(3-6) The work of God the Father. 1871-8. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". 2. Ephesians 3:12 : Ephesians 3:14 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". On this point all dispensationalists and covenant theologians agree. For what reason? BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. (Luke 23:23; Acts 3:14), and sometimes, as here, by the simple inf. 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. BibliographyDunagan, Mark. 1-13. ὅς, p. 547) your glory ( πῶς ἐστι δόξα αὐτῶν; ὅτι οὕτως αὐτοὺς ἠγάπησεν ὁ θεός, ὥστε καὶ τ. υἱὸν ὑπὲρ αὐτῶν δοῦναι, κ. τοὺς δούλους κακοῦν. The latter is flat, it amounts to nothing in such a context. Ephesians 1:15-23 Prayer For Knowledge And Power. Paul's Mission and Prayer for Them, Ch. Dem. And the Christian will so look at afflictions. BibliographyVincent, Marvin R. DD. Comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth of what?  For you—As Gentiles, and as sinners, then, he preached and suffered in their stead. .," p151.]. Ephesians chapter 3 wraps up Paul's doctrinal teaching and introduces its practical application. 1. "Commentary on Ephesians 3:13". 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.' 1:3 Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, # (Eph. 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. Once more reviewing the whole section concerning the great contents of his office as apostle of the Gentiles (Ephesians 3:2-12), he concludes it, in especial retrospective reference to the introduction thereof (Ephesians 3:1), with the entreaty to the readers not to become discouraged, etc., in order thereupon yet further to attach to Ephesians 3:14 ff. This may be referred either to the immediately Ephesians 3:13, That you faint not, &c., or, rather, the apostle is here resuming what he began at the Ephesians 3:1, from which he digressed in those which are interposed. “If Paul is willing to endure everything for his work"s sake, that work must be great and valuable indeed; if God permitted Paul to endure so much as the consequence of his work, this showed God"s own estimate of his work” (Lenski p. 488). This is God's work and I don't want anyone to profit from it in a material way. As neither the object of the verb αἰτοῦμαι, nor the subject of the verb ἐκκακεῖν is expressed, this verse admits of different explanations. BibliographyEdwards, Justin. p. 190), like qui quidem, quippe qui, utpote qui. .," p31. At my tribulations for you] For your sakes am I maliced and molested by the Jews; by whose means also I am now a prisoner. "progressive dispensationalist," interpreted the mystery in a slightly different way. In chapter 2 and the first half of chapter 3, Paul talked about the great transformation that God has wrought in their lives, from death to life (2:1-10)—and how Christians are no longer divided into Jew and Gentile, but are now one in Christ Jesus (2:11-22). Hence he bids the Ephesians find encouragement and glory for themselves, instead of a cause for “fainting,” in the afflictions endured on their behalf and overcome in Christ. The apostle reasoned otherwise. Further, ἥτις ἐστὶ δόξα ὑμῶν manifestly contains a motive for the readers, to fulfil that which Paul entreats. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording or otherwise without the prior permission of the author, except as provided by U.S.A. copyright laws. “I ask”: Paul could not keep Christians from fainting or giving up, rather all he can do is exhort them with great objective truths. Paul shows in Ephesians that the life we are called to live is characterized by five qualities: humility, meekness, patience, forbearance, and love, the last of which embraces the preceding four and is the crown of all virtues. He asks for spiritual blessings, which are the best blessings. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. 13. They might be disgusted at a cause that so poorly sustained its champion. Ephesians is a letter about living together in the midst of human differences. Ephesians 3:3. Read Introduction to Ephesians 13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.. Verse 13 concludes the sentence that began at verse two. knowledge of the infinite love of Christ. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. 1 Paul, a an apostle of Christ Jesus b by the will of God,. “Paul also had to encourage the Philippians ( and 2:17-18) and the Colossians (1:24) in regard to his imprisonment. But it is most naturally referred to the θλίψεσι. In the Pauline Epistles, however, the distinction seems to be fairly maintained (Blass, Gram. ad Oed. We must be ready to suffer in the afflictions of the gospel with the ministers thereof. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/ephesians-3.html. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/ephesians-3.html. What does verse 15 mean? The most priceless possessions of mankind have ever been secured by peril, toil, and pain. "Commentary on Ephesians 3:13". Hendriksen argues that since the definite article is not repeated before the second word ("faithful"), the first and the … 1871-8. Biblical Commentary Ephesians 3:1-12. Apr 2, 2020. In ancient Greek (the language Paul originally wrote in), Ephesians 1:3 through 1:14 form one long sentence. It does not elsewhere occur. 