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Ephesians 3


 1 For (1) this cause, I Paul am the (a) (*) prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles.


(1) He maintaineth his Apostleship against the offence of the cross, whereupon also he taketh an argument to confirm himself, affirming that he was not only appointed an Apostle by the mercy of God, but was also particularly appointed to the Gentiles, to call them on every side to salvation; because God had so determined it from the beginning, although he deferred a great while the manifestation of that his counsel.
(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.

(*) He rejoiceth in that he suffered imprisonment of Christ's glory.


 2 If ye have heard of the (*) dispensation of the grace of God, which is given me toward you,


(*) Which was his vocation to preach unto the Gentiles.


 3 That is, that God by revelation hath shewed this mystery unto me (as I wrote (*) above in few words,


(*) That is, in the first chapter of this Epistle, verse 9; Ephesians 1:9 .


 4 Whereby when ye read, ye may know my understanding in the mystery of Christ.)


 5 Which in (b) other ages was (*) not opened unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy Apostles and Prophets by the Spirit,


(b) He meaneth not that none knew the calling of the Gentiles before, but because very few knew of it, and those that did know it, as the Prophets, had it revealed unto them very darkly, and under figures.

(*) Although the fathers, and the Prophets had revelations certain, yet it was not in comparison of that abundance which was shewed when the Gentiles were called; neither yet was the time, nor the manner known.


 6 That the Gentiles should be inheritors also, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the Gospel,


 7 Whereof I am made a minister by the gift of the grace of God given unto me (*) through the effectual working of his power.


(*) Ephesians 1:19 .


 8  (*) Even unto me the least of all Saints is this grace given, that I should preach among the (♣) Gentiles, the unsearchable riches of Christ,


(*) 1 Corinthians 15:9 .

(♣) Galatians 1:16 .


 9 And to make clear unto all men what the fellowship of the (*) mystery is, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who hath created all things by Jesus Christ,


(*) Romans 16:25; Colossians 1:26; 2 Timothy 1:10; Titus 1:2; 2 Peter 1:20 .


 10  (2) To the intent, that now unto (*) principalities and powers in heavenly places, might be known (♣) by the Church the (c) manifold wisdom of God,


(2) The unlooked for calling of the Gentiles, was as it were a glass to the heavenly Angels, wherein they might behold the marvelous wisdom of God.

(*) The Angels.

(♣) The Church being gathered of so many kinds of people, is an example, or a glass for the Angels to behold the wisdom of God in, who hath turned their particular discords into a universal concord, and of the Synagogue of bondage, hath made the Church of freedom.
(c) God never had but one way only, to save men by; but it had divers fashions and forms.


 11 According to the (d) eternal purpose, which he wrought in Christ Jesus our Lord;


(d) Which was before all beginnings.


 12 By whom we have boldness and entrance with confidence, by faith in him.


 13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for your sakes, which is your glory.


 14  (3) For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,


(3) He teacheth by his own example, that the efficacy of the doctrine dependeth upon the grace of God, and therefore we ought to join prayers with the preaching and hearing of the word; which are needful not only to them which are younglings in religion, but even to the oldest also, that they growing up more and more by faith in Christ, being confirmed with all spiritual gifts, may be grounded and rooted in the knowledge of that immeasurable love, wherewith God the Father hath loved us in Christ, seeing that the whole family, whereof part is already received into heaven, and part is yet here on earth, dependeth upon that adoption of the heavenly Father, to his only Son.


 15 (Of whom is named the whole (e) (*) family in (♣) heaven and in earth.)


(e) That that whole people which hath but one household Father, and that is the Church which is adopted in Christ.

(*) He that is not of the body of Christ, is in death.

(♣) The faithful which died before Christ came, were adopted by him, and make one family with the Saints which yet remain alive.


 16 That he might grant you according to the (f) riches of his glory, that ye may be strengthened by his Spirit in the (g) inner man,


(f) According to the greatness of his mercy.
(g) Look at Romans 7:22 .


 17 That Christ may dwell in your (*) hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in (h) love,


(*) For we confess that which we believe.

(h) Wherewith God loveth us, which is the root of our election.


 18 May be able to comprehend with all Saints, (i) what is the (*) breadth, and length, and depth, and height;


(i) How perfect that work of Christ is in every part.

(*) All perfection on every side is in him.


 19 And to know the (k) love of Christ, which (l) passeth knowledge, that ye may be filled with all (m) (*) fullness of God.


(k) Which God hath sheweth us in Christ.
(l) Which surpasseth all the capacity of man's wit, to comprehend it fully in his mind; for otherwise who so hath the Spirit of God, perceiveth so much (according to the measure that God hath given him) as is sufficient to salvation.
(m) So that we have abundantly in us, whatsoever things are requisite to make us perfect with God.

(*) That all the graces of God may abound in you.


 20  (4) (*) Unto him therefore that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in (♣) us,


(4) He breaketh forth into a thanksgiving, whereby the Ephesians also may be confirmed to hope for anything of God.

(*) Romans 16:25 .

(♣) In that we feel Christ in us.


 21 Be praise in the Church by Christ Jesus, throughout all generations forever, Amen.




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