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3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 3:2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3:3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

3:13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 3:18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Ephesians
Book: Ephesians
Chapter: 3

The Apostle sets forth his office, and his qualifications for
it, and his Call to it. (1-7) Also the noble purposes answered
By it. (8-12) He prays for the Ephesians. (13-19) And adds a
thanksgiving. (20,21)

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. All
the gracious offers of the Gospel, and the joyful tidings it
contains, come from the rich Grace of God; it is the great means
By which the Spirit Works Grace in the souls of men. The
Mystery, is that secret, hidden purpose of Salvation through
Christ. This was not So fully and clearly shown in the ages
before Christ, as unto the prophets of the New Testament. This
was the great Truth made known to the Apostle, that God would
Call the Gentiles to Salvation By Faith in Christ. An effectual
working of Divine power attends the Gifts of Divine Grace. As
God appointed Paul to the office, So he qualified him for it.

8-12 Those whom God advances to honourable employments, he
makes low in their own eyes; and where God gives Grace to be
humble, there he gives all other needful Grace. How highly he
speaks of Jesus Christ; the unsearchable riches of Christ!
Though many are not enriched with these riches; yet how great a
favour to have them preached among us, and to have an offer of
them! And if we are not enriched with them it is our own fault.
The first Creation, when God made all things out of nothing, and
the new Creation, whereby sinners are made new creatures By
converting Grace, are of God By Jesus Christ. His riches are as
unsearchable and as sure as ever, yet while angels Adore the
Wisdom of God in the Redemption of his Church, the ignorance of
self-Wise and Carnal men deems the whole to be foolishness.

13-19 The Apostle seems to be more anxious lest the believers
should be discouraged and faint upon his tribulations, than for
what he himself had to Bear. He asks for spiritual blessings,
which are the best blessings. Strength from the Spirit of God in
the inner Man; strength in the soul; the strength of Faith, to
serve God, and to do our duty. If the Law of Christ is written
in our hearts, and the Love of Christ is shed abroad there, then
Christ dwells there. Where his Spirit dwells, there he dwells.
We should desire that good affections may be fixed in us. And
how desirable to have a fixed sense of the Love of God in Christ
to our souls! How powerfully the Apostle speaks of the Love of
Christ! The breadth shows its extent to all nations and ranks;
the length, that it continues from Everlasting to Everlasting;
the depth, its saving those who are sunk into the depths of Sin
and misery; the height, its raising them up to heavenly
happiness and Glory. Those who receive Grace for Grace from
Christ's Fulness, may be said to be filled with the Fulness of
God. Should not this satisfy Man? Must he needs fill himself
with a thousand trifles, fancying thereby to complete his

20,21 It is proper always to End prayers with praises. Let us
expect more, and ask for more, encouraged By what Christ has
already done for our souls, being assured that the Conversion of
sinners, and the comfort of believers, will be to his Glory, for
ever and ever.