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. "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". Ver. It is far more in keeping with the whole tone of the passage, that Paul should refer to their fainting than to his own. His work seemed to have ended. They were made known only after the coming of Christ by the Spirit to the apostles and prophets including Paul but not excluding others." 2. 1840-57. 3. Ephesians 3:1-6 Missionary to The Gentiles. ; notes, 2 Corinthians 4:1. “Wherefore”: In view of all the blessings available to Christians, including the Christians in Ephesus. 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. V. The Duty of the Churches as the Body of Christ, 4:1-6:20. In fact, this blessing provides the structure for the entirety of the passage. ÷EPHESIANS 3:1-13. I desire that ye faint not - In those primitive times, when there was much persecution, people were in continual danger of falling away from the faith who were not well grounded in it. Paul himself rejoiced in his tribulations (2 Corinthians 12:5; 2 Corinthians 12:10 : Colossians 1:24, etc. Ye faint not; be not distressed and disheartened.--For you; for you Gentiles; not particularly for the Ephesians.--Which is your glory, which is for your glory; that is, his trials and sufferings were designed to be the means of promoting their eternal good. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/ephesians-3.html. The rigors of a Roman prison, though somewhat tempered in Paul's case, were nevertheless extremely galling, the very fact of being chained twenty-four hours a day to a Roman sentry was itself a terrible punishment. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. Philippians 1:28, μὴ πτυρόμενοι ἐν μηδενί. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". "Commentary on Ephesians 3:13". The apostle began the chapter by an allusion to the fact that he was a prisoner for the Gentiles, and he now concludes the digression by this natural admonition. ", [Note: Ryrie, "The Mystery . Scripture: Ephesians 3. The distinction between the definite or objective rel. ), The very word “tribulation” is full of significance in regard to the Christian’s trials. BibliographyIce, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on Ephesians 3:13". Thursday (Ephesians 3:13) 3:13 For this reason I ask you not to lose heart because of what I am suffering for you, which is your glory. 1870. return to 'Jump List'. The antecedent is either  ‘my sufferings on your behalf, which are,’ or  ‘that ye faint not … which is’ (so Lightfoot). As an opera has an overture, setting the tone for all the melodies that will follow, so Ephesians 1:3-14 sets the tone for the rest of Ephesians. 1:7; 2:4; Phil. It was natural that they should be distressed at his sufferings, for all his privations were endured on their account. Aphob., p. 853, 31, and in the NT itself, Acts 24:11; Philippians 3:20) as well as its gender to the rel. Ephesians: 7-Day Reading Plan By Doxa Deo. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". Rather than one grand age of fulfillment under the messianic reign, the prophetic fulfillment has been divided into two ages related to the two comings of Christ. IV. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". When we were on deputation, I made a number of trips to the Midwest from the west coast. "Family Bible New Testament". But even more startling is that God considers true Christians to be part of the God Family already! As the executioners were cursing and swearing because they could not disentangle the ropes with which his limbs were to be tied, he said to them mildly, “Dear friends, your bonds are not necessary; my Lord Christ has already bound me.” When he drew near the stake, Keyser looked at the crowd and exclaimed, “Behold the harvest! Wherefore. 2. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. That ye faint not (μη ενκακειν mē enkakein). Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Scripture: Ephesians 3:8–10, Ephesians 3:20–21. Wherefore - since our spiritual privileges are such (Ephesians 3:12), 'I entreat you not to be dispirited' [ engkakein (G1457a)]: so intimate was their Christian union with him that they were in danger of losing heart at his afflictions, as though their own. Comp. "Commentary on Ephesians 3:13". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/ephesians-3.html. 1832. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/ephesians-3.html. Ephesians 3leads us to a mediating position between traditional dispensational and nondispensational views [i.e, the progressive dispensational view]. 1879-90. Ephesians 3:13. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/ephesians-3.html. 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. John Piper Oct 24, 2004 75 Shares Message. Duty of individual members in relation to other members and to the world. in the tribulations which I endure for your sake (namely, as apostle of the Gentiles). I. A. