We are prone, when ministers of the gospel are troubled, to forsake them and their gospel (Zechariah 13:7; Matthew 26:56). ‘Wherefore I ask that you may not faint at my tribulations for you, which are your glory.’. In this verse the apostle returned to the thought with which he began this section ( Ephesians 3:1). "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". It doesn't do justice to this prayer to oversimplify it. Paul wants the Ephesian believers to see that imprisonment does not mean defeat” (Boles p. 253). "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". It was the sympathy of Christ, in whom the Apostle’s ‘boldness and access’ was possessed ‘in confidence,’ that gave to him such sympathy with them. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/ephesians-3.html. My tribulations are your "glory," as your faith is furthered thereby (1 Corinthians 4:10). What does verse 15 mean? BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Desire" is a word that has many shades of meaning. "Commentary on Ephesians 3:13". Wherefore I desire; I pray you. This is something that is very important to the apostle. Charles Schribner's Sons. 5. "Commentary on Ephesians 3:13". 1. Win.-Moult., pp. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/ephesians-3.html. ÷EPHESIANS 3:1-13. Now, however, he has a strength to bear them which he had not before. We did not have motel money so I always drove straight through both ways. Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. p. 190), like qui quidem, quippe qui, utpote qui. If instead (like Paul) we keep before us the vision of God"s new society as His family, His dwelling place, and His instrument in the world, then we shall constantly be seeking to make our church"s worship more authentic, its fellowship more caring and its outreach more compassionate. Dem. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghc/ephesians-3.html. This equality and this body were not revealed in the Old Testament. But if the subject of the αἰτοῦμαι had been God, the θεόν could scarcely have been omitted, as there is nothing in the context clearly to suggest it. 6 Or "the believers in Christ Jesus." 1897-1910. Διὸ. The idea in the verb ἐγκακεῖν is that of losing courage, becoming faint of heart. He even had problems … Commentary on Ephesians 1:9-14 (Read Ephesians 1:9-14) Blessings were made known to believers, by the Lord's showing to them the mystery of his sovereign will, and the method of redemption and salvation. Leonard Keyser, a friend and disciple of Luther, having been condemned by the bishop, had his head shaved, and being dressed in a smock frock, was placed on horseback. Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. Commentaries; Dictionaries; Strongs; People; Ephesians 3:13-21 The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed. Comp. So, asking absolutely, Colossians 1:9 [“We do not cease desiring ( αἰτούμενοι) for you:” viz. In the one case the sense would be: ‘The afflictions which I suffer for you instead of being a ground of discouragement are a glory to you.' BibliographyDerickson, Stanley. 1 Corinthians 3:17; Philippians 1:28. Biblical Commentary Ephesians 3:14-21. Prayer for Spiritual Strength. Hodge's Commentary on Romans, Ephesians and First Corintians. “Paul also had to encourage the Philippians ( and 2:17-18) and the Colossians (1:24) in regard to his imprisonment. If we are to spread the message, we must be prepared to endure some suffering (2 Timothy 3:12; Acts 14:22). Biblical Commentary Ephesians 3:1-12. Ephesians 2:14-18 We Are One Body in Christ. For you - in your behalf. What may surprise us in this passage is that the author stops to thank God for the foresight and grace to plan this messy human diversity. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/ephesians-3.html. Aphob., p. 853, 31, and in the NT itself, Acts 24:11; Philippians 3:20) as well as its gender to the rel. I beseech you not to be discouraged. Lit., lose heart. Ephesians 3:20,21 He giveth glory to … He asks for spiritual blessings, which are the best blessings. And what follows ("which is your glory"), is a motive by which his exhortation to them is enforced. 