About this commentary: Chicago: Moody Press), Unger, M. F., Harrison, R. K., Vos, H. F., Barber, C. J., & Unger, M. F. The New Unger's Bible Dictionary. Thus while he was the prisoner of the Romans, in his mind he was really the prisoner of Jesus Christ. As previously discussed it was most likely during this time of "house arrest" that he wrote the letter to the Ephesians. There is an error today called “open theism” that teaches that God is not sovereign over the tragic things that happen. 2:5; 8:19; 16:25; 1 Co. 1:7; 14:6, 26; 2 Co. 12:1, 7; Gal. 2:32; Rom. (Commentary), Ray Stedman explains "for this reason" writing that "Sometimes it is difficult for those who do not read Greek to see how Paul builds his letters. And yet his heart was full of gratitude to God. The mystery is not in the fact that the truths are difficult to interpret, but that they are impossible to interpret until their meaning is revealed at which time the truth becomes plain. Some teach that it is okay to be angry at God when we suffer and that we should be honest in expressing our feelings. Paul's spirit is with Christ in the heavenlies though his body languishes in that foul Roman prison. 1:11; Eph. Stewardship (3622) (“administration,” “dispensation,” “commission”) (oikonomia from oíkos = house + némo = manage, distribute) in referred to the office of a steward or administrator in God's house. Here are the 18 uses of apokalupsis - Lk. Consider his circumstances as he wrote to the church in Ephesus while he awaited trial before the Roman emperor Nero. He discharged this trust nobly through his preaching and writing. 15 But when He who had set me apart, even from my mother's womb, and called me through His grace, was pleased 16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus. Resources. When he speaks of himself as “the prisoner of Christ,” it makes him think of the universal love of God and of his part in bringing that love to the Gentiles. 1:8; Philemon 1:1, 9; Heb. If you are a Christian, it is not because you thought through all of the options and due to your superior intelligence and high moral standards, you decided to follow Jesus. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. When reference is to time, it means little, short, or brief, Choose Book of Bible to StudyGenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SolomonIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Search Wikipedia using spiritual discretion, Ephesians 3:1-4 The Unity of the Body, Part 4, Barclay, W: The Daily Study Bible Series, Rev. I am clean. Paul is our example; he regarded himself, not as the prisoner of Nero, but as the prisoner of Christ. Given (1325) (didomi) means to grant someone an opportunity or occasion to do something. But when he got there, some Jews saw him in the temple and started a riot by falsely accusing him of bringing some Gentiles beyond the barrier in the temple. “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” (Ephesians 3:8). This is particularly true of this passage, because Paul begins "For this reason … " -- but he doesn't give the reason toward which he is moving until Verse 13! 1:9; 3:3, 5, 10; 6:19, 21; Phil. Paul is saying, "This ministry to the Gentiles that God has appointed me to was not my idea. —Willett. The "mystery-religions" had their secrets and signs as modern secret societies have today. They are trying to get God off the hook for all of the evil and suffering in the world. It is one of the great warnings of the Christian life that if we keep them to ourselves we lose them. Wiersbe writes that "In the New Testament, a mystery is not something eerie or inscrutable, but rather “a truth that was hidden by God in times past and is now revealed to those who are in His family.” A mystery is a “sacred secret” that is unknown to unbelievers, but understood and treasured by the people of God. Steven Cole has the following excellent sermon on Ephesians 3:1-7. We can be joyfully grateful in our trials if we remember that we have graciously been given the privilege of serving God. But, if Job (the most righteous man on earth) did not need to forgive God for taking al ten of his children in one accident, then neither do we need to forgive God, no matter how difficult our trials. Live as you will wish to have lived after you are dead or as Adoniram Judson the great missionary to Burma said, "The motto of every missionary, whether preacher, printer, or schoolmaster, ought to be 'Devoted for life.'”. (Word Studies in the NT). 3:1; 4:1; 2 Tim. repentance (Luke 5:32). Those who receive grace, for grace from Christ's fulness, may be said to be filled with the fulness of God. But even now, there are hundreds of millions of people around the globe who live in spiritual darkness in countries where the gospel is hardly known. The mystery spoken of here is not that Gentiles would be blessed (for that was predicted in the OT) but that Jews and Gentiles would be equal heirs in the one body of Christ (Ep 3:6) (Ed: "one body" equates with "the church"). "The Word of the Lord spread through the whole region." Their life’s aim is to get that other person to be happy with them. This reference could be to his mention of the mystery in Ephesians 1:9; 1:10, He (the Father) made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His (the Father's) kind intention which He purposed in Him (Christ) 10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fulness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things upon the earth. 1:16. Rather, the Bible indicts us all (Ro 3:10-18): As it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one. Well, he wants to tell them of a mystery that has been revealed to his heart. Exploring Ephesians). If you move down to verse 14, he uses the exact terminology: "For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father." and blasphemed, he shook out his garments and said to them, "Your blood be upon your own heads! 9:22, 23; 16:26; 1 Co. 12:3; 15:1; 2 Co. 8:1; Gal. Biblical Studies Press), Heard (191) (akouo) means to hear with attention or with the ear of the mind. The trials that imprison you need not limit God’s work in you. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, MacDonald, W & Farstad, A. Believer's Bible Commentary: Thomas Nelson, Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. That porter knew the reality of God’s saving grace. The center of evangelism shifted from Jerusalem to Antioch, and then the message went out into all the world that any man, whether Jew or Gentile, can come in through the Lord Jesus Christ. Specifically, it refers to a part of God’s truth that was not revealed, or was only partially revealed, in the Old Testament." The "mysteries" are the sacred secrets that God knows about life, which men desperately need to know and which by His Spirit, He revealed to the "initiated", those who by grace through faith were now saints and now had ears to hear the "family secrets". The 1st and 13th verses are thus in close connection, and the apostle, as if describing a circle, comes round at length to the point from which he originally started. Paul’s persistent enemies, the Judaizers, were no doubt plaguing the Ephesian church, arguing that the Gentiles needed to be circumcised and follow the Law of Moses to be saved. The man paused for a moment, straightened himself and answered: “I am helping Sir Christopher Wren build St. Paul’s Cathedral.” If a man is in prison for some great cause he may either grumblingly regard himself as an ill-used creature, or he may radiantly regard himself as the standard-bearer of some great cause. (Wiersbe, W: Bible Exposition Commentary. 10:34; 13:3. Mysteries in the Scripture fall into two categories. The mystery spoken of here is that Jews and Gentiles would be equal heirs in the one body of Christ. Neither should we! (Comment: In addition clearly Ephesians 2:11-22 speaks about the outworking of the mystery even though that specific word is not used.). The reason is obvious when you read his letters. Their throat is an open grave, with their tongues they keep deceiving, the poison of asps is under their lips; whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; their feet are swift to shed blood, destruction and misery are in their paths, and the path of peace they have not known.

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