An Alphabetical Analysis
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This is more fully studied in The Berean Expositor Vol. 32, under the
heading, The Gospel of John, No. 20 (p. 163) and No. 22 (p. 229).  (See also
Life Through His Name, chapter 4).
See Age1.
Alienation.  This word has a twofold application.  The dispensational aspect
is found in Ephesians 2:12 where the Gentile is revealed as an alien from the
commonwealth of Israel.  For this alienation he has no responsibility; no
Gentile can be held responsible for not having been born an Israelite.  The
enmity here that had to be slain, was the enmity produced by the decrees
(ordinances) and refers back to the temporary distinction made between Jewish
and Gentile believers in Acts 15.  The barrier between 'the both' being
likened to the middle wall of partition.  This dispensational aspect has been
considered at some length in Acts of the Apostles1; and Middle Wall3.  There
is, however, a doctrinal alienation, and to this aspect of truth we must now
devote our attention:
'This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk
not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the
understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through
the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness,
to work all uncleanness with greediness' (Eph. 4:17 -19).
'And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by
wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled' (Col. 1:21).
It is a blessed thing to recognize in this sad description of human
depravity the one and only remedy, especially when seen in the original.  The
Greek word for 'alienate' is apallotrioo, the Greek word for 'reconcile' is
apokatallasso, both words being compounds of the same root, allos.  The
alienation here is not from the sphere of high favour, as in Ephesians 2:12
(dispensational), but from 'the Life of God' (basic or doctrinal).  This is
a sphere of death.  It is resident in 'the mind', the 'understanding' is
darkened, 'ignorance' and 'blindness of heart' is seen issuing in
insensibility and 'with a lust for the business of impurity in every shape
and form' (Moffatt).  This alienation of mind issues in 'wicked works'.
Does the 'life of God' refer to the source and origin of all life? or
does the phrase mean the life that should have been lived by man on earth?
Commentators are divided on the subject.  Bloomfield considers the original
to stand for tes kata Theon zoes, 'such a life as is according to the will of
God'.  Alford dismisses this interpretation, saying, 'for zoe in the New
Testament never has this meaning, see the two clearly distinguished in
Galatians 5:25'.  While it becomes us to observe with attention the
expressions of such men of God, such do not bind us, we must still 'search
and see'.  Man has been cut off from the life of God since Adam sinned and
brought death into the world.  The apostle is not going so far back in the
history of alienation as when he spoke of the darkened condition of the
Gentiles.  He is definitely dealing with 'walk' (Eph. 4:17), and with the
evil consequences of this alienation of man from the source of all life;
therefore it appears a sounder exegesis that takes both the root cause and
the fruit of such consequences into account, and to recognize with true
humility, the desperate alienation of the Gentile world, first