Ephesians Commentaries & Sermons

Ephesians Resources
Commentaries, Sermons, Illustrations, Devotionals


EPHESIANS - CHRIST AND THE CHURCH
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Charts from Jensen's Survey of the NT - used by permission
Click chart by Charles Swindoll -Note "EMPHASIS" --
Ephesians 1-3 = Doctrinal: vertical relationship with God
Ephesians 4-6 = Practical: horizontal relationship with others

Ryrie Study Bible - NAS

"The Epistle to the Ephesians...is one of the divinest compositions of man. It embraces every doctrine of Christianity;--first, those doctrines peculiar to Christianity, and then those precepts common to it with natural religion." - Samuel T. Coleridge

"The Epistle to the Ephesians embraces, in its brevity, the whole field of the Christian religion. It expounds now its doctrines, now its morals, with such conciseness and such fulness combined that it would be difficult to name any great doctrine, or any essential duty, which has not its place marked in this Epistle." - Adolphe Monod

"This Epistle is full to the brim of thoughts and doctrines sublime and momentous. For the things which scarcely anywhere else he utters, these he here makes manifest ." - CHRYSOSTOM,

SYMMETRY
OF EPHESIANS
EPHESIANS 1-3 EPHESIANS 4-6
The Root The Fruit
Spiritual Wealth Spiritual Walk
Christian Privilege Christian Conduct
The Position
of the Believer
The Practice
of the Believer
God Sees
Us in Christ
World Sees
Christ in Us
Privilege Practice
Doctrine Duty
Doctrinal Practical
Revelation Responsibility
Christian
Blessings
Christian
Behavior
Belief Behavior
Privileges
of the Believer
Responsibilities
of the Believer
Our Heritage
In Christ
Our Life
In Christ
Know your
Resources (Riches) in Christ
Live by faith in the light of your
Resources (Riches) in Christ
The Finished Work
of Christ
The Faithful Walk
of the Christian
Work
of Christ
In Us
Work
of Christ
Through Us
We
in Christ
Christ
in Us
Word
of God
Walk
of the Christian
Heavenly
Standing
Earthly
Walk
Who You Are
In Christ
Whose You Are
In Christ
Identity Responsibility
Theology Ethics

MAPS RELATED TO EPHESUS


Ephesus in the Time of Paul (c. A.D. 60)
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The city plan above shows those features of the city of Ephesus that archaeologists have so far identified as dating from the time of Paul. Many of the notable buildings uncovered in the excavation at Ephesus date from later periods. (ESV.org) (Ephesus - Wikipedia)

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EPHESIANS
Verse by Verse
Commentary
Bruce Hurt, MD

Suggestion - Before you begin your study of this great letter of Ephesians, consider taking about 25 minutes to watch Dr Joseph Stowell's narration of the well preserved archaeological remains of the ancient city of Ephesus. It will give you an excellent historical background as you study the beginning of this church in Acts 19:1-41+. Ephesus one of the 7 churches of the Revelation.

If you are taking or leading a Precept class on Ephesians the following study questions may be of aid in your study/discussion:


Ephesians 1

Ephesians 2

Ephesians 3

Ephesians 4

Ephesians 5

Ephesians 6

HENRY ALFORD
The New Testament for English Readers
Ephesians Commentary

James Rosscup writes that Alford's series on the New Testament "contains much that is valuable in the Greek New Testament...though all of the Greek New Testament words have been changed to English throughout." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (see his comments in following entry on Alford).

John Cereghin - Concise comments. Defends Pauline authorship (6), stresses importance of the term "blood" rather than merely "death" (74), defends reality of the devil and evil spirits (89), stresses the unity of the mystical body of Christ (112), maintains the doctrine of the Trinity (114), seems to favor Hades as meaning "the lower parts of the earth" (116), stresses the Lord as the pattern for the use of the sword of the Spirit. (148) 

Editorial Note: If you are not proficient in Greek, you will find this work considerably more useful than the following work by Alford, because in this volume he translates the Greek and Latin into English. While the "The Greek New Testament" is longer (e.g., English version of 1John = 66 pages compared to Greek version = 94 pages in part because the latter includes comments of more technical nature), the substance of the commentary is otherwise similar to that found in the "NT for English Readers".

 

Explanation - The following list includes not only commentaries but other Christian works by well known evangelical writers. Most of the resources below are newer works (written after 1970) which previously were available only for purchase in book form or in a Bible computer program. The resources are made freely available by archive.org but have several caveats - (1) they do not allow copy and paste, (2) they can only be checked out for one hour (but can be checked out immediately when your hour expires giving you time to read or take notes on a lengthy section) and (3) they require creating an account which allows you to check out the books free of charge. To set up an account click archive.org and then click the picture of the person in right upper corner and enter email and a password. That's all you have to do. Then you can read these more modern resources free of charge! I have read or used many of these resources but not all of them so ultimately you will need to be a Berean (Acts 17:11+) as you use them. I have also selected works that are conservative and Biblically sound. If you find one that you think does not meet those criteria please send an email at https://www.preceptaustin.org/contact. The resources are listed in alphabetical order by the author's last name and some include reviews of the particular resource. 

BELOW ARE STUDY BIBLES, ETC

KJV Bible Commentary Judges - Hindson, Edward E; Kroll, Woodrow Michael. This is not a study Bible per se, but a one volume commentary with over 3000 pages of comments covering the entire OT/NT. There is no restriction on length of time one can use, but there is no copy and paste function. These are excellent conservative comments that interpret Scripture from a literal perspective.  User reviews - it generally gets 4/5 stars from users. Recommended. 

The King James Study Bible Second Edition (2013) (Thomas Nelson) contributing editors (only first is listed) include Wayne A. Brindle. There is no restriction on length of time one can use, but there is no copy and paste function.

Zondervan NIV Study Bible - (2011) 2570 pages  - Use this one if available as it has more notes than edition below. One hour limit

NIV Study Bible by Barker, Kenneth L; Burdick, Donald W (1995) 2250 pages. This is the first edition. This resource has been fully revised in 2020. One hour limit 

NKJV Study Bible: New King James Version Study Bible (formerly "The Nelson Study Bible - NKJV") by Radmacher, Earl D; Allen, Ronald Barclay; House, H. Wayne (1997, 2007); 917 ratings Very helpful notes. Conservative. There is no restriction on length of time one can use, but there is no copy and paste function.

Believer's Bible Commentary - OT and NT - MacDonald, William (1995) 2480 pages. Conservative. Literal. Pithy comments. John MacArthur, says "Concise yet comprehensive - the most complete single-volume commentary I have seen." Warren Wiersbe adds "For the student who is serious about seeing Christ in the Word." One hour limit.

HCSB Study Bible : Holman Christian Standard Bible - General Editor Jeremy Royal Howard (2010) 2360 pages. Conservative. Good notes. Include Holmans excellent maps. One hour limit

Life application study Bible: Old Testament and New Testament: New Living Translation. Has some very helpful notes especially with application of texts. 4,445 ratings One hour limit

The MacArthur study Bible - John MacArthur. Brief but well done notes 1,275 ratings

ESV study Bible - Excellent resource but not always literal in eschatology and the nation of Israel 6,004 ratings

The David Jeremiah Study Bible - (2013) 2208 pages. 2,272 ratings Logos.com - "Drawing on more than 40 years of study, Dr. David Jeremiah has compiled a legacy resource that will make an eternal impact on generations to come. 8,000 study notes. Hundreds of enriching word studies"50+ Essentials of the Christian Faith" articles."

Wycliffe Bible Commentary - Charles Pfeiffer - 1560 pages (1962). 214 ratings Less detailed than the KJV Bible Commentary. Conservative.

The Defender's Study Bible : King James Version by Morris, Henry M. Excellent notes by well known creationist. 45 ratings

New Bible Commentary - Barry G Webb authored Judges. (1994) See user reviews

Compact Bible commentary by Radmacher, Earl D; Allen, Ronald Barclay; House, H Wayne, et al - 954 pages.  424 ratings Multiple contributors to the comments which are often verse by verse. The comments are brief but meaty and can really help your study through a given book. A sleeper in my opinion. 

