1QS 4:5

Community Rule
Dead Sea Scrolls

5 God will then purify every deed of man with His truth; He will refine for Himself the human frame by rooting out all spirit of injustice from the bounds of his flesh. He will cleanse him of all wicked deeds with the spirit of holiness; like purifying waters He will shed upon him the spirit of truth (to cleanse him) of all abomination and injustice. And he shall be plunged into the spirit of purification, that he may instruct the upright in the knowledge of the Most High and teach the wisdom of the sons of heaven to the perfect of way. For God has chosen them for an everlasting Covenant and all the glory of Adam shall be theirs. There shall be no more lies and all the works of injustice shall be put to shame.

Ephesians 1:3

New Testament

3 Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. 4 For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and blameless before him in love. 5 He did this by predestining us to adoption as his legal heirs through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of his will 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace that he has freely bestowed on us in his dearly loved Son. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our offenses, according to the riches of his grace 8 that he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight.

 Notes and References

"... In the papyri the passive here can simply mean 'to be destined, chosen'. The cognate noun is used in Colossians 1:12 where God is said to have qualified believers for a share in the lot of the holy ones in light. In the LXX it was employed in the context of division of the land by lot for inheritence (Numbers 26:55-56), for the individual Israelite's lot or portion in general (Proverbs 1:4, Wisdom 2:9, 5:5) and for Israel as God's lot or portion (Deuteronomy 9:29, 32:8-9). This notion is a frequent one in Qumran (1QS 4:26; 11:7; 1QH 3:22) ..."

Stanislaus, Surip The Mystery of God in Ephesians 1:3-13 (pp. 64-81) LOGOS, Jurnal Filsafat-Teologi Vol. 2 No. 1, 2003

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