We have the freedom to express ourselves before God, without fear or shame. Ephesians /. (back to main index page) (SCRIPTURE LISTING) NOTE: Only the titles in boldface are working links. Paul's preaching was simply the announcement of the good news of what God has done in Jesus. iv. Pentateuch 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. He wished that, but his one soul afforded far too little space, and so he cried 'unto him, be glory in the church.' "Some of them seem to be so taken up with the height and length that they deny the breadth, and you would think from hearing them preach that Christ came into the world to save half-a-dozen, and that they were five of them … Out on their narrowness! Paul says that God is able to do above all that we ask or think. That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith: Paul asked that Jesus would live in these believers, even as Jesus promised in John 14:23: If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. "I am bold to tell you that my Master's riches of grace are so unsearchable, that he delights to forgive and forget enormous sin; the bigger the sin the more glory to his grace. Ah, they have to learn something which makes them watch us with wonder and with awe. i. How long will it continue?" This Roman imprisonment produced the letters of Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians and Philemon. b. Partakers of His promise in Christ: The truth of this mystery means that Gentiles are now full partakers of His promise. a. Individual instructors or editors may still require the use of URLs. When I doubt His forgiveness or His providence, I am narrowing the mighty river of God's love. In this volume we give you Charles H. Spurgeon commentary on Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians. (Eph 3:10-12) The purpose of the mystery. … of which I became a minister This points us back to verse 6 where Paul presented the Plan of the mystery. The Bible has enough prayer not on the knees to show us that it isn't required, but it also has enough prayer on the knees to show us that it is good. Several passages refer to this: - For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. The love of Jesus has width. Ephesians 4:3. Peter prayed on his knees (Acts 9:40). (Wood). (Clarke). Other sermons are not yet available online. God's mystery and man's place in it revealed. Only God can do this, because He can do far beyond our ability to think or ask. To come to any understanding of the dimensions of God's love, we must come to the cross. (Clarke). If you are at the very gates of hell, he is able to pluck you from the jaws of destruction." For who but angels will be the reapers at the last, and who but they shall be the convoy to our spirits across the last dark stream? Divisions in the church have not always been between Jew and Gentile. Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. c. To the principalities and powers in the heavenly places: This means that angelic beings are interested and instructed by the lives of Christians. range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed 32. To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. -------------------- The Epistle to the Ephesians Commentary; C H SPURGEON. (Spurgeon), ©2006 David Guzik - No distribution beyond personal use without permission. (Spurgeon). iii. We may strengthen ourselves for the future by remembering the deliverances of the past. Pentateuch Verse 6. Major Prophets (Spurgeon). It cost Paul a lot to hold on to this mystery, so he probably would not have made it up himself. b. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, (Hebrew/Greek Search by English Definition), * 'Number Delimiters' only apply to 'Paragraph Order', Search verses, phrases, and topics (e.g. The we includes Paul and the other apostles - and they certainly knew that Jesus could do great things. In the Old Testament, the salvation of Gentiles in the Messiah is prophesied, the coming together of Jew and Gentile into the Church is never spoken of. Might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers: This explains how God will reveal His wisdom, and to whom He reveals it. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point i. In the day he was free to move around the house with the supervision of soldiers, but every night he was chained to a soldier to make sure he did not escape before his trial before Caesar. Proud member Pauline Epistles The Old Testament No language was powerful enough for the apostle, - I mean for the Holy Ghost speaking through the apostle, - for very often Paul has to coin words and phrases to shadow forth his meaning, and here is one, 'He is able to do exceeding abundantly,' so abundantly that it exceeds … "Many parts of this prayer bear a strict resemblance to that offered by Solomon when dedicating the temple … The apostle was now dedicating the Christian Church.". (Spurgeon). This isn't my invention. His love is as wide as the world: For God so loved the world (John 3:16), iii. (Stott). This isn't speculation, guesswork, emotions, or feelings. But in the big picture, God doesn't use the angels to reveal His wisdom to the saints, but He does use the saints to reveal His wisdom to the angelic beings, both faithful and fallen angels. My tribulations for you: Paul wrote the Letter to the Ephesians from prison, and it is useful to remember why Paul was in prison. Major Prophets There is an inner man just as real as our physical body. ephesians 2 commentary spurgeon, Ephesians 2:11-22. But it was really just a small part of a much larger wall called the Iron Curtain. (Eph 3:1-5) Preface to the revelation of the mystery. -------------------- Ephesians 3:16 The measure of God's power J. H. Rogers, M. A. Error: Passwords should have at least 6 characters, Error: Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. Its fulfillment is a certainty (as shown by the initial work of bringing Jew and Gentile together in Jesus), so he can speak of it as already finished. