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.
Donald iwen's Ephesians Chapter 3 comment about verse 15 on 7/19/2014, 1:43pm...
this goes along with 1 corinthians 12 27
Blessed's Ephesians Chapter 3 comment on 7/16/2014, 8:19am...
eternal life through CHRIST JESUS
Dharam's Ephesians Chapter 3 comment about verse 20 on 7/16/2014, 7:49am...
Brothers and sisters we serve an all powerful God. No matter what our problems are God is well able to fix these. There is nothing too hard for God to do. Remember too that his ways are higher than our ways and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts.
Terry's Ephesians Chapter 3 comment on 7/16/2014, 6:09am...
Delight thyself also in the Lord and he shall give the desires of thine heart. It 's wonderful to trust and God and see his power. How he can do more than we ask or think because he knows more and is looking out for us.
Olabode's Ephesians Chapter 3 comment about verse 20 on 7/16/2014, 3:48am...
God is not a man that will lie, neither man that will promise and not fulfill it. For him to fulfill his promises according to this particular verse, it depends on me and you that is holiness .
Tammy Myers's Ephesians Chapter 3 comment about verse 20 on 7/13/2014, 3:46pm...
Ephesians 3 20 means it 's God wishes not ours.Amen.
Rev. David Ama Kalu's Ephesians Chapter 3 comment about verse 20 on 7/05/2014, 12:23pm...
God 's ability will disable our disability and enable us to receive all we need.
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