This wasabout 61 years after the birth of Christ. Ephesians 1:1-6 Our Riches in Christ. Eph 3:1-13. But the idea that "the holy angels are bound up in spiritual families or compaternities," is nowhere else in Scripture referred to. 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. "The apostle of the Gentiles enlarged upon the greatness of his special mission. [9] William Hendriksen, New Testament Commentary, Ephesians (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1967), p. 151ff. 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. The Church is part of the grand family, or kingdom, which comprehends, besides men, the higher spiritual world, where the archetype, to the realization of which redeemed man is now tending, is already realized. It is proper always to end prayers with praises. About this commentary: Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible is available in the Public Domain. Christ dwelling in Christian hearts is one and the same thing as the Spirit's dwelling in them. The inward man ... Clarke's definition of the "inward man" is as good as any. I. 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. Contrast Matthew 13:6 Matthew 13:21 . - 5 Session Conference . 2. That is, none except the holy apostle himself who wrote the epistle. (3) It raises the question of how much "legitimate fraud" the critics themselves have perpetrated in their devious efforts to cast reflection and discredit upon the New Testament. 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. 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 GROTIUS understands depth and height of God's goodness raising us from the lowest depression to the greatest height. Eph 3:1-13. 4. understand my knowledge--"perceive my understanding" [ALFORD], or "intelligence." The gospel of Christ is often called a ‘mystery’ (Ephesians 1:9; Ephesians 5:32; Ephesians 6:19; Colossians 1:25-27). The gift of "the Spirit" in its fulness was reserved for the New Testament that Christ might thereby be glorified. Listen to Pastor Robert Furrow as he continues his Commentary on Ephesians picking up today in chapter 3, verse 14. 1, 2 sermon ii.—ephesians i. 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. 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. According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord. We shall take a look at some of the teachings people have allegedly found in this verse: John Locke: The governments and powers in the heavenly places are the Jewish religious leaders. Solomon knelt in the prayer of dedication for the temple (1 Kings 8:54). Not the name of any saint, nor the use of any religious device, nor the requirement of any human creed can circumvent or countermand this fundamental right of the redeemed in Christ, who without any qualification whatever have "access with boldness" unto God "in Christ Jesus." If so be that ye have heard ... From this, it is falsely alleged that this letter could not have been addressed to the Ephesians, since they had most certainly heard of the mystery Paul was about to emphasize. [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. least of all saints--not merely "of all apostles" ( 1 Corinthians 15:9 1 Corinthians 15:10 ). Beginning in Ephesians 3:2 Paul begins a new sentence which does not end until verse 7. Ephesians 2:14-18 We Are One Body in Christ. 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). 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. Ephesians. Ephesians 3. 15. the whole family--ALFORD, MIDDLETON, and others translate, "every family": alluding to the several families in heaven and in earth supposed to exist [THEOPHYLACT, Æcumenius, in SUICER, 2.633], the apostle thus being supposed to imply that God, in His relation of Father to us His adopted children, is the great prototype of the paternal relation wherever found. 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. For this cause--Resuming the thread of Ephesians 3:1 , "For this cause." I bow my knees ... Paul had begun to finish this prayer back in Ephesians 3:1, but he interrupted it for the magnificent digression regarding the great mystery in Christ; now he repeated the words, "For this cause," and completed the marvelous prayer. Ephesians 3:7-13 Mystery of God’s Grace. 3. he made known--The oldest manuscripts read, "That by revelation was the mystery (namely, of the admission of the Gentiles, Ephesians 3:6 , 1:9 ) made known unto me ( Galatians 1:12 )." HIS APOSTOLIC OFFICE TO MAKE KNOWN THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST REVEALED BY THE SPIRIT: PRAYER THAT BY THE SAME SPIRIT THEY MAY COMPREHEND THE VAST LOVE OF CHRIST: DOXOLOGY ENDING THIS DIVISION OF THE EPISTLE. "[44] As Paul concluded the prayer, it never occurred to him that in asking God to make the Christians as perfect as God himself he had exceeded, in his request, the ability of God to grant it; on the other hand, he was convinced that God could do far more than any mortal might ask. You can find the best commentary on Ephesians for … 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 mystery of Christ--The "mystery" is Christ Himself, once hidden, but now revealed ( Colossians 1:27 ). 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). 