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: EPHESIANS 3:1-13 1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles-2 if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace which was given to me for you; 3 that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. When I arrived at my destination, I was weary to the point of exhaustion. He was concerned for them rather than for himself. BibliographyAlford, Henry. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/ephesians-3.html. Greek. New York, USA. Introduction Paul has been talking about the mysterious thing God did in allowing the Gentiles to be saved. I have seen a real "US" versus "THEM" mentality between pastors and their congregations. "Commentary on Ephesians 3:13". Do not worry says Paul, my sufferings are your glory. 1 Peter 4:14. Ephesians 3 Resources - Multiple Sermons and Commentaries; Ephesians 3:14-16 The Fullness of God, Part 1 - John MacArthur; Ephesians 3:14-17 Making Christ at Home in Your Heart - Steven Cole; Every (pas) means all without exception. And hence, to inspirit them to a similar brave view, to thrill them with the same spirit, he uses these electric words. They were for his readers, were tokens of the love of God in sending his ministers to suffer that the gospel might be universal and the Gentiles sharers in its blessings. 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. My tribulations are your "glory," as your faith is furthered thereby (1 Corinthians 4:10). ἥτις ἐστὶ δόξα ὑμῶν—“which is your glory.” ῞ητις is used by attraction with the following predicate δόξα, and signifies “inasmuch as they are,” utpote quae. Home >> Bible Studies >> Ephesians Studies >> Ephesians 3:1-13 These small group studies of Ephesians contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. And, first, as to the accusative, which must be supplied before the infinitive, some prefer ἐμέ and others ὑμᾶς. In other words (like Paul again), we shall be ready to pray, to work and if necessary to suffer in order to turn the vision into a reality” (Stott pp. He is moved with this desire due to some outside force, namely the Spirit of God. BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. How does Paul describe his present situation in Ephesians 3:1 (printed below?) As to the second point, viz. 1897-1910. II. Prayer. "Commentary on Ephesians 3:13". “For you, which are your glory”: “For it does you honor” (Gspd). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/ephesians-3.html. The preposition ‘in’ points to the sphere in which their faint-heartedness might be shown. Pilkington.). Gram., p. 362; Madvig, Syn., § 98). BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Ephesians 3:13". Which are your glory. But he might have cause enough to apprehend that these converts might not all view painful things as he did. At my tribulations for you, which is your glory.—There is a peculiar beauty in the thought suggested by the words “which is your glory.” The suffering, triumphantly borne and actually turned to the furtherance of the gospel, is certainly a “glory,” in the proof which it gives of the power of the truth and the grace of Christ. All rights reserved. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/ephesians-3.html. ᾿εν is not properly “on account of,” as many render it, but it rather represents the close and sympathizing relation in which Paul and his readers stood. p. 853. Also, as the last verse would indicate, though he was chained, Paul was still free to approach God"s throne (3:13). Pastors, please catch that vision - honor your people as co-heirs with you in Christ, for that is indeed what they are. Your glory—That I and you should suffer chains and death for Christ and his elect. Ephesians 3:13 Commentary. The fact of human difference may no longer surprise us. BibliographyAbbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. This equality and this body were not revealed in the Old Testament. as regards the ordinary exegesis, according to which the number also is attracted, Dem. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". Bengel compares ὑμεῖς ἔνδοξοι, ἡμεῖς δὲ ἄτιμοι, 1 Corinthians 4:10 : and this certainly seems against Stier’s notion that δόξα ὑμῶν means ‘your glorification,’ ‘the glory of God in you’). (Win.-Moult., p. 206; Buttm., Gram. 1983-1999. In this verse the apostle returned to the thought with which he began this section ( Ephesians 3:1). But what is its antecedent? Chapter 3. ((314) (315) (316) (317)1, etc.). How violently opposed to the order of the words, and, with the right view of αἰτοῦμαι, impossible! Spiritual Blessings in Christ. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. “They could feel honored that one who was accomplishing so divine a mission was suffering for them” (Erdman p. 71). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jec/ephesians-3.html. “To faint” (as in 2 Corinthians 4:1; 2 Corinthians 4:16; Galatians 6:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:13) is “to play the coward,” as “thinking it (see 1 Peter 4:12-13) a strange thing” that trouble should fall on him or them. