bible > commentary > en > all > nt > ephesians Contact St-Takla.org website You can contact us through this form, or directly through mobile/WhatsApp: 002 01287627004 (Michael Ghaly). (Read Ephesians 1:3-8) Spiritual and heavenly blessings are the best blessings; with which we cannot be miserable, and without which we cannot but be so. Ephesians 3:20-21. A free Bible Version and Commentary on the Letter to the Ephesians in EasyEnglish. Ephesians 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the Pastor of the Fifth Streek Church of Christ, has edified Christians for years. "All" (compare Colossians 1:28 ). As the first chapter treated of THE FATHER'S office; and the … “For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles — “ At the time the words of this verse were written, Paul was, from a human perspective, a prisoner of the Roman Empire. "[18] Also compare Galatians 2:7-9 and Colossians 1:24. "[23] It was concealed not only from the Gentiles, but also concealed from the Jews; and according to 1 Peter 1:12, it was also concealed from the angels in heaven. The te logically connects the start of Ephesians 3:19 with Ephesians 3:18 such that verse 19 is a development of verse 18, not a separate request. ELLICOTT explains it, "the arrangement," or "regulation" of the mystery (the union of Jews and Gentiles in Christ) which was now to be humbly traced and acknowledged in the fact of its having secretly existed in the counsel of God, and now having been revealed to the heavenly powers by means of the Church. The phrase, “in Christ Jesus,” refers to our being in union with him, or being associated with him (see commentary on Ephesians 1:3). The Jewish-Arab conflict is a prime example of the brotherhood of man apart from Jesus Christ. ALFORD quotes as an instance, Romans 8:38 , &c. "THE access" (Greek) implies the formal introduction into the presence of a monarch. The oldest manuscripts omit "by Jesus Christ.". As Barclay truly said, "Had there been no Paul, it is quite conceivable that there would have been no world-wide Christianity, and that we would not be Christians today. Actually, Paul's prayer began back in Ephesians 1:15; and following several digressions, he was about to resume it here; but he hardly got started before going into another digression on the mystery of Christ. Surely, there is a love here that approaches that of the dear Saviour himself. Next commentary: And adds a thanksgiving. "How many families? The writing of this epistle is beyond forgery, imitation, or counterfeiting. As Hendriksen said, the trouble with the "every family" rendition is that there is hardly any way to know what may be meant by it. 1, 2 sermon ii.—ephesians i. View Ephesians . Salem Media Group. Resources Commentaries. Ephesians 3:3-4. At one time, *Greek leaders had ruled Ephesus.Now the *Romans ruled the city. The use of "you" with Gentiles was not for the purpose of addressing the whole Gentile creation, but for the purpose of limiting the meaning of "in behalf of," restricting it primarily to his Gentile converts. He wrote: All of the Ephesians whom Paul had converted had been made partakers of the Gift Ordinary of the Holy Spirit, granted to them as an earnest of their redemption at the time they were baptized into Christ (see Acts 2:38,39; Ephesians 1:13). Ephesians 2:19-22 Fellowship Needs to Be a Priority. Ephesians 3. In the Greek text, all of verses 3-14 form a single sentence, with clause after clause describing … Continue reading "Commentary on Ephesians 1:3-14" depth . Ephesians 3:10 could be nothing more than a dramatic, rhetorical burst of eloquent hyperbole, having much the same meaning as if he had written: We shall shout the gospel message to the highest heavens and extol the glory of the church as the demonstration of God's manifold wisdom to the highest beings in the universe! 3 sermon iv.—ephesians i. The prayer in this verse is to the effect that the Spirit of God within them would be a source of power, more firmly establishing them in the faith. Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, Ephesians 3:2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: Ephesians 3:3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Ephesians 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Not merely two but a dozen complex and interlocking elements of the Great Mystery were revealed by the apostle Paul; and as for the quibbles about one element being stressed here, another there, such problems are as laughable as that of the six blind men describing the elephant. The usual understanding is that this refers to a mention of the mystery earlier in this same letter (Ephesians 1:9f); but of course, there is nothing to keep it from referring to another letter not preserved through history. We may observe that he acquaints them with the tribulations and sufferings which he endured in the discharge of that office, v. 1. The falsehood inherent in the theory of pseudonymous authorship of Ephesians shines in a passage like this, like the nakedness of the king in the fable (of the invisible clothes). by the church--"by means of," or "through the Church," which is the "theater" for the display of God's manifold wisdom ( Luke 15:10 , 1 Corinthians 4:9 ): "a spectacle (Greek, 'theater') to angels." . Ephesians has been called the Queen of the Epistles, the quintessence of Paulinism, the divinest composition of man and even the Waterloo of commentators. which is--rather, "which are your glory," namely, inasmuch as showing that God loved you so much, as both to give His Son for you, and to permit His apostles to suffer "tribulations" for you [CHRYSOSTOM] in preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles. "[24] In fact, all through Paul's writings there prevails the impression that the saved in Christ are a part of infinite plans, all creation, even previous intelligent creations (as angels) being destined to share a common purpose with the redeemed when God shall sum up all things "in Christ." It is God's will that glory to himself shall be in the church and in Christ Jesus; and people who do not consent to this are not in harmony with God's will. 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, . This chapter consists of two parts. Compare Acts 20:17-24 . This whole chapter is a prayer, but between the first and second words of it, Paul made a characteristic digression in which he gave further teaching on the mystery of redemption (Ephesians 3:1-13), concluding this part of the letter with what has been called "the boldest prayer ever prayed" (Ephesians 3:14-21). 1:15-23 Paul’s first prayer. Where the Spirit is there Christ is ( John 14:16 John 14:18 ). We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. My tribulations are your spiritual "glory," as your faith is furthered thereby ( 1 Corinthians 4:10 ). 2:1-10 *Salvation by *grace. Unto the Father ... Paul here prayed to God, not as the Father of mankind, generally, but in the spiritual sense of being the spiritual Father of his children in Christ. "I Paul," expresses the agent employed by the Spirit to enlighten them, after he had been first enlightened himself by the same Spirit ( Ephesians 3:3-5 Ephesians 3:9 ). According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord. The message of salvation is to be preached to human beings, not angels, spirits or other non-terrestrial beings. It follows that this commentary, like all commentaries, was written by an uninspired, fallible human. (Ephesians 3:13) The Ephesian Christians were very much aware of what the apostle Paul was going through on their behalf, and they were distraught for him. He was not concerned about Paul, but about them! He compared a superlative, which is illegal grammatically (! There are also overtones of the pre-existence and Godhead of the Lord Jesus Christ in this declaration. Paul, the prisoner of Christ ... As Barclay said, "A single word or idea can send Paul's thoughts off at a tangent"[2]; and the bare mention of his being a prisoner triggered a whole galaxy of related thoughts, giving us another marvelous Pauline digression. The elevated themes of Ephesians make it highly praised and prized by commentators. Paul seems to treat them as prayer goals. When he implied (in the words "when ye read") that people should study his writings, it was not vainglory or egotism on his part, but the mere statement of a basic obligation every Christian has to study divine revelation in the Scriptures. The parenthetical marking of some editors commencing with this clause, and extending to the end of Ephesians 3:4, is useless; and the relative ὅ in Ephesians 3:5 belongs to the antecedent μυστήριον in Ephesians 3:4. "[28] This calls attention to the infinite diversity and sparkling beauty of the wisdom of God. But, in this connection, what about that forger who wrote Ephesians, the one mentioned by Beare, who so loved and honored Paul, etc., etc.? "[14] The more radical critics have screamed themselves hoarse about such an interpretation; but it is logical, in keeping with other significant passages of the New Testament, and probably correct! The business people soldmodels of Diana’s *temple there. It would