The living insights study Bible : New International Version

The Apologetics Study Bible Understand Why You Believe by Norman Geisler

NIV Archaeological Study Bible (2005) 2360 pages 950 ratings

NIV Celebrate Recovery Study Bible

Daily study Bible for women : New Living Translation

The woman's study Bible : the New King James Version

The study Bible for women : Holman Christian Standard Bible

Daily study Bible for men : New Living Translation

NIV topical Study Bible : New International Version

The Ryrie Study Bible - Charles Ryrie (1978) 2142 pages. Conservative.  216 ratings

The Hebrew-Greek key study Bible : New American standard study by Strong, James, 1822-1894; Zodhiates, Spiros

The new inductive study Bible : updated New American Standard Bible

With the Word - Devotional Commentary - Warren Wiersbe - 428 ratings

Evangelical Commentary on the Bible - Judges by Andrew Boling (20 pages); editor Walter Elwell (1989) 1239 pages. User reviews. (See also Boling's 380 page commentary on Judges the Anchor Bible Series)

Wiersbe's expository outlines on the Old Testament by Wiersbe, Warren W 113 ratings

"Even the most difficult Scriptures come alive as Warren Wiersbe leads you book-by-book through the Old Testament and helps you to see the "big picture" of God's revelation. In this unique volume, you will find: • Introductions and/or outlines for every Old Testament book • Practical expositions of strategic chapters • Special studies on key topics, relating the Old Testament to the New Testament • Easy-to-understand expositions that are practical, preachable, and teachable If you have used Dr. Wiersbe's popular BE series, you know how simple and practical his Bible studies are, with outlines that almost teach themselves. If not, you can now discover a wonderful new resource. This work is a unique commentary on every book of the Old Testament. It contains new material not to be found in the BE series.

The Shaw pocket Bible handbook - Editor - Walter Elwell (1984) 408 pages.

"This hardback is small in size but packed full of content: Brief summaries of every book of the bible, cultural, archaeological and historical info, word definitions, pictures, maps and charts." Worth checking! 

HENRY ALFORD
The Greek New Testament
Ephesians Commentary

James Rosscup writes that "This was the great work in the life of the versatile Dean of Canterbury. An outcome of this production was the New Testament for English Readers (4 vols.). Alford was a Calvinist, conservative and premillennial, though not dispensational. He takes a literal interpretation of the thousand years in Rev. 20 and has a famous quote there, is strong on sovereign election as in Ro 8:29, 30 and 1Pe 1:2, but, unfortunately, holds to baptismal regeneration in such texts as Titus 3:5 and John 3:5. He shows a great knowledge of the Greek text and faces problems of both a doctrinal and textual nature." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

John Piper writes ""When I’m stumped with a...grammatical or syntactical or logical [question] in Paul, I go to Henry Alford. Henry Alford...comes closer more consistently than any other human commentator to asking my kinds of questions."

Charles Haddon Spurgeon writes that this text "is an invaluable aid to the critical study of the text of the New Testament. You will find in it the ripened results of a matured scholarship, the harvesting of a judgment, generally highly impartial, always worthy of respect, which has gleaned from the most important fields of Biblical research, both modern and ancient, at home and abroad. You will not look here for any spirituality of thought or tenderness of feeling; you will find the learned Dean does not forget to do full justice to his own views, and is quite able to express himself vigorously against his opponents; but for what it professes to be, it is an exceedingly able and successful work. The later issues are by far the most desirable, as the author has considerably revised the work in the fourth edition. What I have said of his Greek Testament applies equally to Alford’s New Testament for English Readers,* which is also a standard work." Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries)

WAYNE BARBER
Sermons function like a Commentary
Major emphasis on the Christ life ("Exchanged life")
Rich in Practical Applications

Dr. Barber has graciously granted permission to make this In depth (>400 pages) study available to the body of Christ.

WILLIAM BARCLAY
Ephesians Commentary
Daily Study Bible

Note: Barclay often has excellent background on Greek words, however he is not always orthodox. (See critique)

ALBERT BARNES
Commentary on Ephesians
Notes on the New Testament

James Rosscup writes that Barnes "includes 16 volumes on the Old Testament, 11 on the New Testament. The New Testament part of this old work was first published in 1832–1851. Various authors contributed. It is evangelical and amillennial...Often the explanations of verses are very worthwhile." (Ibid)

C H Spurgeon "Albert Barnes is a learned and able divine, but his productions are unequal in value, the gospels are of comparatively little worth, but his other comments are extremely useful for Sunday-school teachers and persons with a narrow range of reading, endowed with enough good sense to discriminate between good and evil....Placed by the side of the great masters, Barnes is a lesser light, but taking his work for what it is and professes to be, no minister can afford to be without it, and this is no small praise for works which were only intended for Sunday-school teachers." (Ibid)

BRIAN BELL
Notes on Ephesians (Pdf)
Calvary Chapel, Murrieta

CHRIS BENFIELD
Sermons on Ephesians

JOHANN A BENGEL
Commentary on Ephesians
Gnomon of the New Testament

James Rosscup writes "This work (Gnomon), originally issued in 1742, has considerable comment on the Greek, flavoring the effort with judicious details about the spiritual life. It has much that helps, but has been surpassed by many other commentaries since its day." (Ibid)

JOHANN A BENGEL
Commentary on Ephesians
The Critical English Testament
Similar to above but minimal Greek

C H Spurgeon -- "'A Critical New Testament, so compiled as to enable a reader, unacquainted with Greek, to ascertain the exact English force and meaning of the language of the New Testament, and to appreciate the latest results of modern criticism.' Such is the professed aim of this commentary, and the compilers have very fairly carried out their intentions. The whole of Bengel’s Gnomon is bodily transferred into the work, and as one hundred and twenty years have elapsed since the first issue of that book, it may be supposed that much has since been added to the wealth of Scripture exposition; the substance of this has been incorporated in brackets, so as to bring it down to the present advanced state of knowledge. We strongly advise the purchase of this book, as it is multum in parvo, and will well repay an attentive perusal. Tischendorf and Alford have contributed largely, with other German and English critics, to make this one of the most lucid and concise commentaries on the text and teachings of the New Testament" (Ibid)

JOSEPH BEET
Commentary on Ephesians

BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR
Commentary on Ephesians

BRIAN BILL
Sermons on Ephesians

JIM BOMKAMP
Sermons on Ephesians
Calvary Chapel

GREGORY BROWN
EPHESIANS COMMENTARY

JOHN CALVIN
Commentary on Ephesians

CAMBRIDGE GREEK TESTAMENT FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
Book of Ephesians
J. O. F. Murray

Murray’s notes on the Greek text are indispensible for reading Ephesians in its original language. His introduction to the tenth book of the New Testament covers its content and form, its relationship to Colossians, the time and place of its writing, and its intended audience. Murray provides a history of all of Paul’s Epistles and then focuses on the internal evidence in Ephesians to show Paul’s authorship. J. O. F. Murray was a prolific author and Dean of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. - Logos

ALAN CARR
Sermons on Ephesians
Well Done

LEWIS SPERRY CHAFER
The Ephesian Letter
Doctrinally Considered
1935, 176 Pages

John Cereghin - Brief exposition. He speaks of the divine purpose being changed from the limitations of Judaism to the worldwide proclamation (13), suggests that Ephesians may be the letter to the Laodiceans (14), stresses sovereign and final election (36), teaches that those who die in infancy are redeemed by God's grace (68), explains the universal church (92), attacks the idea of an Old Testament church (100), denies that God's purposes for Israel and the church ever unite (154), includes a topical index of doctrines (168-171). Pre-millennial and dispensational. 

