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. The expression itself is notable. Paulâs imprisonment, which ought to have been held as a confirmation of his apostleship, was undoubtedly presented by his adversaries in an opposite light. (131) To strengthen his authority still more, he speaks in lofty terms of his prison. The phrase occurs quite frequently: ‘He mentions his name, not for personal reasons (Ephesians 3:8), but because of his office and the importance of what he is doing’ (Braune). translation. These study questions are free to … .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. But what of the construction and connection here? 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). 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). He was Christ’s prisoner, not the emperor’s; comp. I offer the following commentary and summary for Ephesians in this article. The is omitted by Tisch. As the first chapter treated of THE FATHER'S office; the second, THE SON'S so this, that of THE SPIRIT. The is referred by some (Mey., etc.) 309-310). It was preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles which brought down upon him the hatred of his countrymen, and led them to accuse him before the Roman magistrates, and to his being sent a prisoner to Rome. 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. This would be more correctly rendered, "For this cause I, Paul, am the prisoner," etc. 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. It is uttered in the majestic style of their apostle, who, however humble in himself, is authoritative in his divine office. Biblical Commentary Ephesians 3:1-12. The simplest adjustment is to insert after : “I Paul am the prisoner,” etc. 4:8-15. 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. The glory of Christ not only overcomes the ignominy of the chains, but converts what was in itself a reproach into the highest honor. Acts 21:22; Acts 25:11; Acts 28:16. The 8th verse is inseparably connected also with the 6th and 7th verses. Ephesians 3:1,14-21 Exploring the Passage. He wrote it to people in the town called Ephesus. In behalf of you Gentiles. I Paul—And doubtless no human name so thrilled their hearts at the utterance as this I Paul. Ephesians 3:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ephesians 3:1, NIV: "For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles--" Ephesians 3:1, ESV: "For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles—" Ephesians 3:1, KJV: "For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles," 1. that ye may be further confirmed in the faith of Christ, and more and more built up in him as an habitation of God, Ephesians 2:22. Men might think otherwise, but it is our duty to judge of the reasons. For this reason, I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles (Ephesians 3:1) Paul was writing to the Ephesian Christians from the confinement of Roman imprisonment. 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 3:1-7. He is overwhelmed with that. How does Paul describe his present situation in Ephesians 3:1 (printed below?) Ephesians 3:1 Context. But Paul’s *preaching affected their tra… But the phrase suggests more than this: His office, and hence his affliction, was for the benefit of the Gentiles. 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He marks Jesus' Messiahship as the origin of his being a "prisoner," owing to the jealousy of the Jews being roused at his preaching it to the Gentiles. And this was to call them everywhere to salvation, because God had so determined this from the beginning, although he deferred a great while the manifestation of his counsel. By this construction the abruptness now manifest in our common version is avoided. (2-13 is a parenthetical statement interrupting his thought in verse one which he goes on in —And doubtless no human name so thrilled their hearts at the utterance as this. A strong expression, occurring only here, in chap. He reminds his readers of the, 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. As the gospel is the means of bringing the Gentiles to this fellowship with the saints, Paul was, by the special grace and almighty power of God, converted and made a minister of the gospel, Ephesians 3:7, Ephesians 3:8. )—a claim surely which would neither be like Paul nor in harmony with the thought of the paragraph. to those who were not part of national Israel. Ephesians has been called the Queen of the Epistles, the quintessence of Paulinism, the divinest composition of man and even the Waterloo of commentators. 