have been difficult indeed to have piled together three expressions more eloquent of the absolute equality of privilege and blessing to be shared and shared alike by Jews and Gentiles in Christ. It is proper always to end prayers with praises. Commentary on the Bible, ... Ephesians Chapter 3. "The Mystery of Christ includes far more than the fact that Gentiles were fellow partakers with Jews of the promise in Christ Jesus. Christian boldness is revealed as being at least partially the responsibility of the Christian himself to maintain it, encourage it in others, and to manifest it openly in all places and circumstances. Is this through their own faith in Christ? Bruce favored "the many-colored wisdom of God. You can find the best commentary on Ephesians for you using the tools on the right side. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Translate, "that is able above all things (what is above all things) to do exceeding abundantly above what we ask or (even) think": thought takes a wider range than prayers. His very bonds were profitable to ("for" or "in behalf of you") Gentiles ( Ephesians 3:13 , 2 Timothy 2:10 ). [13] James Burton Coffman, The Mystery of Redemption (Austin, Texas: Firm Foundation Publishing House, 1976). When Paul suffered, from whatever cause, it was all for Christ. For this cause--Resuming the thread of Ephesians 3:1 , "For this cause." Amen. [12] David Lipscomb, New Testament Commentaries, Ephesians (Nashville: The Gospel Advocate Company, 1939), p. 57. Paul at this time seems to have been kept, either within the vicinity of the Praetorian barracks, or within the compound that housed the royal bodyguard of the Caesars. Ephesians 3:14-21 Paul's Prayer For Personal Experience Of Jesus For The Ephesians Ephesians 4:1-10 Paul Exhorts The Ephesians To Be Christ-like And To Be In Unity In The Spirit Ephesians 4:11-16 The Intended Plan Of God To Use Offices And Gifts In The Church Christ dwelling in Christian hearts is one and the same thing as the Spirit's dwelling in them. Posture affects the mind, and is not therefore unimportant. 10. "The context requires the sense of `whole family'. As the first chapter treated of THE FATHER'S office; and the second, THE SON'S, so this, that of THE SPIRIT. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1963), p. 93. Ephesians 2:11-13 My Position in Christ As a Gentile. Revelation 10:7 states that the mystery of God will be finished, or "is finished" in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound; and it will hardly be denied by any that this means it is not finished now! . Holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit ... Far from claiming to be the unique source of God's revelation of the great mystery, Paul here declared that the "holy apostles and prophets" of the first Christian generation (all of them) were likewise participants in having received from God this glorious revelation. ... are the Jews a family? of not made known--He does not say, "has not been revealed." Marvelous as the Christian revelation surely is, there is no ground for people assuming conceitedly that they "know all about it.". Such variety of opinions suggests that the true interpretation might lie in a different direction altogether. The reason for injecting this word about the creation would appear to be "to indicate the relation of the matter in hand to the mightiest works of God. The pre-eminence of the Lord Jesus Christ and his having been, from all eternity, the focal center of God's redemptive purpose are affirmed in this verse. 3 sermon iii.—ephesians i. length . To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient. He digresses at "For this cause," and does not complete the sentence which he had intended, until Ephesians 3:14 , where he resumes the words, "For this cause," namely, because I know this your call of God as Gentiles ( Ephesians 2:11-22 ), to be "fellow heirs" with the Jews ( Ephesians 3:6 ), "I bow my knees to" the Father of our common Saviour ( Ephesians 3:14 Ephesians 3:15 ) to confirm you in the faith by His Spirit. . The paradox "to know . He here marks the Messiahship of "Christ," maintained by him as the origin of his being a "prisoner," owing to the jealousy of the Jews being roused at his preaching it to the Gentiles. Ephesians 3:1-21 . Using the KJV rendition, he nevertheless came up with a number of different families, all one, in the sense of being God's children. Ephesians 3, Chuck Smith Bible Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is written by one of the most influential men of the modern Christianity movement. 