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GEORGE CLARKE
Commentary on Ephesians (1906)
"Designed for Pastors and Sunday Schools"

STEVEN COLE
Sermons on Ephesians

Recommended - Functions Much Like a Verse by Verse Commentary

MISCELLANEOUS EXPOSITIONS NOT PART OF PRECEDING SERIES

THOMAS CONSTABLE
Commentary on Ephesians
Expository Notes

HINT: Click here to Scroll Bible text synchronized with Constable's notes. Very useful feature!

RICH CATHERS
Sermons on Ephesians
Frequent Illustrations

W A CRISWELL
Sermons on Ephesians

Famous Baptist Pastor

J N DARBY
COMMENTARY
EPHESIANS

R W DALE
THE EPISTLE TO THE EPHESIANS
1897

John Cereghin -  Attacks Calvinistic election (29), warns against thinking of God as a power rather than a Person (59), attacks Universalism (92), stresses the incarnation, atonement and resurrection of Christ (147), refers to the Adam of the symbolic story of Genesis (192), will admit errors in Scripture (216), stresses the unity of the church (260-293), defends Christ's deity (320)

RON DANIEL
Sermons on Ephesians

BOB DEFFINBAUGH
Sermons on Ephesians
The Glory of God in the Church

WARREN DOUD
Verse by Verse Commentary 
Ephesians

Note: In addition to verse comments most of the commentaries below are followed by short topical studies - e.g., the first topical study after the Ephesians 1:1-6 comments is "Paul the Apostle."

J LIGON DUNCAN
Sermons on Ephesians
First Presbyterian, Jacksonville, Miss

JOHN EADIE
Ephesians Commentary

In Depth 485 Page Commentary which is well done but is a bit technical. One can occasionally discover some "Pearls"

James Rosscup - Eadie though outdated is good on the Greek text, often deals with problems quite extensively, and has a warm devotional spirit. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works

C H Spurgeon - “This book is one of prodigious learning and research. The author seems to have read all, in every language, that has been written upon the Epistle. It is also a work of independent criticism, and casts much new light upon many passages.”

CHARLES J ELLICOTT
Editor
Ephesians Commentary, 1864
Author -  Alfred Barry

THEODORE EPP
Ephesians: Devotionals

Click here for all devotionals below on one page

  • Ephesians 1:1 Life, Eternal and Abundant
  • Ephesians 1:2,3 The Key to the Treasury
  • Ephesians 1:3 You Were Born Wealthy
  • Ephesians 1:4 Character Comes First
  • Ephesians 1:7-15 Claim Your Inheritance
  • Ephesians 1:16-18 You Are Part of His Treasure
  • Ephesians 1:19-23 Power for You-Today!
  • Ephesians 2: 1-10 Enthroned and Enabled
  • Ephesians 2:11-18 God Has Ended the War
  • Ephesians 2:19-22 God Is Building a Temple
  • Ephesians 3:14-17 Does Christ Feel at Home in Your Heart?
  • Ephesians 4:1,2 Whose Prisoner Are You?
  • Ephesians 4: 3-7 Spiritual Unity Is Not Automatic
  • Ephesians 4:17-27 What to Do With Anger
  • Ephesians 4:28-32 Don't Rob Yourself!
  • Ephesians 5:1-5 Learning to Love
  • Ephesians 5:7-17 Keep Your Eyes Open!
  • Ephesians 5:25-33 Togetherness
  • Ephesians 6:10-18 Keep the Armor On!

EXPLORE THE BIBLE
Teacher helps for Lifeway Series
on Ephesians

G G FINDLAY
Commentary on Ephesians
Expositor's Bible Commentary

This set, originally published in 1903, contains expositions by both conservative and liberal theologians. The most important works are by Dod (Genesis), Chadwick (Exodus and Mark), Kellogg (Leviticus), Blaikie (Joshua, I and II Samuel), Adeney (Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther), Maclaren (Psalms), Moule (Romans), Findlay (Galatians and Ephesians), Plummer (Pastoral Epistles and the Epistles of James and Jude), and Milligan (Revelation.) —Cyril J. Barber, The Minister’s Library

DON FORTNER
Sermons on Ephesians

A C GAEBELEIN
The Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians
Annotated Bible

Brief but Well Done

SAM GORDON

OLIVER GREENE
The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians
Commentary

John Cereghin - A basic commentary, probably largely transcribed from Greene’s “The Gospel Hour” radio broadcasts. Orthodox and reliable. 

WILLIAM GURNALL
THE CHRISTIAN IN COMPLETE ARMOUR
A Treatise of the Saints' War Against the Devil

John Cereghin:  An exhaustive Puritan exposition of Ephesians 6:10-20. He has fervent messages on such topics as "Reproof to Such as Are Not True Wrestlers", "Threefold Boundary of Satan's Empire", "The Necessity of Perseverance", "Directions on How to Obtain the Shield of Faith", "How to Use the Word Against Heretics", "Reproof to Prayerless Souls". 

DAVID GUZIK
Commentary Notes on Ephesians

JAMES HASTINGS
GREAT TEXTS OF THE BIBLE

Scottish Presbyterian minister James Hastings compiled The Great Texts of the Bible in the early twentieth century. Hastings provides helpful and personal observations on Scripture texts throughout the entire Bible, resulting in over nine thousand pages of material. He presents word meanings, expositions, poetry and quotations from many authors and thinkers, as well as a list of references and literature used for each text. Each section is outlined into major topics and points, offering readable commentary. The Great Texts of the Bible is perfect for anyone wanting expository notes on key passages of Scripture. Hastings’s work is encouraging, clear, and well-researched. (Adapted from Logos.com)

CHARLES HODGE
Commentary on Ephesians

C H Spurgeon "Most valuable. With no writer do we more fully agree." (Ibid)

DAVID HOLWICK
Sermons on Ephesians
Frequent use of illustrations

HOMILETICS ON EPHESIANS
BY CHAPTER
Pulpit Commentary

HYMNS RELATING TO EPHESIANS

ILLUSTRATIONS
10,000 Illustrations from Bible.org

INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL COMMENTARY
Epistle to the Ephesians
T K Abbott, 1909

The exegesis based so solidly on the rock foundation of philology is argumentatively and convincingly strong. A spiritual and evangelical tenor pervades the interpretation from first to last. . . . These elements, together with the author’s full-orbed vision of the truth, with his discriminative judgment and his felicity of expression, make this the peer of any commentary on these important letters.—The Standard

An exceedingly careful and painstaking piece of work. The introductory discussions of questions bearing on the authenticity and integrity (of the epistles) are clear and candid, and the exposition of the text displays a fine scholarship and insight.—Northwestern Christian Advocate

HARRY A IRONSIDE
Expository Commentary on Ephesians
"In the Heavenlies"

"One of Ironsides best studies" (John Cereghin)

S LEWIS JOHNSON
Sermons on Ephesians

PAUL KRETZMANN
Ephesians Commentary
Luther Expositor

LANGE'S COMMENTARY
Ephesians

HENRY LAW
Meditations on Ephesians 1-3, 1884

DAVID LEGGE
Sermons on Ephesians

D MARTYN LLOYD-JONES
Sermons on Ephesians

James Rosscup on Dr Lloyd-Jones' book based on these sermons - These are sermons by the reputed evangelical preacher of London’s Westminster Chapel, who died in 1981. They are very choice popular material, competent, perceptive, highly edifying and provocative on key points of faith, as well as helpful in planning sermons or Bible studies. Lloyd-Jones stood staunchly for fundamentals of the Christian faith, and also knew how to help people see the relation of verses to practical living. His volumes cover chapters 1, 2, 3, Ephesians 4:1–16, 4:17–5:17, 5:18–6:9, 6:10–13, 6:10–20 (this volume goes back and covers Ephesians 6:10–13 again but the sermons are new). There are many rich, helpful comments on the husband-wife relationship in Ephesians 5:21–33. The volume on 6:10–20 is quite instructive on being a good soldier and warring a good warfare. (Ibid

Online book can be borrowed for one hour The Christian warfare : an exposition of Ephesians 6:10 to 13 by Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn

Meet Dr Lloyd-Jones (bio).

