3:16 That he would grant you, according to the f riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the g inner man; (f) According to the greatness of his mercy. But see on Ephesians 3:10. The first creation, when God made all things out of nothing, and the new creation, whereby sinners are made new creatures by converting grace, are of God by Jesus Christ. All the gracious offers of the gospel, and the joyful tidings it contains, come from the rich grace of God; it is the great means by which the Spirit works grace in the souls of men. The reference is not merely to the last statement or illustration, but to the whole view of the purpose of God toward the Gentiles unfolded in Ephesians it. 3:11 According to the d eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: (d) Which was before all things. The apostle seems to be more anxious lest the believers should be discouraged and faint upon his tribulations, than for what he himself had to bear. Those who receive grace for grace from Christ's fulness, may be said to be filled with the fulness of God. We should desire that good affections may be fixed in us. “Unus Deus omnes populos condidit, sic etiam nunc omnes ad se vocat,” Beza. The mystery, is that secret, hidden purpose of salvation through Christ. 3:14 3 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (3) He teaches by his own example that the efficacy of the doctrine depends upon the grace of God, and therefore we ought to join prayers with the preaching and hearing of the word. (c) God always had only one way to save men by: but it had various shapes and forms. (g) See ( Romans 7:22 ). Bibliography InformationHenry, Matthew. - For this cause. 3:20 4 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, (4) He breaks forth into a thanksgiving, by which the Ephesians also may be strengthened and encouraged to hope for anything from God. 3:5 Which in b other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; (b) He does not mean that no one knew of the calling of the Gentiles before, but because very few knew of it. Proud member Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Λ., Ephesians 3:10. And this was to call them everywhere to salvation, because God had so determined this from the beginning, although he deferred a great while the manifestation of his counsel. He asks for spiritual blessings, which are the best blessings. How highly he speaks of Jesus Christ; the unsearchable riches of Christ! This was the great truth made known to the apostle, that God would call the Gentiles to salvation by faith in Christ. "Concise Commentary on Ephesians 3:4". How powerfully the apostle speaks of the love of Christ! Ephesians 3 Commentary, 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 Ephesians 3:8-9. If the law of Christ is written in our hearts, and the love of Christ is shed abroad there, then Christ dwells there. An effectual working of Divine power attends the gifts of Divine grace. He asks for spiritual blessings, which are the best blessings. Salem Media Group. For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, Verses 1-13. (k) Which God has shown us in Christ. 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in h love, (h) With which God loves us, which is the root of our election. 1706. The apostle seems to be more anxious lest the believers should be discouraged and faint upon his tribulations, than for what he himself had to bear. Should not this satisfy man? All rights reserved. [176] The totality of that which exists, the whole world. And this is because the whole family, of which a part is already received into heaven, and part is yet here on earth, depends upon that adoption of the heavenly Father, in his only Son. For having preached the doctrine of truth, the apostle was a prisoner, but a prisoner of Jesus Christ; the object of special protection and care, while thus suffering for him. Ephesians 3:1. Ephesians 3 Commentary, This commentary, one of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, takes one through the New Testament verse by verse. , to me, who am less then the least of all saints, was given this grace, ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν εὐαγγελίσασθαι τὸν ἀνεξιχνίαστον πλοῦτον τοῦ Χριστοῦ, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, To preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. 3:19 And to know the k love of Christ, which l passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the m fulness of God. 3:1 For 1 this cause I Paul, a the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, (1) He maintains his apostleship against the offence of the cross, upon which he also makes an argument to confirm himself, affirming that he was not only appointed an apostle by the mercy of God, but was also appointed particularly to the Gentiles.