1983-1999. Comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth of what? τρός, διὸ αἰτοῦμαι μὴ ἐγκακεῖν ἐν ταῖς θλίψεσί μου ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν, wherefore I ask that ye lose not heart in my tribulations in your behalf, θλίψεσί μου ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Ephesians 1:3-14 EXEGESIS: BACKGROUND: While this book begins, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus” (1:1), scholars today are divided regarding … This was especially true since more Gentiles were being given an opportunity to learn of God"s great plan. DD. What is the main point of 14-21? (Ephesians 3:14-21) Paul concludes the first part of his Letter with another prayer for the Ephesians and a doxology of praise to God. a rich outpouring of intercession for them, which terminates in an enthusiastic doxology (Ephesians 3:20 f.). He says that, he endured tribulations for the Ephesians, because they tended to promote the edification of all the godly. How dare we take lightly what God takes so seriously? The Family of God is located both in heaven and on earth. For this reason, I, … It is grammatically simpler to supply one word (‘you’) which need not be repeated, than to supply two, one of them (‘God’) not directly suggested by the context nor necessary to complete the sense of the verb. Paul does not want them to be deterred in any way by his tribulations. BibliographyVincent, Marvin R. DD. ad Oed. Opposition, difficulty, even apparent failure, are not reasons for abandoning a divinely appointed task” (pp. Unlock The Blessings. 1765. The Ephesians were to glory in the tribulation of Paul. δὸξα ὑμων, and by the insertion of μου after θλ., which in this case would be wholly superfluous: not to mention its inconsistency with all we know of the Apostle himself) in (of the element or sphere, in which the faint-heartedness would be shewn: ‘in the midst of’) my tribulations for you (the grammatical Commentators justify the absence of the article before ὑπέρ by the construction θλίβομαι ὑπέρ τινος. Ephesians 2:11-13 My Position in Christ As a Gentile. All rights reserved. "Commentary on Ephesians 3:13". 1. The greater the office of the sufferer, the more did the afflictions which he was content to endure for them redound to their honour; and the better this was understood by them, the less should they give way to weakness and discouragement. BibliographyHodge, Charles. Your glory; the means of promoting your glory; that is, promotive of your heavenly glory, with all the earnests of it which ye now receive through the Holy Spirit. "Commentary on Ephesians 3:13". ΄ου, because one may say θλίβεσθαι ὑπέρ τινος (2 Corinthians 1:6; comp. Wherefore. at. They thought that they would be the only ones in heaven. The word rendered “faint” - ἐκκακέω egkakeō- means literally, to turn out “a coward,” or to lose one‘s courage; then to be fainthearted, etc. Ephesians 3:13. We must be ready to suffer in the afflictions of the gospel with the ministers thereof. EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: The recipients of this letter were mostly Gentile Christians. Paul urges all his apostolic authority to keep the readers from giving in to evil because of his tribulations for them. Ephesians 3:13-21 King James Version (KJV). 14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 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; Paul was willing to suffer the hardships of Roman imprisonment if the gospel could be furthered by his chains. Only from τούτου χάριν, Ephesians 3:14, begins an intercession for the readers, that God may strengthen them. Paul at this time seems to have been kept, either within the vicinity of the Praetorian barracks, or within the compound that housed the royal bodyguard of the Caesars. (3-6) The work of God the Father. Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/ephesians-3.html. Verse 13 concludes the sentence that began at verse two. You have occasion to rejoice that you have a friend who is willing thus to suffer for you; you have occasion to rejoice in all the benefits which will result to you from, his trials in your behalf. Coffman Commentaries on the Bible. Ordinary winds produced no effect upon the mighty instrument; but when fierce storms and wild tempests came rushing down the sides of the mountains and through the valleys, and hurled themselves against those wires, then they began to roll out the most majestic strains of music that can be conceived. The relative ἥτις in the next clause, admits of a twofold reference. 7:22 the inner man, 17 # John 14:23; Rom. Ephesians 4:1-6 Spiritual Unity. (Acts 7:46). 13.] 13 Therefore . .," p31. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hdg/ephesians-3.html. "Family Bible New Testament". No, we shall seek to become responsible church members, active in some local manifestation of the universal church. EPH. Ephesians 3:13 Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory (NASB: Lockman). "Our examination of the mystery in Ephesians 3leads us to a mediating position between traditional dispensational and nondispensational views [i.e, the progressive dispensational view]. .," p31. 1863-1878. 