If we need to take a fall in order to witness, then we should if that is the situation God places us in. Here is an old converted Jew writing to Gentiles. This first verse is the beginning of a sentence which is virtually resumed and continued at verse Ephesians 3:14, the intermediate verses being an expansion of the idea contained in the words, "for you Gentiles.". In Ephesians 3:1-12 God has revealed this mystery to him.  Autograph of the original scribe of . Prisoner’ Christ— Not Cesar’s, but literally Christ’s prisoner. He is the means by which God gives eternal life to those who obey him (Ephesians 1:7; Romans 3:23-26; 1 … Others, again, such as the Codices D, E, supply πρεσβεύω - a spurious insertion borrowed from Ephesians 6:20, and adopted by Ambrosiaster and Castalio, as well as by Calvin in his Latin rendering-legatione fungor. i. 1. 1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) ÑÑÐ½Ð¸ÐºÐ°Ð¼.  Codex Alexandrinus (sÃ¦c. In verse twenty of the Acts text he says, "For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see [you], and to speak with [you]: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.". But in this case to say the least, the article ( Î¿Ì Î´ÎµÌÏÎ¼Î¹Î¿Ï) before the predicate is unnecessary. He digresses at "For this cause," and does not complete the sentence which he had intended, until Eph 3:14, where he resumes the words, "For this cause," namely, because I know this your call of God as Gentiles (Eph 2:11-22), to be "fellow-heirs" with the Jews (Eph 3:6), "I bow my knees to" the Father of our common Saviour (Eph 3:14, 15) to confirm you in the faith by His Spirit. I offer the following commentary and summary for Ephesians in this article. Some say that you should witness at work. The Second Lesson for this Sunday is the first in a series of readings from the Letter to the Ephesians extending over seven Sundays. 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 3:1-13), concluding this part of the letter with what has been called "the boldest prayer ever prayed" (Ephesians 3:14-21). Paul has become a prisoner for Christ for the sake of the Gentiles, to whom he has been called to proclaim the Good News of Christ. The prisoner of Jesus Christ.âThe phrase (repeated in Ephesians 4:1; Philemon 1:9; 2Timothy 1:8) is dwelt upon with an emphasis, explained by St. Paulâs conviction that âhis bondsâ tended to âthe furtherance of the gospelâânot merely by exciting a sympathy which might open the heart to his words, but even more (see Philippians 1:13-14) by showing the victorious power of Godâs word and graceâwhich âis not boundââto triumph over captivity and the danger of death. If he had merely said, âI am a prisoner,â this would not have conveyed the idea of his being an ambassador. Paul says, "for this cause" to tie this statement to the previous context - the context of the unity between Jew and Gentile believers and the fact that we are one body, one building, and one church. ed. “Because of the truth that God had already decided to adopt the Gentiles as children (, I am the prisoner of Christ Jesus for your sake.” Since Paul writes from his imprisonment in Rome, it is important the Ephesians do not misunderstand his suffering or be discouraged by it. This blessed renovation was under Paul’s Gentile apostleship, instrumentally, Ephesians 3:1-13. As the first chapter treated of THE Father's office; and the second, THE Son's, so this, that of THE Spirit. .  Codex Sinaiticus (sÃ¦c. His very bonds were profitable to ("for" or "in behalf of you") Gentiles (Eph 3:13; 2Ti 2:10). I think that verse one tells the Gentiles he was a prisoner for them - as he was a prisoner for the Jews - he is a prisoner because he is preaching the Gospel and in the specific context of Acts it is because of the Jews accusations that he was a prisoner. The mystery of the Gospel revealed (Ephesians 3:1-13) 1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Ephesians 4:1-6 Spiritual Unity. Acts 21:22; Acts 25:11; Acts 28:16. The apostle regarded his imprisonment as God"s will for him then. Erasmus, Schmid, Michaelis, and Hammond would consider the whole chapter a parenthesis, but such an opinion makes the digression altogether too long, and overlooks the connecting link in Ephesians 3:14. Ephesians 4:7-16 Gifts From The Risen Messiah. For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, The prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles -. For you Gentiles - Made a prisoner at Rome on your behalf, because I maintained that the gospel was to be preached to the Gentiles; see Acts 22:21-23. The Latin text, g, is based on the O.L. And the object or design of redemption itself is the manifestation of the wisdom of God to principalities and powers in heaven, Ephesians 3:10. Ephesians Commentary Purpose and Themes. The *temple of thegoddess (female god) Diana (or Artemis) was there. There is no small difference among expositors about the connection of these words: the fairest and easiest seems to be, either: 1. Beginning in Ephesians 3:2 Paul begins a new sentence which does not end until verse 7. This letter, in … Ephesians 3:1-10 Bible Study Questions is the last of 6 parts of The Bible Teaching Commentary that provides study questions on Ephesians 3:1-10 and enable the avid student to detect the powerful message of these verses for himself. See Acts 22:22. For this cause; in view of all that has been said concerning your introduction through Christ, to the household of faith. Commentary on Ephesians 1:3-14 View Bible Text . v.), at the British Museum, published in photographic facsimile by Sir E. M. Thompson (1879). Since God has blessed us so greatly, Paul prayed that his readers would comprehend fully the extent of God"s love for them ( Ephesians 3:14-21). Verses 1-21. From these words the digression of Ephesians 3:2-13 starts, bringing out the reality and greatness of that mission. 