Ephesians Chapter 3
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Matthew Henry's Ephesians Chapter 3 Bible commentary...
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.
Caroline's Ephesians Chapter 3 comment on 10/30/2014, 11:46pm...
God is able, He is faithful to see.His word fulfilled, He will not speak in vain, to Him be praise and glory.
Patrice's Ephesians Chapter 3 comment about verse 20 on 10/21/2014, 8:23am...
That as long as we are doing the work of the father, He will continue to bless us, but even if we fall by the wayside, He is so gracious, loving and forgiving that if we repent, He will still take care of us!
Barbara Santiago's Ephesians Chapter 3 comment on 10/16/2014, 7:19am...
To my spiritual understabding of Ephesians chaper is that God knew us before we were born. Took us out of darkness of a sinful life and put us in the Kingdom of light with his son. We are transform into the body of Christ. Our Attitude should be that of christ. Our faith should be in harmony with each other. Helping others and not decrimination attitudes should be that of Christ. Loving, helping and not decriminate toward others. One mindset, one faith, one body christ is the head
David Ologbonyo's Ephesians Chapter 3 comment about verse 20 on 10/10/2014, 4:58am...
This could, can and will be God and God alone. What can I do for you my Lord? I surrender my life for you.
Raafat zaki's Ephesians Chapter 3 comment on 9/02/2014, 9:07pm...
the love of jesus christ be rooted to be able to bring the true jesus to others i believe this is what the lord wants us to bring his love in us not our fleshly love in order to show his un conditional love to others
Jerritta's Ephesians Chapter 3 comment about verse 20 on 8/20/2014, 1:32pm...
When I re read Ephesians 3 20 and then the thoughts and commentaries that the above individuals shared... my heart was over joyed and full of renewed faith for the journey. God is so good. When things look hopeless, He is our hope. His promises are yea and amen!!! He will work a work in us through us that we ourselves will be o amazed. All glory and praise belong to Him. He IS able!!!!
Pastor Purnell's Ephesians Chapter 3 comment about verse 20 on 8/07/2014, 7:50am...
When I read this it caused me to think that the greatest power on earth lies within me.
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