Ephesians 3:1
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New International Version
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles--

New Living Translation
When I think of all this, I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus for the benefit of you Gentiles . . .

English Standard Version
For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles—

Berean Study Bible
For this reason, I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles. . .

Berean Literal Bible
For reason of this, I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles...

New American Standard Bible
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles--

King James Bible
For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For this reason, I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles--

International Standard Version
For this reason I, Paul, am the prisoner of the Messiah Jesus for the sake of you gentiles.

NET Bible
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles--

New Heart English Bible
For this cause I, Paul, am the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of this, I Paul am the prisoner of Yeshua The Messiah for the sake of you Gentiles,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is the reason I, Paul, am the prisoner of Christ Jesus for those of you who are not Jewish.

New American Standard 1977
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—

Jubilee Bible 2000
For this cause I, Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

King James 2000 Bible
For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

American King James Version
For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

American Standard Version
For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus in behalf of you Gentiles,--

Douay-Rheims Bible
For this cause, I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ, for you Gentiles;

Darby Bible Translation
For this reason I Paul, prisoner of the Christ Jesus for you nations,

English Revised Version
For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus in behalf of you Gentiles,--

Webster's Bible Translation
For this cause, I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

Weymouth New Testament
For this reason I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles--

World English Bible
For this cause I, Paul, am the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles,

Young's Literal Translation
For this cause, I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you the nations,
Study Bible
The Mystery of the Gospel
1For this reason, I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles... 2Surely you have heard about the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you,…
Cross References
Acts 9:15
"Go!" said the Lord. "This man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before the Gentiles and their kings, and before the people of Israel.

Acts 23:18
So the centurion took him to the commander and said, "Paul the prisoner sent and asked me to bring this young man to you. He has something to tell you."

2 Corinthians 1:6
If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which accomplishes in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we experience.

2 Corinthians 10:1
Now by the mildness and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you--I, Paul, who am humble when face to face with you, but bold when away.

Galatians 5:24
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Ephesians 3:8
Though I am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

Ephesians 3:11
according to the eternal purpose that He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 3:13
So I ask you not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

Ephesians 4:1
As a prisoner in the Lord, then, I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling you have received:

Ephesians 6:20
for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it fearlessly, as I should.
Treasury of Scripture

For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

I.

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, …

Galatians 5:2 Behold, I Paul say to you, that if you be circumcised, Christ shall …

the.

Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk …

Ephesians 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, …

Luke 21:12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute …

Acts 21:33 Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded him …

Acts 26:29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only you, but also all that …

Acts 28:17-20 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief …

2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors …

Philippians 1:7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have …

Philippians 1:13-16 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in …

Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which …

Colossians 4:3,18 With praying also for us, that God would open to us a door of utterance, …

2 Timothy 1:8,16 Be not you therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of …

2 Timothy 2:9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even to bonds; but the …

Philemon 1:1,9 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon …

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil …

for.

Galatians 5:11 And I, brothers, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer …

Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which …

1 Thessalonians 2:15,16 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have …

2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may …

-1Ephesians 3:1-13 contain two subjects closely blended together. The first (carrying on what is implied in the contrast drawn out in Ephesians 2) is the absolute newness of this dispensation to the Gentiles--a mystery hidden from the beginning in God, but now at last revealed. The second, an emphatic claim for St. Paul himself, "less than the least" although he is, of a special apostleship to the Gentiles, proclaiming this mystery by word and deed.

(1) For this cause . . .--After much discussion of the construction of this verse, there seems little doubt that the nominative, "I, Paul," must be carried on beyond the digression upon the mystery of the gospel, and his part in ministering it, which follows. The only question which can well be raised is whether the resumption takes place at Ephesians 3:13, "I desire that ye faint not;" or at Ephesians 3:14, "I bow my knees;" and this seems decided for the latter alternative, both by the emphatic repetition of "for this cause," and by the far greater weight and finality of the latter sentence.

The prisoner of Jesus Christ.--The phrase (repeated in Ephesians 4:1; Philemon 1:9; 2Timothy 1:8) is dwelt upon with an emphasis, explained by St. Paul's conviction that "his bonds" tended to "the furtherance of the gospel"--not merely by exciting a sympathy which might open the heart to his words, but even more (see Philippians 1:13-14) by showing the victorious power of God's word and grace--which "is not bound"--to triumph over captivity and the danger of death. The expression itself is notable. When St. Paul calls himself the "prisoner of Jesus Christ," he represents our Lord's own will, as ordaining his captivity for His own transcendent purposes of good, making him an "ambassador in chains" (Ephesians 6:20), and these "the bonds of the gospel." (See Philemon 1:13; and Acts 28:20, "For the hope of Israel I am bound in this chain.") Hence in this passage St. Paul seems to speak of his captivity as a special proof of the reality of his mission, and a new step in its progress; and appeals to it accordingly, just as in the final salutation of the Colossian Epistle, "Remember my bonds." The whole idea is a striking instance of the spiritual alchemy of faith, turning all things to good--not unlike the magnificent passage (in 2Corinthians 11:23-30) of his "glorying in his infirmities."

