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Ephesians 3:3

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Heavenly Father,

 

I'm stressing this morning, Lord. Please bless this study time and keep the focus on things of You.

 

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

 

Calvin writes, "That by revelation. Some might imagine, that, in attempting to discharge the office of an apostle, he had acted rashly, and was now paying the penalty of his rashness. It was this that made him so earnest in pleading the Divine authority for all his transactions. The present instance, on account of its novelty, had few supporters; and therefore he calls it a mystery. By this name he endeavors to remove the prejudice which the general displeasure at the event was fitted to excite. His own personal interest in the matter was less regarded than that of the Ephesians, who were deeply concerned in the information, that, through the settled purpose of God, they had been called by Paul’s ministry. Lest what is little known should forthwith become the object of suspicion, the word mystery places it in opposition to the perverse judgments and opinions which were then prevalent in the world.

 

By revelation he made known to me the mystery. Paul draws the line of distinction between himself and those fanatics, who ascribe to God and to the Holy Spirit their own idle dreams. The false apostles boast of revelations, but it is a false boast. Paul was persuaded that his revelation was true, could prove it to others, and speaks of it as a fact of which no doubt could be entertained.

 

As I wrote a little before. This refers either to a rapid glance at the same subject in the second chapter, or — which appears to be the general opinion — to another Epistle. If the former exposition be adopted, it will be proper to translate, as I wrote before in few words; for the subject had received nothing more than a passing notice; but the latter being, as I have said, the prevailing opinion, I prefer translating, as I wrote a little before. The phrase, (ἐν ὀλίγῳ,) which Erasmus has translated in a few words, appears rather to refer to time. On this supposition there would be an implied comparison between the present and the former writings. But nothing would be more unlike the fact, than to contrast them on the score of brevity; for a more concise mode of expression than this passing glance can hardly be imagined. The phrase, a little before, seems purposely to be used as an appeal to their remembrance of a recent occurrence, though I do not insist on this point. There is more difficulty in the next verse.

 

It's interesting to read how painfully detailed Paul was trying to be when he wrote these letters, trying to communicate the Truth and to prohibit any misunderstanding that was trying to break down the truth about our Lord.

 

Wesley writes, "The mystery - Of salvation by Christ alone, and that both to Jews and gentiles. As I wrote before - Namely, chap. i, 9, 10; the very words of which passage he here repeats."

 

And finally, Clarke comments, "By revelation he made known unto me] Instead of egnwrise, he made known, egnwrisqh, was made known, is the reading of ABCD*FG, several others, both the Syriac, Coptic, Slavonic, Vulgate, and Itala, with Clemens, Cyril, Chrysostom, Theodouret, Damascenus, and others: it is doubtless the true reading.

 

The apostle wishes the Ephesians to understand that it was not an opinion of his own, or a doctrine which he was taught by others, or which he had gathered from the ancient prophets; but one that came to him by immediate revelation from God, as he had informed them before in a few words, referring to what he had said chap. i. 9-12.

 

All 3 commentators seem to reference Ephesians 1:9-12.

 

Heavenly Father,

 

I dunno what to say right now, other than thank You. Thank You for everything, good and bad, and may it all be used to glorify You...of Your love, Your power, Your faithfulness.

 

In Jesus Name,

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Thank you Darlene for being faithful to this study. It has helped some of us more than we let on. May He bless you and strengthen you.

 

Q

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