2. Why should they glory or be proud of his tribulation - the tribulation that was caused because of them? 2 Corinthians 5:20; Hebrews 13:19. μὴ ἐνκακεῖν., 2 Thessalonians 3:13; 2 Corinthians 4:1; Galatians 6:9; Luke 18:1. And here the apostle returns to his former discourse, after a long digression, Ephesians 3:2; to Ephesians 3:13. Ephesians 2:11-3:13 English Standard Version (ESV) One in Christ. Read Ephesians 3 commentary using Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". He started to explain that his imprisonment was for the sake of this gospel which he reminded them was specially and uniquely revealed from God to the Church - through Paul himself. Such a reference is quite refuted by the reason rendered below, ἥτις ἐσ. In opposition to the latter, it may be urged that the supplying of θεόν after αἰτοῦμαι, demanded in connection therewith, is in no wise indicated by the context, which rather in the bare αἰτοῦμαι, (comp. Note however that Paul is not teaching teach that God is the spiritual Father of every being in the universe. Paul, having expanded the view of his apostolic office, (note, Ephesians 3:1,) is now ready for the apostolic prayer. There might be those who feared that the imprisonment of the apostle was a refutation of his doctrine. Broadman Press 1932,33. Paul was called as a minister to the Gentiles, though he preached to anyone who would listen. There is the desire to see someone, which can be mild to strong desire. en App-104. The danger of the weakness was greater for them than for him. Some of his readers were clearly very constrained at what Paul was enduring. I desire you not to faint, or, ‘I pray God that I faint not’ The literal rendering: ‘I ask not to faint,’ will indicate the difficulty in interpreting the verse, namely, the absence of an object after the verb ‘ask,’ and of a subject with the infinitive, ‘to faint.’ One view supplies ‘you ‘as both object and subject; the other supplies ‘God’ as the object and ‘I’ as the subject. "Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges". But these must have been for ever hidden from us, if God had not made them known by his written word, preached gospel, and Spirit of truth. Biblical Commentary Ephesians 3:14-21. However, the grand apostle's thoughts were not of his own trials and sufferings, but of the intimidation that such sufferings might cause among his converts. BibliographyIce, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on Ephesians 3:13". Rückert exhales the meanings of the clause by finding in it only the vague indistinctness of oratorical declamation. BibliographyDunagan, Mark. Because we are at the center of God’s eternal purpose, we must not lose heart in trials (3:13). Hence LTrRV adopt ἐγκακεῖν; TWH, ἐνκακεῖν. Ephesians 2 Ephesians 4 Ephesians 3:13-21 New International Version (NIV) 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory. The specific spiritual unity of all peoples entailed in this gospel is the content of the mystery of Ephesians 3." Do not worry says Paul, my sufferings are your glory. 1896. Ephesians 3:1-6 Missionary to The Gentiles. He is moved with this desire due to some outside force, namely the Spirit of God. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. That ye faint not at my tribulations for you; Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, John Eadie's Commentary on Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians and Philippians, Ephesians 3is the equality of Jews and Gentiles in the body of Christ. One commentary mentions the word "despirited" as an option for "faint" which really gives the thought of the word. And that it is the readers, not Paul himself, whose possible faint-heartedness is referred to appears from the force of the ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν and the ἥτις ἐστὶ δόξα ὑμῶν. Which is your glory; either he means, that their not fainting, or not falling away from Christ, by reason of his sufferings, was their glory; or rather, that his sufferings were their glory, in that he did by them seal the truth of the doctrine he had preached, being still ready to suffer for what he delivered to them. Commentaries on Ephesians. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/ephesians-3.html. This calling includes proclaiming the fact that all people, Jew and Gentile, can now be part of the same spiritual family. "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". The most priceless possessions of mankind have ever been secured by peril, toil, and pain. A sad and terrible description is here; but who is able to remove himself out of it? ἥτις ἐστὶν δόξα ὑμῶν. It does not elsewhere occur. John Eadie's Commentary on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians. ; notes, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. March 19, 2006. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jec/ephesians-3.html. The latter is flat, it amounts to nothing in such a context. (Luke 23:23; Acts 3:14), and sometimes, as here, by the simple inf. 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