D I S C I P L E S H I P 25 Step 2: Examine these conclusions and determine the big con- clusion that the text provides. When the six Flow of Thought Observations are clearly laid out, the big-picture conclusion becomes evident. Verses 3:9–11 indicate God’s purpose for the Church: to reveal His wisdom. It is the high point of the letter. Everything before that builds up to it, and everything after that flows out of it. Because of that, there is a nuance that needs to be explained. The long ethical section of chapters 4–6 flows out of the pur- pose statement found in 3:9–11. Therefore, the behavior of the Christian is not the goal; it is the outworking of right relation- ship with God that results in such behavior. A change in conduct originated by man does not reveal God’s wisdom. God, in sav- ing sinners, restoring our relationship with Him, and bringing Jew and Gentile together to form His Church reveals His wisdom when that restoration results in deep transformation and is evi- denced in our conduct. It is then that the Church fulfills her God- given mandate and God is glorified. The process of discipleship is the key to that transformation and behavioral change. Big Picture Flow of Thought Conclusion: God’s purpose for the Church is to reveal His wisdom. Believers accomplish that by walking worthy of that task. Step 3: Examine 2:4–7 and 3:9–11 in detail, as the grammar indicates purpose. In Step 2, we observed that it appears there are purpose state- ments in 2:6–7 and 3:9–10. I don’t want to get too bogged down in Greek grammar here, but the original languages can often of- fer valuable insight into a passage’s meaning. The Greek word translated “so that: is ἵνα. The main verbs “might show” in 2:7 and “might be made known” in 3:10 are in the subjunctive mood. The subjunctive mood describes verbal action that is possible (gram- mar and/or context indicates whether it is probable or certain).