Ephesians 3. In a very real sense, every Gentile on earth is indebted to Paul for the salvation which we have received in Christ. Ephesians 3:3-4. The Trinity is thus alluded to, as often elsewhere in this Epistle ( Ephesians 2:19 Ephesians 2:20 Ephesians 2:22 ). according to the power--the indwelling Spirit ( Romans 8:26 ). 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! Hence, we may see His right to keep the mystery of world-wide salvation in Christ "hidden in Himself," till his own good time for revealing it. There is no justification whatever for rendering this verse "through our faith in him." Sitemap; About Us; Commentaries; Conditional Immortality; Home; What's New? The first fruit of the Spirit is love (Galatians 5:23); and here the great result of the "indwelling Christ" is that of the Christian's being "rooted and grounded in love." I. The epithet, "holy," marks the special consecration of the New Testament "prophets" (who are here meant) by the Spirit, compared with which even the Old Testament prophets were but "sons of men" ( Ezekiel 2:3 , and elsewhere). The former was vouchsafed only to the prophets, in order that they might make known the truth so revealed to men in general. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient. Because ye have such a standing in God's Church [ALFORD]. Surely, there is a love here that approaches that of the dear Saviour himself. It is proper always to end prayers with praises. More Ephesians commentaries. 3:1-13 God has made his secret known. The oldest manuscripts omit "by Jesus Christ.". The elevated themes of Ephesians make it highly praised and prized by commentators. 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, Verses 20 to 21 are an attribution of praise, a doxology. dwell--abidingly make His abode ( John 14:23 ). Of the account which Paul gives the Ephesians concerning himself, as he was appointed by God to be the apostle of the Gentiles, Ephesians 3:1-13. Significantly, in Ephesians 3:14-17 there are references to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and although the names seem to be used almost interchangeably, yet there is a preeminence pertaining to the Father, as well as distinct differences between the Son and the Holy Spirit. Wedel spoke of the confusion and uncertainty many feel with regard to such a thing as the "indwelling" Spirit of God thus: See extended remarks on this problem under Galatians 5:23, above. 1:3-14 *Praise for all the *blessings of God . We do not have the blessings of God on our own, but only by virtue of being “in Christ.” Furthermore, the phrase “in Christ” applies to each of the blessings in the verse.  From all this, it is perfectly evident that "Since Paul purposely omitted all definition, leaving the phrase in absolute generality, no answer can be perfectly satisfactory. There are many rich, helpful comments on the husband-wife relationship in Ephesians 5:21–33.  Adam Clarke, Commentary on the Holy Bible (London: Carlton and Porter, 1829), Vol. How does Paul describe his present situation in Ephesians 3:1 (printed below?) It was a busy port and the centre of much trade. Great as the power of God in human life assuredly is, it works in those who are "in Christ," being particularly their endowment. Being "in Christ," is the same as being "in the church" - this is another truth that is emphasized in this doxology. Where the Spirit is there Christ is ( John 14:16 John 14:18 ). Yet, it was absolutely necessary that Paul emphasize the world-shaking importance of that truth. Ephesians 2:4-10 How He Works in Us ’After’ Salvation. Bible Gateway Recommends. They had been “dead in transgressions and sins,” (2:1), but God in his mercy “made (them) alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (2:5-6).  William Hendriksen, op. This was from the choice of them in Christ, before the foundation of the world, that they should be made holy by separation from sin, being set apart to God, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit, in consequence of their election in Christ. All rights reserved. But the idea that "the holy angels are bound up in spiritual families or compaternities," is nowhere else in Scripture referred to. Ephesians 3. . In addition to Paul's defense of the right of "the Gentiles" to be received "into Christ," that defense having precipitated his first arrest and imprisonment, it was predominantly Paul's religious views on this very question which were the grounds of all of the persecutions that confronted him, both Jewish and Roman. The Scriptural definition of "mystery" is apparent here, the mystery being God's plan of redeeming man, once concealed, now revealed. This has the meaning of "that is to say," or "namely." ALFORD quotes as an instance, Romans 8:38 , &c. "THE access" (Greek) implies the formal introduction into the presence of a monarch. 