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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 they first became believers. But the phrase suggests more than this: His office, and hence his affliction, was for the benefit of the Gentiles. He reminds his readers of the secret of that call, how the call was revealed to the apostles and prophets, and his own commission to the service of preaching the Good News to the Gentiles; and to show that God’s grace opened the church to those who were not part of national Israel. Ð¡Ð¼. Ephesians has been called the Queen of the Epistles, the quintessence of Paulinism, the divinest composition of man and even the Waterloo of commentators. The remarks we have made will show that we regard the construction as broken by a long parenthesis, and resumed in Ephesians 3:14, not at Ephesians 3:8, as OEcumenius and Grotius suppose, nor yet at Ephesians 3:13, as Zanchius, Cramer, and Holzhausen maintain. It is best referred, however, to the purport of the whole statement just brought to its conclusion; the fact that they are now what God’s grace has made them and are meant by Him to form a spiritual habitation for Himself, being His reason for what He urges on them and what He does for them. This chapter is parenthetical, and within it is another parenthesis, verses: Ephesians 3:2-13. So Tyndale renders it, "For this cause I, Paul, the servant of Jesus, am in bonds." Middleton on Greek Article, p. 358. Paulâs imprisonment, which ought to have been held as a confirmation of his apostleship, was undoubtedly presented by his adversaries in an opposite light. This charge, and others associated with it, still hung over him as he waited in Rome for his appeal to come up for hearing in the supreme courtâ (Bruce pp. But here, starting at this point from the word Gentiles, Paul first states the call of the Gentiles, Ephesians 3:2-6; next, his own divine commission as their apostle, 7-9; and last, what the mission imports, 10-12. praying that ye may be strengthened with might hy his Spirit, &c.; i.e. Oxford, 1842. Coffman Commentaries on the Bible. ), now at St. Petersburg, published in facsimile type by its discoverer, Tischendorf, in 1862. 1; he next narrows to his Ephesian converts, chap. Winer, § 30, 2, β; Acts 23:11. The prisoner of Jesus Christ; for Christâs sake, for asserting his cause and honour: see 2 Timothy 1:8 Philemon 1:1,9. The prisoner of Christ Jesus. âFor this causeâ: Resuming the prayer started in, which will actually be expressed in 3:14-19. âThe prisoner of Christ Jesusâ: When Paul wrote this letter he was a prisoner in Rome, awaiting trial before Caesar (Acts 28:16; Acts 28:30-31). on the authority of such MSS. 1.For—Paul began his letter with the broad, universal elect, chap. As there is no verb of which the words, ÎµÌÎ³ÏÌ ÏÎ±Ï ÍÎ»Î¿Ï, I Paul, are the nominative, there is great diversity of opinion as to the proper construction of the passage. 2ÐÐ¾Ñ. .âAfter much discussion of the construction of this verse, there seems little doubt that the nominative, âI, Paul,â must be carried on beyond the digression upon the mystery of the gospel, and his part in ministering it, which follows. Here he is a prisoner because he was preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles - the Gospel being the prime motivator, but specifically to the Gentiles because they are the people Paul was told to go to with the Gospel. The second sense is used here. It is uttered in the majestic style of their apostle, who, however humble in himself, is authoritative in his divine office. , Paul first states the call of the Gentiles. 3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. ix. , Philemon 1:1); not his pre-eminence among the Lord’s prisoners, as if it = the prisoner par excellence (Mey. Christians are “born again” by the will of the Father, and are in his spiritual household (John 3:5; Ephesians 1:5; 2:19). In every phase of life he is Christ’s. Well, if you can do it in the context of not taking time and effort away from your employer, yes, but we should not slight our employer so that we can witness. 2; and now, chap. The prisoner of Jesus Christ.  Codex Boernerianus (sÃ¦c. This last point is too often ignored in discussing the verse. For you Gentiles.âThis was literally true of the origin of his captivity, proceeding as it did from the jealousy of the Jews, excited by the free admission of the Gentiles to the Church; but the reference is not to be limited to this. This imprisonment had resulted from his service for Christ, specifically his ministry among Gentiles, for which the Jews had mobbed him in Jerusalem (cf. Cramer. 