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There is no occasion, with Hunnius, Marloratus, Chrysostom, and Calvin, to make the reference in the verb to some earlier epistle. It is often used in legal documents for the purpose of introducing a detailed statement, or formal list. It is hard to make a judgment regarding the greater immorality, whether it pertains to the alleged deceiver the critics would make the author of Ephesians, or to the critics themselves who are morally capable of alleging such nonsense as the justification of such a sin. In fact, he is not Nero's prisoner at all, but the prisoner of Christ! This universal idea of the "kingdom" of God as one divine community, is presented to us in the Lord's Prayer. Eternity is conceived as consisting of "ages" (these again consisting of "generations") endlessly succeeding one another. "[31] He also cited examples of instances in Matthew 2:3; Luke 4:13; Acts 2:36,7:22, and Ephesians 2:21 where the absence of the article (as here) denoted the totality of a thing. This is the grand climax of a prayer which reaches the most exalted heights. To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. etc., etc. "[11] Of course, that is exactly what they are. Ephesians 3, Coffman Commentaries on the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. Dummelow was doubtless correct in interpreting this to mean: "That ye may be filled up to all the fullness of God, to the perfection of the divine attributes (Matthew 5:48). [26], A. T. Robertson understood the reference as to "evil powers or fallen angels, exclusively.[27]. Ephesians 3 - Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible . 20 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. Verse 1. I have already written to you briefly about this. Amen ... For comment on this, please see my Commentary on Hebrews, Hebrews 13:25. The design of God in giving Paul grace to proclaim to the Gentiles the mystery of salvation heretofore hidden. This is typical of such "explanations": Such a canard as that makes out no acceptable justification for the fraud, deception, dishonesty and wickedness of imposing a document upon Christian people as having been written by Paul, when it wasn't. 6. Ephesians 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 3:17-19 “so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles (NASB: Lockman). ... several families? 3. [7] James Macknight, Apostolical Epistles with Commentary, Ephesians (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1969), p. 286. i. In this marvelous doxology, Paul did not leave the church out. By perceiving his understanding of the mysteries, they, too, will be enabled to understand. Ephesians 1:15-23 Prayer For Knowledge And Power. The most obvious and ridiculous error supposed to support the so-called Markan theory is that of making Jesus' quotation from Daniel a parenthesis injected by Matthew or Mark, with the accompanying conclusion that one or another of the sacred evangelists copied the other! 2. Feb 9 - Errors of the Invitation System or Alter Call . 1. Contrast Matthew 13:6 Matthew 13:21 . Compare 1 Peter 4:10 , "stewards of the manifold grace of God." It was the capital of the *Roman region calledAsia. The English Revised Version (1885) has changed this from the KJV renditions, "the whole family in heaven and on earth," upon textual grounds which many scholars recognize as valid. "[32] John Wesley's unique thought on this is quite interesting. The gift of "the Spirit" in its fulness was reserved for the New Testament that Christ might thereby be glorified. In whom we have ( our) boldness and ( our) access with confidence. As subsidiary to this, and the most essential part of it, he adds, "and to know the love of Christ" ( Ephesians 3:19 ). However, Blaikie, in Pulpit Commentary, dogmatically declared that there are no constraining reasons for the change. "When ye read," implies that, deep as are the mysteries of this Epistle, the way for all to understand them is to read it ( 2 Timothy 3:15 2 Timothy 3:16 ). [35] Theodore O. Wedel, The Interpreter's Bible, Vol. Eph 3:1-7. The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians Commentary by A. R. FAUSSET CHAPTER 3 Eph 3:1-21. ); but Paul was above many of the rules so respected by people generally. Taylor, Wesley, MacKnight and many others, along with the KJV, testify to the correct translation as "faith of him," despite the fact that some who admit the true rendition still manage to deny the meaning of it! St-Takla.org > bible > commentary > en > all > nt > ephesians Contact