2 You heard about the stewardship of God’s grace given to me for you, 3 and how by revelation the mystery was made known to me. Ephesians 2:4-10 How He Works in Us ’After’ Salvation. As the first chapter treated of THE FATHER'S office; and the … X. Choose a verse from 'Ephesians 3' to begin your 'Verse-by-Verse' study of God's Word using the more than 100 commentaries available on StudyLight.org 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). The "ages" are the vast successive periods of time, marked by successive stages of creation and orders of beings. All of the systems which set aside the church, or propose salvation apart from it, are disconnected, and shall always be disconnected from the mainstream of Christianity. EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: In chapter 2, Paul talked about the Gentile Christians in Ephesus. "All" (compare Colossians 1:28 ). Resources Commentaries. "The context requires the sense of `whole family'. If--The Greek does not imply doubt: "Assuming (what I know to be the fact, namely) that ye have heard," &c. "If, as I presume," The indicative in the Greek shows that no doubt is implied: "Seeing that doubtless," &c. He by this phrase delicately reminds them of their having heard from himself, and probably from others subsequently, the fact. Ephesians 3 Commentary, this commentary, filling six volumes, provides an exhaustive look at every verse in the Bible. Exceeding abundantly ... As Bruce said, "This is another one of Paul's "super-superlatives," coined to express God's capacity to transcend all that we ask or think. That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that ye may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man. bow my knees--the proper attitude in humble prayer.  Alfred Barry, Ellicott's Commentary on the Holy Bible, Vol. Solomon knelt in the prayer of dedication for the temple (1 Kings 8:54). Fellow heirs ... fellow members ... fellow-partakers ... Of whom every family in heaven and on earth ... That ye may be filled with all the fullness of God ... UNTO HIM BE THE GLORY IN THE CHURCH AND IN CHRIST JESUS UNTO ALL GENERATIONS FOREVER AND EVER.  George E. Harper, A New Testament Commentary, Ephesians (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1969), p. 464. Ephesians Chapter T hree Commentary by Ron Beckham. 12. 3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. See under Galatians 2:16, in this volume. 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" In whom we have boldness and access in confidence through our faith in him. There are exegetical commentaries, scholarly and technical commentaries, as well as commentaries that are easy to understand. The utter poverty of such an allegation is so obvious that some of the scholars who accept such a monstrous opinion feel called upon to explain how such a thing could have happened. 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. Of course, the Old Testament prophets had plainly foretold the salvation of Gentiles; and, in Romans, Paul cited references from all three of the major Old Testament divisions in which there were definite and undeniable foreshadowings of his own mission to the Gentiles; "but the thing not visible in the Old Testament was that the Gentile sharing of these blessings involved the creation of `one new man' (Ephesians 2:15)," and that there would be no separate organization for either Jews or Gentiles, both being incorporated into the one body, the church. It is important to keep this in mind in the study of the next verse. length . 21. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. His very bonds were profitable to ("for" or "in behalf of you") Gentiles ( Ephesians 3:13 , 2 Timothy 2:10 ). May be able--even still further. The office is the prominent thought in the latter arrangement; … "In the spiritual, or redemptive sense, God is definitely not the Father of all men. 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. EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: In chapter 2, Paul talked about the Gentile Christians in Ephesus. cit., p. 158. the mystery of Christ--The "mystery" is Christ Himself, once hidden, but now revealed ( Colossians 1:27 ). See in my Commentary on Romans, Romans 3:22ff. VII (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1958), p. 35. I wrote before in few words ... Like many of Paul's statements, this is capable of a number of meanings, and no one can be certain exactly what he intended. Translate, "our boldness and our access ( Ephesians 2:18 ) in confidence through our faith in Him."  W. G. Blaikie, The Pulpit Commentary, Vol. It is the spiritual equivalent of the confidence displayed by a good athlete who "talks up a good game" with his teammates, manifesting at all times a winning attitude. Tweet.  See discussion of "Perfection of Christians" under Ephesians 1:4. My tribulations are your spiritual "glory," as your faith is furthered thereby ( 1 Corinthians 4:10 ). 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. In fact, this blessing provides the structure for the entirety of the passage. 4, 5, sermon vi.—ephesians i. But they did not know it with the same explicit distinctness "As" it has been now known ( Acts 10:19 Acts 10:20 , 11:18-21 ). 1. of Jesus Christ--Greek, "Christ Jesus." And Acts 2:36 , where the article is similarly omitted, and yet the translation is, "All the house of Israel," shows that in New Testament Greek the translation is justifiable, "all the family," or "the whole family": which accords with Scripture views, that angels and men, the saints militant and those with God, are one holy family joined under the one Father in Christ, the mediator between heaven and earth ( Ephesians 1:10 , Philippians 2:10 ). 