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). Both Matthew and Mark gave that quotation, because, in all likelihood, the admonition to Christians was constantly reiterated from the very first, requiring them to read, study and search the Scriptures daily, etc. "[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. Commentary on the Bible, ... Ephesians Chapter 3. However, the grand apostle's thoughts were not of his own trials and sufferings, but of the intimidation that such sufferings might cause among his converts. I. But Paul’s *preaching affected their tra… Next commentary: And adds a thanksgiving. We may observe that he acquaints them with the tribulations and sufferings which he endured in the discharge of that office, v. 1. Romans 11:33 , "unsearchable" as a mine inexhaustible, whose treasures can never be fully explored ( Ephesians 3:18 Ephesians 3:19 ). For this cause, I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus in behalf of you Gentiles ... (Ephesians 3:1). Hence, angels are but our "fellow servants" ( Revelation 19:10 ). [21] The literal meaning of "unsearchable" is: "trackless, inexplorable, not in the sense that any part is inaccessible, but that the whole is too vast to be mapped out and measured. Here we have the account which Paul gives the Ephesians concerning himself, as he was appointed by God the apostle of the Gentiles. Paul, a prisoner for the testimony of Jesus, declares his knowledge of what had been a mystery from all ages, that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs and of the same body with the Jews, Eph 3:1-6. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Being "in Christ," is the same as being "in the church" - this is another truth that is emphasized in this doxology. 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 B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1950), p. 105. 9. to make all men see--Greek, "to enlighten all" ( Ephesians 1:18 , Psalms 18:28 , Hebrews 6:4 ). now--first: opposed to "hidden from the beginning of the world" ( Ephesians 3:5 ). 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." 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). MacKnight translated this place "Seeing ye have heard ..."[7] Even Beare admitted that it means "Assuming that you have heard ..."[8] Many reputable scholars translate the "if' here as "since," or "inasmuch." For this cause--Resuming the thread of Ephesians 3:1 , "For this cause." 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). 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. 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. AS God created "the whole range of things" (so the Greek), physical and spiritual alike, He must have an absolute right to adjust all things as He will. unto the principalities and--Greek adds "the" powers--unto the various orders of good angels primarily, as these dwell "in the heavenly places" in the highest sense; "known" to their adoring joy ( 1 Timothy 3:16 , 1 Peter 1:12 ). The oldest manuscripts omit "by Jesus Christ.". In behalf of you Gentiles ... Beare denied that this could be "a real mode of address" by Paul;[4] but such an opinion betrays ignorance of what Paul was saying. "[3] To all outward appearance Paul was a prisoner of the Roman government, but that is not the way Paul looked at it, at all. "[41] Perhaps if we were to cite all of these possible meanings and were privileged to ask the apostle which one is correct, he might very well answer, "Why all of them, of course? Resources. ... the Gentiles? 17. In ancient Greek (the language Paul originally wrote in), Ephesians 1:3 through 1:14 form one long sentence. Which in other generations was not made known unto the sons of men, as it hath now been revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit. [30] William Hendriksen, op. 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]. 1. Some radical and irresponsible critics of the New Testament affirm that these words were forged to this epistle by some later author who passed it off as having been written by Paul; but no believer in Christ could possibly have been guilty of such fraud and deception. 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). Compare Ephesians 1:4 , Romans 16:25 , 1 Corinthians 2:7 . 10. "[28] This calls attention to the infinite diversity and sparkling beauty of the wisdom of God. as I wrote afore--namely, in this Epistle ( Ephesians 1:9 Ephesians 1:10 ), the words of which he partly repeats. i. As Foulkes said: Foulkes rejected such a simplistic understanding of the mystery, asking, "Can they not be different aspects of the central revelation? To bear God's name is to belong to God as His own peculiar people ( Numbers 6:27 , Isaiah 43:7 , 44:5 , Romans 9:25 Romans 9:26 ). 