Here in its brighter glories we see it displayed; and God in that delightful attribute of mercy appears exalted in the highest. But the true glory of the Church of God consists in the fact that she is not only a building, but that she is a habitation. III. Lord! We defy unbelievers to imagine another like Him. 4. The being saved, I say, in this method, is by the grace or mercy of God; not of yourselves, that is, by no contrivance or appointment of your own;—not owing to yourselves; but it is the gift, the free contrivance, and offer of God to you, that ye should be put into this happy state by the gospel:" this is the meaning of the expression,—and that not of yourselves; not, (as it may found in our translation) "and that faith, or believing, is not of yourselves, but entirely, the gift of God;" (for the word that, in the Greek, is of the neuter gender, and so cannot easily be supposed to relate to the word faith going before it:) but, "that or this whole matter,—this your being saved by faith, this being called into a state of salvation by the gospel, is not of yourselves, but the gift, the favour, the offer of God, previous to all design and thought of your own." Are (being) builded together ... through (Greek, 'in') the Spirit - answering to "in the Lord" (Ephesians 2:21). I believe he has the Jewish temple continually in view; for that temple, above all in the universe, could alone be said to be a habitation of God. “Do you know that ours is built upon St. Peter?” “The Church that is built upon a man,” he replied, “is the devil’s Church, and not God’s.”… At the place of execution he exhorted with such unction, that the sheriff’s clerk exclaimed, “Truly this is a servant of God!” Two persons, going up to the martyr, exclaimed in a threatening voice, “Say, ‘Precor sanctam Mariam et omnes sanctos Dei.’” “I know no other advocate but Jesus Christ,” replied Bennet. Formerly he dwelt in the temple. In vain are all pretensions among sects and parties to the privileges of the Church of Christ, if they have not the doctrine and life of Christ. We may be thrown into a dungeon, but communion with God may be maintained there. 3. Ephesians 1:13. Ephesians 2:22 says we are a … “He loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Because of this, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself is the object of our faith. 6. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". With Jesus Christ Himself we begin by saying, first, that Jesus Himself is the essence of His own work, and, therefore, how readily we ought to trust Him. "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". 5. Lastly, He is the Lord of our soul. See John 14:16; John 14:23. They have a nature prone to evil; and that nature will develope itself in evil for ever, unless it is changed - just as the young thornbush will be a thorn-bush, and will put forth thorns and not roses; and the Bohon Upas will be a Bohon Upas, and not an olive or an orange; and as the lion will be a lion, and the panther a panther, and not a lamb, a kid, or a gazelle. III. Jesus Himself is the soul of His own salvation. BibliographyPett, Peter. Jesus Christ--the Divine Being in whom both dispensations are united. 2. The objections of Harless to the instrumental rendering of ἐν are not valid; for (a) the circumstance that ἐν πνεύματι was placed only at the end not only very naturally resulted from the parallelism with Ephesians 2:21, seeing that in Ephesians 2:21 there is not contained an element corresponding to the ἐν πνεύματι, and consequently this new element is most naturally appended at the end, but the position at the close imparts also to the ἐν πνεύμ. In marked contrast with sojourners, Ephesians 2:19. What is true of them separately is also true of them collectively-they are the residence of God in the Spirit. Through the Spirit. II. Can we look back, and remember, how the prince of the power of the air, once wrought in our mind, as he doth now, in the children of disobedience ? (Ephesians 4:11, etc.). (A. P. Perceval, B. C. L.), The growth of the body, on Christ’s part, is spontaneous, and on man’s, consentaneous. We love His offices, we love the types which describe Him, we love the ordinances by which He is set forth, but we love Himself best of all. Nothing so ancient, since the patriarchs and prophets labored in building it. Our home is the place of our solace, our comfort, and our rest. Go to. His nature, character, mind, spirit, object, power, we must know--in a word, we must know Jesus Himself. We are not saved through faith, or by believing in Christ, unless we be influenced by it; For faith is requisite to holiness and practice; and without holiness no man can see the Lord. 2. Could any but God do that? Indicating a permanent dwelling. habitation. It is not a foot in Corinth, an arm in Ephesus, an eye in Philippi, an ear in Antioch. 2. Compare these privileges with Ephesians 2:11. https: The Father dwells in the Spirit in that temple of which the Son is the chief corner-stone. Peter and others are builders: Christ alone is the foundation. https: The time needed to carry on the work requires a perpetual agency. You have not to take down innumerable tomes, nor to pore over mysterious sentences of double meaning in order to know what our great Teacher has revealed, you have but to turn and gaze upon His countenance, behold His actions, and note His spirit, and you know His teaching. 2. also Hofmann, who, however, likewise connects ἐν πν. What is “prophetic truth”? That which the material Temple could only symbolize the Church provides in spirit and reality (cf. Their plans, their lives, their conversation, would not be different if they had the assurance that there was no God. 4. Had he cut us off, where had been our abode? This Emperor of ours may indeed say, that He found the city of brick and made it marble. She waited patiently, and when there remained only one quarter of an hour more, she exclaimed: “One more quarter of an hour, and then.” She could not say what, and neither can I only Jesus Himself hath said, “Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory.” And as He has prayed, so it shall be, and so let it be. 2nd, With exultation and wonder should we contemplate the astonishing mystery of redeeming love. The words ἐν πνεύματι, at the end of the verse, are variously explained. Because we love Himself we delight to render service to Him. In a world like this, to be without hope! (See the supplementary notes, Romans 8:7; Galatians 5:17, note. Cf. τοῦ θεοῦ, but with συνοίκοδο΄εῖσθε εἰς κατοικ. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Greek Scripture. Subject to trial; exposed to death; and yet destitute of any well-founded prospect of happiness beyond the tomb! No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording or otherwise without the prior permission of the author, except as provided by U.S.A. copyright laws. (1) it produces peace in the heart of the individual, reconciling him to God. It is a foundation cornerstone, reaching under the whole building to the four corners (1 Corinthians 3:11). BibliographyBarnes, Albert. Only then will the world believe in Christ as Peacemaker. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". Other persons, however, imagine that the allusion here made is not to the temple of Diana, but to that more sacred fabric erected by Solomon upon Mount Zion. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:22". This access is the only one which the Christian religion knows any thing of; for we cannot come to God but by his Holy Spirit, and through his Son, and this is what no other religion does or can pretend to. 12. “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets.”. This site is a proud member of the Salem Web Network, a subsidiary of Salem Media Group. For the first two years they did not seem to have grown much, but when we compared the first with those of the age of seventeen they seemed to have grown amazingly. These are the uses which should be made of the past: (1) It should make us humble. He identified the Christian Church as a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, which are acceptable to God through our Saviour Jesus Christ. Truth is a Person--“I am the Truth.” The foundation, therefore, is the truth concerning Jesus Christ believed, loved, and lived. "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". The perfection of the building. The building will rise and it will be equal to the basis. The building of Surrey Chapel was going on simultaneously with that of the theatre. As to our rule for life, we are like the disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration when Moses and Elias had vanished, for we see “no man save Jesus only.” Every virtue found in other men we find in Him in greater perfection; we admire the grace of God in them, but Jesus Himself is our pattern.