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). That is, none except the holy apostle himself who wrote the epistle. It is "in Christ Jesus" that they are made "fellow heirs" in the inheritance of GOD: "of the same body" under the Head, CHRIST JESUS; and "fellow partakers of the promise" in the communion of THE HOLY SPIRIT ( Ephesians 1:13 , Hebrews 6:4 ). For this cause — That you may be so built up together, and made the temple of God, and his habitation through the Spirit; I bow my knees, &c., see Eph 3:14, with which the words are evidently closely connected, (as they are also with the close of the preceding chapters) the subsequent paragraph to the end of Eph 3:13 manifestly coming in by way of parenthesis. As Christ when He reconciled men to God, united them to one another in a divine community (joined to Himself, the one Head), breaking down the partition wall between Jew and Gentile ( Ephesians 2:14 ), so also He joins them in communion with all those who have already attained that perfection in the kingdom of God, to which the Church on earth is aspiring ( Colossians 1:20 ) [NEANDER]. 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.” 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. 4. understand my knowledge--"perceive my understanding" [ALFORD], or "intelligence." To wit, that the Gentiles are fellow-heirs, and fellow-members of the body, and fellow-partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 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. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. That is what is in view here. We may observe it to have been very much the practice of this apostle to intermix, with his instructions and counsels, intercessions and prayers to God for those … Ephesians 2:11-13 My Position in Christ As a Gentile. of Jesus Christ--Greek, "Christ Jesus." . It was Paul's standing up for the truth that Gentiles should be brought into the Lord's church without regard to the Jews and the Law of Moses that precipitated the savage hatred of him on the part of unconverted Israel. 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.  Francis Foulkes, The Epistles of Paul to the Ephesians (Tyndale) (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. This verse mistranslates the last phrase which should follow the English Revised Version (1885) margin and read "through the faith of him," that is, through the faith of Christ, meaning the faith Christ himself possessed and demonstrated. A list of the best commentaries on Ephesians ranked by scholars, journal reviews, and site users. Amen. manifold wisdom--though essentially one, as Christ is one, yet varying the economy in respect to places, times, and persons ( Isaiah 55:8 Isaiah 55:9 , Hebrews 1:1 ). Still the foundation of all sonship is in Jesus Christ. Hence, angels are but our "fellow servants" ( Revelation 19:10 ). Amen ... For comment on this, please see my Commentary on Hebrews, Hebrews 13:25. Beare thought it was "truth. 3 sermon iv.—ephesians i. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. 11. which he purposed--Greek, "made." do not disprove the address of this Epistle to the Ephesians. May be strong to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth. That leaves only one step to prepare one for this ultimate goal of life. « Ephesians 3:19. He wrote: Wesley's interpretation has the advantage of explaining the passage no matter which way it is translated, and this would seem to commend it as the most probable meaning of it. And to make all men see what is the dispensation of the mystery which for ages hath been hid in God who created all things. This view has one thing in common with those already cited - it may be wrong; but at least it makes as much sense as anything else at hand on the subject. from the beginning of the world--Greek, "from (the beginning of) the ages." by faith--Greek, "through faith," which opens the door of the heart to Jesus ( John 3:20 ). For this cause, I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus in behalf of you Gentiles ... (Ephesians 3:1). This is no trifling matter; it connects with God's grandest operations. This thought of the origin of his imprisonment ended with Paul's being freed for a while. commentary on ephesians 1-2. by thomas goodwin table of contents general preface original preface publisher's advertisement a premise concerning this epistle sermon i.—ephesians i. What Paul said here is not that the present revelation of the mystery is final and complete, but that the previous generations did not possess a revelation of it "as it hath now been revealed." It is not the brotherhood of all mankind (in the sense of having the same Creator) that blesses human relationships. " Since wisdom has no literal color, it is clear that Paul was speaking figuratively in this passage. 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. Ephesians 1:3-14 begins with the pronouncement of a blessing upon God in response to the abundant ways in which God has blessed us (verse 3). (2) It shows that their conception of morality is compatible with such fraud. Jesus, it will be remembered, asked the lawyer, "How readest thou?" not made known--He does not say, "has not been revealed." unto the sons of men--men in their state by birth, as contrasted with those illuminated "by the Spirit" (Greek, "IN the Spirit," compare Revelation 1:10 ), Matthew 16:17 . The Greek New Testament says no such thing. They had been “dead in transgressions and sins,” (2:1), but God in his mercy “made (them) alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (2:5-6). For this cause--Resuming the thread of Ephesians 3:1 , "For this cause." By revelation ... 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