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. By revelation ... Paul always emphasized that the wonderful truth he brought to people was from God, not of himself, that it was given to him by Christ, disclaiming any credit whatever as belonging to himself. [13] James Burton Coffman, The Mystery of Redemption (Austin, Texas: Firm Foundation Publishing House, 1976). Latest Additions. As Barclay put it, "The Christian has always a double life and a double address. 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. ); but Paul was above many of the rules so respected by people generally. The gift of "the Spirit" in its fulness was reserved for the New Testament that Christ might thereby be glorified. do not disprove the address of this Epistle to the Ephesians. Ephesians 2:11-13 My Position in Christ As a Gentile. 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. Stephen at his martyrdom (Acts 7:60), Peter when he raised Dorcas (Acts 9:40), Paul on farewell occasions (Acts 20:36; 21:5), and our Lord himself in Gethsemane (Luke 22:41) knelt in prayer. There was a sense in which he could give such incredible wealth to everyone on earth! 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. Beare thought it was "truth. ?" Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. 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). Ephesians 3, F. B. Hole's Old and New Testament Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, with an easy to read style, is invaluable to Christians who seek to understand the Gods' word. 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 ). The dispensation of the mystery ... Paul's many references in the New Testament to the mystery of God, the mystery of the faith, the mystery of Christ, the great mystery, the mystery of godliness, etc., etc., are among the most interesting passages in the New Testament. . No wonder this has been called the boldest prayer ever prayed. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient. "[11] Of course, that is exactly what they are. 20 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. There is no generation, however far in the future, which can be exempt from the imperative here. This is Paul's word for the privilege of approaching God in prayer, of coming boldly to the throne of grace, of possessing the right to petition the Father in one's own person through identity with the Lord Jesus Christ and needing no go-between, mediator, priest or any other person whomsoever as any kind of dispenser of spiritual privilege, or even as an aid in such things. from the beginning of the world--Greek, "from (the beginning of) the ages." We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Ephesians 3 Resources - Multiple Sermons and Commentaries; Ephesians 3:1-7 Grateful for the Gospel - Steven Cole; Ephesians 3:1-4 The Unity of the Body, Part 4 - John MacArthur; A STEWARDSHIP OF GOD'S GRACE. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Ephesians 1:3-14 EXEGESIS: BACKGROUND: While this book begins, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus” (1:1), scholars today are divided regarding both the authorship and the intended recipients. Here we have the account which Paul gives the Ephesians concerning himself, as he was appointed by God the apostle of the Gentiles. which passeth knowledge," implies that when he says "know," he does not mean that we can adequately know; all we know is, that His love exceeds far our knowledge of it, and with even our fresh accessions of knowledge hereafter, will still exceed them. 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) Ephesians 1:1-6 Our Riches in Christ. - 5 Session Conference . The Scriptural definition of "mystery" is apparent here, the mystery being God's plan of redeeming man, once concealed, now revealed. Again reference is made to the comment on this under Galatians 5:23. The writing of this epistle is beyond forgery, imitation, or counterfeiting. etc., etc. Biblical Commentary Ephesians 3:1-12. ELLICOTT translates, "wrought.". The foundation of all sonship is in Jesus Christ.— πᾶσα ) the whole , of angels, of Jews, of other men.— πατριὰ ) family , depending on Him as the [its] Father. However, Blaikie, in Pulpit Commentary, dogmatically declared that there are no constraining reasons for the change. [10] Francis Foulkes, The Epistles of Paul to the Ephesians (Tyndale) (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. 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). View Ephesians . Ephesians 3:1-21 . Commentaries. I. Paul alone could have written this epistle. Solomon knelt in the prayer of dedication for the temple (1 Kings 8:54). Sitemap; About Us; Commentaries; Conditional Immortality; Home; What's New? “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. filled with--rather, as Greek, "filled even unto all the fulness of God" (this is the grand goal), that is, filled, each according to your capacity, with the divine wisdom, knowledge, and love; "even as God is full," and as Christ who dwells in your hearts, hath "all the fulness of the Godhead dwelling in Him bodily" ( Colossians 2:9 ). 