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. Of his devout and affectionate prayer to God for the Ephesians . "[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." This list of commentaries is intended to help the reader understand and apply Paul’s message in the book of Ephesians. He wrote it to people in the town called Ephesus. Dec 28 - The Christian Life - A Summary . 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. There is no occasion, with Hunnius, Marloratus, Chrysostom, and Calvin, to make the reference in the verb to some earlier epistle. The paradox "to know . "Love," the first-fruit of the Spirit, flowing from Christ's love realized in the soul, was to be the basis on which should rest their further comprehension of all the vastness of Christ's love. EXEGETICAL STUDY OF EPHESIANS 3:14-21 by Mykola Leliovskyi Submitted to Dr. Myron C. Kauk in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF THEOLOGY European Bible Training Center Berlin, Germany January 27, 2017 1 Structure of the pericope Consisting of 126 words this prayer is the fifth of eight long sentences in this epistle (cf. I. A. Hort who believed that it means, "in a semi-technical sense, the reading of the Holy Scriptures. As an opera has an overture, setting the tone for all the melodies that will follow, so Ephesians 1:3-14 sets the tone for the rest of Ephesians. This is the grand climax of a prayer which reaches the most exalted heights. 10. is--Greek, "has been given." Ephesians 2:4-10 How He Works in Us ’After’ Salvation. 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. 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." The business people soldmodels of Diana’s *temple there. It is important to keep this in mind in the study of the next verse. Ephesians 3 Commentary, this commentary, filling six volumes, provides an exhaustive look at every verse in the Bible. 8. am--Not merely was I in times past, but I still am the least worthy of so high an office (compare 1 Timothy 1:15 , end). 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. 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. There are exegetical commentaries, scholarly and technical commentaries, as well as commentaries that are easy to understand. Thrice here he calls it a grace given to him. Romans 11:33 , "unsearchable" as a mine inexhaustible, whose treasures can never be fully explored ( Ephesians 3:18 Ephesians 3:19 ). "[28] This calls attention to the infinite diversity and sparkling beauty of the wisdom of God. Hence, angels are but our "fellow servants" ( Revelation 19:10 ). 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 rigors of a Roman prison, though somewhat tempered in Paul's case, were nevertheless extremely galling, the very fact of being chained twenty-four hours a day to a Roman sentry was itself a terrible punishment. Again reference is made to the comment on this under Galatians 5:23. See under Galatians 2:16, in this volume. No pretense of being able to explain such things is affected by this writer. might be known--Translate, "may be known." The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians Commentary by A. R. FAUSSET CHAPTER 3 Eph 3:1-21. 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. Whereof--"of which" Gospel. The power that worketh in us ... Paul did not undervalue the divine nature of the power of God in human life, the same being the most remarkably powerful influence that people can know. 1. of Jesus Christ--Greek, "Christ Jesus." It could be done (indeed was done, they say) "legitimately"! In the light of these facts which cannot be denied, how naturally, Paul should have included the clause, "when ye read.". 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! It is not enough that He be on the tongue, or flit through the brain: the heart is His proper seat [CALVIN]. 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. This was why Paul so appreciated and honored the office which God gave him, that of the apostleship. length . More Ephesians commentaries. “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. "[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 *temple of thegoddess (female god) Diana (or Artemis) was there. The Jewish-Arab conflict is a prime example of the brotherhood of man apart from Jesus Christ. 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. Resources Commentaries. The thought will be resumed in these same words in Ephesians 3:14. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient. This thought of the origin of his imprisonment ended with Paul's being freed for a while. [32] William Hendriksen, op. 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. The office is the prominent thought in the latter arrangement; … 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. May be strong to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth. ... are the Jews a family? Ephesians 2:14-18 We Are One Body in Christ. height--namely, the full dimensions of the spiritual temple, answering to "the fulness of God" ( Ephesians 3:19 ), to which the Church, according to its capacity, ought to correspond (compare Ephesians 4:10 Ephesians 4:13 ) as to "the fulness of Christ." 1:15-23 Paul’s first prayer. breadth . 11. which he purposed--Greek, "made." 