(a) These words, the prisoner of Jesus Christ, are taken passively, that is to say, I, Paul, am cast into prison for maintaining the glory of Christ. For this cause — That you may be so built up together, and made the temple of God, and his habitation through the Spirit; I bow my knees, &c., see Ephesians 3:14, with which the words are evidently closely connected, (as they are also with the close of the preceding chapters) the subsequent paragraph to the end of Ephesians 3:13 manifestly coming in by way of parenthesis. For this reason. The for this cause of Ephesians 3:14 takes up again and resumes the for this cause of Ephesians 3:1.Someone has spoken of Paul's habit of "going off at a word." But the phrase suggests more than this: His office, and hence his affliction, was for the benefit of the Gentiles. 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. . resumed, and the apostolic prayer offered. (131) To strengthen his authority still more, he speaks in lofty terms of his prison. That the substantive verb am be here supplied, and the word read, I Paul am the prisoner of Jesus Christ; q.d. Compare with Acts 21:17-36. “It was because he had publicly proclaimed that the gospel was intended for all the world and that God had sent him to the Gentiles that Paul was detested by the Jews and persecuted by them. Ephesians 3:1-12 Commentary by Brian Peterson. He says, "God just overwhelmed me by revealing this mystery to me. 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. ', Others supply simply the substantive verb ( εἰμὶ). The lighthouse keeper weathered all storms so that the sailors could be secure. Middleton on Greek Article, p. 358. The apostle proceeds to explain more fully the meaning of this clause-. v.), the Paris palimpsest, edited by Tischendorf in 1843. Ephesians 2:14-18 We Are One Body in Christ. Notice the article, the Christ, and see on Ephesians 2:13. Men might think otherwise, but it is our duty to judge of the reasons. He normally went to the Jews first and then to the Gentiles. The apostle intended saying at the beginning of the chapter what he says in Ephesians 3:14, "For this cause, I Paul, bow my knees," i.e. 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. Biblical Commentary Ephesians 3:1-12. The prisoner of Jesus Christ. 2; and now, chap. The apostle regarded his imprisonment as God"s will for him then. His reference to himself as Christ"s prisoner for the sake of the Gentiles led him to digress and explain why he was such. 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. to those who were not part of national Israel. vi. The is omitted by Tisch. 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. This opinion plainly har monizes with the scope and construction of the chapter. Jesus had the same perspective when standing before Pilate (John 19:10-12). Ephesians 3:7-13 Mystery of God’s Grace. 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). Written by an Irish scribe, it once formed part of the same volume as Codex Sangallensis ( ) of the Gospels. The expression, ὁ δέσμιος τοῦ χριστοῦ, the prisoner of Christ, does not mean prisoner on account of Christ. The majority of expositors adopt the view we have given, to wit, that Ephesians 3:14 resumes the interrupted sentiment. 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. , Philemon 1:1); not his pre-eminence among the Lord’s prisoners, as if it = the prisoner par excellence (Mey. It means Christ's prisoner. He was Christ’s prisoner, not the emperor’s; comp. 1.For—Paul began his letter with the broad, universal elect, chap. Jesus Christ is also the source of spiritual life. The only question which can well be raised is whether the resumption takes place at Ephesians 3:13, “I desire that ye faint not;” or at Ephesians 3:14, “I bow my knees;” and this seems decided for the latter alternative, both by the emphatic repetition of “for this cause,” and by the far greater weight and finality of the latter sentence. 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. "For this reason" refers to what Paul had said about God"s blessings that are now the possession of both Gentile and Jewish believers. ; next, his own divine commission as their apostle, 7-9; and last, what the mission imports, 10-12. We are to be light houses, not secure. There is no small difference among expositors about the connection of these words: the fairest and easiest seems to be, either: 1. iv. But Paul’s *preaching affected their tra… Others make the clause, the prisoner of Christ, to be in apposition to I Paul, and supply the predicate I am a prisoner. Compare Acts 22:21; Acts 26:23. Submitted by admin on Fri, 2010-01-15 12:00. 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. 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," The office is the prominent thought in the latter arrangement; the person, in the former. The prisoner of Jesus Christ; one who is subjected to imprisonment for the cause of Jesus Christ. Another circumstance greatly fitted to interest the Ephesians was, that the persecutions of Paul were endured for the Gentiles, — that his troubles and dangers were on their account. But such a supposition is not in harmony with the apostle's character. 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. 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. The reference is to what precedes (chap. (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. The is referred by some (Mey., etc.) The glory of Christ not only overcomes the ignominy of the chains, but converts what was in itself a reproach into the highest honor. Of course after work, before work, and on break we are free to voice our witness - and we should as we have opportunity. ix. I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles. From these words the digression of Ephesians 3:2-13 starts, bringing out the reality and greatness of that mission. "'Mystery' is the term that runs throughout this passage from Ephesians. 