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. If we are thus brought to God and belong to God in virtue of our adoption, ought we not with a profound earnestness to aim at a high and spiritual tone of living?—T.C. i. vi. "Two expressions are used: 'rooted,' like a living tree which lays hold upon the soil, twists itself round the rocks, and cannot be upturned: 'grounded,' like a building which has been settled, as a whole, and will never show any cracks or flaws in the future through failures in the foundation." (Clarke). 1. of Jesus Christ--Greek, "Christ Jesus." It is there for us, but must be taken hold of through faith. They are the cosmic intelligences, the principalities and powers in the heavenly places." This reinforces the idea that there is genuinely something new in the New Covenant, and that it is wrong to consider Israel simply the Old Testament Church and the Church the New Testament Israel. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Use semicolons to separate groups: 'Gen;Jdg;Psa-Mal' or 'Rom 3-12;Mat 1:15;Mat 5:12-22', There are options set in 'Advanced Options', The Whole Bible Solomon prayed on his knees (1 Kings 8:54). “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly … Who but they shall carry our spirit like that of Lazarus into the Father's bosom? Prophets This wisdom is manifold. 3. What is 'mysterious' is inexplicable, even incomprehensible. Ephesians 3:6. that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, This is what the mystery was. Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart: Though under arrest for the sake of the gospel, Paul asks his readers to not lose heart. i. He will reveal it by His work in the church, and He will reveal it to angelic beings (principalities and powers). (Stott, quoting Mackay). g. He made known to me the mystery: Paul did not hesitate to claim that the mystery he will reveal was given to him by revelation. i. That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs of the same body: This describes the mystery itself - that believing Jews and believing Gentiles are joined together into one Body of Christ, into one Church, and no longer separated before God as such. In the same way, we don't work for a boss; we work for Jesus. d. From whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named: In remembering that all God's family is called after His name, Paul showed that his mind was rather taken with this idea of the essential unity of the Body of Christ. ii. "That hath abundance of curious variety in it, such as is seen in the best pictures or textures." 1-2. Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, Ephesians 3:2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: Ephesians 3:3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Ephesians 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) The cross pointed in four ways, essentially in every direction, because …. The Gospels When the church understands and walks in God's eternal purpose, God will be glorified and the church will fulfill its important duty of simply glorifying God. A verification email has been sent to the address you provided. Listen to this sermon (MP3) by Martyn Lloyd-Jones “May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” —Ephesians 3:18-19 We aren't parents for children; we are parents for Jesus. Yet it is one of the most widespread views that the church existed from the beginning of creation and the words of promise contained in the Old Testament prophetic Word are the promises of the church, and its glorious future on the earth, in reigning over the nations." They can now come before God in a standing they could only dream of before. 3:1-13 (ESV) For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles- [2] assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, [3] how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. The word minister comes from the Greek word diakonos. In classical literature of ancient Greece, the minister (diakonos) "is a table waiter who is always at the bidding of his customers." of Scripture. The New Testament Now Paul was imprisoned in Rome, waiting for his trial before Caesar - and there because he knew God wanted Gentiles to share in the good news of the Messiah, and he wasn't afraid f. Which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God: This great truth - the fellowship of the mystery - was hidden before it was revealed after the finished work of Jesus on the cross. Spurgeon on the phrase exceedingly abundantly: "He has constructed here in the Greek an expression which is altogether his own. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation. This is why the conduct of the church is so important: because angelic and demonic beings are looking on, and God's intent is to teach them through us. If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: Verse 2. Wisdom Literature John 3:16, Jesus faith love), The Whole Bible People came to Jesus kneeling (Matthew 17:14, Matthew 20:20, and Mark 1:40). i. Charles Spurgeon preached a touching sermon titled, Saints in Heaven and Earth One Family. The fuller a vessel becomes the deeper it sinks in the water. This is how Christ dwells in our heart. ii. But who are the audience? History is the theatre, the world is the stage, and the church members in every land are the actors. b. I bow my knees: Paul prayed in the posture of bowing his knees. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). In fact, the event that triggered Paul's arrest and shipment … General Epistles The humility comes when he considers God's great eternal plan, his place in that plan, and how God's work is unstoppable even when Paul is imprisoned. This is the same gospel Paul is a servant of, because of the gift of grace given to him by the working of God's power. This position of utmost humility was in contrast to the more normal posture of prayer in that culture, to pray standing with hands raised up. d. You have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you: The word dispensation speaks of the "implemented strategy" of God's plan in the church. -------------------- However, before we delve into the details, it may help to see the bare bones of Paul's prayer. Ephesians 3 - Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible . They see in us indeed all our weakness, and all our sin. -------------------- i. Johannine Writings And then, the form of that reception is just this - faith; reliance, submissive trust; not animated action, not exalted aspiration, but acceptance." It is right that the patriot should love his country. For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles; if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: a. I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles: During his Roman imprisonment Paul was under house arrest. i. 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.. 19 to know the love of Christ . They all certainly have a place in God's eternal plan. Do you look into them?" Please see Blue Letter Bible's Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. (Eph 3:13) Paul's current personal participation in the mystery. The ancient Greek word polupoikilos, has the ideas of intricacy, complexity, and great beauty. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF C. H. SPURGEON Within this set you can access other study helps [ bible, theology, commentary, sermons, and more ]. The New Testament Forgiveness Made Easy “Forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”—Ephesians iv. Such words as sealed, chosen, quickened. Unsearchable riches also tells us this is something good. To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; a. "But the apostle felt that he must not say, 'Unto him be glory in my soul.' View Ephesians . iii. (Wood), i. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, The Whole Bible He wanted his readers to realize that it is a benefit for them that he was a prisoner. The Whole Bible He also prayed that the strength would come through the Holy Spirit and that it would be put into their inner man. All rights reserved. The Gospels i. Stephen prayed on his knees (Acts 7:60). Poetical Books To us, it seems pretty clear. (1) The Christian's standing before God, Chs. We are surrounded by invisible spiritual beings, and they intently look upon us. Historical Books - If … Duties of individual members in their relation to the organized efforts of the church. He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. He has faised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6). (Gaebelein). SermonAudio.com - Ephesians 3 Sermons. The Reformers spoke out against the division between "clergy" and "laity" and the teaching of the priesthood of all believers insisted that all had the same access to God. The last thing Paul wanted was people to feel sorry for him because he was imprisoned. i. Historical Books The angels desire to look into these things. Commentaries. Passwords should have at least 6 characters. I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles, You have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, Was not made known to the sons of men, as it now has been revealed, That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs of the same body, To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, To make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, Which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God, That now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known, Might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers, To the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, According to the eternal purpose which He accomplished, Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart, From whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, To be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, May be able to comprehend with all the saints, What is the width and length and depth and height, That you may be filled with all the fullness of God, Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus, David Guzik :: Génesis 14 – Abram Rescata a Lot y Conoce a Melquisedec, G1 - alpha - Strong's Greek Lexicon (KJV), David Guzik :: Hechos 9 – La Conversión de Saulo de Tarso, David Guzik :: 1 Corintios 7 – Principios Sobre el Matrimonio y la Soltería, A Summary of Each Bible Book - Study Resources, Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Matthew 7:6, David Guzik :: Génesis 3 – La tentación y caída del hombre, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus and the Holy Trinity (Walter Martin), Genesis 6-7 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith), A Quiet Heart Means Confidence in God (Elisabeth Elliot), Genesis 1:1-8 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith), Genesis 4-5 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith). Prophets Resources. The office is the prominent thought in the latter arrangement; … Paul wanted Christians to experience life in Jesus Christ, the fullness of God (Colossians 2:9), and to be filled to their capacity with Jesus, even as God is filled to His own capacity with His own character and attributes. c. To the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Paul directed his prayer to the Father, who is presented as the "planner" among the members of the Trinity.