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

New Living Translation
This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.

English Standard Version
This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,

Berean Study Bible
according to the eternal purpose that He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Berean Literal Bible
according to the purpose of the ages, which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,

New American Standard Bible
This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,

King James Bible
According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is according to His eternal purpose accomplished in the Messiah, Jesus our Lord.

International Standard Version
in keeping with the eternal purpose that God carried out through the Messiah Jesus our Lord,

NET Bible
This was according to the eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,

New Heart English Bible
according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That which he had prepared from eternity and performed in Yeshua The Messiah Our Lord,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This was God's plan for all of history which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.

New American Standard 1977
This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,

Jubilee Bible 2000
according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord,

King James 2000 Bible
According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

American King James Version
According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

American Standard Version
according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

Douay-Rheims Bible
According to the eternal purpose, which he made, in Christ Jesus our Lord:

Darby Bible Translation
according to [the] purpose of the ages, which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord,

English Revised Version
according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

Webster's Bible Translation
According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

Weymouth New Testament
Such was the eternal purpose which He had formed in Christ Jesus our Lord,

World English Bible
according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord;

Young's Literal Translation
according to a purpose of the ages, which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord,
Study Bible
The Mystery of the Gospel
10His purpose was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11according to the eternal purpose that He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12In Him and through faith in Him we may enter God’s presence with boldness and confidence.…
Cross References
Romans 8:28
And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:30
And those He predestined He also called, those He called He also justified, those He justified He also glorified.

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

Ephesians 1:11
In Him we were also chosen as God's own, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything by the counsel of His will,

Ephesians 3:1
For this reason, I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles. . .
Treasury of Scripture

According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

Ephesians 1:4,9,11 According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the …

Isaiah 14:24-27 The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so …

Isaiah 46:10,11 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the …

Jeremiah 51:29 And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose of the LORD …

Romans 8:28-30 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love …

Romans 9:11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good …

2 Timothy 1:9 Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according …

(11) The eternal purpose.--Properly, the purpose of the ages; but the sense clearly is, of the purpose of God (see Ephesians 1:11), conceived before the ages of His dispensation, and fulfilled through them. Hence the rendering of our version is substantially correct.

Which he purposed.--It should be, which He wrought, or made, for the word is quite distinct from the substantive "purpose," and is in itself ambiguous, capable of meaning either ordained or worked out. Either sense will suit the passage; but the latter perhaps better, since the idea is throughout of the completion and manifestation of the mystery of God's purpose in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Verse 11. - According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord. The apostle is ever anxious that we should connect these operations, of God with the profundity, deliberation, and awfulness of an eternal decree, and that we should thus contrast them in our minds with many even of the most important works of man which are often determined, on his part, by a passing event or other trivial cause. The verb in this clause is ἐποίησε, which he made, and it has been debated whether it denotes the original formation of the purpose, or the execution of it under Christ. With A.V. and R.V., we prefer the former. The object of the apostle is to indicate that the purpose existed from eternity; but, besides, the meaning of "fulfilled" or "executed" can hardly be sustained by ἐποίησε. The closing formula, "in Christ Jesus," is perfectly applicable to the eternal formation of the purpose; it is the constantly returning indication of the element in which the whole scheme of grace had its beginning, its progress, and its end. According to the eternal purpose,.... The whole of salvation, in which is displayed the great wisdom of God, is according to a purpose of his; the scheme of it is fixed in the council of peace; the thing itself is effected in pursuance of it; Christ, the Redeemer, was set forth in it; his incarnation, the time of his coming into the world, his sufferings and death, with all their circumstances, were decreed by God; and the persons for whom Christ became incarnate, suffered, and died, were appointed unto salvation by him; and the application of it to them is according to his purpose; the time when, the place where, and the means whereby souls are converted, are all settled in the decrees of God; the Gospel itself, the preaching of it by such and such persons, its use to make men see the mysteries of grace, and the fellowship of them, and to make known these things to the angels of heaven, are all according to a divine purpose: and this purpose is eternal, or was in the mind of God from all eternity; for no new will can arise in him; no purpose, resolution, or decree can be made by him in time, which was not in his breast from everlasting; and his purpose concerning the salvation of men must be eternal, since a council of peace was held, a covenant of peace was made, a promise of life was given, persons were fixed upon to be saved, a Saviour was appointed for them, and grace, and the blessings of it were put into his hands before the world began.

Which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord; the constitution of it was in him; God was in Christ contriving the scheme of salvation; eye was upon him, his thoughts centred in him, in him are all his promises, and blessings of grace designed and provided for his people; and the execution of this purpose is by him; though some refer this clause to the church in Ephesians 3:10 which he has made in Christ, or by Christ, has built upon him, and united to him; and others, to the manifold wisdom of God displayed in Christ, who is the wisdom of God, and in whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hid. 11. which he purposed—Greek, "made." Ellicott translates, "wrought."3:8-12 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.
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