JOHN MACARTHUR
Sermons on Ephesians

James Rosscup (on his written commentary but his sermons are very similar) - The expository focus in the 29 sections is on laying hold of resources in Christ. MacArthur is at his best when explaining details of spiritual life, as he richly does here. Salvation is of grace, without merit of any kind (pp. 11, 23, 61–62). Redemption is seen more clearly in its aspects in Eph 1:7. Comments on the Christian life (Ephesians 3:14–21; chapters 4–6) are instructive and refreshing. The author makes word meanings clear, as “worthy” (axios in Eph 4:1), prefers seeing “one baptism” as water baptism, has a good section on gifts and gifted people (Eph 4:7–11) and on each believer functioning in his or her role (Eph 4:12–16). He points out seven questions to ask in principle in deciding whether to drink wine (pp. 237–44). He develops the Spirit-filled life in much detail (Eph 5:18–21), as in a husband’s love for his wife and her submission to him (Eph 5:21ff.). The section on the armor and prayer are edifying too. It is a lucid exposition, quite full at many points on essential matters, often helpful on problems, though not in great detail. (Ibid

  1. Introduction to Ephesians
  2. The Body Formed in Eternity Past-1
  3. The Body Formed in Eternity Past-2
  4. Redemption Through His Blood
  5. Divine Promises Guaranteed
  6. Our Resources in Christ-1
  7. Our Resources in Christ-2
  8. Coming Alive in Christ
  1. The Lowly Walk-1
  2. The Lowly Walk-2
  3. The Lowly Walk-3
  4. The Lowly Walk-4
  5. The Lowly Walk-5
  6. The Lowly Walk-6
  1. Off w the Old, On w the New-1
  2. Off w the Old, On w the New-2
  3. Principles of New Life
  4. Walking in Love-1
  5. Walking in Love-2
  6. Living in the Light
  1. Be Not Drunk with Wine-1
  2. Be Not Drunk with Wine-3
  3. Be Not Drunk with Wine-3
  4. Be Filled with the Spirit-1
  5. Be Filled with the Spirit-2
  6. Be Filled with the Spirit-3
  7. Be Filled with the Spirit-4 Spirit Filled Thanksgiving

Study Guide on the Fulfilled Family - Click the Drop Down Menu to go to Specific Title

God's Curse on Men & Women

ALEXANDER MACLAREN
Sermons on Ephesians
Devotional and Applicational

BRYN MACPHAIL
Sermons on Ephesians

F. B. MEYER
Devotional Commentary on Ephesians

  • Click here for the following chapters all on one pdf
  • Chapter 1 - The Father
  • Chapter 2 - The Father's Wealth
  • Chapter 3 - "In Him"
  • Chapter 4 - "Created in Him"
  • Chapter 5 - "The Heavenly Places"
  • Chapter 6 - Love: On God's Side
  • Chapter 7 - Love: On Our Side
  • Chapter 8 - The Holy Spirit
  • Chapter 9 - "Filled"
  • Chapter 10 - Power
  • Chapter 11 - "The Church"
  • Chapter 12 - The Reciprocal Inheritance
  • Chapter 13 - Man in Christ
  • Chapter 14 - Our Walk
  • Chapter 15 - The Christian Armed

Another Commentary (distinct from above)

P G MATTHEW
Sermons on Ephesians

J VERNON MCGEE
Commentary on Ephesians
Thru the Bible Mp3's

HEINRICH A W MEYER
Commentary on Ephesians
Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

Consummate scholarship and something like exegetical genius unite in Dr. Meyer in a degree to which it would be difficult to find a parallel.—The British Quarterly Review

Meyer's Handbook is for scholars, and to them it is invaluable, especially for its strictness of method, its exegetical acumen, and its wealth of reference and citation.—The United Presbyterian Magazine

As an Exegete, he is simply unrivalled.—The Baptist Magazine

The ablest grammatical exegete of the age.—Philip Schaff

In accuracy of scholarship and freedom from prejudice, he is equaled by few.—Literary Churchman

We have only to repeat that it remains, of its own kind, the very best Commentary of the New Testament which we possess.—Church Bells

No Exegetical work is on the whole more valuable, or stands higher in public esteem. As a critic he is candid and cautious, exact to minuteness in philology, a master of the grammatical and historical method of interpretation.—Princeton Review

The commentaries on the Epistles are marvels of patient, laborious research, and often times of most penetrating insight. If we were restricted to one commentary we should certainly choose Meyer.—The Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle

HENRY MORRIS
DEFENDER'S STUDY BIBLE NOTES
EPISTLE TO THE EPHESIANS

CRITIQUE OF COMMENTARIES
ON THE LETTER TO THE EPHESIANS

Barth, Markus. Ephesians. The Anchor Bible. 2 vols. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday and Co., 1974. †An extensive, critical exposition combining a careful blend of historical-grammatical exegesis with a down-to-earth application of the truth of the text to the condition of the church today. This is a work of real quality that expository preachers will find most helpful.

Chafer, Lewis Sperry. The Epistle to the Ephesians. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1991. Originally published as the Ephesian Letter, Doctrinally Considered (1935). This exposition--at times verse-by-verse, and at other times section-by-section--is pivotal to understanding God’s God’s plan for this age and the next. Chafer fully explains the “mystery” of the Church, presents Christ as its head, and exhorts believers to live up to all that God intended. Here is a book that every believer should read over and over again until its message burns its way into his or her soul. Recommended!

Clark, Gordon Haddon. Ephesians. Jefferson, Md.: Trinity Foundation, 1985. Fearing that Christianity may be eclipsed in the West, Clark writes to dispel ignorance and champion the cause of biblical Christianity. The result is a work of apologetic value as well as a commentary on the text of this important letter.

Eadie, John. Commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians. Minneapolis: James & Klock Publishing Co., 1977 A full exposition that deals at length with the exegetical problems, pays careful attention to the development of Paul's theme, and provides extended discussions on important theological matters that arise as a result of his painstaking analysis of the text. Reprinted from the 1883 edition.

Foulkes, Francis. The Letter of Paul to the Ephesians; Introduction and Commentary. Revised ed. Tyndale New Testament Commentaries. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1989. During the 25 years since the first edition of this study, a number of significant works have been published. In this revision Foulkes takes into consideration recent scholarship, yet without immersing the reader in scholarly debate. In the Introduction he deals with some of the most recent approaches to critical issues. Then he launches into a discussion of the text. By carefully studying the language and thought of Paul's letter, he leads the reader into a deeper understanding of the glory of God in Christ. Recommended.

Getz, Gene A. Looking Up When You Feel Down. Ventura, Calif: Regal Books, 1985. These important chapters cover Ephesians chaps. 1-3. The emphasis is on biblical renewal, which Getz has pioneered. Personal, marital, familial, church, and parachurch issues are all included. The format is also new, and the publishers are to be commended for presenting the material in an attractive and highly readable manner.

Govett, Robert. Govett on Ephesians. Miami Springs, Fla.: Conley and Schoettle Publishing Co., 1981. This reprint of the 1889 book entitled What Is the Church? or The Argument of Ephesians enables readers to draw much needed refreshment and inspiration from the depths of the apostle's thought. Recommended.

Hodge, Charles. Ephesians. Crossway Classic Commentaries. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1994. Rewritten in modern English, this classic commentary form the pen of Princeton’s professor of Biblical literature is once again available. Whether used for supplemental reading or careful study, this work retains its relevance and will handsomely repay the reader for the time he or she spends mastering its contents.

Hoehner, Harold W. Ephesians, an Exegetical Commentary. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002. A massive work of 930 pp., that is detailed and accurately interprets the original text. Hoehner defends the Pauline authorship, believes that the original recipients were Ephesian believers, and provides informative discussions on the usage of different words as well as the grammar, customs, and culture of the times. Scholarly.

Houlden, J. L. Paul's Letters from Prison. Westminster Pelican Commentaries. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1978. †Based on the latest literary criticism. These studies provide important comments on the text but without treating the theme of each book.