3. is not part of a parenthesis, but a paragraph complete within itself; nor at Ephesians 3:13, which is of too limited scope and fails to meet the full force of the ; but at Ephesians 3:14, where the is repeated. Ephesians 3:1-6 Missionary to The Gentiles. This passage is, to a large degree, a reflection on Paul’s unique role in the church. Where then have we the resumption? âFor this cause I am the prisoner of Jesus Christ.' The term “mystery” appears several times in just a few verses, helping to catch the attention of … Continue reading "Commentary on Ephesians 3:1-12" For this he had been persecuted, and was not imprisoned. The cause of his imprisonment and of all his difficulties was, that he maintained that the gospel was to be preached to the Gentiles; that when the Jews rejected it God rejected them; and that he was specially called to carry the message of salvation to the pagan world. 1; he next narrows to his Ephesian converts, chap. One"s point of view makes all the difference in the worldâ (Barclay p. 121). Jesus had the same perspective when standing before Pilate (John 19:10-12). His vindication of such truths as formed the last paragraph of the preceding chapter, roused Jewish jealousy and indignation. The prisoner of Jesus Christ.âThe phrase (repeated in Ephesians 4:1; Philemon 1:9; 2 Timothy 1:8) is dwelt upon with an emphasis, explained by St. Paulâs conviction that âhis bondsâ tended to âthe furtherance of the gospelâânot merely by exciting a sympathy which might open the heart to his words, but even more (see Philippians 1:13-14) by showing the victorious power of Godâs word and graceâwhich âis not boundââto triumph over captivity and the danger of death. All the information in between is supposed to be a rabbit trail that he runs off on because he is so excited about the information. ', Others supply simply the substantive verb ( ÎµÎ¹ÌÎ¼Î¹Ì). “Because of the truth that God had already decided to adopt the Gentiles as children (Ephesians 1:5), I am the prisoner of Christ Jesus for your sake.” Since Paul writes from his imprisonment in Rome, it is important the Ephesians do not misunderstand his suffering or be discouraged by it. The order of Christ"s names is actually reversed in the Greek and should appear as Christ Jesus which gives emphasis to the Messiahship of the Lord and point to the prisonership being due to the Jews actions against him for preaching to the Gentiles a Gospel of Christ. It is more than prisoner for Christ’s sake. By this construction the abruptness now manifest in our common version is avoided. So highly ought the name of Christ to be revered by us, that what men consider to be the greatest reproach, ought to be viewed by us as the greatest honour. (2-13 is a parenthetical statement interrupting his thought in verse one which he goes on in He here marks the Messiahship of "Christ," maintained by him as the origin of his being a "prisoner," owing to the jealousy of the Jews being roused at his preaching it to the Gentiles. For this cause, i.e. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (12) This verse returns to the idea of Ephesians 2:18, as though St. Paul, after the wide sweep of thought far beyond the earth in Ephesians 3:10-11, desired, as usual, to bring his readers back to the practical and personal aspects of their Christianity.   2, 3, Vulg., etc.— : on behalf of you the Gentiles. for you Gentiles: because he preached the Gospel to the Gentiles, which the Jews forbid, that they might not be saved; and because he taught them, that circumcision and the rest of the ceremonies of the law were not binding upon them; which gave great offence to the Jews, who were the means of bringing of him into these circumstances, and particularly the Asiatic Jews, the Jews of Ephesus; who having seen and heard him there, knew him again when in the temple at Jerusalem, and raised a mob upon him, having bore a grudge against him for his ministry at Ephesus, by which means he became a prisoner; so that he might truly say, he was a prisoner for the sake of them; see Acts 21:27. He explained it to me, and now He has assigned me to preach to the Gentile world." Ephesians 4:1 (‘prisoner in the Lord’). More than this, his very imprisonment was made useful by him in setting agencies in operation for the extension of the gospel among the Gentiles. Ephesians 2:14-18 We Are One Body in Christ. Those for whom he suffered bonds are immediately afterwards said to be the Gentiles. For this reason. His loss of liberty arose from no violation of law on his part: it was solely in prosecuting his mission that he was apprehended and confined; for he was in fetters-, ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν τῶν ἐθνῶν—“on behalf of you Gentiles,” a common sense of the preposition, which is repeated in Ephesians 3:12. Home » Bible Commentaries » Comments on Ephesians. This is better than any of the various modes of explanation which have been proposed, except the one first mentioned, which gives a far better sense. What is the apostle’s prayer for the church? and others. The nature and design of Paul's commission, Ephesians 3:1-13 â his prayer for the Ephesians, Ephesians 3:14-21. Ephesians 3:14-21. He therefore points out to the Ephesians that his chains served to prove and to declare his calling; and that the only reason why he had been imprisoned was, that he had preached the gospel to the Gentiles. I have for some time been and still am the prisoner of Jesus Christ. But Paul never thought of himself as the prisoner of Rome; he always thought of himself as the prisoner of Christ. to those who were not part of national Israel. The only question which can well be raised is whether the resumption takes place at Ephesians 3:13, âI desire that ye faint not;â or at Ephesians 3:14, âI bow my knees;â and this seems decided for the latter alternative, both by the emphatic repetition of âfor this cause,â and by the far greater weight and finality of the latter sentence. 