St-Takla.org website You can contact us through this form, or directly through mobile/WhatsApp: 002 01287627004 (Michael Ghaly). (Read Ephesians 1:3-8) Spiritual and heavenly blessings are the best blessings; with which we cannot be miserable, and without which we cannot but be so. Ephesians 3:20-21. A free Bible Version and Commentary on the Letter to the Ephesians in EasyEnglish. Ephesians 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the Pastor of the Fifth Streek Church of Christ, has edified Christians for years. "All" (compare Colossians 1:28 ). As the first chapter treated of THE FATHER'S office; and the … “For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles — “ At the time the words of this verse were written, Paul was, from a human perspective, a prisoner of the Roman Empire. "[18] Also compare Galatians 2:7-9 and Colossians 1:24. "[23] It was concealed not only from the Gentiles, but also concealed from the Jews; and according to 1 Peter 1:12, it was also concealed from the angels in heaven. The te logically connects the start of Ephesians 3:19 with Ephesians 3:18 such that verse 19 is a development of verse 18, not a separate request. ELLICOTT explains it, "the arrangement," or "regulation" of the mystery (the union of Jews and Gentiles in Christ) which was now to be humbly traced and acknowledged in the fact of its having secretly existed in the counsel of God, and now having been revealed to the heavenly powers by means of the Church. The phrase, “in Christ Jesus,” refers to our being in union with him, or being associated with him (see commentary on Ephesians 1:3). The Jewish-Arab conflict is a prime example of the brotherhood of man apart from Jesus Christ. ALFORD quotes as an instance, Romans 8:38 , &c. "THE access" (Greek) implies the formal introduction into the presence of a monarch. The oldest manuscripts omit "by Jesus Christ.". As Barclay truly said, "Had there been no Paul, it is quite conceivable that there would have been no world-wide Christianity, and that we would not be Christians today. Actually, Paul's prayer began back in Ephesians 1:15; and following several digressions, he was about to resume it here; but he hardly got started before going into another digression on the mystery of Christ. Surely, there is a love here that approaches that of the dear Saviour himself. Next commentary: And adds a thanksgiving. "How many families? The writing of this epistle is beyond forgery, imitation, or counterfeiting. As Hendriksen said, the trouble with the "every family" rendition is that there is hardly any way to know what may be meant by it. 1, 2 sermon ii.—ephesians i. View Ephesians . Salem Media Group. Resources Commentaries. Ephesians 3:3-4. At one time, *Greek leaders had ruled Ephesus.Now the *Romans ruled the city. The use of "you" with Gentiles was not for the purpose of addressing the whole Gentile creation, but for the purpose of limiting the meaning of "in behalf of," restricting it primarily to his Gentile converts. He wrote: All of the Ephesians whom Paul had converted had been made partakers of the Gift Ordinary of the Holy Spirit, granted to them as an earnest of their redemption at the time they were baptized into Christ (see Acts 2:38,39; Ephesians 1:13). Ephesians 2:19-22 Fellowship Needs to Be a Priority. Ephesians 3. In the Greek text, all of verses 3-14 form a single sentence, with clause after clause describing … Continue reading "Commentary on Ephesians 1:3-14" depth . Ephesians 3:10 could be nothing more than a dramatic, rhetorical burst of eloquent hyperbole, having much the same meaning as if he had written: We shall shout the gospel message to the highest heavens and extol the glory of the church as the demonstration of God's manifold wisdom to the highest beings in the universe! 3 sermon iv.—ephesians i. The prayer in this verse is to the effect that the Spirit of God within them would be a source of power, more firmly establishing them in the faith. Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, Ephesians 3:2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: Ephesians 3:3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Ephesians 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Not merely two but a dozen complex and interlocking elements of the Great Mystery were revealed by the apostle Paul; and as for the quibbles about one element being stressed here, another there, such problems are as laughable as that of the six blind men describing the elephant. The usual understanding is that this refers to a mention of the mystery earlier in this same letter (Ephesians 1:9f); but of course, there is nothing to keep it from referring to another letter not preserved through history. We may observe that he acquaints them with the tribulations and sufferings which he endured in the discharge of that office, v. 1. The falsehood inherent in the theory of pseudonymous authorship of Ephesians shines in a passage like this, like the nakedness of the king in the fable (of the invisible clothes). by the church--"by means of," or "through the Church," which is the "theater" for the display of God's manifold wisdom ( Luke 15:10 , 1 Corinthians 4:9 ): "a spectacle (Greek, 'theater') to angels." . Ephesians has been called the Queen of the Epistles, the quintessence of Paulinism, the divinest composition of man and even the Waterloo of commentators. which is--rather, "which are your glory," namely, inasmuch as showing that God loved you so much, as both to give His Son for you, and to permit His apostles to suffer "tribulations" for you [CHRYSOSTOM] in preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles. "[24] In fact, all through Paul's writings there prevails the impression that the saved in Christ are a part of infinite plans, all creation, even previous intelligent creations (as angels) being destined to share a common purpose with the redeemed when God shall sum up all things "in Christ." It is God's will that glory to himself shall be in the church and in Christ Jesus; and people who do not consent to this are not in harmony with God's will. 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, . This chapter consists of two parts. Compare Acts 20:17-24 . This whole chapter is a prayer, but between the first and second words of it, Paul made a characteristic digression in which he gave further teaching on the mystery of redemption (Ephesians 3:1-13), concluding this part of the letter with what has been called "the boldest prayer ever prayed" (Ephesians 3:14-21). 1:15-23 Paul’s first prayer. Where the Spirit is there Christ is ( John 14:16 John 14:18 ). We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. My tribulations are your spiritual "glory," as your faith is furthered thereby ( 1 Corinthians 4:10 ). 2:1-10 *Salvation by *grace. Unto the Father ... Paul here prayed to God, not as the Father of mankind, generally, but in the spiritual sense of being the spiritual Father of his children in Christ. "I Paul," expresses the agent employed by the Spirit to enlighten them, after he had been first enlightened himself by the same Spirit ( Ephesians 3:3-5 Ephesians 3:9 ). According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord. The message of salvation is to be preached to human beings, not angels, spirits or other non-terrestrial beings. It follows that this commentary, like all commentaries, was written by an uninspired, fallible human. (Ephesians 3:13) The Ephesian Christians were very much aware of what the apostle Paul was going through on their behalf, and they were distraught for him. He was not concerned about Paul, but about them! He compared a superlative, which is illegal grammatically (! There are also overtones of the pre-existence and Godhead of the Lord Jesus Christ in this declaration. Paul, the prisoner of Christ ... As Barclay said, "A single word or idea can send Paul's thoughts off at a tangent"[2]; and the bare mention of his being a prisoner triggered a whole galaxy of related thoughts, giving us another marvelous Pauline digression. The elevated themes of Ephesians make it highly praised and prized by commentators. Paul seems to treat them as prayer goals. When he implied (in the words "when ye read") that people should study his writings, it was not vainglory or egotism on his part, but the mere statement of a basic obligation every Christian has to study divine revelation in the Scriptures. The parenthetical marking of some editors commencing with this clause, and extending to the end of Ephesians 3:4, is useless; and the relative ὅ in Ephesians 3:5 belongs to the antecedent μυστήριον in Ephesians 3:4. "[28] This calls attention to the infinite diversity and sparkling beauty of the wisdom of God. But, in this connection, what about that forger who wrote Ephesians, the one mentioned by Beare, who so loved and honored Paul, etc., etc.? "[14] The more radical critics have screamed themselves hoarse about such an interpretation; but it is logical, in keeping with other significant passages of the New Testament, and probably correct! The business people soldmodels of Diana’s *temple there. It would have been difficult indeed to have piled together three