Kent, Homer Austin, Jr. Ephesians: The Glory of the Church. Chicago: Moody Press, 1971. An evangelical commentary that ably expounds the theme of this epistle and clearly defines the nature and function of the church.

Hughes, R. Kent. Ephesians: The Mystery of the Body of Christ. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1992. With moving pathos Hughes reminds us of the importance of our heavenly citizenship where are seated with Christ in the heavenlies. He explains how believers constitute a “third race” that shares the unique relationship of being reconciled first to God and then to each other. He also discusses the apostle Paul’s imagery. It is graphic, for believers constitute a new family and are being built up as a part of a great building. Hughes’ comments on the text are apropos; his stress on being rightly related to Christ is heartwarming;, and his illustrations are of such a nature as to fix the truth he is presenting firmly in the mind of the reader. This is an excellent collection of expository sermons.

Lincoln, Andrew T. Ephesians. Word Biblical Commentary. Dallas, TX: Word Publishers, 1990. Offers new ways of appreciating this remarkable letter. Incorporates the most recent data from linguistic, historical, social, and theological perspectives. Grounds his exposition in the religious context of the times. One unique aspect of this commentary is the way in which Lincoln takes note of Paul's use of persuasion. He also shows how Paul's thought underscores the role of the believer in the world today.

Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn. The Christian Soldier: An Exposition of Ephesians 6:10-20. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1977. Full and complete, these sermons by one of the great Bible expositors of all time adequately present the believer's resources, conflict, and reward. Important.

_______ The Christian Warfare: An Exposition of Ephesians 6:10-13. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1977. This very extensive exposition of four verses deals with the character and strategy of the devil and demonstrates how his attacks affect our emotional lives and, eventually, our walk with and work for the Lord.

_______,Darkness and Light: An Exposition of Ephesians 4:17-5:17. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1982. Ranks among the richest, fullest, and most rewarding of expository studies ever produced. Deals adequately with the way in which believers "grow up into Christ" and the way in which this relationship permeates every area of our being. Reformed.

_______, Life in the Spirit, In Marriage, Home and Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18-6:9. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1975. An invaluable discussion of the biblical teaching on interpersonal relationships-within the family and on the job-with practical counsel for people in all walks of life.

_______, God's Ultimate Purpose: An Exposition of Ephesians 1:1-23. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1979. In keeping with the author's exceptional gifts as an expositor, this work lifts the reader up and helps him understand God's glorious plan for the church and the destiny of the believer.

_______, God's Way of Reconciliation: Studies in Ephesians 2. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1972. A detailed exposition applying the truth of this passage to man's entire personality-mind, emotions, and will and showing how, in Christ, God has made full provision for all of his needs.

_______, The Unsearchable Riches of Christ: An Exposition of Ephesians 3:1-21. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1980. Probing deeply into Paul's thought, Lloyd Jones expounds the essence of the apostle's teaching and explains how Christians may know the true God as opposed to worshiping and serving a god of their own making.

MacArthur, John F., Jr. Ephesians. The MacArthur New Testament Commentary. Chicago: Moody Press, 1986. This vital exposition deals with the important truths of the mystery of the Church, and the union of believers with Christ. MacArthur's approach is never bland. His material is well-reasoned and well-presented. While adhering to the theme of Paul's letter, he nonetheless expounds the text in the best homiletic style. Recommended.

Loane, Marcus Lawrence. Three Letters from Prison. Waco, Tex.: Word Books, 1971. A topical approach to the study of selected passages from Paul's letters to the Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon.

Mitton, Charles Leslie. Ephesians. New Century Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1981. Full of judicious comments on the text. Exhibits rare discernment in the choice of readings. Not as elaborate as M. Barth's treatment, this work nevertheless will merit the student's attention. Based on the RSV

Moule, Handley Carr Glyn. Studies in Ephesians. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1977. Reprinted from the edition in the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges series. Differs from the author's Ephesian Studies: Lessons in Faith and Walk. Designed for English readers, but the notes on the text give evidence of Moule's acquaintance with the original. Biblically sound.

O’Brien, Peter Thomas. The Letter to the Ephesians. Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999. Less ponderous than Hoehner, this exegetical work deals adequately with word meanings and grammar, considers carefully interpretative issues, and gives readers everything that should be included in a good commentary. O’Brien shows how the letter sums up God’s magnificent plan of salvation in Christ and spells out His purpose for all believers.

Pattison, Robert Everett, and H. C. G. Moule. Exposition of Ephesians: Lessons in Grace and Godliness. Minneapolis: Klock and Klock Christian Publishers, n.d. Received high praise from Spurgeon, and has been widely used. Characterized by a combination of devout scholarship and genuine humility. Of rare worth. Buy it! (Since publication the distribution rights have been assigned to Kregel Publications.)

Philips, John. Exploring Ephesians. Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1993. Phillips bases his exposition on a clear, detailed analysis of the text of the AV. Provides something of value on every section.

Powell, Ivor. Exciting Epistle to the Ephesians. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1988. Well-alliterated messages that explain the essence of Paul's thought in clear, understandable terms. Lay people as well as pastors will enjoy these devotional meditations.

Robinson, Joseph Armitage. Commentary on Ephesians. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1979. †One of the finest expository and exegetical studies ever written on this epistle. By all means obtain it.

Sproul, Robert Charles. The Purpose of God: An Exposition of Ephesians. Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus, 2002. First published in 1994. Sproul is more at home as a theologian and apologist than as an expositor, and the reader will readily find this borne out in his discussions of different texts. An uneven treatment.

Stedman, Ray C. Riches in Christ. Waco, Tex.: Word Books, 1976. Covers Ephesians 1-3. Probes the source of the problems that vex modern man and finds in this section of Gods Word the solution to our dilemma. 227.5'07.1-3.ST3 *Stott, John Robert Walmsey. God's New Society: The Message of Ephesians. The Bible Speaks Today. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1979. A delightful exposition that is at once timely and relevant. It is an example of expository preaching at its best. Buy it and read it often.

Van Roon, A. The Authenticity of Ephesians. Leiden, The Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 1975. A serious, scholarly defense of the Pauline authorship. Will be welcomed by conservative Bible students.

Westcott, Brooke Foss. St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians. Minneapolis: Klock and Klock Christian Publishers, 1979. A widely acclaimed work. Complete with introduction, critical notes, vocabulary list, and index of subjects. Deserving of careful study.

THE FOLLOWING CRITIQUES
ARE FROM DR. JOHN CEREGHIN

They overlap some with the preceding critiques. Note that Cereghin quotes a number of resources as shown in the table below. E.g., see the first resource by Abbott and note the "$" preceding this entry which in the "Legend" below is from "Biblical Viewpoint from Bob Jones University."

LEGEND OF THE SOURCES USED
IN THE FOLLOWING CRITIQUES

# Commenting and Commentaries by Charles Spurgeon

$ Biblical Viewpoint from Bob Jones University

% The Minister's Library by Cyril Barber * An Introduction to the New Testament by D. Edmond Hiebert

@ by Jon Weatherly, Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary

^ Commentary List from The Master's Seminary, Sun Valley, CA

+ Treasury of the Scottish Covenant by J. C. Johnston

& By the author, Dr. John Cereghin

= The Treasure House of Good Books by James Alexander Stewart

! New Testament Commentary Survey by D. A. Carson

< The Discerning Reader website

$ Abbott, T.K. The Epistles to the Ephesians and to the Colossians, 1897, 379 pages. An exhaustive study of the Greek text. He argues that Ephesians is a circular letter, favors Pauline authorship, stresses that Christ is a "Son, by His nature, we are sons only by adoption through Him." (9), teaches that men are born with a sinful and corrupt nature (46), points out Paul's precise use of the Greek tenses (138), teaches the reality of evil spirits (182).
+ Uses the author's own translation; its printed form reflects the form-critical assumption of the use of hymns, fragments of hymns or confessional formulae in Ephesians. Dates it 62.

