that He may give to you, according to the riches of His glory, with might to be strengthened through His Spirit, in regard to the inner man,
Ephesians 3:16 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
That he would grant you - This prayer of the apostle is one of the most grand and sublime in the whole oracles of God. The riches of the grace of the Gospel, and the extent to which the soul of man may be saved here below, are most emphatically pointed out here. Every word seems to have come immediately from heaven; laboring to convey ideas of infinite importance to mankind. No paraphrase can do it justice, and few commentators seem to have entered into its spirit; perhaps deterred by its unparalleled sublimity. I shall only attempt a few observations upon the terms, to show their force and meaning; and leave all the rest to that Spirit by which these most important words were dictated. In the mean time referring the reader to the discourse lately published on this prayer of the apostle, entitled, The Family of God and its Privileges.
That he would grant you - You can expect nothing from him but as a free gift through Christ Jesus; let this be a ruling sentiment of your hearts when you pray to God.
According to the riches of his glory - According to the measure of his own eternal fullness; God's infinite mercy and goodness being the measure according to which we are to be saved. In giving alms it is a maxim that every one should act according to his ability. It would be a disgrace to a king or a noble-man to give no more than a tradesman or a peasant. God acts up to the dignity of his infinite perfections; he gives according to the riches of his glory.
To be strengthened with might - Ye have many enemies, cunning and strong; many trials, too great for your natural strength; many temptations, which no human power is able successfully to resist; many duties to perform, which cannot be accomplished by the strength of man; therefore you need Divine strength; ye must have might; and ye must be strengthened every where, and every way fortified by that might; mightily and most effectually strengthened.
By his Spirit - By the sovereign energy of the Holy Ghost. This fountain of spiritual energy can alone supply the spiritual strength which is necessary for this spiritual work and conflict.
In the inner man - In the soul. Every man is a compound being; he has a body and a soul. The outward man is that alone which is seen and considered by men; the inward man is that which stands particularly in reference to God and eternity. The outward man is strengthened by earthly food, etc.; the inward man, by spiritual and heavenly influences. Knowledge, love, peace, and holiness, are the food of the inward man; or rather Jesus Christ, that bread of life which came down from heaven: he that eateth this bread shall live and be strengthened by it. The soul must be as truly fed and nourished by Divine food as the body by natural food.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given...
Ephesians 1:7,18 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace...
Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Romans 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had before prepared to glory,
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you...
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Job 23:6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.
Psalm 28:8 The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.
Psalm 138:3 In the day when I cried you answered me, and strengthened me with strength in my soul.
Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength...
Isaiah 41:10 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you...
Zechariah 10:12 And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk up and down in his name, said the LORD.
Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness...
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, to all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness;
2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known...
Hebrews 11:34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight...
Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, said the LORD...
Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter...
Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
2 Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit...
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