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". However, painful imprisonment and distress must argue a great cause; they must signify an enterprise worthy of such a price. Surely, there is a love here that approaches that of the dear Saviour himself. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/ephesians-3.html. John Eadie's Commentary on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians. Ephesians 3:1-13 [3:1]For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles-- assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. As a result Paul informs these Gentile Christians that the very existence of his suffering should greatly encourage them, because God knew that every effort should be made in affirming the right of Gentiles to be saved. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. of N. T. Greek, p. 173), and ἥτις appears here to have the force of an explanation—“inasmuch as they are,” “for indeed they are”. . In other words, the fact that Paul would suffer for others was actually an honor to them, showing their worth in a similar way that Christ’s suffering for us is a reflection of our worth. "The mystery of Ephesians 3is the equality of Jews and Gentiles in the body of Christ. 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. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. 7:22 the inner man, 17 # John 14:23; Rom. Therefore his Ephesian readers should not view his present imprisonment as a tragedy but simply as part of his ministry. ‘Wherefore I ask that you may not faint at my tribulations for you, which are your glory.’. Whereas the Old Testament predicted the unity of Jewish and Gentile believers, it did not reveal their complete equality in Christ. The Ephesians were to glory in the tribulation of Paul. BibliographyBengel, Johann Albrecht. They were to be profited by all his sufferings, and they should, therefore, hold fast to a religion which was attended with so many benefits to them - though he should suffer.Which is your glory - Which tends to your honor and welfare. 1832. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.BibliographyBarnes, Albert. It seems unlike Paul to insert such a prayer for himself here; he rejoiced in suffering (Colossians 1:24) and gloried in infirmity (2 Corinthians 11:30), and was speaking of high privilege, little likely to imply faint-heartedness in himself. BibliographyGill, John. 7. 2 d Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.. Wherefore I ask that ye may not faint at my tribulations for you, which are your glory. 71-72). It would seem that Paul"s tribulation is a glory to them in that Paul was willing to give his all for the propagation of the Gospel, which is a glory to all gentile believers. BibliographyHampton, Gary. Both views have able supporters, but the former has been rightly adopted by the majority of commentators. (47)— θλίψεσί μου ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν, in my afflictions for you) Ephesians 3:1.— δόξα) [your] glory spiritual; inasmuch as your faith is assisted thereby [1 Corinthians 4:10]. When sorrow came to them they called it tribulatio, the separation of the chaff that was in them from the wheat. Wherefore, i.e. They sometimes come like a flood; sometimes in the small worries of his daily life. Hence ὑμᾶς is to be understood as the subject of αἰτοῦμαι (cf. New Testament scholar Clinton Arnold uses the historical, theological, and literary elements of Paul's letters to guide his interpretation of this early Christian pastoral text in At the beginning of the chapter he called himself a prisoner of Jesus Christ for the Gentiles. Some supply θεόν, and make the sense either (1) “I pray God that ye faint not,” or (2) “I pray God that I faint not”. Ephesians 2:14-18 We Are One Body in Christ. 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. I have showed you God's secret which has been revealed in Jesus Christ, and I have showed you that God accepts you Gentiles directly, without first becoming Jews. ; 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. BibliographyRobertson, A.T. "Commentary on Ephesians 3:13". Making Known the Manifold Wisdom of God Through Prison and Prayer. To this conception the explanation on account of (Erasmus, Beza, Piscator, Estius, and others) is also to be referred, ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν is rightly attached, without repetition of the article, to ταῖς θλίψ. ‘My’ does not imply that ‘faint’ refers to him. Paul, having expanded the view of his apostolic office, (note, Ephesians 3:1,) is now ready for the apostolic prayer. He wanted none of that. All rights reserved. 5. Ephesians 3:13. αἰτοῦμαι) I desire,(46) ask God: comp. 14 For this reason I bow my knees to the # Eph. BibliographyTrapp, John. College Press, Joplin, MO. egkakeō- means literally, to turn out “a coward,” or to lose one‘s courage; then to be fainthearted, etc. (Acts 7:46). 13. Oct 19, 2010. All other rights reserved. "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". Lachmann and Tischendorf, after A, B, D1, E, prefer ἐγκακεῖν to the common reading ἐκκακεῖν, which has in its favour C, D3, F, G, I, K. It is doubtful, indeed, whether there be such a word. 2 Corinthians 5:20; Hebrews 13:19. μὴ ἐνκακεῖν., 2 Thessalonians 3:13; 2 Corinthians 4:1; Galatians 6:9; Luke 18:1. