Ephesians 3:3
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New International Version
that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.

New Living Translation
As I briefly wrote earlier, God himself revealed his mysterious plan to me.

English Standard Version
how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly.

Berean Study Bible
that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.

Berean Literal Bible
that He made known to me the mystery by revelation, just as I have written before in brief,

New American Standard Bible
that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief.

King James Bible
How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have briefly written above.

International Standard Version
and how this secret was made known to me through a revelation, just as I wrote about briefly in the past.

NET Bible
that by revelation the divine secret was made known to me, as I wrote before briefly.

New Heart English Bible
how that by revelation the mystery was made known to me, as I wrote before in few words,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For the mystery was taught me by revelation, just as I have written to you briefly.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You have heard that he let me know this mystery through a revelation. I've already written to you about this briefly.

New American Standard 1977
that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief.

Jubilee Bible 2000
how that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery (as I wrote above in a few words,

King James 2000 Bible
How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote before in few words,

American King James Version
How that by revelation he made known to me the mystery; (as I wrote before in few words,

American Standard Version
how that by revelation was made known unto me the mystery, as I wrote before in few words,

Douay-Rheims Bible
How that, according to revelation, the mystery has been made known to me, as I have written above in a few words;

Darby Bible Translation
that by revelation the mystery has been made known to me, (according as I have written before briefly,

English Revised Version
how that by revelation was made known unto me the mystery, as I wrote afore in few words,

Webster's Bible Translation
That by revelation he made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in few words;

Weymouth New Testament
and that by a revelation the truth hitherto kept secret was made known to me as I have already briefly explained it to you.

World English Bible
how that by revelation the mystery was made known to me, as I wrote before in few words,

Young's Literal Translation
that by revelation He made known to me the secret, according as I wrote before in few words --
Study Bible
The Mystery of the Gospel
2Surely you have heard about the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,…
Cross References
Acts 22:17
Later, when I had returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance,

Acts 22:21
Then He said to me, 'Go! I will send you far away to the Gentiles.'"

Acts 26:16
But get up and stand on your feet. For I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen from Me and what I will show you.

Romans 11:25
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you will not be conceited: A hardening in part has come to Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.

Romans 16:25
Now to Him who is able to strengthen you by my gospel and by the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery concealed for ages past,

1 Corinthians 2:10
But God has revealed it to us by the Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

2 Corinthians 12:1
I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to gain, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord.

Galatians 1:12
I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 1:9
And He has made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ

Ephesians 3:4
In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,
Treasury of Scripture

How that by revelation he made known to me the mystery; (as I wrote before in few words,

by.

Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory…

Acts 22:17,21 And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even …

Acts 23:9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' …

Acts 26:15-19 And I said, Who are you, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom you persecute…

1 Corinthians 2:9,10 But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have …

Galatians 1:12,16-19 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by …

the mystery.

Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which …

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, …

Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, …

Colossians 1:26,27 Even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, …

as I.

Ephesians 1:9-11 Having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his …

Ephesians 2:11-22 Why remember, that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh…

afore. or, a little before.

(3) How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery.--The words "by revelation" are doubly emphatic. By revelation, not by the wisdom of man (as in 1Corinthians 2:7-16): for "God hath revealed them to us by His Spirit." By direct revelation to St. Paul himself, as in Galatians 1:12, "not of man or by man, but by revelation of Jesus Christ," and in Romans 16:25, "according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery." (See also 2Corinthians 12:17.) This revelation we may refer especially to the time when, after his conversion, he was "in a trance while praying in the Temple," and "saw Christ Himself," saying unto him, "Depart, for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles" (Acts 22:17-21).

As I wrote afore in few words.--The reference is to the brief notice in Ephesians 1:10-14, and to the further explanation in Ephesians 2:11-22. Hence, in English, the idea would be more clearly expressed by "I have written above." St. Paul refers them back to these passages as embodying his "understanding," or conception, of the mystery thus revealed especially to him. The reference is one of those parenthetical remarks, which, to those remembering how St. Paul's Epistles were dictated, almost irresistibly suggest insertion on the reading over of the Epistle.

-3Ephesians 3:20-21 sum up the whole in a doxology to God the Father through Christ Jesus. It may be compared with the other more solemn doxologies in the New Testament: as Romans 16:25; 1Timothy 5:15-16; Jude 1:24-25; Revelation 1:6. Each has its distinctive character. Here the prevailing idea of the preceding chapters is the wonder and the mystery of God's fore-ordaining love, overflowing in the riches of His grace to those who are made one with Him and with each other in Christ Jesus. Hence, God is here described as He "who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think," and to do all "by His power dwelling" and working in us.

Verse 3. - How that, by revelation, was made known unto me the mystery. The mystery, as is explained afterwards (ver. 6), was not the gospel itself, but its destination to the Gentiles as much as to the Jews; although, as appears afterwards, this fullness of blessing is really the great glory of the gospel. Mystery, that which is known only to the initiated, does not denote here a thing obscure in its own nature, but only something that had been concealed from view. It was only the initiated that now knew that God designed the gospel for Gentile and Jew alike. Paul had been initiated "by revelation" - not by his own reflecting power, not by his study of Scripture, not by communication from ether men, but by a special communication from God (Galatians 1:12). As I wrote before in few words. Where? In another Epistle? No; but in the earlier part of this Epistle (see Ephesians 1:9; Ephesians 2:18, etc.). If it be said the allusions in these places to the topic in question are rather vague and general, the apostle virtually admits it - he wrote of it "in few words;" but, as it is a great and glorious truth, he returns to it to amplify it and place it in a brighter light. How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery,.... Or "is made known unto me": so the Alexandrian copy, and some others, and the Vulgate Latin version. The Gospel, which is sometimes called a mystery, the mystery of the Gospel, the mystery of godliness, and the mystery of faith: the several doctrines of the Gospel are the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven; such as a trinity of persons in the Godhead, the union of the two natures in Christ, the saints' union to Christ, and communion with him, the resurrection of the dead, and the change of living saints, and the whole doctrine of salvation by Christ, of justification by his righteousness, pardon by his blood, and atonement by his sacrifice; and this was made known to the apostle, not in a mere notional and speculative way, but in a spiritual and saving manner; not by men, for he was not taught by men, nor did he receive it from them, but had it by the revelation of Jesus Christ, and by the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

as I wrote afore in few words: in the two first chapters of this epistle, which are a compendium of the mystery of the Gospel, in its several parts; as predestination, election, redemption, regeneration, and salvation by free grace. 3. he made known—The oldest manuscripts read, "That by revelation was the mystery (namely, of the admission of the Gentiles, Eph 3:6; 1:9) made known unto me (Ga 1:12)."

as I wrote afore—namely, in this Epistle (Eph 1:9, 10), the words of which he partly repeats.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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