Ephesians Chapter 3
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The apostle sets forth his office, and his qualifications for it, and his call to it. (1-7) Also the noble purposes answered by it. (8-12) He prays for the Ephesians. (13-19) And adds a thanksgiving. (20,21)1-7 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. 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 mystery, is that secret, hidden purpose of salvation through Christ. This was not so fully and clearly shown in the ages before Christ, as unto the prophets of the New Testament. This was the great truth made known to the apostle, that God would call the Gentiles to salvation by faith in Christ. An effectual working of Divine power attends the gifts of Divine grace. As God appointed Paul to the office, so he qualified him for it.
8-12 Those whom God advances to honourable employments, he makes low in their own eyes; and where God gives grace to be humble, there he gives all other needful grace. How highly he speaks of Jesus Christ; the unsearchable riches of Christ! Though many are not enriched with these riches; yet how great a favour to have them preached among us, and to have an offer of them! And if we are not enriched with them it is our own fault. 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. His riches are as unsearchable and as sure as ever, yet while angels adore the wisdom of God in the redemption of his church, the ignorance of self-wise and carnal men deems the whole to be foolishness.
13-19 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. He asks for spiritual blessings, which are the best blessings. Strength from the Spirit of God in the inner man; strength in the soul; the strength of faith, to serve God, and to do our duty. If the law of Christ is written in our hearts, and the love of Christ is shed abroad there, then Christ dwells there. Where his Spirit dwells, there he dwells. We should desire that good affections may be fixed in us. And how desirable to have a fixed sense of the love of God in Christ to our souls! How powerfully the apostle speaks of the love of Christ! The breadth shows its extent to all nations and ranks; the length, that it continues from everlasting to everlasting; the depth, its saving those who are sunk into the depths of sin and misery; the height, its raising them up to heavenly happiness and glory. Those who receive grace for grace from Christ's fulness, may be said to be filled with the fulness of God. Should not this satisfy man? Must he needs fill himself with a thousand trifles, fancying thereby to complete his happiness?
20,21 It is proper always to end prayers with praises. Let us expect more, and ask for more, encouraged by what Christ has already done for our souls, being assured that the conversion of sinners, and the comfort of believers, will be to his glory, for ever and ever.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Rev Abraham N\'bompa Turay's Ephesians Chapter 3 comment about verse 20 on 4/26/2015, 5:43am...
this scripture takes every believer from the state of worry and hopelessness to the place of confidence and total peace. the scripture point us to God 's sovereignty and alsufficience. our human imagination and expectation cannot exhaust God 's resources and ability .And that power which can do far beyond our human limitation is at work in us. all we need to do is to connect and allow it to flow through us in faith
Lilian's Ephesians Chapter 3 comment on 4/19/2015, 1:07am...
Hi Jason, Jesus loves us so much that we cant measure. We need to read and accept God 's words and obey them. John 3:16 For God so love the world that he gave his only begotten Son that he who believes in him shall not be perish but have eternal life. We are redeemed and pardoned thru the precious blood of Christ Jesus, Our Heavenly Father gave a full authority to Jesus hands to save us. Jesus is the only mediator between man and God therefore there are no Apostles or any other man to be serve, a man cannot serve a man. God is using the first Prophet like John, Moses in preparation for the coming of Jesus. Jesus is the only way the truth and the life no man comes to the Father except thru Jesus. Jesus himself is the word of God, he fullfilled the scriptures for God 's own people in order for us to be save and have life in abundance. Jesus already made everything new our job now is to believe in him that he is our Savior. We must be Born Again in Spirit and invite Jesus to dwell in our lives, God will give us the power to understand his message and a power not to sin again. All things are possible with Christ, without Christ in our lives we cant do anything. We must walk with Faith and not by sight. Jesus loves you.. Amen
John Salvador's Ephesians Chapter 3 comment on 4/09/2015, 11:04am...
It is just amazing that Paul prayed for the Ephesian saints to know the love of Christ that passeth knowledge. We are not able to understand the love of Christ fully wholly but we can increase in understanding it. Not just His love but all the things that pertain to Him. This is what we need now, understanding knowledge. It takes a deep understanding of Christ 's love to do the beseeching as in Chapters 4-6. Glory to His name!
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