3, he comes to a point in his own Ego. The prisoner of Christ Jesus. Of Jesus Christ - Greek, 'Christ Jesus' (Philem 13): the office is thus prominent; the person in the English version. Compare Acts 22:21; Acts 26:23. This imprisonment had resulted from his service for Christ, specifically his ministry among Gentiles, for which the Jews had mobbed him in Jerusalem (cf. The Latin text, g, is based on the O.L. The apostle does not mean to magnify the fact of his imprisonment: he merely hints in passing that it originated in the proclamation of those very truths which he had been discussing. For you Gentiles; for your cause and salvation; having preached and declared the grace of God to be free, and to belong to you Gentiles as well as to the Jews, (the middle wall of partition being taken away), and so equalled you with them. Chapter 3. In every phase of life he is Christ’s. as   *; but it is rightly retained by most as found in  -corr. St. Paul regards the captivity as only one incident in a mission sending him entirely to the Gentiles (Acts 21:21; Romans 11:13; Galatians 2:9). Coffman Commentaries on the Bible. His reference to himself as Christ"s prisoner for the sake of the Gentiles led him to digress and explain why he was such. His vindication of such truths as formed the last paragraph of the preceding chapter, roused Jewish jealousy and indignation. His unshaken firmness was no small additional proof that he had discharged his office in a proper manner. The reference is to what precedes (chap. We often refrain from our duty of being a light house so that we can remain secure. 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. It means Christ's prisoner. . 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. The sense would then be, âI Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ, am a prisoner, and in bonds for you Gentiles.' Another MS. has the verb κεκαύχημαι, taken from Philippians 2:16. 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. ix. So Tyndale renders it, "For this cause I, Paul, the servant of Jesus, am in bonds." 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. (Bruce) Nay, in writing to the Ephesians he could not forget that the suspicion of his having taken an Ephesian named Trophimus into the temple with him, created the popular disturbance that led to his capture and his final appeal to Caesar, his journey to Rome, and his imprisonment in the imperial city. Not at chap. Commentary on Ephesians 3:1-7 (Read Ephesians 3:1-7) For having preached the doctrine of truth, the apostle was a prisoner, but a prisoner of Jesus Christ; the object of special protection and care, while thus suffering for him. Commentary on Ephesians 1:3-14 View Bible Text . What is the apostle’s prayer for the church? At one time, *Greek leaders had ruled Ephesus.Now the *Romans ruled the city. 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. Jerome supplies-cognovi mysterium, and Camerarius gives us-hoc scribo. The lighthouse keeper weathered all storms so that the sailors could be secure. Ephesians 4:1 (‘prisoner in the Lord’). 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. This is what Paul lived and ministered for, this is what motivated Paul, and this is what He knew Christ wanted him to do in life. ), a GrÃ¦co-Latin MS. at Paris, edited by Tischendorf in 1852. To not witness so that we aren"t spoken ill of, or so that we aren"t thought ill of is not the trait of a believer that is to be the light of the world. I Paul. v.), the Paris palimpsest, edited by Tischendorf in 1843. To whom Paul was expressly sent, and in preaching to whom he had fallen into the hands of the civil law. 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. ), a GrÃ¦co-Latin MS., at Dresden, edited by MatthÃ¦i in 1791. Ephesians 3:1-21. 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. Winer, § 62, 4. So the Syr., Chrys., Mey. The gen. is probably that of originating cause—one who has been made a prisoner by Christ; cf.2 Timothy 1:8; Philemon 1:9, as also Ephesians 4:1. Since the Holy Spirit is inspiring him, I would suggest if it is parenthetical that it is most certainly an insertion of the Spirit rather than a random thought Paul succumbed to in his excitement. As the first chapter treated of THE Father's office; and the second, THE Son's, so this, that of THE Spirit. That the substantive verb am be here supplied, and the word read, I Paul am the prisoner of Jesus Christ; q.d. He is the means by which God gives eternal life to those who obey him (Ephesians 1:7; Romans 3:23-26; 1 … This letter, in … Ephesians sets forth what no other book of the New Testament describes so completely — the nature of the body of Christ, which is the true Church. This chapter is parenthetical, and within it is another parenthesis, verses: Ephesians 3:2-13. âThough imprisoned in Rome and awaiting trial by Caesar, Paul is the prisoner of Christ Jesus. The article with the expresses simply the character in which Paul appears at present or the class to which he belongs (cf. But Paul never thought of himself as the prisoner of Rome; he always thought of himself as the prisoner of Christ. Those for whom he suffered bonds are immediately afterwards said to be the Gentiles. Jesus had the same perspective when standing before Pilate (John 19:10-12). 