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

New Living Translation
By God's grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News.

English Standard Version
Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power.

Berean Study Bible
I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace, given me through the working of His power.

Berean Literal Bible
of which I became servant according to the gift of God's grace, having been given to me according to the working of His power.

New American Standard Bible
of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God's grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.

King James Bible
Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I was made a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace that was given to me by the working of His power.

International Standard Version
I have become a servant of this gospel according to the gift of God's grace that was given me by the working of his power.

NET Bible
I became a servant of this gospel according to the gift of God's grace that was given to me by the exercise of his power.

New Heart English Bible
of which I was made a servant, according to the gift of that grace of God which was given me according to the working of his power.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That of which I have been a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God which is given to me by the action of his power;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I became a servant of this Good News through God's kindness freely given to me when his power worked [in me].

New American Standard 1977
of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.

Jubilee Bible 2000
of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the operation of his power.

King James 2000 Bible
Of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

American King James Version
Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effectual working of his power.

American Standard Version
whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of that grace of God which was given me according to the working of his power.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Of which I am made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God, which is given to me according to the operation of his power:

Darby Bible Translation
of which I am become minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me, according to the working of his power.

English Revised Version
whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of that grace of God which was given me according to the working of his power.

Webster's Bible Translation
Of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effectual working of his power.

Weymouth New Testament
in which I have been appointed to serve, in virtue of the work which God, in the exercise of His power within me, has graciously entrusted to me.

World English Bible
of which I was made a servant, according to the gift of that grace of God which was given me according to the working of his power.

Young's Literal Translation
of which I became a ministrant, according to the gift of the grace of God that was given to me, according to the working of His power;
Study Bible
The Mystery of the Gospel
6This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus. 7I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace, given me through the working of His power. 8Though 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,…
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.

Romans 12:3
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but think of yourself with sober judgment, according to the measure of faith God has given you.

1 Corinthians 3:5
What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, as the Lord has assigned to each his role.

Ephesians 1:19
and the surpassing greatness of His power to us who believe. He displayed this power in the working of His mighty strength,

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

Ephesians 3:20
Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us,

Colossians 1:23
if indeed you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope of the gospel you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

Colossians 1:25
I became its servant by the commission God gave me to fully proclaim to you the word of God,
Treasury of Scripture

Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effectual working of his power.

I. See on ver.

Ephesians 3:2 If you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is …

Romans 15:16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering …

2 Corinthians 3:6 Who also has made us able ministers of the new testament; not of …

2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

Colossians 1:23-25 If you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved …

according.

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

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

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed …

1 Timothy 1:14,15 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love …

by.

Ephesians 3:20 Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that …

Ephesians 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, …

Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that …

Isaiah 43:13 Yes, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver …

Romans 15:18,19 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ …

2 Corinthians 10:4,5 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through …

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

Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which …

1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when you …

Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you …

(7) According to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.--The words "given by" should be rendered given according to. The working of God's power is described, not as the means, but as the measure of the gift of His grace. In fact, what is a "gift" in its source, is "effectual working" in its actual nature. On the phrase "effectual working of power"--a divine force in the soul, not latent but energetic--see Ephesians 1:19. In the whole of this passage, however, the chief emphasis is laid, not on the spiritual power, but on the freedom of God's gift to the Apostle of this high privilege of preaching the mystery of the gospel.

Verse 7. - Of which I became a minister; did not gradually grow up to the office, but became, at a given time and place, a minister, a διάκονος, a servant. According to the gift of the grace of God. The office of serving Christ was a gift, most undeserved on Paul's part, who had been a persecutor and injurious, but flowing from the free grace of God, his sovereign, unmerited mercy. Which was given me according to the working of his power. This denotes the manner of the gift; the gift itself, apostleship to the Gentiles, would have been little had it not been accompanied with Divine power. Spiritual office without spiritual power is miserable; but in Paul's case there was the power as well as the office; not merely the power of working miracles, as some have held, but besides this, the power of spiritual insight into the meaning of Scripture - power of exposition, power of demonstration, power of persuasion (comp. 1 Thessalonians 1:5; Acts 14:1; 1 Corinthians 4:7, etc.). Paul gratefully acknowledged that all the power of his ministry was God's, not his own (1 Corinthians 3:6, 7). Whereof I was made a minister,.... That is, of the Gospel, not by men, but by God: and he is a true minister of the Gospel who is called of God to the work of the ministry, and is qualified by him with grace and gifts for it; and who faithfully discharges it according to the ability God has given; and such an one was the apostle:

according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me; not according to his natural capacity, his liberal education, or acquired learning; but according to a gift, a ministerial gift bestowed upon him, for such service: for this gift of grace does not design the grace of God wrought in his soul; nor the doctrines of grace, the subject of the Gospel ministry; nor the efficacious grace of God, which makes that successful and useful to the souls of men; but a gift of interpreting the Scriptures, and of explaining the truths of the Gospel to the edification of men; and which is a distinct thing from natural abilities, human learning, or internal grace; for there may be all these, and yet a man not fit to be a minister of the Gospel; what qualifies men for that is the above gift, which God, of his sovereign good will and pleasure, gives to some of the sons of men:

by the effectual working of his power; the power of God is seen in working grace in the hearts of men, thereby making them believers in Christ; and it is also displayed in the gifts of the Spirit bestowed on men, which is called a being endued with a power from on high; thereby making men, and not angels, and these oftentimes the meanest and weakest, ministers of Christ; and likewise in assisting them in their work, and in carrying them through it, and in making them successful in it, to the conversion of sinners, and the edification of saints. 7. Whereof—"of which" Gospel.

according to—in consequence of, and in accordance with, "the gift of the grace of God."

given—"which (gift of grace) was given to me by (Greek, 'according to,' as in Eph 3:20; 1:19: as the result of, and in proportion to) the effectual working (Greek, 'energy,' or 'in-working') of His power."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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