Ephesians 2:14-18 We Are One Body in Christ. Eph 3:1-13. Biblical Commentary Ephesians 3:1-12. The Trinity is thus alluded to, as often elsewhere in this Epistle ( Ephesians 2:19 Ephesians 2:20 Ephesians 2:22 ). Greek: Toutou charin ego Paulos o desmios tou Ch ristou huper humon ton ethnon. 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.  William Barclay, The Letters to the Galatians and the Ephesians (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1954), p. 140. “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.  See discussion of "Perfection of Christians" under Ephesians 1:4. of Man cannot understand aright its single acts till he can survey them as a connected whole ( 1 Corinthians 13:12 ). 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. 14. The blessings of salvation in Christ are extravagantly above all human ability to evaluate them. The phrase, “in Christ Jesus,” refers to our being in union with him, or being associated with him (see commentary on Ephesians 1:3). 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. See under Galatians 2:16, in this volume. Paul seems to treat them as prayer goals. Verses 20 to 21 are an attribution of praise, a doxology.This doxology is suitable for the conclusion of the first major argument of Ephesians. not made known--He does not say, "has not been revealed." as I wrote afore--namely, in this Epistle ( Ephesians 1:9 Ephesians 1:10 ), the words of which he partly repeats. 1:3-14 *Praise for all the *blessings of God . For this cause, I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus in behalf of you Gentiles ... (Ephesians 3:1). I. "How many families? VII (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1958), p. 35. The second step is to experience this love of God. The "ages" are the vast successive periods of time, marked by successive stages of creation and orders of beings. 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. ALFORD quotes as an instance, Romans 8:38 , &c. "THE access" (Greek) implies the formal introduction into the presence of a monarch. 1. of Jesus Christ--Greek, "Christ Jesus." The oldest manuscripts omit "by Jesus Christ.". How noble was that soul which lived in such a climate of personal loyalty and devotion to the Lord! It is a mistake to render this "the very least of all saints," 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. In fact, this blessing provides the structure for the entirety of the passage. 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. This universal idea of the "kingdom" of God as one divine community, is presented to us in the Lord's Prayer. "God does not owe it to anyone to explain why for a long time the mystery was concealed. Ephesians 1:1-6 Our Riches in Christ. A list of the best commentaries on Ephesians ranked by scholars, journal reviews, and site users. 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. 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. cit., p. 167. Ἐξ οὗ ) of Whom , viz. The office is the prominent thought in the latter arrangement; the person, in the former.  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. do not disprove the address of this Epistle to the Ephesians. Translate, "our boldness and our access ( Ephesians 2:18 ) in confidence through our faith in Him." We may observe that he acquaints them with the tribulations and sufferings which he endured in the discharge of that office, v. 1. Such a view, however, is due to overlooking the true meaning of the word "if" as used here and in many other New Testament passages. May be able--even still further. The writing of this epistle is beyond forgery, imitation, or counterfeiting. About this commentary: Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible is available in the Public Domain. In whom we have ( our) boldness and ( our) access with confidence. ?" 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. Theodoret says well- 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. 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. If people do not believe God's word, let them say so; but may they also have the courage to spare us who believe it the kind of result to human intelligence inherent in a proposition like that quoted above. But the idea that "the holy angels are bound up in spiritual families or compaternities," is nowhere else in Scripture referred to. The Jewish-Arab conflict is a prime example of the brotherhood of man apart from Jesus Christ. 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" Ephesians 3. depth . We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. 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. 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. That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that ye, being rooted and grounded in love. The fact of the gospel's promulgation upon earth being, in some manner, for the purpose of "making known" to "principalities and powers in the heavenly places" God's manifold wisdom has not been satisfactorily explained; at least, this student of the Scriptures has not seen any satisfactory explanation of it. This wasabout 61 years after the birth of Christ. 4, 5, sermon vi.—ephesians i. MacKnight: They are the different orders of the angels in heaven. 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. 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." Verse 1. It follows that this commentary, like all commentaries, was written by an uninspired, fallible human. 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 ). 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." 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 )." Paul here prayed for the Christians to whom he wrote that they might be filled with "all the fullness of God." 9. to make all men see--Greek, "to enlighten all" ( Ephesians 1:18 , Psalms 18:28 , Hebrews 6:4 ). "Usually precious things are rare, their rarity increasing their value; but here that which is most precious is boundless? Ephesians » Chapter 3 » exegesis. 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. " Paul's great mission, assigned by Christ who called him to the apostleship, was to "the Gentiles." by faith--Greek, "through faith," which opens the door of the heart to Jesus ( John 3:20 ). " Since wisdom has no literal color, it is clear that Paul was speaking figuratively in this passage.  William Hendriksen, op. 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 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 Scriptural definition of "mystery" is apparent here, the mystery being God's plan of redeeming man, once concealed, now revealed. Ephesians 3:1-21 . 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. (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. 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