expressions more eloquent of the absolute equality of privilege and blessing to be shared and shared alike by Jews and Gentiles in Christ. It is proper always to end prayers with praises. Commentary on the Bible, ... Ephesians Chapter 3. "The Mystery of Christ includes far more than the fact that Gentiles were fellow partakers with Jews of the promise in Christ Jesus. Christian boldness is revealed as being at least partially the responsibility of the Christian himself to maintain it, encourage it in others, and to manifest it openly in all places and circumstances. Is this through their own faith in Christ? Bruce favored "the many-colored wisdom of God. You can find the best commentary on Ephesians for you using the tools on the right side. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Translate, "that is able above all things (what is above all things) to do exceeding abundantly above what we ask or (even) think": thought takes a wider range than prayers. His very bonds were profitable to ("for" or "in behalf of you") Gentiles ( Ephesians 3:13 , 2 Timothy 2:10 ). [13] James Burton Coffman, The Mystery of Redemption (Austin, Texas: Firm Foundation Publishing House, 1976). When Paul suffered, from whatever cause, it was all for Christ. For this cause--Resuming the thread of Ephesians 3:1 , "For this cause." Amen. [12] David Lipscomb, New Testament Commentaries, Ephesians (Nashville: The Gospel Advocate Company, 1939), p. 57. Paul at this time seems to have been kept, either within the vicinity of the Praetorian barracks, or within the compound that housed the royal bodyguard of the Caesars. Ephesians 3:14-21 Paul's Prayer For Personal Experience Of Jesus For The Ephesians Ephesians 4:1-10 Paul Exhorts The Ephesians To Be Christ-like And To Be In Unity In The Spirit Ephesians 4:11-16 The Intended Plan Of God To Use Offices And Gifts In The Church Christ dwelling in Christian hearts is one and the same thing as the Spirit's dwelling in them. Posture affects the mind, and is not therefore unimportant. 10. "The context requires the sense of `whole family'. As the first chapter treated of THE FATHER'S office; and the second, THE SON'S, so this, that of THE SPIRIT. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1963), p. 93. Ephesians 2:11-13 My Position in Christ As a Gentile. Revelation 10:7 states that the mystery of God will be finished, or "is finished" in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound; and it will hardly be denied by any that this means it is not finished now! . Holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit ... Far from claiming to be the unique source of God's revelation of the great mystery, Paul here declared that the "holy apostles and prophets" of the first Christian generation (all of them) were likewise participants in having received from God this glorious revelation. ... are the Jews a family? of not made known--He does not say, "has not been revealed." Marvelous as the Christian revelation surely is, there is no ground for people assuming conceitedly that they "know all about it.". Such variety of opinions suggests that the true interpretation might lie in a different direction altogether. The reason for injecting this word about the creation would appear to be "to indicate the relation of the matter in hand to the mightiest works of God. The pre-eminence of the Lord Jesus Christ and his having been, from all eternity, the focal center of God's redemptive purpose are affirmed in this verse. 3 sermon iii.—ephesians i. length . To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient. He digresses at "For this cause," and does not complete the sentence which he had intended, until Ephesians 3:14 , where he resumes the words, "For this cause," namely, because I know this your call of God as Gentiles ( Ephesians 2:11-22 ), to be "fellow heirs" with the Jews ( Ephesians 3:6 ), "I bow my knees to" the Father of our common Saviour ( Ephesians 3:14 Ephesians 3:15 ) to confirm you in the faith by His Spirit. . The paradox "to know . He here marks the Messiahship of "Christ," maintained by him as the origin of his being a "prisoner," owing to the jealousy of the Jews being roused at his preaching it to the Gentiles. Ephesians 3:1-21 . Using the KJV rendition, he nevertheless came up with a number of different families, all one, in the sense of being God's children. Ephesians 3, Chuck Smith Bible Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is written by one of the most influential men of the modern Christianity movement. 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