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Ephesians 1 Commentary

Ephesians 1 Commentary

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The first chapter in Paul's most profound letter with verse by verse commentary.
The first chapter in Paul's most profound letter with verse by verse commentary.

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Published by: glennpease on Mar 18, 2010
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Written and edited by Glenn Pease
I have made this commentary by quoting the best comments of many authors, andthe purpose is to save others time in research so they do not need to read all of theseauthors to get this material. Each author quoted has some unique insight into thetext, or they express it in a unique way. I add my own comments when I thinks Ihave a unique way of expressing the truth Paul is trying to communicate tobelievers. This is the most profound of Paul's letters, and so sometimes thecomments are very long, for there is so much to say to cover the concepts he isconveying. Some issues are so involved that I have put them in the Appendix forthose who want to dig deeper. My numbering system for each author and eachparagraph may confuse you. It is the way it is because I have had to add manythings along the way, and so have had to squeeze them in by adding letters tonumbers to make room for newly discovered material. This will continue to happen,for this is not a finished product. There is much yet to be discovered about this greatrevelation, and as I do, I will add to the study by inserting new paragraphs with newnumbers and letters. May God bless all who study this book with a greater grasp of the wonder and beauty of the Savior and Lord who inspired Paul to write thismarvelous book to enlighten the minds, and inspire the hearts of all God's people.There are always quotes where I have not found the author, and I will gladly givecredit if that knowledge is conveyed to me. There also may be those who do not wishtheir wisdom to be displayed in this way, and I will remove it if they let me knowthat is their wish. My e-mail is glenn_p86@yahoo.com
PRAISES OF THE BOOK.1. It has been called “The queen of the Epistles,” “The crown and climax of Paulinetheology,” “the Grand Canyon of Scripture,” “The Holy of Holies in Paul’swritings,” “The Alps of the ew Testament,” and “The Epistle of the Heavenlies.”Coleridge the poet and philosopher said it was, “The divinest composition of man.”It was the favorite letter of John Calvin and Dr. John Mackay, Pres. Emeritus of Princeton Theological Seminary said of it, “The most contemporary book in theBible.”2. The following quotes establish the high esteem in which Bible teachers have heldthis great letter of Paul.John Calvin called Ephesians "his favorite book."
John Knox, when he was dying, requested that the book of Ephesians be read at hisdeath-bed.John Bunyan, when in prison based his famous work Pilgrims Progress on the book of Ephesians.F.B. Myer, the great devotional writer, called Ephesians "preeminently the epistle of the inner- life."A.T. Pierson called it "the third heaven experience."Martin Luther called Ephesians the "holy of holies." And also, "the most importantdocument in the T, the Gospel in its purest form,"J. Sidlow Baxter called Ephesians "the Alps of the ew Testament."Ruth Paxson called Ephesians "the Grand Canyon of Scripture," meaning that it isbreath-takingly beautiful.John Mackay, the former president of Princeton Theological Seminary, wasconverted at the age 14 through reading Ephesians. He called it the"greatest...maturest...and for our time the most relevant" of all Paul's writings."One writer has called it "the Grand Canyon of Scripture" meaning that it isbreathtakingly beautiful and apparently inexhaustible to the one who seeks toexplore its breath and length and height and depth.""Among the Epistles bearing the name of St. Paul there is none greater than this,nor any with a character more entirely its own. . . . There is a peculiar and sustainedloftiness in its teaching which has deeply impressed the greatest minds and hasearned for it the title of the 'Epistle of the Ascension." (Salmond)"If Romans is the purest expression of the gospel (as Luther said), then Ephesians isthe most sublime and majestic expression of the gospel." (Lloyd-Jones)Lloyd-Jones also said of Ephesians: "It is difficult to speak of it in a controlledmanner because of its greatness and because of its sublimity."
The English poet S. T. Coleridge called it "one of the divinest compositions of man."Dr. A. T. Pierson called it "the Switzerland of the T," and rightly so, for in it Paulrises to the most exalted Alpine heights of impassioned reasoning, exhortation, anddoxology.3. “Klyne Snodgrass in his commentary on Ephesians states that: "Pound forpound" it may well be the most influential document ever written. Within thehistory of Christianity, only the Psalms, the Gospel of John, and Romans have beenso instrumental in shaping the life and thought of Christians...." He goes on to say,"This letter is the most contemporary book in the Bible. Apart from a few terms
and the treatment of slavery, Ephesians could have been written to a modernchurch. It describes human beings, their predicament, sin, and delusion, but muchmore it describes God's reaching out to people to recreate and transform them intoa new society. It describes the power God's Spirit gives for living. It shows who wereally are without Christ and who we become both individually and corporatelywith Christ."4. Grace Bible Church states, "Although the Epistle to the Romans is the mosttheological or systematic presentation of salvation, Paul's letter to the church atEphesus is considered the most majestic or exalted presentation of salvation in theew Testament, perhaps also its deepest book. Someone has summarized it thisway: "The style of St. Paul may be compared to a great tide ever advancingirresistibly towards the destined shore, but broken and rippled over every wave of its broad expanse, and liable at any moment to mighty refluences as it foams andswells about opposing sandbank or rocky cape. With even more exactness we mightcompare it to a river whose pure waters, at every interspace of calm, reflect as in amirror the hues of heaven, but which is liable to the rushing influx of mountaintorrents, and whose reflected images are only dimly discernible in ten thousandfragments of quivering color, when its surface is swept by ruffling winds" F. W.FARRAR 5. Arthur Pink wrote, "Ephesians Presents the inestimable treasures of divinewisdom, the knowledge-surpassing manifestations of God’s love to His people. Thebook sets forth "the riches of his grace" (Eph. 1:7), yes, "the exceeding riches of hisgrace" (Eph. 2:7), "the riches of his glory" (Eph. 3:16), and "the unsearchableriches of Christ" (Eph. 3:8). Ephesians contains the fullest opening up of themystery, or the contents of the everlasting covenant. Here we are shown in greaterdetail than elsewhere the intimate and ineffable relation of the Church to Christ.Here as nowhere else we are conducted unto and into the "heavenlies." Here arerevealed depths which no finite mind can fathom and heights which no imaginationcan scale."6. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones has written that..."Much of the trouble in the churchtoday is due to the fact that we are so subjective, so interested in ourselves, soegocentric... Having forgotten God, and having become so interested in ourselves,we become miserable and wretched, and spend our time in ‘shallows and inmiseries.’ The message of the Bible from beginning to end is designed to bring usback to God, to humble us before God, and to enable us to see our true relationshipto him... And that is the great theme of this epistle."7. R. W. Dale, "Considering the length of time that Paul had lived in Ephesus, it isremarkable that the epistle does not contain any of the kindly messages to personalfriends which are so numerous in other epistles of his. The explanation seems to bethat the epistle was intended for the use of more than one church. In some very

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