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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Ephesians Chapter 3 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (60 AD)
Overview: Paul Proclaiming Unity in the Body (c 1-6)
Theme: Unity in Christ (c 1-3)
Message: Paul Prays the Church to be United (v 1-21)

Ephesians 3 Commentary

(3:1-13) God's Secret Plan Revealed - Paul had been arrested in Jerusalem and, eventually, had been imprisoned because he took a stand for the equality of Jews and Gentiles as Christians (believers in Christ). The Jewish antagonists saw Paul’s teaching as radical and destructive to Temple practices. Thus, Paul was writing here that he had been imprisoned for the sake of Gentiles.

(3: 14-21) Paul's Prayer for Spiritual Empowering - Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians is that they be united by the Spirit, indwelt by Christ, and filled with all the fullness of God’s love.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

The Dispensation of Grace

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Ephesians with Chapter 3 and in our text we see Paul's special mission to the gentiles, explaining this dispensation of grace we live, and to expound on the love of Christ. In making application we see the tremendous opportunity for all to be saved as God's wrath on sinners is held back as he extends to hand of Grace to all. Today many confuse God's grace for sinners as a license to sin but God's love is on display as He is calling all to repentance as this dispensation is quickly coming to a close. How about you? Do you see the Grace God is extending you today? Let us learn from our text today as Paul lets our mission to be known, to be saved, and then to preach the Gospel to every creature before this Dispensation of Grace extended to all comes to an end.


Ephesians 3

Ephesians 3

 1For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

 2If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

 3How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,

 4Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

 5Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

 6That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

 7Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

 8Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

 9And 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:

 10To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

 11According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

 12In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

 13Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

 14For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

 15Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

 16That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

 17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

 18May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

 19And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

 20Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

 21Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.