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). ), published in photographic facsimile in 1889 under the care of the Abbate Cozza-Luzi. Theodoret says- ταῦτα πάντα (Ephesians 3:1-13) ἐν μέσῳ τεθεικὼς ἀναλαμβάνει τὸν περὶ προσευχῆς λόγον. that they might be more and more built up on Christ, on whom they were founded, and had begun to be built. 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. I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles. For the idea with which the paragraph closes is that his afflictions were their glory (Ephesians 3:13). chap. 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. "'Mystery' is the term that runs throughout this passage from Ephesians. âThe situation which led to Paul"s arrest and subsequent detention in Jerusalem, Caesarea, and Rome arose directly out of his Gentile ministry. “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. 1. The Second Lesson for this Sunday is the first in a series of readings from the Letter to the Ephesians extending over seven Sundays. (1) He maintains his apostleship against the offence of the cross, upon which he also makes an argument to confirm himself, affirming that he was not only appointed an apostle by the mercy of God, but was also appointed particularly to the Gentiles. He normally went to the Jews first and then to the Gentiles. He says, "God just overwhelmed me by revealing this mystery to me. 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). The main subject of Ephesians 3:1-13is God’s call to the Gentiles and Paul’s mission as an apostle to take the Good News to the Gentiles. 3. and others. 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. Verses 1-21. The prisoner of Jesus Christ; for Christâs sake, for asserting his cause and honour: see 2 Timothy 1:8 Philemon 1:1,9. , Philemon 1:1); not his pre-eminence among the Lord’s prisoners, as if it = the prisoner par excellence (Mey. This glorious purpose has been executed in Christ, in whom we as redeemed have free access to God. ÑÑÐ½Ð¸ÐºÐ°Ð¼. Read Ephesians 3 commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). Others make the clause, the prisoner of Christ, to be in apposition to I Paul, and supply the predicate I am a prisoner. The second sense is used here. It was thus for the Gentiles that he was a prisoner; and there is probably also the further thought in the that Paul’s imprisonment was to be for their good, helpful to their Christian life. For this cause I, Paul, the prisoner, &c. The sense seems to be, I, Paul, am a prisoner; otherwise the sense will be suspended, and interrupted by a long parenthesis till the 14th verse, where it is again repeated, "for this cause I bow my knees." The paraphrase of Chrysostom is- διὰ τοῦτο καὶ ἐγὼ δέδεμαι; and he adds in explanation of the phrase—“if my Master was crucified for you, much more am I bound.” But our objection is, first, that δέσμιος has the article-I am the prisoner, whereas Paul may be supposed to say, “I am a prisoner.” It is alleged by Beza, Rollock, and Meyer, that the notoriety of Paul as a prisoner might have prompted him to use the article. 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. For this office he was qualified by direct revelation from Jesus Christ, concerning the purpose of redemption, of his knowledge of which the preceding portions of his epistle, were sufficient evidence, Ephesians 3:3, Ephesians 3:4. This last point is too often ignored in discussing the verse. But in this case to say the least, the article ( Î¿Ì Î´ÎµÌÏÎ¼Î¹Î¿Ï) before the predicate is unnecessary. iv. Of the total verses in Ephesians (155), nearly half (75 of them) will be read during these seven Sundays. Ð¡Ð¼. Well which is it? This wasabout 61 years after the birth of Christ. But the plain supposition of a long parenthesis renders all such supplements superfluous. Nor does this text only address those who, like Paul, find themselves called to be preachers. 1; he next narrows to his Ephesian converts, chap. v.), at the British Museum, published in photographic facsimile by Sir E. M. Thompson (1879). resumed, and the apostolic prayer offered. That name was venerated in those churches, and its formal mention must have struck a deep and tender chord in their bosom. Christians are “born again” by the will of the Father, and are in his spiritual household (John 3:5; Ephesians 1:5; 2:19). It was the capital of the *Roman region calledAsia. “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. PRISON AND PRIVILEGES (Ephesians 3:1-13)To understand the connection of thought in this passage it has to be noted that Ephesians 3:2-13 are one long parenthesis. One"s point of view makes all the difference in the worldâ (Barclay p. 121). Both must be carefully noted. ), a GrÃ¦co-Latin MS. at Paris, edited by Tischendorf in 1852. (1) For this cause . But there are some commentators who deny that any parenthesis or digression occurs, and for this purpose various supplements have been proposed for the 1st verse. Paul prays that the Ephesian Christians will be strengthened in their inner beings. I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ - A prisoner in the service of the Lord Jesus; or made a prisoner in his cause. 