No longer children (Eph. 4:14)

“We must no longer

Be infant children,

Tossed on waves

And blown about

By every wind

Of doctrine,

By people’s trickery,

By their craftiness

In deceitful scheming.”

ἵνα μηκέτι ὦμεν νήπιοι, κλυδωνιζόμενοι καὶ περιφερόμενοι παντὶ ἀνέμῳ τῆς διδασκαλίας ἐν τῇ κυβίᾳ τῶν ἀνθρώπων ἐν πανουργίᾳ πρὸς τὴν μεθοδίαν τῆς πλάνης,

Paul warned them, “We must no longer be infant children (ἵνα μηκέτι ὦμεν νήπιοι), tossed by waves (κλυδωνιζόμενοι), and blown about (καὶ περιφερόμενοι) by every wind (παντὶ ἀνέμῳ) of doctrine or teaching (τῆς διδασκαλίας), by people’s trickery (ἐν τῇ κυβίᾳ τῶν ἀνθρώπων), by their craftiness (ἐν πανουργίᾳ) or in their deceitful scheming (πρὸς τὴν μεθοδίαν τῆς πλάνης).”  Only this Ephesian letter used this unique word κλυδωνιζόμενοι, that means to be tossed by waves, tossed to and fro, and the word κυβίᾳ, that means dice playing, trickery, or sleight of hand, as well as the word μεθοδίαν, that means craftiness, deceit, or scheming.  Paul explained what he meant.  He did not want the Ephesians to remain infants or young children being tossed by waves and blown about by every wind that came along.  Thus, they would be listening and following every new teaching or doctrine that they heard.  These other teachers were tricking them with their craftiness and their deceitful scheming ways of teaching.  Paul warned them against these false doctrines being preached in the name of Jesus Christ.  Are you easily led astray by some new teaching about Jesus Christ?

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