$ Alford, Henry, "Ephesians" in volume 3 of The Greek Testament, 1871, 144 pages. Concise comments. Defends Pauline authorship (6), stresses importance of the term "blood" rather than merely "death" (74), defends reality of the devil and evil spirits (89), stresses the unity of the mystical body of Christ (112), maintains the doctrine of the Trinity (114), seems to favor Hades as meaning "the lower parts of the earth" (116), stresses the Lord as the pattern for the use of the sword of the Spirit. (148)

$ Allan, John, The Epistle to the Ephesians, 1959, 143 pages. Brief liberal comments. Attacks Pauline authorship (13-23), holds the central theme is the unity of the church (33), treats the blood as a symbol (50), charges the writer with ignorance of scientific views of the universe (55), stresses the idea of corporate personality (60), shows that the writer thinks of two worlds, higher and lower, not two ages (67), sets forth God as the universal Father (105), warns against an emotional revival of belief in the devil and demons (140).

$ Barth, Markus, The Broken Wall, 1959, 272 pages. Liberal interpretation. He can affirm Paul's authorship only with fear (15), lists many problems in Ephesians, stresses that Christ's resurrection, though it cannot be proved (51) is of cosmic importance (54), implies universalism (69,119), holds that "principalities and powers" refers to the world of axioms of politics and religion (90), argues that there is no wall between the church and the world (154), thinks Paul taught separation only from a brother, not from the world (162), urges that God's servants must go to and fro between prayer and evangelism (195), thinks that hell is only for people who have heard the truth (262).
* "Ephesians" in The Anchor Bible, 2 volumes, 1974. Uses author's own translation. Its printed form reflects the form-critical assumption of the use of hymns, fragments of hymns or confessional formulae in Ephesians. The commentary material divides into two parts: phrase by phrase relate to the explanation of the text itself; extended Comments relate to various matters connected with the thought of the passage. Full bibliography and indexes.

# Bayne, Paul, Commentary on Ephesians, 1643. Sibbes says of this work "The greatest shall find matter to exercise themselves in; the meaner, matter of sweet comfort and holy instruction; and all confess that he hath brought some light on this Scripture."

$ Beare, Francis and Theodore Wedel, "Ephesians" in volume 10 of The Interpreter's Bible, 1953, 152 pages. Thorough liberal exposition. Reject Pauline authorship (600,610), admit modern man is unmindful of 18 centuries of Christian grace (616), stresses that "blood" is a symbol (617), call the Bible a storybook (629), object to a "concrete visualization" of the ascension (633), warn against exalting the institutional church to equality with Christ (636), deny a personal devil (639), admit that modern man is afraid of judgment (673), hold that the pentecostal spirit is still given to those at a Romanist mass (685).
! Scarcely worth scanning.

@ Best, Ernest. Ephesians, 1998. Thorough and informed comments on the Greek text, deliberately leaving the question of authorship open.

+ Boyd, Robert, Commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians, 1652. This was written in elegant Latin. “A work of stupendous size and stupendous learning. Its apparatus criticus is something enormous. The Greek and Latin Fathers, the writers of the dark ages, the Protestant and Romish theologians of his own time; Justin and Irenaeus; Tertullian and Cyprian; Clement and Origen; Augustine and Jerome; Gregory Nyssen and Gregory Nazianzen; Anselm and Bonaventure and Bernard; Calvin and Rollock; Bellarmine and Pighius- are all at hand to render aid or to receive replies”- Dr. James Walker in Scottish Theology, page 4.

$ Braune, Karl, “Ephesians” in Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, 235 pages. Conservative Lutheran commentary. Defends Pauline authorship (8), explains the doctrine of election (30), stresses the Old Testament background of the blood (36), teaches the reality of spiritual death (72), warns against the power of Satan (73), identified the "lower parts of the earth" as Hades (146), teaches the power of Satan and his angels (221), stresses that each piece of the Christian's armor requires the other pieces: together they form one whole (228).

$ Brown, Charles, St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians, 181 pages. Devotional exposition. Stresses God's living election and man's moral freedom (15-16), urges prayer for brethren (21), holds it is unimportant who wrote Pentateuch or Isaiah (27), distinguishes between Christ's resurrection and the restoration of Lazarus (31), holds that a believer is a stranger on earth but not to heaven (56), exhorts that Christ must become a living reality within (73), urges believers to stay as far away from the pit as possible (131)

$ Bruce, Frederick Fyvie, The Epistle to the Ephesians, 1961, 140 pages. Thorough exposition. Defends Pauline authorship (11-12), stresses foreordaining purpose of God (34) and the sealing of the Holy Spirit (36), discusses the nature of the church (44), explains Greek constructions (48), maintains the whole concept of salvation by grace through faith is God's gift (51), urges steadfast adherence to the apostle's teaching (57), holds to the universal church (58), defends the doctrine of the Trinity (81), warns against jesting, which is "cultural insolence" (103), holds that the "world rulers" were spirit beings (128).
* Non-technical and popular

$ Calvin, John, Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul to the Galatians and Ephesians, 1548, 172 pages. Old but valuable. Stresses believers are elect by grace, not foreseen worthiness (198), attacks Roman doctrine, maintains the doctrine of original sin (223), interprets "apostles and prophets" as New Testament and Old Testament men (243), warns that many receive the sign of baptism who are not partakers of the grace (320), urges believers to use especially their swords and shields (339).

! Calvin, John, Sermons on Ephesians. Still can be marvelously suggestive to preachers.

$ Carver, William Owen, The Glory of God in the Christian Calling, 1949, 239 pages. Baptist. Uses Neo-Orthodox terms (3), speaks of 2 Isaiah (4), assumes Pauline authorship (5), distinguishes between universal and local church, gives theme of Ephesians as "The Christian Calling" (21), argues that the church continues the incarnation of Christ (43), has a long discussion of the ecumenical movement and argues for congregational polity and loose cooperation (61-79), defends Trinity (94), calls Abraham the first Christian (117), attacks the idea of Christ's descent into Hades (148), concludes with a paraphrase (193) and his own translation (218).
* Contains a detailed outline, a careful verse-by-verse exegesis and author's own translation. Four lengthy theological discussions of 75 pages precede the exegesis of the text. Written by a Southern Baptist.

$ Chafer, Lewis Sperry, The Ephesian Letter Doctrinally Considered, 1935, 176 pages. Brief exposition. He speaks of the divine purpose being changed from the limitations of Judaism to the worldwide proclamation (13), suggests that Ephesians may be the letter to the Laodiceans (14), stresses sovereign and final election (36), teaches that those who die in infancy are redeemed by God's grace (68), explains the universal church (92), attacks the idea of an Old Testament church (100), denies that God's purposes for Israel and the church ever unite (154), includes a topical index of doctrines (168-171).
* Pre-millennial and dispensational.

$ Criswell, W. A. Ephesians, 1974, 308 pages. Stresses the phrase "in Christ" (15) and the reality of predestination (27), accepts the concept of geologic ages (46), teaches a universal church (106), stresses the unity of the family of God (142), holds that "one baptism" was water baptism symbolizing Spirit baptism (184), defends the mode of baptism (190), denies baptismal regeneration (200), gives 3 interpretations of leading captivity captive (206), commends Billy Graham (219).

$ Dale, R.W., The Epistle to the Ephesians, 1892, 446 pages. Attacks Calvinistic election (29), warns against thinking of God as a power rather than a Person (59), attacks Universalism (92), stresses the incarnation, atonement and resurrection of Christ (147), refers to the Adam of the symbolic story of Genesis (192), will admit errors in Scripture (216), stresses the unity of the church (260-293), defends Christ's deity (320).

! Dockery, David, Ephesians, 1996. Workmanlike but not notably insightful.