2ÐÐ¾Ñ. * [3:1–13] Paul reflects on his mission to the Gentiles. Home » Bible Commentaries » Comments on Ephesians. . He explained it to me, and now He has assigned me to preach to the Gentile world." 1. of Jesus Christ—Greek, "Christ Jesus." (Some authorities read ‘Christ,’ while ‘Jesus Christ’ is not found in any ancient manuscripts.) Ephesians 3:1-12. For you Gentiles. The business people soldmodels of Diana’s *temple there. Here is an old converted Jew writing to Gentiles. ; next, his own divine commission as their apostle, 7-9; and last, what the mission imports, 10-12. This opinion plainly har monizes with the scope and construction of the chapter. Study the bible online using commentary on Ephesians 3 and more! My very bonds are profitable "for [ huper (Greek #5228), 'in behalf of'] you Gentiles" (Ephesians 3:13; 2 Timothy 2:10). He digresses at "For this cause," and does not complete the sentence until Ephesians 3:14, where he resumes, "For this cause" - namely, because I know your call of God (Ephesians 2:11-22) to be "fellow-heirs" with the Jews (Ephesians 3:6), "I bow my knees unto" the Father of our common Saviour (Ephesians 3:14-15) to confirm you by His Spirit.  Autograph of the original scribe of . 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. In Ephesians 3:1-12 God has revealed this mystery to him. Beginning in Ephesians 3:2 Paul begins a new sentence which does not end until verse 7. The expression, Î¿Ì Î´ÎµÌÏÎ¼Î¹Î¿Ï ÏÎ¿Ï Í ÏÏÎ¹ÏÏÎ¿Ï Í, the prisoner of Christ, does not mean prisoner on account of Christ. 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. One of Stevens's copies adds, "am an ambassador", as in Ephesians 6:20 and another of them, "glory", or "rejoice"; see Philippians 2:16. Ephesians Commentary Purpose and Themes. 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. Commentary on Ephesians 1:9-14 (Read Ephesians 1:9-14) Blessings were made known to believers, by the Lord's showing to them the mystery of his sovereign will, and the method of redemption and salvation. "For this reason" refers to what Paul had said about God"s blessings that are now the possession of both Gentile and Jewish believers. Prisoner’ Christ— Not Cesar’s, but literally Christ’s prisoner. 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. For similar occurrences of the emphatic personal designation, with different shades of meaning, see 2 Corinthians 10:1; Galatians 5:2; Colossians 1:23; Philemon 1:19. Of course after work, before work, and on break we are free to voice our witness - and we should as we have opportunity. Ephesians 2:19-22 Fellowship Needs to Be a Priority. It fits the day in the liturgical year because an 'epiphany' is a manifestation of something. iv. For this reason. “Mystery” is the term that runs throughout this passage from Ephesians. And in this case what is revealed has been a mystery. 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. âbecause you Ephesians have been brought to God, I pray for your confirmation and growth in grace. The prisoner of Jesus Christ; one who is subjected to imprisonment for the cause of Jesus Christ. ', Others supply simply the substantive verb ( ÎµÎ¹ÌÎ¼Î¹Ì). The genitive, as that of originating cause, signifies not merely “a prisoner belonging to Christ,” but one whom Christ, that is, Christ's cause, and not Caesar, had imprisoned. He was taken first to Cesarea, and then to Rome. 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. Later in the Acts passage it is clear that the Jews were deaf to the Gospel, while Paul was commissioned to go to the Gentiles for they will listen.  Codex Sinaiticus (sÃ¦c. For this cause. Since God has blessed us so greatly, Paul prayed that his readers would comprehend fully the extent of God"s love for them (, Î¿Ì Î´ÎµÌÏÎ¼Î¹Î¿Ï ÏÎ¿Ï Í ÏÏÎ¹ÏÏÎ¿Ï Í, Ï ÌÏÎµÌÏ Ï ÌÎ¼ÏÍÎ½ ÏÏÍÎ½ ÎµÌÎ¸Î½ÏÍÎ½, "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. 1.For—Paul began his letter with the broad, universal elect, chap. 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. (Ephesians 3:1.) Or: 2. The *apostle Paul wrote this letter when he wasin a prison in Rome. For a comprehensive study of the passage, download the Study Guide (PDF download). (Witham), Ephesians 3:1 âFor this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus in behalf of you Gentilesâ. Commentary, Ephesians 3:1-12, Craig R. Koester, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2008. The other opinion, that the course of thought is resumed in Ephesians 3:13, is proved to be untenable as well by the occurrence of the simple διό in that verse, as by the fact that the repeated τούτου χάριν of the following verse has no foundation in the sentiment of the 13th. Difference in the town called Ephesus places us in ( Î¿Ì Î´ÎµÌÏÎ¼Î¹Î¿Ï ÏÎ¿Ï Í ÏÏÎ¹ÏÏÎ¿Ï Í, the of! 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