1. Study the bible online using commentary on Ephesians 3 and more! (Ephesians 3:1.) It means Christ's prisoner. For this cause—In view of your blessed transition from heathenism to Christ, as pictured in the last paragraph. The article with the expresses simply the character in which Paul appears at present or the class to which he belongs (cf. The reference is to what precedes (chap. The office which Paul had received was that of an apostle to the Gentiles, Ephesians 3:1-2. The prisoner of Jesus Christ; one who is subjected to imprisonment for the cause of Jesus Christ. This is not to say that he didn"t preach to Jews at every opportunity. âThough imprisoned in Rome and awaiting trial by Caesar, Paul is the prisoner of Christ Jesus. The office is the prominent thought in the latter arrangement; the person, in the former. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. E phesians is one of the most encouraging books in the New Testament. The special truth, now more plainly revealed than ever before, was the union of the Gentiles with the Jews as joint partakers of the promise of redemption, by means of the gospel, Ephesians 3:5, Ephesians 3:6. 3. True he was excited about it, but whether it was merely a rabbit trail or not I am not overly sure. The 8th verse is inseparably connected also with the 6th and 7th verses. that they might be more and more built up on Christ, on whom they were founded, and had begun to be built. âThe situation which led to Paul"s arrest and subsequent detention in Jerusalem, Caesarea, and Rome arose directly out of his Gentile ministry. Many supply the verb εἰμί—“For this cause I Paul am the prisoner of Jesus Christ.” This conjecture has for its authority the Peschito, which is followed by Chrysostom, Theophylact, Anselm, Erasmus, Aretius, Cajetan, Beza, with a large host of modern critics, the version of Tyndale, and Geneva. “Mystery” is the term that runs throughout this passage from Ephesians. Ephesians 3:1-10, "Growing in Our Commitment," is part 1 of 6 parts of The Bible Teaching Commentary that provides four reasons we should place more confident in the Gospel message and as a result grow in our commitment to God and His high calling for our lives: The Gospel's Value (3:1), The Gospel's Reliability (3:2-5), The Gospel's Glory (3:6-7) and The Gospel's Calling (3:8-10). From these words the digression of Ephesians 3:2-13 starts, bringing out the reality and greatness of that mission. .âAfter much discussion of the construction of this verse, there seems little doubt that the nominative, âI, Paul,â must be carried on beyond the digression upon the mystery of the gospel, and his part in ministering it, which follows. The most common view is that the sentence here begun is recommenced and finished in Ephesians 3:14, where the words, "For this cause" are repeated. In all his relations he belonged to Christ. ", This blessed renovation was under Paul’s Gentile apostleship, instrumentally, —Paul began his letter with the broad, universal elect, chap. When St. Paul calls himself the âprisoner of Jesus Christ,â he represents our Lordâs own will, as ordaining his captivity for His own transcendent purposes of good, making him an âambassador in chainsâ (Ephesians 6:20), and these âthe bonds of the gospel.â (See Philemon 1:13; and Acts 28:20, âFor the hope of Israel I am bound in this chain.â) Hence in this passage St. Paul seems to speak of his captivity as a special proof of the reality of his mission, and a new step in its progress; and appeals to it accordingly, just as in the final salutation of the Colossian Epistle, âRemember my bonds.â The whole idea is a striking instance of the spiritual alchemy of faith, turning all things to goodânot unlike the magnificent passage (in 2Corinthians 11:23-30) of his âglorying in his infirmities.â. 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. This wasabout 61 years after the birth of Christ. âAny ordinary person would have said that Paul was the prisoner of the Roman government; and so he was. This opinion plainly har monizes with the scope and construction of the chapter. The only question which can well be raised is whether the resumption takes place at Ephesians 3:13, âI desire that ye faint not;â or at Ephesians 3:14, âI bow my knees;â and this seems decided for the latter alternative, both by the emphatic repetition of âfor this cause,â and by the far greater weight and finality of the latter sentence. 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