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, &c. — Here are the noblest strains of eloquence, to paint the exceeding low opinion which the apostle had of himself, and the fulness of unfathomable blessings which are treasured up in Christ. For this reason, I, … "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". "Desire" is a word that has many shades of meaning. 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. 4:1-5:21. Discussion Questions 1. because we have this access to God, the sum of all good, we ought to be superior to all the afflictions of this life, and maintain habitually a joyful spirit. And accordingly he adds, which is your glory. 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. Cf. The danger of the weakness was greater for them than for him. He first makes the heart plastic in the fires of tribulation, and then, as with a royal signet, imprints upon it the image of His Son. According to this view, δίο has its reference not merely in Ephesians 3:12, but in the whole of what Paul has said, Ephesians 3:2-12, regarding his office, namely: On that account, because so great and blissful a task has by God’s grace been assigned to me in my calling, I entreat you, etc. This whole chapter is a prayer, but between the first and second words of it, Paul made a characteristic digression in which he gave further teaching on the mystery of redemption (Ephesians 3:1-13), concluding this part of the letter with what has been called "the boldest prayer ever prayed" (Ephesians 3:14-21). Ephesians Greeting. The parenthesis ending with Ephesians 3:13, the teaching is continued from Ephesians 3:1, "For this cause", &c. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. 31: ἔχει … ὀγδόηκοντα μὲν μνᾶς, ἢν ἔλαβε προῖκα τῆς μητρός; and see, in general, Winer, p. 150 [E. T. 206]. ὅς and the indefinite, generic, or qualitative rel. The infinitive referring to the same person as the finite verb I ask. Turner's objection to this last statement is only a misconception of it. Which is your glory - Which tends to your honor and welfare. Galatians 4:14, where the correct reading is ‘your temptation which was in my flesh,’ shows that the sympathy between Paul and his converts was such as to make this view of the clause perfectly natural. 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. Ephesians is a letter about living together in the midst of human differences. American Tract Society. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ain/ephesians-3.html. Ephesians 3:10-13 New International Version (NIV). You can find the best commentary on Ephesians for you using the tools on the right side. Now, go back and read the last three paragraphs and substitute your name where I mentioned pastor and substitute pastor where I indicated the congregation. 13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. His prayer for them and doxology of praise to God, 14 end. Charles Schribner's Sons. ἥτις may be referred either to the ΄ὴ ἐκκακεῖν (Theodoret, Zanchius, Harless, Olshausen, Schenkel) or to ταῖς θλίψεσί ΄ου ὑπὲρ ὑ΄ῶν (so usually). This was especially true since more Gentiles were being given an opportunity to learn of God"s great plan. No, we shall seek to become responsible church members, active in some local manifestation of the universal church. The prayer must be regarded as immediately following that section, and its architectural terms and allusions will thus be more clearly understood. I have met many (pastors) on internet forums that indicate that their parishioners are rather on the dumb side, often obnoxious, and seldom what the pastor wants of people he has to work with. 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. Copyright StatementThe text of this work is public domain. It doesn't do justice to this prayer to oversimplify it. Dig Into Ephesians with Todd Wagner. "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". Soph. 4. The clause, therefore, gives the readers a reason or motive for not yielding to faintness of heart. See on Ephesians 3:1, “prisoner for you Gentiles.” My tribulations are your spiritual “glory,” as your faith is furthered thereby (1 Corinthians 4:10). Scripture: Ephesians 3:1–13. Ephesians 3:13-15 King James Version (KJV) 13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. Paul wants the Ephesian believers to see that imprisonment does not mean defeat” (Boles p. 253). Free Reading Plans and Devotionals related to Ephesians 3:13. The Biblical Illustrator. "Commentary on Ephesians 3:13". BibliographyPett, Peter. “If the church is central to God"s purpose it must surely also be central to our lives. a rich outpouring of intercession for them, which terminates in an enthusiastic doxology (Ephesians 3:20 f.). Biblical Commentary Ephesians 3:14-21. Their sympathy with him had made his afflictions their own, and he implored them not to be dispirited or cowardly under such a pressure, and for this reason-. 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