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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Ephesians 3:14-21

We now come to the second part of this chapter, which contains Paul's devout and affectionate prayer to God for his beloved Ephesians.?For this cause. This may be referred either to the immediately Eph. 3:13; That you faint not, etc., or, rather, the apostle is here resuming what he began at the Eph. 3:1; from which he digressed in those which are interposed. Observe, I. To whom he prays?to God, as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of which see Eph. 1:3. II. His outward posture in prayer,... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Ephesians 3:14-21

3:14-21 It is for this cause that I bow my knees in prayer before the Father, of whose fatherhood all heavenly and earthly fatherhood is a copy, that, according to the wealth of his glory. he may grant to you to be strengthened in the inner man, so that Christ through faith may take up his permanent residence in your hearts. I pray that you may have your root and your foundation in love, so that, with all God's consecrated people, you may have the strength fully to grasp the meaning of the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Ephesians 3:20

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly ,.... This is the conclusion of the apostle's prayer, in which the power of God is celebrated, a perfection which is essential unto God, and is very large and extensive; it reaches to all things, to every thing that he wills, which is his actual or ordinative power; and to more things than he has willed, which is his absolute power; and to all things that have been, are, or shall be, and to things impossible with men; though there are some... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Ephesians 3:21

Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus ,.... This is a doxology, or an ascription of glory to God, with which the apostle concludes his prayer; glory is to be given to God on account of his perfections, which are to be celebrated; and on account of the works of creation and Providence, which are to be commended and acquiesced in; and on account of temporal mercies, for which thanks should be given; and especially for spiritual mercies, and above all for Jesus Christ: the glory of... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Ephesians 3:20

Now unto him - Having finished his short, but most wonderfully comprehensive and energetic prayer, the apostle brings in his doxology, giving praise to Him from whom all blessings come, and to whom all thanks are due. That is able to do exceeding abundantly - It is impossible to express the full meaning of these words, God is omnipotent, therefore he is able to do all things, and able to do ὑπερ εκ περισσου , superabundantly above the greatest abundance. And who can doubt this, who... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Ephesians 3:21

Unto him - Thus possessed of power and goodness, be glory in the Church - be unceasing praises ascribed in all the assemblies of the people of God, wherever these glad tidings are preached, and wherever this glorious doctrine shall be credited. By Christ Jesus - Through whom, and for whom, all these miracles of mercy and power are wrought. Throughout all ages - Εις πασας τας γενεας· Through all succeeding generations - while the race of human beings continues to exist on the face... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Ephesians 3:20

Verse 20 20.Now to him. He now breaks out into thanksgiving, which serves the additional purpose of exhorting the Ephesians to maintain “good hope through grace,” (2 Thessalonians 2:16,) and to endeavor constantly to obtain more and more adequate conceptions of the value of the grace of God. Who is able. (137) This refers to the future, and agrees with what we are taught concerning hope; and indeed we cannot offer to God proper or sincere thanksgivings for favors received, unless we are... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ephesians 3:14-21

Prayer for spiritual enrichment . qualities already noted as belonging to Paul's prayer. This prayer remarkable for Three parts in this prayer— I. INTRODUCTION . 1. The attitude: "I bow my knees;" humility, earnestness. 2. The designation of God: "the Father;" the character in which Christ taught us to approach God in prayer, and which gives us most encouragement. 3. The name of the family is derived from God, constituting an additional plea. That which bears God's Name... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ephesians 3:14-21

The Christian brotherhood—Paul's second prayer. From the noble idea of the elevation of the heathen to equal privileges with the Jews, the apostle proceeds to a second prayer for the Ephesian converts, in which he rises to still greater elevation of thought. Prostrating himself before the Father of all, he contemplates a family unity embracing both heaven and earth, and he prays that his friends at Ephesus may experience such inward illumination and strength as to be fitting members of the... read more

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