The only other example in the NT is the double comparative μειζότερος in 3 John 1:4; cf. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/ephesians-3.html. Purchased by His blood, obtained by His intercession, supplied by His Spirit, they become ours only as we are united to Him by a living faith. They cannot be described. Unto me, who am less than the least. There is a wisdom beyond either. Who can set a price upon truth? All the grace we can require, in order to assure us, in the face of a thousand obstacles and perils, of arrival at home, triumph over every foe, and ultimate possession of every enjoyment in the promised land. Now Christ is the Water to the soul that is dying of thirst (John 4:10; John 7:37). What is there more noble than to give one’s whole power and life to pure benevolence? How catholic he was. This is an instance of the great humility of the apostle, and indeed the greatest saints are generally speaking, the most humble souls, as Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David, and others; these have the meanest thoughts of themselves, and the best of others; they rejoice in the grace of God manifested to others; they are willing to receive instruction, nay admonition, from the meanest believer; they have the least opinion of their own works, and are the greatest admirers of the grace of God; and do most contentedly submit to the sovereign will of God: the reasons of their great humility are, because they have the largest discoveries of the love and grace of God and Christ, which are of a soul humbling nature; they are the most sensible of their own sinfulness, vileness, and unworthiness, which keeps them low in their own sight; they are commonly the most afflicted with Satan's temptations, which are suffered to attend them, lest they should be exalted above measure; they are the most fruitful souls, and boughs laden with fruit hang lowest; and they are the most conformable to Christ, who is meek and lowly. Not only was Paul less than the apostles, but he was less than even the saint without any office. It can be known what money there is in the Bank of England; the wealth of England may be known. Only a few words on the riches of his work, for the theme is so vast that we cannot enter upon it particularly. p. 135 f.; Winer, p. 65 [E. T. 81]. The man was setting up lies about Protestants, white Protestants to be more specific. by Grant | Aug 10, 2015 | Ephesians | 0 comments. The case of αγιων hagiōn is ablative. All work for Christ should be so regarded. It was wholly incomprehensible. The Lord Jesus Christ in His person and work--His attributes and offices--His sufferings and glory--His cross and crown--what He is in Himself and what He is to us, and to the whole universe of God, is the one all-absorbing and exhaustless topic of Divine revelation and apostolic discourse. That miraculous union of perfect man and perfect God in our Lord Jesus Christ is a great mystery, no doubt, which we have no line to fathom. They are alike unknown to the speculations and philosophy and the investigations of science. If we would become more lowly in heart, we must, finally, look more to Christ than we have hitherto looked to Him. This, therefore, is an inestimable blessing to His people, and a source of unsearchable riches. They have called “riches” on account of their excellency, fulness, and variety. "Commentary on Ephesians 3:8". 2. b, adduces ἐλαχιστότατος from Sext. 1859. Here it is used in a slightly different sense—applied to that “wealth” or fulness of Christ on which this Epistle lays such especial stress, as a wealth of truth which we can see in part but cannot wholly measure, and a wealth of grace which we can enjoy but cannot exhaust. It was the sin of persecuting Christ, which he could never forgive himself. 2. Observe what he says of his office. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/ephesians-3.html. Compare 1 Corinthians 15:8. 1. ), There was a very eloquent and able minister of our Church, who went to labour among his flock, ignorant of the gospel of Christ, but at the same time very zealous and devoted in his own way of religion. (J. At suitable times he could vindicate himself, and claim his position among his fellow men. In making this inquiry let us ever remember that, in spiritual things, we have no power in ourselves to do anything as of ourselves—we are not able to plant a single spiritual grace in our hearts—and when the spiritual seed has been planted there, we have no power to preserve it alive and cause it to bring forth fruit. (John 1:14); that “God was manifest in the flesh” (1 Timothy 3:16); that “forasmuch as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself took part of the same” (Hebrews 2:14). Suppose it be a granary of food indispensable to sustenance of a nation; the sacks could be counted, and brought out and told. We may stretch out both hands to heaven for all the help we need, and from the riches of Christ we shall have it. “Who am less than the least of all saints”: “Less than the least of all Christians” (Phi). The former reading would define the sphere assigned to Paul in his ministry; the latter, the subjects of that ministry. I. In short, they are riches that fill their possessor with all the fulness of God. In the hour of death, with one foot in the grave, with something of the light of heaven shining down upon them, hundreds of great saints and Church dignitaries--such men as Selden, Bishop Butler, Archbishop Longley--have left on record their confession, that never till that hour did they see their sins so clearly, and feel so deeply their debt to mercy and grace. It is begotten of ignorance and pride, and kept alive by a spurious zeal “not according to knowledge.”, III. How could all the males in all the countries of the earth have repaired three times a your to Jerusalem, to appear before the Lord and to worship there? In verses eight and nine, Paul gave two purposes:. Oh! Here it is used in a slightly different sense--applied to that “wealth” or fulness of Christ on which this Epistle lays such especial stress, as a wealth of truth which we can see in part but cannot wholly measure, and a wealth of grace which we can enjoy but cannot exhaust. “God over all, blessed forever”--which means, happy forever. To me, adds the apostle, 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. His humility! But Paul’s *preaching affected their tra… https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hdg/ephesians-3.html. So humility is the fairest of Christian graces. 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