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 for Christ Jesus on behalf of 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--

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.

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,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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).

Ephesians 3:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Mystery of the Gospel
1For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles-- 2if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace which was given to me for you;…
Cross References
Acts 9:15
But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.

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

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

2 Corinthians 10:1
By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you--I, Paul, who am "timid" when face to face with you, but "bold" toward you when away!

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

Ephesians 3:8
Although I am less than the least of all the Lord's people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ,

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

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

Ephesians 4:1
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

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

2 Timothy 1:8
So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.

Philemon 1:1
Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker--

Philemon 1:9
yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul--an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus--
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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 …

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