The western text indicates that paul had the use of the building from 11 a. E phesians is one of the most encouraging books in the new testament. Commentary on the book of ephesians by matthew henry new. I would like to read the first few verses in the book of ephesians, chapter4.
Two significant prayers of paul are found in this book eph 1. For this cause, since you are no more strangers and foreigners as eph 2. Verses 20 and 21 conclude pauls prayer in this passage, which began in verse 14. The apostle sets forth his office, and his qualifications for it, and his call to it.
So dont let my present trouble on your behalf get you down. Matthew henry offers the following commentary on ephesians 3. Ephesians 3 resources multiple sermons and commentaries. He considered not his own age or the deadness of sarahs womb. This whole chapter is a prayer, but between the first and second words of it, paul made a characteristic digression in which he gave further teaching on the mystery of redemption ephesians 3.
Ephesians 3 commentary, one of over 110 bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the church of christ, presents a verse level look at the bible. There is not one exhortation in the first three chapters. Sprouls work, the following are five of the most helpful commentaries on the book of ephesians. When a person feels good about life, about who and what he is, what he is doing with his life, and where it is headed, a sense of joy is always present.
Ephesians 1 commentary new testament matthew henry st. Ephesians 3 commentary james burton coffman commentaries. The section closes with a doxology, giving glory to god ephesians 3. He describes him as a god that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, ephesians 3. The writer of the book of hebrews said concerning jesus, that he was able to save to the uttermost all who would. This does not shortchange those who were heirs before, because there are boundless riches in christ 3. Paul had called these christians to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called 4.
I offer the following commentary and summary for ephesians in this article. The commentary begins with a quick introduction that tackles all of the expected introductory matters with precision. Sep 26, 2011 john piper sets the scene for ephesians 3 in three parts, bringing together the cosmic purpose of god, the suffering of his servants, and the supernatural power of prayer. Ephesians and colossians have a number of parallels. Campbell morgan, after he spoke and asked, do you think we should pray for even the little things in our lives, or just for the big things. What is so mysterious is that god has written a whole new group of heirs into his will. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. In chapter 2 and the first half of chapter 3, paul talked about the great transformation that god has wrought in their lives, from death to life 2. Book notes barnes book notes jamieson, fausset, and brown book notes robertsons book notes nt commentaries adam clarke barnes notes forerunner commentary jamieson, fausset, and brown john wesleys notes. The unfathomable riches of christ for all peoples, above all powers, through the church. In a succinct form, this passage contains gods spiritual purpose.
Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. God is to receive all the glory v 21 it is no wonder that paul finishes this doxology with this statement to him be the glory paul has highlighted the fact that god is powerful that he can do more than we could ever ask him for. Of his devout and affectionate prayer to god for the ephesians v. A commentary is confidently positioned as one of the most useful volumes to arise out of the new testament library ntl series in recent years. Pauls says god can do more than we can ever imagine because god is powerful. Matthew henry 18 october 1662 22 june 1714 was an english commentator on. Verse 9 this verse is about the fruit of the spirit galatians 5. Matthew henry 18 october 1662 22 june 1714 was an english commentator on the bible, who published his works in 1706, sixvolume exposition of the old and new testaments 17081710 or complete commentary, provides an exhaustive verse by verse study of the bible, covering the whole of the old testament, and the gospels and acts in the. Now to him who is able to do beyond all things superabundantly beyond what we ask or think. Commentary on galatians and ephesians by john calvin.
The apostle paul has repeatedly used this word power in the book of ephesians. Ephesians 3 commentary james burton coffman commentaries on. No matter how bold our requests may seem, god can do all we ask and much more 1 corinthians 2. When we trust in him, were free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go. Now to him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or. Take notice how he describes god, and how he ascribes glory to him. This document has been generated from xsl extensible stylesheet language source with renderx xep formatter, version 3. This might mean to make the sins of the people clear. We continue in our verse by verse bible study in the book of ephesians on wednesday nights with pastor gino geraci at calvary south denver in littleton co. Jul 26, 2009 the section closes with a doxology, giving glory to god ephesians 3. This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the word of god. I therefore, the prisoner of the lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called. And i pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all. That is to say, it is within the company of believers in union with christ that god is glorified.
