LOCATIVE VS INSTRUMENTAL
The freewill chick tried to deceive me (yet once again.)
This time she was TWISTING the little word “IN” to be something it was not.
What’s it all about? It’s about the idea that…
… God will “head up all in the Christ” —
Here’s the deal about the word “IN” — that word can be in the LOCATIVE CASE or it can be in the INSTRUMENTAL CASE.
Why This Matters:
The freewill chick wants you to believe ONLY those “in Christ” will be headed up in Christ. And of course, she has this magic formula as to HOW to get yourself “in” Christ: believe, receive, obey, etc.
SHE SAYS this magic formula is something YOU DO, not God. YOU.
The verse in question is Ephesians one, verse 9 and 10 —
9 making known to us the secret of His will
(in accord with His delight, which He purposed in Him)10 to have an administration of the complement of the eras,
to head up all in the Christ —
both that in the heavens and that on the earth —
So… in this verse (v. 10) — Christ is the instrument by which all are headed up.
The freewill chick feels that some other instrument (human freewill) achieves this goal. So… She teaches that YOU MUST PUT YOURSELF IN CHRIST AND THUS, “ALL IN CHRIST WILL BE HEADED UP”
THE TRUTH: this is GOD’S WORK… It is up to God to use Christ’s work on the cross… to “head up all — in the Christ.”
ALL is the subject,
IN CHRIST is the instrument
by which they (ALL) will be HEADED UP.
Who are gathered? All !!!!!!!
How are they gathered? In Christ.
She does damage to this sentence structure by insisting that ….
Who is gathered? ‘All in Christ’.
NO. The “in Christ” is HOW all are gathered.
The “IN” is instrumental.
But she don’t fool me.