8To me, the very least of all saints (hagios), was this grace given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9and to make all men see what is the administration (oikonomia) of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things through Jesus Christ; “of which I was made a servant” (diakanos) (v. 7a). His grace which was bestowed on me was not futile, but I worked more than all of them; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10). 3. Not a prisoner for crime or debt, or as a captive in war, but a captive in the service of the Redeemer. This first verse is the beginning of a sentence which is virtually resumed and continued at verse Ephesians 3:14, the intermediate verses being an expansion of the idea contained in the words, "for you Gentiles.". BibliographyCoke, Thomas.  William Barclay, The Letters to the Galatians and the Ephesians (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1954), p. 140. (Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 2002), O’Brien, Peter T., The Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Letters to the Ephesians (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1999), Perkins, Pheme, Abingdon New Testament Commentary: Ephesians (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1997), Perkins, Pheme, The New Interpreter’s Bible: 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Vol. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. Of Jesus Christ - Greek, 'Christ Jesus' (Philem 13): the office is thus prominent; the person in the English version. Marginal people often seek church offices to gain the kind of prominence that they have been denied elsewhere. “to the intent that now through the assembly (ekklesia—church) the manifold wisdom of God might be made known to the principalities (arche—rulers) and the powers (exousiais—authorities) in the heavenly places” (epouranios) (v. 10). Some scholars have suggested that the word holy modifies only apostles and not prophets. "Because of the truth that God had already decided to adopt the Gentiles as children (Ephesians 1:5), I am the prisoner of Christ Jesus for your sake." "The Bible Study New Testament". For the idea with which the paragraph closes is that his afflictions were their glory (Ephesians 3:13). A prisoner at Rome when this was written, on account of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Because God brought Gentiles into the kingdom, Paul became a prisoner on their behalf. He had a vital ministry, but he couldn’t claim that it was by dint of his intellect or wisdom or religious fervor or anything else that he could have brought to the table. It called forth within him a larger sense of spiritual life and power (verse 7; cf. 1.For this cause. So Tyndale renders it, “For this cause I, Paul, the servant of Jesus, am in bonds.” So also Locke, Rosenmuller, Doddridge, Whitby, Koppe, and others understand it. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/ephesians-3.html. You can imagine good things that are beyond your ability to name – God can do above that. 1878. "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". God’s faithful servants are subject to persecution. Wherefore I beg that ye faint not at my tribulations for you. III. ; Philippians 2:17 f.). This is God's work and I don't want anyone to profit from it in a material way. . Now he adds that we can go to the Father with boldness (parresia) and confidence (pepoithesis). The pains of ministers with and for the Lord’s people are so far from being at an end when people are brought to Christ and built upon Him by faith, that even their being brought this length doth lay a new tie upon their ministers, both to deal with God on their behalf, and to labour with themselves so much the more earnestly, that, not only they do not lose those things which are already wrought (2 John 1:8), but also they may make progress answerable unto their fair beginnings; lest otherwise they mar their own comfort (Psalms 51:12), make the name of God to be evil spoken of (2 Samuel 12:14). Copyright StatementThe Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. How noble was that soul which lived in such a climate of personal loyalty and devotion to the Lord! Ephesians 3:13, Ephesians 6:20; Colossians 1:24. But here, starting at this point from the word Gentiles, Paul first states the call of the Gentiles, Ephesians 3:2-6; next, his own divine commission as their apostle, 7-9; and last, what the mission imports, 10-12. Their self-serving leadership can be devastating. Of Christ Jesus ( τοῦ Χριστοῦ Ἱησοῦ ). Ephesians 3:1. That, however, was a gesture to civil authority, which is needed to avoid chaos. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. i. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Paul outlined the nature of these “unspeakable riches” in the introduction to this letter.