Which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations. "Commentary on Ephesians 3:1". Copyright StatementThe Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. That is what is in view here. What God planned from the time before time existed—his eternal purpose—has come into fruition through Jesus Christ—his cross, resurrection, and ascension. Used by Permission. I, Paul. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. At one time, *Greek leaders had ruled Ephesus.Now the *Romans ruled the city. Being exiled from his native land, he obtained employment as an under gardener in the service of a nobleman. This personal appeal is characteristic of the writer, and marks all the groups of his Epistles; cf. Or consider how different it would be if everyone sought to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit—”love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). Winer, § 30, 2, β; Acts 23:11. The salvation accorded these Gentiles, then, was “the gift of God, not of works” (2:8-9). He felt it to be a great privilege to be engaged in it (verses 8, 9). 1840-57. Another MS. has the verb κεκαύχημαι, taken from Philippians 2:16. (Acts 28:16,30.). “if it is so that you have heard of the administration (oikonomia—administration or stewardship) of that grace of God which was given me toward you” (v. 2). It is hard to make a judgment regarding the greater immorality, whether it pertains to the alleged deceiver the critics would make the author of Ephesians, or to the critics themselves who are morally capable of alleging such nonsense as the justification of such a sin. See Acts 22:22. For the meaning of oikonomia, see the comments on verse 2 above. The genitive expresses the author of the being bound. By the Church the manifold wisdom of God. 1905. This it was which so enraged the Jews against him. 1. 2; and now, chap. As regards the construction, by many the simple εἰμί is rightly supplied after ὁ δέσμιος τοῦ χρ. His glowing language about “the unsearchable wealth of Christ” shows how exalted was his enthusiasm. 1865-1868. When Paul wrote this, he was awaiting trial under Nero, and in all probability fully aware of the ultimate martyrdom that awaited him; but there is no word of complaint here. Christ Himself frequently enough disclosed the wider horizon that stretched before His vision (Matthew 8:11; Matthew 25:31-34; Matthew 28:20; John 12:32; John 4:21; John 4:24). According to the power that worketh in us. 1. of Jesus Christ—Greek, "Christ Jesus." knowledge of the infinite love of Christ. Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. But in this case to say the least, the article ( ὁ δέσμιος) before the predicate is unnecessary. For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, according to the gift of the grace of God, by the effectual working of his power â, am I, Paul, the fettered one of Christ Jesus for the sake of you, the Gentiles, Such is the rich abundance of the apostolic spirit. In all his relations he belonged to Christ. Note that all three of these words, synkleronoma (fellow heirs), sussomos (fellow members), and symmetochos (fellow partakers) start with the word syn (with). His apostolic office to make known the mystery of Christ revealed by the Spirit: Prayer that by the same Spirit they may comprehend the vast love of Christ: Doxology ending this division of the epistle. According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. It is possible that Paul started to make the prayer that comes in Ephesians 3:14-21 when he repeats τουτου χαριν toutou charin If so, he is diverted by his own words “the prisoner of Christ Jesus in behalf of you Gentiles” (ο δεσμιος του Χριστου Ιησου υπερ υμων των ετνων ho desmios tou Christou Iēsou huper humōn tōn ethnōn) to set forth in a rich paragraph (Ephesians 3:1) God‘s use of him for the Gentiles. If we need to take a fall in order to witness, then we should if that is the situation God places us in. 3. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. The words toutou charin mean, “because of this” or “for this cause” or “for this reason” or “wherefore.” They tie this chapter to what Paul said in chapter 2 about Gentile Christians.
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