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). May be strong to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth. (Ephesians 3:8-10 RSV) There are wonderful intimations here -- that God has had some secret plans at work through the centuries which he has never unfolded to anybody. "[5] Paul's great mission, assigned by Christ who called him to the apostleship, was to "the Gentiles." Yet, it was absolutely necessary that Paul emphasize the world-shaking importance of that truth. 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. 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),"[16] and that there would be no separate organization for either Jews or Gentiles, both being incorporated into the one body, the church. (3-6) The work of God the Father. It follows that this commentary, like all commentaries, was written by an uninspired, fallible human. EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: In chapter 2, Paul talked about the Gentile Christians in Ephesus. Great as the power of God in human life assuredly is, it works in those who are "in Christ," being particularly their endowment. Ephesians 4:3, ESV: "eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." 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. In the Greek text, all of verses 3-14 form a single sentence, with clause after clause describing the ways in which God has blessed us and the implications of these blessings for … Ephesians 2:11-13 My Position in Christ As a Gentile. created all things by Jesus Christ--God's creation of the world and all things therein is the foundation of the rest of the "economy," which is freely dispensed according to the universal power of God [BENGEL]. This uncertainty poses a problem, then, concerning what was intended when Paul wrote, "When ye read. Ephesians Chapter T hree Commentary by Ron Beckham. In the final imprisonment which came some years later, Paul is thought to have been kept in a dungeon. by--Greek, "through"; "by means of His Spirit." a. Ephesians 2:1-3 How we Were ’Before’ Salvation. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. Justification as accomplished, not by sinner's faith, but by the perfect faith and obedience of the Son of God is a subject that has been treated somewhat in depth in the commentaries on Romans and also in Galatians, to which reference is made for those wishing to pursue the subject further. Ephesians » ... (Eph 3:20) Previous commentary: Also the noble purposes answered by it. 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. 4. understand my knowledge--"perceive my understanding" [ALFORD], or "intelligence." ... several families? 14. 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. 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." find with this! Amen. 4, 5, sermon vi.—ephesians i. 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. for you Gentiles." Thus Paul prays that Christians will be able to fully comprehend the breadth, length, height, and depth, and by doing so will come to know the love of Christ. 5. in other ages--Greek, "generations." EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: In chapter 2, Paul talked about the Gentile Christians in Ephesus. I. In fact, this blessing provides the structure for the entirety of the passage. 21. It is a mistake to render this "the very least of all saints,"[19] for it was clearly Paul's intention here to invent a word for pressing his utter rejection of any personal glory regarding the wonderful grace given. Jesus, it will be remembered, asked the lawyer, "How readest thou?" In Ephesians 3:2,7 and Ephesians 3:8, Paul stressed the grace, that is the divine favor, bestowed upon him by the Father through Christ. 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. The "breadth" implies Christ's world-wide love, embracing all men: the "length," its being extended through all ages ( Ephesians 3:21 ); the "depth," its profound wisdom which no creature can fathom ( Romans 11:33 ); the "height," its being beyond the reach of any foe to deprive us of ( Ephesians 4:8 ) [BENGEL]. Ephesians 2:4-10 How He Works in Us ’After’ Salvation. as--The mystery of the call of the Gentiles (of which Paul speaks here) was not unknown to the Old Testament prophets ( Isaiah 56:6 Isaiah 56:7 , 49:6 ). Ephesians 3:3-4. It is the brotherhood of man "in Christ" that brings peace and amity. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. There are many rich, helpful comments on the husband-wife relationship in Ephesians 5:21–33. the mystery of Christ--The "mystery" is Christ Himself, once hidden, but now revealed ( Colossians 1:27 ). . Ephesians 3 - Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible . See under Galatians 2:16, in this volume. If so be that ye have heard of the dispensation of that grace of God which was given me to you-ward. [26], A. T. Robertson understood the reference as to "evil powers or fallen angels, exclusively.