# Eadie, John, Commentary on the Greek Text of Ephesians, 1861. This book is one of prodigious learning and research. The author seems to have read all, in every language, that has been written upon the Epistle. It is also a work of independent criticism, and casts much new light upon many passages.
$ Defends Pauline authorship, stresses both that we were chosen in Christ before the commencement of time (21) and that man has a free moral nature (24), argues that the sealing of the Spirit followed believing (66), distinguishes synonyms (94-95), stresses that Jesus is enthroned above all angelic beings (102), holds that grace and faith are the efficient and modal causes of salvation (149), holds that the universal church has divine energy in it (325), warns that we contend with spirits of high rank (459).

$ Fausset, A.R. "Ephesians" in volume 6 of A Commentary Critical, Experimental and Practical, ed. Jamieson, Fausset and Brown, 1869, 25 pages. Conservative exposition. Defends the eternality of the Son of God (398), defines the blood of Christ as the instrument of propitiation (399), stresses that Christ is really the church's head (402), defends the reality of the devil (402,421), interprets the "apostles and prophets" as the new and old dispensations (406), holds that the lower parts of the earth refers to Hades (410), contrasts the visible church with the perfected church hereafter (418), sets forth the doctrine of the Trinity (422).

$ Findley, George, "Ephesians" in volume 6 of The Expositor's Bible, 1892, 107 pages. Defends Pauline authorship (7), stresses that Christ is the fundamental principle of all creation (17), claims that the stamp of God is on the consciousness of His children (18), holds that "the church is a house built for an Occupant" (39), attacks the spiritual bureaucracy of Rome (40), calls 3:10-13 "Earth Teaching Heaven" (45), holds that one baptism is an acknowledgment of Christ's dominion (58), teaches that the Word must be linked to baptism (93), argues for infant baptism (95).
% Arminian.

$ Foulkes, Frances, The Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians, 1963, 182 pages. Defends Pauline authorship at length (13-40), balances divine election and man's free will (46), attacks universalism (53), stresses the church is the sanctuary of God (88), warns against a faith that depends merely on intellectual knowledge (104), upholds the Reformation doctrine of the invisible church (111), holds that the offices in Ephesians were given to the universal church (119), defends the existence of a personal devil and demons (172).
^ The Letter of Paul to the Ephesians: An Introduction and Commentary. Tyndale New Testament Commentary, 2nd ed.; 1989. 189 pages. The author has revised his own work of the 1960's, using the RSV and updated introductory matter. The evangelical author traces Paul's flow of thought well, summing up sections, looking at views and their supports, dealing competently with words and exegesis, but sometimes doing so more briefly than many readers would prefer.

$ Gaebelein, Arno Clemens, Unsearchable Riches, 1928, 157 pages. A popular exposition. Gives a detailed outline (10-14), interprets "heavenly places" as "heavenlies" (19), discusses the words for "redemption" (26), stresses that the Holy Spirit uses the Word of truth to change men, rather than emotion or anecdotes (33), attacks modernism, Russellism, Theosophy, etc. (48), describes the formation of the church as God's masterpiece (57,78), teaches premillennialism (95), attacks the tongues movement (135)

* Good, Kenneth H., "Chosen in Him" Studies in Ephesians, 1967. An analytical study of Ephesians by a conservative scholar, combining careful exegesis, strong emphasis upon basic doctrines and homiletical suggestiveness. Elaborate discussions on election, the church in Ephesians and sanctification are inserted. Intended as a basic textbook for use in the Candidate School of the Fellowship of Baptists for Home Missions.

$ Gore, Charles, St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians, 1898, 278 pages. A high-church Anglican exposition. He holds that Ephesians sets forth theory of the church (3) and calls its ethics "Christian socialism" (19), teaches baptismal regeneration, attacks double predestination (64), commends the idea of evolution (69), subordinates individual salvation to the idea of a catholic church (102), stresses the nourishment of the eucharist (165) and apostolic succession (168), defends infant baptism (230) and the existence of demons (240).

= Graham, William, Lectures, 1870. I treasure this work.

Greene, Oliver B., The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians, 1963. A basic commentary, probably largely transcribed from Greene’s “The Gospel Hour” radio broadcasts. Orthodox and reliable, except we have been concerned over some outright plagiarisms from Albert Barnes in some of Greene’s commentaries that he never acknowledged.

$ Gurnall, William. The Christian in Complete Armour, 1655-1662, 1242 pages. An exhaustive Puritan exposition of Ephesians 6:10-20. He has fervent messages on such topics as "Reproof to Such as Are Not True Wrestlers", "Threefold Boundary of Satan's Empire", "The Necessity of Perseverance", "Directions on How to Obtain the Shield of Faith", "How to Use the Word Against Heretics", "Reproof to Prayerless Souls".

^ Harris, W. Hall,. The Descent of Christ: Eph 4:7-11 and Traditional Hebrew Imagery, 1998. xvii + 221 pp. W. Hall Harris III is professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. This work results from his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Sheffield. Every preacher is delighted when he discovers a comprehensive work on a problem-text in a biblical book that he is teaching or will be in the future. This volume should be a welcome resource for any pastor who anticipates preaching through Ephesians and having to deal with Ephesians 4:7-11. The author has provided an extensive bibliography for further study. He has also included helpful indexes of authors and subjects. The volume is well researched and written in a most readable style. In the appendix (198-204), “The Question of Authorship and Its Impact on This Study,” the author reviews the debate over the authorship of Ephesians from the 18th century through the end of the 20th. The author affirms Pauline authorship of the epistle (203). He first acknowledges that the almost unanimous view in the early church was that Eph 4:9-11 referred to the belief that Christ, in the three days between his burial and resurrection, descended to the underworld and participated in various activities there. He also acknowledges that there are many who in recent years have believed that Christ’s descent referred to Christ’s coming from heaven to earth at the Incarnation. Harris discusses these two views in the first two chapters (1-63). The remainder of the book (64-197) discusses a third alternative offered by the author. He reasons that the descent occurred after the ascent and exaltation of Ephesians 4:8 and referred to the descent of Christ as the Spirit who distributed gifts (gifted leaders to His church). One does not have to agree with the author’s conclusion to derive value from his thorough research. This reviewer found the book quite thought-provoking and complete in its coverage of the subject. It will be a welcomed help in any pastor’s library

* Harrison, Norman, His Very Own, Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians, 1930. A rich devotional commentary using outlines, charts, notes and comments on the text. Conservative

% Hendriksen, William, Exposition of Ephesians, 1967. Scholarly and practical. Reformed.
* The outline developed for Ephesians is rather fanciful.

# Hodge, Charles, Commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians. Most valuable. With no writer do we more fully agree.
$ Thorough, Reformed exposition. Defends genuineness, holds that Christ is Lord in the sense of being God (25), stresses the sovereign election of God (29-35,57) and that only those in whom the Spirit dwells are members of the true church (87), states that the entire Trinity is involved in redemption (144), stresses the doctrine of total depravity (182), teaches a general judgment (218), attacks baptismal regeneration (324), lists death, adultery and willful desertion as dissolving the marriage contract (334)

< Hoehner, Harold, Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary, Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, 2003. From a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. For the past thirty years, Harold Hoehner has trained thousands of seminarians in the art of New Testament exegesis. He now brings his skill and experience to this commentary on Ephesians-a commentary that no serious student can afford to ignore.

^ Hughes, R. Kent, Ephesians: The Mystery of the Body of Christ, 1990. 304 pages. Hughes has a highly readable, practical exposition that is refreshing for devotional use. He both explains Ephesians competently in a general way and relates it engagingly and vitally to Christian life. In remaining true to the text, it is like an alpine breeze in its spiritually invigorating tone.

$ Ironside, Harry A. In The Heavenlies, 1937, 341. Popular exposition. Stresses assurance of salvation (15), attacks modernism, the lodge (17), calls the doctrine of election a family secret (27), explains redemption (52), teaches premillennialism (69,109), maintains that the Scriptures are divinely inspired (85), stresses the believer's relation to other believers (219), urges separation (257), argues for a systematic program of Bible study (266).
% One of Ironside's best studies.

