i. ), it is logical to ask how this can ever be. ii. He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. Constructed on August 13, 1961, that twenty-five mile long wall was erected in the heart of a divided city. (Alford) "The history of the Christian church becomes a graduate school for angels." We can't pray effectively if we do not have insight into God's purpose and will. But who are the audience? 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. (Moule). It was also given specifically to Peter by revelation (Acts 11:1-18), and it is consistent with prophecy in the Old Testament (such as Isaiah 49:6) and the specific words of Jesus (Acts 1:8). How long will it continue?" That something can be conquered as the Spirit of God gives us the victory of faith. 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. Read Introduction to Ephesians . The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. ii. g. That you may be filled with all the fullness of God: Paul asked God to fill these Christians unto all the fullness of God. John 3:16, Jesus faith love), The Whole Bible -------------------- (Eph 3:16-19) Paul prays again for the Ephesians. e. How that by revelation: Paul wanted them to know, "I'm not making this up. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Commentaries for Ephesians Chapter 3 The apostle sets forth his office, and his qualifications for it, and his call to it. This means he confidently prayed according to God's will. Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness. Ephesians 3:16 The measure of God's power J. H. Rogers, M. A. f. Through faith in Him: The fact of this unity is shown by the truth that we (Jew and Gentile collectively) have the identical boldness, access and confidence before God - because it has nothing to do with national or ethnic identity, only with faith in Him (Jesus). General Epistles The New Testament 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 . In it he developed the idea that we are one with our brothers and sisters in heaven, and how this enriches our hope of heaven. ii. 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. (Carr John Glynn, godfather to H. C. G. Moule). It is a choice mercy to be permitted to preach the gospel. b. I bow my knees: Paul prayed in the posture of bowing his knees. "In his immortality, never touched by one drop of our cold river, it is instructive to him beyond all our thought to see his God triumphing over pain and death in some sufferer in the fire of martyrdom, or in the torture of cancer, or in the shipwreck, or just in the silent awe of any form of our departure from the body … They see these fallen and mortal beings, this Community of the lost and saved, not only bearing and doing for God here on earth, but spiritually present with Him in the Holy of Holies above." (Stott). (1) The Christian's standing before God, Chs. From the other, it is a matter for the simplest and most personal reception by man. According to the power that works in us: God is able to do this in our life now, not beginning with heaven. i. "Coming to them in a sense, in a respect, so deep and great, as to constitute a practically new arrival, and remaining where He so arrives not as a Guest, precariously detained, but as a Master resident in His proper home." ii. i. The angels desire to look into these things. God's mystery and man's place in it revealed. 2. We aren't parents for children; we are parents for Jesus. "Among all the great sayings in this prayer, this is the greatest. A popular interpretation today sees the principalities and powers as modern political states and economic structures. Prophets "Here as in Ephesians 1:9, however, it is to be interpreted rather as the implementation of a strategy." In 1854, just four years after his conversion, Spurgeon, then only 20, became pastor of London's famed New Park Street Church (formerly pastored by … Ephesians 3:10 could be nothing more than a dramatic, rhetorical burst of eloquent hyperbole, having much the same meaning as if he had written: We shall shout the gospel message to the highest heavens and extol the glory of the church as the demonstration of … History is the theatre, the world is the stage, and the church members in every land are the actors. Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. However, it would never be known if God did not make it known. Understanding the character of God, we can say that this is not for a selfish or self-glorying motive, in the way we think of the proud man showing his brains and accomplishments to everyone. 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 … i. Historical Books (Spurgeon), ©2006 David Guzik - No distribution beyond personal use without permission. i. Paul tried to figure out the greatness of God's grace, and started tracking it out as one might track out the shore of a lake. Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. It is a preview of what Jesus will ultimately do in the fulfillment of summing up all things in Himself. Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Share this page using one of these tools: Email / username or password was incorrect! Paul trusted that his readers would understand what God revealed to him. of Scripture. (Spurgeon). The love of Jesus has width. The things Paul prayed for in the previous verses (spiritual strength, the indwelling Jesus, experiential knowledge of God's love, and the fullness of God) belong to us as children of God. They can now come before God in a standing they could only dream of before. 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. c. Through the gospel: This could only happen through the gospel, where all men have an equal standing in Jesus. 3. Resources. He has faised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6). God does this for the glory of His creatures, because the glory of the creature is directly connected to the glory of the Creator. Luke-Acts (Clarke). i. Paul wanted them to know it by experience and not just in words. 1. To come to any understanding of the dimensions of God's love, we must come to the cross.