[27]. A list of the best commentaries on Ephesians ranked by scholars, journal reviews, and site users. VI, p. 447. 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. length . [6] George E. Harper, A New Testament Commentary, Ephesians (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1969), p. 464. "All" (compare Colossians 1:28 ). Ephesians 3 Commentary, this commentary, filling six volumes, provides an exhaustive look at every verse in the Bible. Thrice here he calls it a grace given to him. 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" Commentaries on Ephesians. In the light of these facts which cannot be denied, how naturally, Paul should have included the clause, "when ye read.". That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that ye, being rooted and grounded in love. 6. May be able--even still further. Let us expect more, and ask for more, encouraged by what Christ has already done for our souls, being assured that the conversion of sinners, and the comfort of believers, will be to his glory, for ever and ever. "The context requires the sense of `whole family'. Bruce has a perceptive comment thus: [15] F. F. Bruce, The Epistles to the Ephesians (Old Tappan, New Jersey: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1961), p. 61. Marvelous as the Christian revelation surely is, there is no ground for people assuming conceitedly that they "know all about it.". As Bruce said, "No disciple of Paul's would have dreamed of giving the apostle so low a place";[20] furthermore, it is obvious to any thoughtful person that "no Christian who ever lived" would have given Paul so low a place! by faith--Greek, "through faith," which opens the door of the heart to Jesus ( John 3:20 ). B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1963), p. 93. Paul was both an apostle and a prophet; but Paul did not here preempt the title "holy" unto himself; but there was no honorable way in which he could have denied it to that sacred group to which he himself surely belonged. Translate, "That the Gentiles are," &c. "and fellow members of the same body, and fellow partakers of the (so the oldest manuscripts read, not 'HIS') promise, in Christ Jesus (added in the oldest manuscripts), through the Gospel." 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The former was vouchsafed only to the prophets, in order that they might make known the truth so revealed to men in general. How that by revelation was made known unto me the mystery, as I wrote before in few words, whereby, when ye read, ye can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ. in God--"hidden in" His counsels ( Ephesians 1:9 ). 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. X. Ephesians 4:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ephesians 4:3, NIV: "Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." [7] James Macknight, Apostolical Epistles with Commentary, Ephesians (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1969), p. 286. Commentary on Ephesians 3:20,21. . Still the foundation of all sonship is in Jesus Christ. 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. "Usually precious things are rare, their rarity increasing their value; but here that which is most precious is boundless? This has the meaning of "that is to say," or "namely." How does Paul describe his present situation in Ephesians 3:1 (printed below?) 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. 3 sermon iii.—ephesians i. 16. according to--that is in abundance consonant to the riches of His glory; not "according to" the narrowness of our hearts. 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." Christians are priests unto God in Christ Jesus who is the "one mediator"; and no other mediators are needed. Such variety of opinions suggests that the true interpretation might lie in a different direction altogether. is--Greek, "has been given." Ephesians 3, William Barclay's Daily Study Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, as set of 17 volumes on the New Testament, the result of Barclay's dedicated work Colossians 1:11 , "Strengthened with all might according to His glorious power." "Less than the least" is similar to "more than the most" or "higher than the highest," etc. Of all the things mentioned as the possible object of these words, people are unable to know the infinite dimensions of them; but Christ in our hearts can help us to understand how infinitely above people are the things of God. To be named, and to be, are one with God. Feb 9 - Errors of the Invitation System or Alter Call . The thought will be resumed in these same words in Ephesians 3:14. ... are the Jews a family? As subsidiary to this, and the most essential part of it, he adds, "and to know the love of Christ" ( Ephesians 3:19 ). That--So that. Dec 28 - The Christian Life - A Summary . 