is sometimes used in such games; but it seems rather to denote a man‘s forming his religious opinions by “the throw of a die;” or, in other words, it describes a man whose opinions seem to be the result of mere chance. But how to become manly? (14) That we be no more children.—Here the process of growth is described negatively; in the next verse positively. BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. BibliographyGill, John. Ephesians 4:14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; (NASB: Lockman). Planes is frequent in Greek secular writings to mean deceit. 1871-8. The idea is that of a vessel on the restless ocean, that is tossed about with every varying wind, and that has no settled line of sailing. I did it with all of my children...Christians are easily deceived. The word used here - κυβεία kubeia- is from a word ( κύβος kubos) meaning a cube or die, and properly means a game at dice. If we neglect to do so, we may fall into the snares of our enemies, and endure the severe punishment of our sloth. Notice "by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;" There are men, false teachers to be more specific, that deceive anyone they can by their cunning and their craftiness. Anything like casting a die, or like opening the Bible at random to determine a point of duty or doctrine, may come under the description of the apostle here, and would all be opposed to the true mode, that by calm examination of the Bible, and by prayer A man who forms his religious principles by chance, can un” form” them in the same way; and he who has determined his faith by one cast of the die, will be likely to throw them into another form by another. "Commentary on Ephesians 4:14". and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; or "unto the deceitful methods or wiles of the devil", as the Alexandrian copy reads; which not only suggests that their principal end in view is to deceive, but their insidious, private, and secret way of deceiving, and their expertness in it, which they have from the devil; and now the ministration of the Gospel is the best and surest guard and antidote against such fluctuations and deceptions. When the dust settled all but a small handful of well taught people had left the church with the pastor to set up a new church. "Commentary on Ephesians 4:14". (Kittel, G., Friedrich, G., & Bromiley, G. W. Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. That we may be no longer children (ινα μηκετι ωμεν νηπιοι hina mēketi ōmen nēpioi). ῞ινα points to a negative and intermediate purpose resulting from that of the preceding verses, but not as if that were taken as realized, for he immediately adds αὐξήσωμεν-implying that τελειότης has not been attained. It pictures one whirled around as by a violent swinging that makes them dizzy.
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