Ephesians and colossians were probably composed at the same time in rome. Tyrannus no doubt held his classes in the early morning. The book is quite similar in many ways to colossians, but that book places more emphasis on the work of christ, where this book emphasizes more the involvement of the church. Chapter 3 speaks about the mystery of christ revealed ephesians 3.
John eadie, commentary on the epistle to the ephesians, p. Someone has spoken of pauls habit of going off at a word. Date the letter states several times that it was written while paul was in prison 3. The second part of this chapter emphasizes pauls prayer for spiritual strength, and ends the first half of his letter ephesians 3. Ephesians 1 paul, an apostle of christ jesus by the will of. He is working toward sharing the riches of his glory with his entire family. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. Their work was like that of the old testament prophets. Sproul has himself written a very helpful introductory level commentary on it titled the purpose of god. For this cause, i paul, the prisoner of christ jesus in behalf of. Ephesians bears much the same relation to colossians that romans does to galatians, a fuller treatment of the same general theme in a more detached and impersonal manner.
You can find the best commentary on ephesians for you using the tools on the right side. Such glorification is possible because the church is christs body ephesians 1. Ephesians 3 bible commentary matthew henry concise. To god be the glory 20 now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to him be the glory in the assembly and in christ jesus to all generations forever and ever. Now all glory to god, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Other forerunner commentary entries containing ephesians 3.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. The working preacher team believes that god uses good biblical preaching to change lives. Of the account which paul gives the ephesians concerning himself, as he was appointed by god to be the apostle of the gentiles v. In ephesians, however, the mystery revolves around god giving the inheritance away too freely. Introduction to ephesians bible exposition commentary.
The apostle supposes his prayer to be answered, and all its requests conferred. Making known the manifold wisdom of god through prison and prayer. Precious instruction for allthe whole of this first chapter of ephesians contains precious instruction for every soul manuscript 110, 1903. Also it might mean to bring words of hope to the church. Ephesians 3, new king james version nkjv the bible app. Read commentary on this popular bible verse and understand the real meaning behind gods word using john gills. And who can doubt this, who has any rational or scriptural views of his power or. Ephesians 3 new king james version nkjv the mystery revealed. The ephesians called to reflect on their state of heathenism. God so desires to have us in his family kingdom that he has given us the first installment of his spirit to enable us to submit to him and his wayand thus begin. Pauls suffering confinement for nonjewish believers or because he had ministered among them, therefore, was no reason for shame but proved to be a basis for proper pride. 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.
Object of praise, source of praise, his power in our lives including a recent experience. That which is strictly speaking the prayer, the petition, is at an end. Ephesians 3 for this reason i, paul, a prisoner of christ. Open your bible, if you will, to ephesians chapter 3 because this morning were going to look at the second great prayer that i direct your attention to in this epistle. Together with the apostles in the work of building the church were the prophets 2. The purpose of the book of ephesians was to warn the church elders about the false teachers that were teaching a false gospel and to maintain their first love that they held when. Bruce, in his commentary on the book of acts, provides us with some interesting information on the school of tyrannus.
Ephesians 3 commentary matthew henry commentary on the. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly this is the conclusion of the apostles prayer, in which the power of god is celebrated, a perfection which is essential unto god, and is very large and extensive. This glorification is in the church and in christ jesus. John piper sets the scene for ephesians 3 in three parts, bringing together the cosmic purpose of god, the suffering of his servants, and the supernatural power of prayer. Ephesians chapter 3 answers free online bible study lessons. Ephesians 3 commentary william barclays daily study bible. Ephesians 1 paul, an apostle of christ jesus by the will. Everything in these three chapters spells out what is involved in christians walking worthily of their calling. Now to him who, by in consequence of the action of his power that is. We may observe it to have been very much the practice of this apostle to intermix.563 1337 727 1306 234 312 1417 488 1187 1315 1360 434 487 864 1497 1532 300 1354 1437 875 646 407 319 1329 475 561 489 11 208 81 1026 727 536 807 1279