3:1-13 God has made his secret known. More Ephesians commentaries. . Eternity is conceived as consisting of "ages" (these again consisting of "generations") endlessly succeeding one another. 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. In fact, this blessing provides the structure for the entirety of the passage. This passage of Ephesians 3:14-21 refers totwo important stages in reaching such heights of love. 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. Comments like that cited above tell us far more about critics than they do of the authorship of Ephesians, thus: (1) Such comment shows that the critics approve of such deceptions, enabling them to speak in glowing terms of the true fidelity and devotion of such alleged deceivers. Even as God's power exceeds our thoughts ( Ephesians 3:20 ). Over the main portal of the Central Church of Christ in Houston were engraved these words: This is perpetually God's will. [26] William Hendriksen, op. Ephesians. And to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye may be filled with all the fullness of God. 11. which he purposed--Greek, "made." In Ephesians 3:9, as already noted, Paul gave the purpose of gospel preaching to be that of making "all men see." "[32] John Wesley's unique thought on this is quite interesting. the dispensation--"The office of dispensing, as a steward, the grace of God which was (not 'is') given me to you-ward," namely, to dispense to you. It was precisely that Gentile thing which formed so important an element of the Great Mystery that dominated the rest of this parenthesis. The word, above, occurs thrice as often in Paul's writings, as in all the rest of the New Testament, showing the warm exuberance of Paul's spirit. See in my Commentary on Romans, Romans 3:22ff. He compared a superlative, which is illegal grammatically (! The Greek New Testament says no such thing. Surely, there is a love here that approaches that of the dear Saviour himself. See Ephesians 3:13 (printed below) Therefore, I ask you not to be discouraged because of my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory. 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, . You can find the best commentary on Ephesians for … (Bruce) Ephesians 4:7-16 Gifts From The Risen Messiah. NO, but by reason of the perfect faith and obedience of Christ, and in the meaningful sense, actually Christ, as being a part of his spiritual body. Eph 3:1-13. 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). Both Matthew and Mark gave that quotation, because, in all likelihood, the admonition to Christians was constantly reiterated from the very first, requiring them to read, study and search the Scriptures daily, etc. "[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. Commentary on the Bible, ... Ephesians Chapter 3. However, the grand apostle's thoughts were not of his own trials and sufferings, but of the intimidation that such sufferings might cause among his converts. I. But Paul’s *preaching affected their tra… Next commentary: And adds a thanksgiving. We may observe that he acquaints them with the tribulations and sufferings which he endured in the discharge of that office, v. 1. Romans 11:33 , "unsearchable" as a mine inexhaustible, whose treasures can never be fully explored ( Ephesians 3:18 Ephesians 3:19 ). For this cause, I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus in behalf of you Gentiles ... (Ephesians 3:1). Hence, angels are but our "fellow servants" ( Revelation 19:10 ). [21] The literal meaning of "unsearchable" is: "trackless, inexplorable, not in the sense that any part is inaccessible, but that the whole is too vast to be mapped out and measured. Here we have the account which Paul gives the Ephesians concerning himself, as he was appointed by God the apostle of the Gentiles. Paul, a prisoner for the testimony of Jesus, declares his knowledge of what had been a mystery from all ages, that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs and of the same body with the Jews, Eph 3:1-6. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Being "in Christ," is the same as being "in the church" - this is another truth that is emphasized in this doxology. 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 B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1950), p. 105. 9. to make all men see--Greek, "to enlighten all" ( Ephesians 1:18 , Psalms 18:28 , Hebrews 6:4 ). now--first: opposed to "hidden from the beginning of the world" ( Ephesians 3:5 ). 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." 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). MacKnight translated this place "Seeing ye have heard ..."[7] Even Beare admitted that it means "Assuming that you have heard ..."[8] Many reputable scholars translate the "if' here as "since," or "inasmuch." For this cause--Resuming the thread of Ephesians 3:1 , "For this cause." 