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. [200] Codex Claromontanus (sæc. But what of the construction and connection here? The only question which can well be raised is whether the resumption takes place at Ephesians 3:13, “I desire that ye faint not;” or at Ephesians 3:14, “I bow my knees;” and this seems decided for the latter alternative, both by the emphatic repetition of “for this cause,” and by the far greater weight and finality of the latter sentence. Paul prays that the Ephesian Christians will be strengthened in their inner beings. Some commentaries suggest that "For this cause" is really the introduction phrase to verse thirteen. In Ephesians 3:1-12 God has revealed this mystery to him. Since God has blessed us so greatly, Paul prayed that his readers would comprehend fully the extent of God"s love for them (, ὁ δέσμιος τοῦ χριστοῦ, ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν τῶν ἐθνῶν, "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. . 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). On the construction, see above. Ephesians 3:1-6 New International Version (NIV) God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles. Both must be carefully noted. I Paul. 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 would be more correctly rendered, "For this cause I, Paul, am the prisoner," etc. 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) 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. Afflictions endured in such a cause were no ground of depression, but rather of glory, Ephesians 3:11-13. His unshaken firmness was no small additional proof that he had discharged his office in a proper manner. ), a Græco-Latin MS. at Paris, edited by Tischendorf in 1852. 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, I have for some time been and still am the prisoner of Jesus Christ. At this point he starts with fervent prayer in their behalf; but the mention of his apostleship carries him out into a full expatiation of thirteen verses upon that glorious office; and when that excursion is finished, the actual record of his prayer begins at the fourteenth verse. 2; and now, chap. Ephesians 3:1-12. 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. It was the capital of the *Roman region calledAsia. But the plain supposition of a long parenthesis renders all such supplements superfluous. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. [199] Autograph of the original scribe of . [204] Codex Alexandrinus (sæc. ed. The object of his ministry was to make known the unsearchable riches of Christ, and enlighten men as to the purpose of redemption which had from eternity been hid in the divine mind, Ephesians 3:9. (Some authorities read ‘Christ,’ while ‘Jesus Christ’ is not found in any ancient manuscripts.) And in this case what is revealed has been a mystery. —And doubtless no human name so thrilled their hearts at the utterance as this. To whom Paul was expressly sent, and in preaching to whom he had fallen into the hands of the civil law. Paul’s imprisonment, which ought to have been held as a confirmation of his apostleship, was undoubtedly presented by his adversaries in an opposite light. 2Кор. Winer, § 62, 4. Commentary, Ephesians 3:1-12, Craig R. Koester, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2008. A strong expression, occurring only here, in chap. I offer the following commentary and summary for Ephesians in this article. By this construction the abruptness now manifest in our common version is avoided. 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.". См. Of Jesus Christ - Greek, 'Christ Jesus' (Philem 13): the office is thus prominent; the person in the English version. [201] Codex Boernerianus (sæc. 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" Ephesians 2:19-22 Fellowship Needs to Be a Priority. For a comprehensive study of the passage, download the Study Guide (PDF download). The prisoner of Christ Jesus. This passage is, to a large degree, a reflection on Paul’s unique role in the church. I Paul—And doubtless no human name so thrilled their hearts at the utterance as this I Paul. In all his relations he belonged to Christ. He is the means by which God gives eternal life to those who obey him (Ephesians 1:7; Romans 3:23-26; 1 … The 8th verse is inseparably connected also with the 6th and 7th verses. It fits the day in the liturgical year because an “epiphany” is a manifestation of something. “He had come to be a prisoner, not one who had been arrested for only a few days, but one that had been bound for several years” (Lenski p. 462). For you Gentiles.—This 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 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). How does Paul describe his present situation in Ephesians 3:1 (printed below?) (1) For this cause . chap. Meyer's rendering is peculiar-deshalb-that you may be built-zu diesem Behufe bin Ich Paulus, der Gefesselte Christi Jesu um euret, der Heiden wi llen. Not a prisoner for crime or debt, or as a captive in war, but a captive in the service of the Redeemer. 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. Paul was called specially to be a minister of Christ to the Gentiles (Acts 21:21; Acts 21:28; Acts 22:21), and his preaching Christ as for the Gentiles equally with the Jews provoked that enmity of the Jews which led to his imprisonment. This is not to say that he didn"t preach to Jews at every opportunity. Ephesians 3:1 Context. 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. 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. So Tyndale renders it, "For this cause I, Paul, the servant of Jesus, am in bonds." 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. Chapter 3. 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. [203] Codex Sinaiticus (sæc. [205] Codex Ephraemi (sæc. It is far more elevated and more in keeping with Paul's character, for him to say, ‘Because you are now part of God's spiritual temple, I pray for your confirmation and growth;' than, ‘Because you are introduced into the communion of saints, I am a prisoner of Jesus Christ.'. 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. “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. 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