For you Gentiles.--This was literally true of the origin of his captivity, proceeding as it did from the jealousy of the Jews, excited by the free admission of the Gentiles to the Church; but the reference is not to be limited to this. St. Paul regards the captivity as only one incident in a mission sending him entirely to the Gentiles (Acts 21:21; Romans 11:13; Galatians 2:9). From these words the digression of Ephesians 3:2-13 starts, bringing out the reality and greatness of that mission.

Verses 1-13. - DIGRESSION ON THE ADMISSION OF THE GENTILES TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD. Verse 1. - For this cause. The reference is not merely to the last statement or illustration, but to the whole view of the purpose of God toward the Gentiles unfolded in Ephesians it. The apodosis does not come in till ver. 14, at the beginning of which this conjunctive clause is repeated. I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles. He introduces himself in order to make known the feelings which were roused in his soul towards them by the consideration of the privileges just enlarged on - especially to acquaint them with the prayers he offered for them (see vers. 14-19), and apparently with the indirect object of getting them to offer similar prayers for themselves. To justify this introduction of himself, he delicately introduces the fact of his being a prisoner on their behalf. What had brought him to Rome, what had made him appeal to Caesar, was his preaching the gospel to the Gentiles; indeed, the immediate occasion of his arrest at Jerusalem was the suspicion that he had taken Trophimus, an Ephesian, one of themselves, into the temple (Acts 21:29). By this allusion to the condition into which his regard for them had brought him, be conciliates sympathetic consideration of what is to follow. For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ,.... Not actively, whom Christ had apprehended by his grace, and made a prisoner of hope; but passively, who was made a prisoner for Christ, on account of preaching Christ, and his Gospel: he was not a prisoner for any capital crime, as theft, murder, &c. and therefore be was not ashamed of his bonds, but rather glories in them; and a prison has often been the portion of the best of men in this world: from hence we learn, that this epistle was written when the apostle was a prisoner at Rome; and the consideration of this his condition serves much to confirm the truths he had before delivered, seeing they were such as he could, and did suffer for; and which must engage the attention of the Ephesians to them, and especially since his sufferings were on their account:

for you Gentiles: because he preached the Gospel to the Gentiles, which the Jews forbid, that they might not be saved; and because he taught them, that circumcision and the rest of the ceremonies of the law were not binding upon them; which gave great offence to the Jews, who were the means of bringing of him into these circumstances, and particularly the Asiatic Jews, the Jews of Ephesus; who having seen and heard him there, knew him again when in the temple at Jerusalem, and raised a mob upon him, having bore a grudge against him for his ministry at Ephesus, by which means he became a prisoner; so that he might truly say, he was a prisoner for the sake of them; see Acts 21:27. One of Stevens's copies adds, "am an ambassador", as in Ephesians 6:20 and another of them, "glory", or "rejoice"; see Philippians 2:16. CHAPTER 3

Eph 3:1-21. His Apostolic Office to Make Known the Mystery of Christ Revealed by the Spirit: Prayer that by the Same Spirit They May Comprehend the Vast Love of Christ: Doxology Ending This Division of the Epistle.

As the first chapter treated of THE Father's office; and the second, THE Son's, so this, that of THE Spirit.

1. of Jesus Christ—Greek, "Christ Jesus." The office is the prominent thought in the latter arrangement; the person, in the former. He here marks the Messiahship of "Christ," maintained by him as the origin of his being a "prisoner," owing to the jealousy of the Jews being roused at his preaching it to the Gentiles. His very bonds were profitable to ("for" or "in behalf of you") Gentiles (Eph 3:13; 2Ti 2:10). He digresses at "For this cause," and does not complete the sentence which he had intended, until Eph 3:14, where he resumes the words, "For this cause," namely, because I know this your call of God as Gentiles (Eph 2:11-22), to be "fellow-heirs" with the Jews (Eph 3:6), "I bow my knees to" the Father of our common Saviour (Eph 3:14, 15) to confirm you in the faith by His Spirit. "I Paul," expresses the agent employed by the Spirit to enlighten them, after he had been first enlightened himself by the same Spirit (Eph 3:3-5, 9).3:1-7 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.
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