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). 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. 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. AS God created "the whole range of things" (so the Greek), physical and spiritual alike, He must have an absolute right to adjust all things as He will. unto the principalities and--Greek adds "the" powers--unto the various orders of good angels primarily, as these dwell "in the heavenly places" in the highest sense; "known" to their adoring joy ( 1 Timothy 3:16 , 1 Peter 1:12 ). The oldest manuscripts omit "by Jesus Christ.". In behalf of you Gentiles ... Beare denied that this could be "a real mode of address" by Paul;[4] but such an opinion betrays ignorance of what Paul was saying. "[3] To all outward appearance Paul was a prisoner of the Roman government, but that is not the way Paul looked at it, at all. "[41] Perhaps if we were to cite all of these possible meanings and were privileged to ask the apostle which one is correct, he might very well answer, "Why all of them, of course? Resources. ... the Gentiles? 17. In ancient Greek (the language Paul originally wrote in), Ephesians 1:3 through 1:14 form one long sentence. Which in other generations was not made known unto the sons of men, as it hath now been revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit. [30] William Hendriksen, op. 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]. 1. Some radical and irresponsible critics of the New Testament affirm that these words were forged to this epistle by some later author who passed it off as having been written by Paul; but no believer in Christ could possibly have been guilty of such fraud and deception. 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). Compare Ephesians 1:4 , Romans 16:25 , 1 Corinthians 2:7 . 10. "[28] This calls attention to the infinite diversity and sparkling beauty of the wisdom of God. as I wrote afore--namely, in this Epistle ( Ephesians 1:9 Ephesians 1:10 ), the words of which he partly repeats. i. As Foulkes said: Foulkes rejected such a simplistic understanding of the mystery, asking, "Can they not be different aspects of the central revelation? To bear God's name is to belong to God as His own peculiar people ( Numbers 6:27 , Isaiah 43:7 , 44:5 , Romans 9:25 Romans 9:26 ). 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. By revelation ... Paul always emphasized that the wonderful truth he brought to people was from God, not of himself, that it was given to him by Christ, disclaiming any credit whatever as belonging to himself. [13] James Burton Coffman, The Mystery of Redemption (Austin, Texas: Firm Foundation Publishing House, 1976). Latest Additions. As Barclay put it, "The Christian has always a double life and a double address. 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. ); but Paul was above many of the rules so respected by people generally. The gift of "the Spirit" in its fulness was reserved for the New Testament that Christ might thereby be glorified. do not disprove the address of this Epistle to the Ephesians. Ephesians 2:11-13 My Position in Christ As a Gentile. 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. Stephen at his martyrdom (Acts 7:60), Peter when he raised Dorcas (Acts 9:40), Paul on farewell occasions (Acts 20:36; 21:5), and our Lord himself in Gethsemane (Luke 22:41) knelt in prayer. There was a sense in which he could give such incredible wealth to everyone on earth! 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. Beare thought it was "truth. ?" Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. 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). Ephesians 3, F. B. Hole's Old and New Testament Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, with an easy to read style, is invaluable to Christians who seek to understand the Gods' word. 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 ). The dispensation of the mystery ... Paul's many references in the New Testament to the mystery of God, the mystery of the faith, the mystery of Christ, the great mystery, the mystery of godliness, etc., etc., are among the most interesting passages in the New Testament. . No wonder this has been called the boldest prayer ever prayed. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient. "[11] Of course, that is exactly what they are. 20 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. There is no generation, however far in the future, which can be exempt from the imperative here. This is Paul's word for the privilege of approaching God in prayer, of coming boldly to the throne of grace, of possessing the right to petition the Father in one's own person through identity with the Lord Jesus Christ and needing no go-between, mediator, priest or any other person whomsoever as any kind of dispenser of spiritual privilege, or even as an aid in such things. from the beginning of the world--Greek, "from (the beginning of) the ages." We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Ephesians 3 Resources - Multiple Sermons and Commentaries; Ephesians 3:1-7 Grateful for the Gospel - Steven Cole; Ephesians 3:1-4 The Unity of the Body, Part 4 - John MacArthur; A STEWARDSHIP OF GOD'S GRACE. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Ephesians 1:3-14 EXEGESIS: BACKGROUND: While this book begins, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus” (1:1), scholars today are divided regarding both the authorship and the intended recipients. Here we have the account which Paul gives the Ephesians concerning himself, as he was appointed by God the apostle of the Gentiles. which passeth knowledge," implies that when he says "know," he does not mean that we can adequately know; all we know is, that His love exceeds far our knowledge of it, and with even our fresh accessions of knowledge hereafter, will still exceed them. 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) Ephesians 1:1-6 Our Riches in Christ. - 5 Session Conference . The Scriptural definition of "mystery" is apparent here, the mystery being God's plan of redeeming man, once concealed, now revealed. Again reference is made to the comment on this under Galatians 5:23. The writing of this epistle is beyond forgery, imitation, or counterfeiting. etc., etc. Biblical Commentary Ephesians 3:1-12. ELLICOTT translates, "wrought.". The foundation of all sonship is in Jesus Christ.— πᾶσα ) the whole , of angels, of Jews, of other men.— πατριὰ ) family , depending on Him as the [its] Father. However, Blaikie, in Pulpit Commentary, dogmatically declared that there are no constraining reasons for the change. [10] Francis Foulkes, The Epistles of Paul to the Ephesians (Tyndale) (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. 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). View Ephesians . Ephesians 3:1-21 . Commentaries. I. Paul alone could have written this epistle. Solomon knelt in the prayer of dedication for the temple (1 Kings 8:54). Sitemap; About Us; Commentaries; Conditional Immortality; Home; What's New? “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. filled with--rather, as Greek, "filled even unto all the fulness of God" (this is the grand goal), that is, filled, each according to your capacity, with the divine wisdom, knowledge, and love; "even as God is full," and as Christ who dwells in your hearts, hath "all the fulness of the Godhead dwelling in Him bodily" ( Colossians 2:9 ). 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). May be strong to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth. (Ephesians 3:8-10 RSV) There are wonderful intimations here -- that God has had some secret plans at work through the centuries which he has never unfolded to anybody. "[5] Paul's great mission, assigned by Christ who called him to the apostleship, was to "the Gentiles." Yet, it was absolutely necessary that Paul emphasize the world-shaking importance of that truth. 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. 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),"[16] and that there would be no separate organization for either Jews or Gentiles, both being incorporated into the one body, the church. (3-6) The work of God the Father. It follows that this commentary, like all commentaries, was written by an uninspired, fallible human. EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: In chapter 2, Paul talked about the Gentile Christians in Ephesus. Great as the power of God in human life assuredly is, it works in those who are "in Christ," being particularly their endowment. Ephesians 4:3, ESV: "eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." 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. In the Greek text, all of verses 3-14 form a single sentence, with clause after clause describing the ways in which God has blessed us and the implications of these blessings for … Ephesians 2:11-13 My Position in Christ As a Gentile. created all things by Jesus Christ--God's creation of the world and all things therein is the foundation of the rest of the "economy," which is freely dispensed according to the universal power of God [BENGEL]. This uncertainty poses a problem, then, concerning what was intended when Paul wrote, "When ye read. Ephesians Chapter T hree Commentary by Ron Beckham. In the final imprisonment which came some years later, Paul is thought to have been kept in a dungeon. by--Greek, "through"; "by means of His Spirit." a. Ephesians 2:1-3 How we Were ’Before’ Salvation. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. Justification as accomplished, not by sinner's faith, but by the perfect faith and obedience of the Son of God is a subject that has been treated somewhat in depth in the commentaries on Romans and also in Galatians, to which reference is made for those wishing to pursue the subject further. Ephesians » ... (Eph 3:20) Previous commentary: Also the noble purposes answered by it. 