“For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,”
King James Version (KJV)
3:1 For this cause - That ye may be so built together, I am a prisoner for you gentiles - For your advantage, and for asserting your right to these blessings. This it was which so enraged the Jews against him.
Eph 3:1 Paul's Office As Apostle to the Gentiles SUMMARY OF EPHESIANS 3: The Hidden Mystery Revealed to the Apostle. The Gentiles to Be Fellow-Heirs. Paul's Mission to the Gentiles. The Prayer in Behalf of Gentile Christians. That They May Know the Surpassing Love of Christ. For this cause. This refers to the glorious work of the cross in "making peace and bringing the Gentiles nigh" (Eph 2:17). I, Paul. The verb of which "I, Paul", is the subject, is not given until Eph 3:14 is reached. There Paul repeats the first clause of this verse, and then gives the verb. The intervening verses are parenthetic. The prisoner of Jesus Christ. A prisoner at Rome when this was written, on account of the gospel of Jesus Christ. For you Gentiles. It was the hatred of the Jews towards him, on account of his apostleship to the Gentiles, which caused his seizure. See Ac 21:33 28:17,20.