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. [34] Adam Clarke, Commentary on the Holy Bible (London: Carlton and Porter, 1829), Vol. May be able--even still further. ); but Paul was above many of the rules so respected by people generally. Eternity is conceived as consisting of "ages" (these again consisting of "generations") endlessly succeeding one another. Bible Gateway Recommends. A list of the best commentaries on Ephesians ranked by scholars, journal reviews, and site users. . 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. Feb 9 - Errors of the Invitation System or Alter Call . Ephesians 1:15-23 Prayer For Knowledge And Power. [40] 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. Beare thought it was "truth. [36] Lipscomb believed it was the love of Christ;[37] Adam Clarke considered it to be the "church of God";[38] MacKnight saw in this a comparison of the church with the dimensions of the temple of Diana;[39] the early "church fathers referred these words to the cross. bow my knees--the proper attitude in humble prayer. 1:3-14 *Praise for all the *blessings of God . He appeals to their and his experience. William Hendriksen devoted a number of pages to a thorough study of this.[9]. Amplified: FOR THIS reason [because I preached that you are thus built up together], I, Paul, [am] the prisoner of Jesus the Christ for the sake and on behalf of you Gentiles— (Amplified Bible - Lockman) 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. 2:11-22 *Jews and *Gentiles are united in Christ. HIS APOSTOLIC OFFICE TO MAKE KNOWN THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST REVEALED BY THE SPIRIT: PRAYER THAT BY THE SAME SPIRIT THEY MAY COMPREHEND THE VAST LOVE OF CHRIST: DOXOLOGY ENDING THIS DIVISION OF THE EPISTLE. Christians are priests unto God in Christ Jesus who is the "one mediator"; and no other mediators are needed. "God does not owe it to anyone to explain why for a long time the mystery was concealed. In fact, this blessing provides the structure for the entirety of the passage. To be named, and to be, are one with God. For this reason, I, … It follows that this commentary, like all commentaries, was written by an uninspired, fallible human. 16. according to--that is in abundance consonant to the riches of His glory; not "according to" the narrowness of our hearts. 18. By sin men were estranged, not only from God, but from that higher spiritual world in which the kingdom of God is already realized. 12. 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. by faith--Greek, "through faith," which opens the door of the heart to Jesus ( John 3:20 ). And to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye may be filled with all the fullness of God. "[22] Paul's thought in this connection was that such unsearchable riches were to be provided for all mankind through his preaching. Discussion QuestionsVerse one starts with the phrase, “For this reason I, Paul…” What is the ending of this sentence? Being "in Christ," is the same as being "in the church" - this is another truth that is emphasized in this doxology. See in my Commentary on Romans, Romans 3:22ff. Ephesians 3:18 reads, “I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth.” One might rightly ask here, “Breadth, length, height, and depth of what?” Ephesians has been called the Queen of the Epistles, the quintessence of Paulinism, the divinest composition of man and even the Waterloo of commentators. 3 sermon iv.—ephesians i. 7. [7] James Macknight, Apostolical Epistles with Commentary, Ephesians (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1969), p. 286. "[12] This writer has published The Mystery of Redemption[13] containing a full discussion of this subject. In whom we have ( our) boldness and ( our) access with confidence. "Less than the least" is similar to "more than the most" or "higher than the highest," etc. EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: In chapter 2, Paul talked about the Gentile Christians in Ephesus. "[32] John Wesley's unique thought on this is quite interesting. 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. Read Introduction to Ephesians . 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 … It was even concealed from the holy prophets of the Old Testament who were given revelations in words which they did not fully understand concerning this very mystery (1 Peter 1:10-12). Marvelous as the Christian revelation surely is, there is no ground for people assuming conceitedly that they "know all about it.". The volume on 6:10–20 is quite instructive on being a good soldier and warring a good warfare. of 1. Over the main portal of the Central Church of Christ in Houston were engraved these words: This is perpetually God's will. Next commentary: And adds a thanksgiving. ALFORD quotes as an instance, Romans 8:38 , &c. "THE access" (Greek) implies the formal introduction into the presence of a monarch. according to the power--the indwelling Spirit ( Romans 8:26 ). Translate, "Unto Him be the glory (that is, the whole glory of the gracious dispensation of salvation just spoken of) in the Church (as the theater for the manifestation of the glory, Ephesians 3:10 ) in Christ Jesus (as in Him all the glory centers, Zechariah 6:13 ) to all the generations of eternal ages," literally, "of the age of the ages." 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