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. 4. understand my knowledge--"perceive my understanding" [ALFORD], or "intelligence." ... several families? 14. 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. 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." find with this! Amen. 4, 5, sermon vi.—ephesians i. 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. for you Gentiles." Thus Paul prays that Christians will be able to fully comprehend the breadth, length, height, and depth, and by doing so will come to know the love of Christ. 5. in other ages--Greek, "generations." EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: In chapter 2, Paul talked about the Gentile Christians in Ephesus. I. In fact, this blessing provides the structure for the entirety of the passage. 21. It is a mistake to render this "the very least of all saints,"[19] for it was clearly Paul's intention here to invent a word for pressing his utter rejection of any personal glory regarding the wonderful grace given. Jesus, it will be remembered, asked the lawyer, "How readest thou?" In Ephesians 3:2,7 and Ephesians 3:8, Paul stressed the grace, that is the divine favor, bestowed upon him by the Father through Christ. 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. The "breadth" implies Christ's world-wide love, embracing all men: the "length," its being extended through all ages ( Ephesians 3:21 ); the "depth," its profound wisdom which no creature can fathom ( Romans 11:33 ); the "height," its being beyond the reach of any foe to deprive us of ( Ephesians 4:8 ) [BENGEL]. Ephesians 2:4-10 How He Works in Us ’After’ Salvation. as--The mystery of the call of the Gentiles (of which Paul speaks here) was not unknown to the Old Testament prophets ( Isaiah 56:6 Isaiah 56:7 , 49:6 ). Ephesians 3:3-4. It is the brotherhood of man "in Christ" that brings peace and amity. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. There are many rich, helpful comments on the husband-wife relationship in Ephesians 5:21–33. the mystery of Christ--The "mystery" is Christ Himself, once hidden, but now revealed ( Colossians 1:27 ). . Ephesians 3 - Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible . See under Galatians 2:16, in this volume. If so be that ye have heard of the dispensation of that grace of God which was given me to you-ward. [26], A. T. Robertson understood the reference as to "evil powers or fallen angels, exclusively.[27]. A list of the best commentaries on Ephesians ranked by scholars, journal reviews, and site users. VI, p. 447. 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. length . [6] George E. Harper, A New Testament Commentary, Ephesians (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1969), p. 464. "All" (compare Colossians 1:28 ). Ephesians 3 Commentary, this commentary, filling six volumes, provides an exhaustive look at every verse in the Bible. Thrice here he calls it a grace given to him. 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" Commentaries on Ephesians. In the light of these facts which cannot be denied, how naturally, Paul should have included the clause, "when ye read.". That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that ye, being rooted and grounded in love. 6. May be able--even still further. Let us expect more, and ask for more, encouraged by what Christ has already done for our souls, being assured that the conversion of sinners, and the comfort of believers, will be to his glory, for ever and ever. "The context requires the sense of `whole family'. Bruce has a perceptive comment thus: [15] F. F. Bruce, The Epistles to the Ephesians (Old Tappan, New Jersey: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1961), p. 61. Marvelous as the Christian revelation surely is, there is no ground for people assuming conceitedly that they "know all about it.". As Bruce said, "No disciple of Paul's would have dreamed of giving the apostle so low a place";[20] furthermore, it is obvious to any thoughtful person that "no Christian who ever lived" would have given Paul so low a place! by faith--Greek, "through faith," which opens the door of the heart to Jesus ( John 3:20 ). B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1963), p. 93. Paul was both an apostle and a prophet; but Paul did not here preempt the title "holy" unto himself; but there was no honorable way in which he could have denied it to that sacred group to which he himself surely belonged. Translate, "That the Gentiles are," &c. "and fellow members of the same body, and fellow partakers of the (so the oldest manuscripts read, not 'HIS') promise, in Christ Jesus (added in the oldest manuscripts), through the Gospel." 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