Ephesians 3:2
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New International Version
Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me for you,

New Living Translation
assuming, by the way, that you know God gave me the special responsibility of extending his grace to you Gentiles.

English Standard Version
assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you,

New American Standard Bible
if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace which was given to me for you;

King James Bible
If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
you have heard, haven't you, about the administration of God's grace that He gave to me for you?

International Standard Version
Surely you have heard about the responsibility of administering God's grace that was given to me on your behalf,

NET Bible
if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If you have heard of the administration of the grace of God, which is given to me among you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Certainly, you have heard how God gave me the responsibility of bringing his kindness to you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
if ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which has been given to me in you,

King James 2000 Bible
If you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me toward you:

American King James Version
If you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

American Standard Version
if so be that ye have heard of the dispensation of that grace of God which was given me to you-ward;

Douay-Rheims Bible
If yet you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me towards you:

Darby Bible Translation
(if indeed ye have heard of the administration of the grace of God which has been given to me towards you,

English Revised Version
if so be that ye have heard of the dispensation of that grace of God which was given me to you-ward;

Webster's Bible Translation
If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me on your account.

Weymouth New Testament
if, that is, you have heard of the work which God has graciously entrusted to me for your benefit,

World English Bible
if it is so that you have heard of the administration of that grace of God which was given me toward you;

Young's Literal Translation
if, indeed, ye did hear of the dispensation of the grace of God that was given to me in regard to you,
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

Verse 2. - If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God. Here begins the digression. The words, "if ye have heard," etc., do not denote an uncertainty, but are a delicate reminder. Doubtless they had heard of the matter when he was at Ephesus, and, as he remarks in ver. 3, he had already written briefly on it. Grace is here used in a more restricted sense than in Ephesians 1:2 - in the sense of Divine favor, honor, privilege - the same as in ver. 8, "To me... is this favor given." Which is given me to you-ward. The grace or favor meant is that whereby Paul was constituted the apostle of the Gentiles. Deeply though he felt his being sent away from preaching to his countrymen (Acts 22:18), he took kindly to the new sphere allotted to him, and magnified his office (Romans 11:13).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God,.... Not the free love and favour of God in his heart towards his people; nor internal grace wrought in the heart of the apostle; but either the gift of grace, as in Ephesians 3:7 qualifying him for the work of the ministry; and so the Ethiopic version renders it, "if ye have heard the gift of the grace of God"; or rather the doctrine of grace, the Gospel, the subject matter of which is the grace of God; it is a declaration of the free grace of God in the salvation of men; and it is the means of conveying the grace of God into their hearts. Now the apostle had a dispensation to preach this Gospel committed to him; he acted by authority, and as a steward of the mysteries of God; and which he faithfully dispensed to the family of Christ, who appointed him to this service: this the Ephesians had heard of, from the relations of the apostle, and others, and knew it themselves, having often heard him preach, for he was with them for the space of three years; wherefore this is not said as if he questioned, whether they had heard or not, but as taking it for granted that they had: "if", or "seeing ye have heard", &c.

which is given me to you-ward; it was not for his own private use, that the Gospel was committed to him, or gifts were given him to qualify him for the dispensation of it, but for the sake of others, especially the Gentiles, and particularly the Ephesians.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. If—The Greek does not imply doubt: "Assuming (what I know to be the fact, namely) that ye have heard," &c. "If, as I presume," The indicative in the Greek shows that no doubt is implied: "Seeing that doubtless," &c. He by this phrase delicately reminds them of their having heard from himself, and probably from others subsequently, the fact. See [2364]Introduction, showing that these words do not disprove the address of this Epistle to the Ephesians. Compare Ac 20:17-24.

the dispensation—"The office of dispensing, as a steward, the grace of God which was (not 'is') given me to you-ward," namely, to dispense to you.

Ephesians 3:2 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; 3that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 9:17
If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me.

Ephesians 1:10
to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment--to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

Ephesians 3:7
I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace given me through the working of his power.

Ephesians 3:9
and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.

Ephesians 4:7
But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

Colossians 1:25
I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness--

1 Timothy 1:4
or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God's work--which is by faith.
Treasury of Scripture

If you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

ye.

Ephesians 4:21 If so be that you have heard him, and have been taught by him, as …

Galatians 1:13 For you have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, …

Colossians 1:4,6 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which …

2 Timothy 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher …

the dispensation.

Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given…

Ephesians 4:7 But to every one of us is given grace according to the measure of …

Acts 9:15 But the Lord said to him, Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel …

Acts 13:2,46 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said…

Acts 22:21 And he said to me, Depart: for I will send you far hence to the Gentiles.

Acts 26:17,18 Delivering you from the people, and from the Gentiles, to whom now I send you…

Romans 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to …

Romans 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the …

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to every man that is among …

Romans 15:15,16 Nevertheless, brothers, I have written the more boldly to you in …

1 Corinthians 4:1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards …

1 Corinthians 9:17-22 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against …

Galatians 1:15,16 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, …

Galatians 2:8,9 (For he that worked effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the …

Colossians 1:25-27 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God …

1 Timothy 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed …

1 Timothy 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the …

2 Timothy 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher …

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