Ephesians 3:3
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,

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

New King James Version
how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already,

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

NASB 1995
that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief.

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

Amplified Bible
and that by [divine] revelation the mystery was made known to me, as I have already written in brief.

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

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

American Standard Version
how that by revelation was made known unto me the mystery, 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.

Contemporary English Version
In fact, this letter tells you a little about how God has shown me his mysterious ways.

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;

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

Good News Translation
God revealed his secret plan and made it known to me. (I have written briefly about this,

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.

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

Literal Standard Version
that by revelation He made known to me the secret, according as I wrote before in few [words]—

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,

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 --

Additional Translations ...
Context
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.


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, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Acts 22:17,21
And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance; …

Acts 23:9
And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.

the mystery.

Ephesians 3:9
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

Romans 11:25
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

Romans 16:25
Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

as I.

Ephesians 1:9-11
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: …

Ephesians 2:11-22
Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; …

afore.









(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. . . .

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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
that [is],
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

mystery
μυστήριον (mystērion)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3466: From a derivative of muo; a secret or 'mystery'.

made known
ἐγνωρίσθη (egnōristhē)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1107: To make known, declare, know, discover. From a derivative of ginosko; to make known; subjectively, to know.

to me
μοι (moi)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

by
κατὰ (kata)
Preposition
Strong's 2596: A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined).

revelation,
ἀποκάλυψιν (apokalypsin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 602: An unveiling, uncovering, revealing, revelation. From apokalupto; disclosure.

as
καθὼς (kathōs)
Adverb
Strong's 2531: According to the manner in which, in the degree that, just as, as. From kata and hos; just as, that.

I have already written
προέγραψα (proegrapsa)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 4270: From pro and grapho; to write previously; figuratively, to announce, prescribe.

briefly.
ὀλίγῳ (oligō)
Adjective - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3641: Puny; especially neuter somewhat.


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