! Johnston, George, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Century Bible, 1967. Disappointingly thin just when one needs the most guidance.

$ Kelly, William, Lectures on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians, 283 pages. Expositions by a Plymouth Brethren. Defends the deity and humanity of Christ (8), stresses man is dead in sin (64), calls mysticism the devil's imitation of God's mysteries (75), defines the term "mystery" (114), attacks apostolic succession (116), stresses that Christ must be the heart's exclusive object (214), defends the reality of the devil's power (272).

$ Kent, Homer, Ephesians: The Glory of the Church, 1971, 128 pages. Conservative exposition. Stresses predestination (20), Christ's exaltation over angels and all creation (31), shows that salvation is all of God (38), holds that "one baptism" refers to Spirit baptism (68), does not decide the meaning of the "lower parts" of the earth (70), teaches God's Word is the cleansing agent in present sanctification (102), defends Paul's attitude toward women (106), gives a short bibliography (128).

# Lathrop, Joseph, Exposition of the Epistle to the Ephesians, 1864. These discourses are sure to be of the highest class.

$ Lenski, Richard Charles Henry, The Interpretation of St Paul's Epistle to the Galatians and to the Philippians, 1937, 363 pages. Exhaustive Lutheran commentary. Attacks the idea that Ephesians is an encyclical letter (333-342), holds the word "church" refers only to true believers (345, 403), holds that faith is divinely wrought (357), gives word studies, stresses the blood of Christ and attacks modernism (437), emphasizes the unity of the true church (504), teaches baptismal regeneration (513), attacks the Romanist sacrament of marriage (643), holds that children are also members of the church (646).

! Liefeld, Walter, Ephesians, IVP New Testament Commentary, 1997. Packs a lifetime of thoughtful study of this epistle into a fairly small space.

& Lightfoot, J. B., Epistle to the Ephesians. Only on chapter 1:1-14. Greek text. Usual extensive remarks as found in Lightfoot’s other commentaries. Holds to Ephesians being a circular letter

@ Lincoln, Andrew. Ephesians. Word Bible Commentary series, 1990. Thorough on the Greek text like all Word commentaries, but rejection of Paul’s authorship distorts many conclusions.
^ This detailed evangelical effort ranks at the top or near the best in overall exegetical explanation. The author evidences a background of immense reading, a thorough grasp of disputed passages and turning of details, a good ability to summarize, and often judicious decisions.
! Is excellent on many points. But on grounds that strike me as entirely unconvincing, Lincoln argues that Paul himself did not write Ephesians and occasionally this stance affects his exegesis (e.g., on 4:7ff).

! Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn, Exposition of Ephesians, 8 volumes, 1976-1985. Eminently worth reading, but only if you read very quickly.

$ Lock, Walter, The Epistle to the Ephesians, 1929, 76 pages. Conservative. He thinks Pauline authorship more probable than other views (11), stresses that Christ is pre-existent, incarnate, risen (21), has a special note on the doctrine of adoption (23), sees a reference to baptism in many different passages, holds that it is through the universal church that God's wisdom is seen (37), stresses the unity of the universal church (40), concludes with an extended note on the word "church" (69-73).
* Uses English Revised Version.

! MacArthur, John, Ephesians, 1995. Shares the same strengths and weaknesses as his treatment on Matthew. A hybrid difficult to classify- part commentary, part expository sermon. Wordy and often betray too little time and care with the text, so that his books cannot be read as reliable commentary, but the amount of information goes beyond that of most commentaries. Doubtless his books will well serve the well-read layperson and the poorly trained preacher.

! MacDonald, Margaret, Ephesians, Sacra Pagina, 2000. Covers both Ephesians and Colossians. The strength of her work is her close comparison of the two epistles: by examining the subtle differences, she puts their different perspectives into sharp relief and ties the perspectives to the reconstructions she develops with the aid of socialscience approaches. But although the work is very competently done, too often the differences are exaggerated, and I suspect that the reconstruction of reader’s social identities is more fragile than she thinks.

* MacDonald, William, Ephesians, The Mystery of the Church, 1968. Verse-by-verse treatment using the author's unique Bible-text outline. Practical. Rich in homiletical suggestiveness.

! Martin, Ralph, Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, 1992. Too slender to be worth much time.

! Masson, Charles, Ephesians, Commentaire du Nouveau Testament. In French. Outstanding.

* Miller, H.S., The Book of Ephesians with Outlines and Notes, 1931. Verse-by-verse commentary that is expository, doctrinal and practical. The explanations are virtually word studies plus a clear and simple interpretation of the text.

! Mitton, C. L., Ephesians, New Century Bible, 1982. This is a good and accessible work in general, even if Mitton continues to support his earlier defense of non-Pauline authorship.

$ Moody, Dale. Christ and the Church, 1963, 152 pages. Exposition by a Southern Baptist. He does not settle the genuineness of Ephesians, attacks Calvin and Augustine on the doctrine of election (20) and attacks the doctrine of infant baptism (25), distinguishes between the local church and "the body of Christ, the "world-Church" (35), attacks the idea that unbaptized infants are lost (45), attacks the idea that faith is the gift of God (49), cites the Interpreter's Bible with approval (52); warns against modern woman's loss of devotion to husband and home (117).
% Specific applications to some problems within the Southern Baptist Convention.

$ Moule, Handley Carr Glyn, Ephesian Studies, 340 pages. Warmly devotional. Defends the genuineness (13), stresses the "Trinity of Eternal Love" (38), speaks of the "glory of the Christ of God" (52), warns that the church has become afflicted with "bureaucratic tyranny" (58), teaches the ideal or universal church (59), calls the indwelling the "sovereign gift of God" (139), stresses the deity of Christ (140), urges total abstinence from sins of temper and tongue (235).

& Moule, H. C. G., The Epistle to the Ephesians, The Cambridge Bible For Schools and Colleges, 1889, 175 pages. Useful, with verse-by-verse comments based on the AV and Revised Version. Extensive introduction. Holds to Covenant Theology as he mentions “New Israel, the Church” (71). Holds that Ephesians is a circular letter (28). Equates the blood of Christ in 1:7 with the death of Christ (49), and thus is weak on the literalness of the blood. Holds baptism in the standard Church of England context (53). Includes 10 appendices.

! Moulton, H. K., Ephesians and Colossians, 1962. Has a good eye for practical lessons but should not be used on its own.

# Newland, Henry, A New Catena of St. Paul's Epistles. Commentary on Ephesians, in which is exhibited the results of the most learned theological criticisms, from the age of the early Fathers down to the present time, 1866. Used discreetly, this Catena of patristic, medieval and modern Church interpreters, may be very helpful; without discretion it will mislead.

! O’Brien, Peter, Ephesians, Pillar New Testament Commentary, 1999. The best English-language commentary. He has thoughtfully absorbed and filtered the best material from earlier commentaries, but he has made his own contribution by sticking close to the text, tracing the theological argument with care and precision. He is able to deploy the various tools in the arsenal of New Testament exegetes without giving too much weight to any of them; he is able to reflect on historical and social circumstances without swallowing the theology implicit in much social science

$ Ockenga, Harold, Faithful in Christ Jesus, 1948, 254 pages. A practical exposition. Balances divine sovereignty and man's free will (9), attacks Unitarianism (25) and defends doctrine of the Trinity (28), stresses the value of the blood of Christ (50), teaches the nature of sin (54), the gift of the Holy Spirit (76), distinguishes the universal church from the organizational church (165), identifies grieving the Spirit with becoming a backslider (186), stresses child evangelism (223).

# Pattison, R. E. Commentary on Ephesians, 1859. A book to instruct intelligent, experienced believers. It is a model for a classbook, plain and yet profound.

! Patzia, Arthur, Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, 1991. A competent but unexciting middle-level commentary, easily accessible.

= Paxson, Ruth, Wealth, Walk and Warfare, 1935. Oh, how God blessed the ministry of our beloved sister in revolutionizing the lives of believers, not only in China but in North America and Europe! This book contains the cream of her messages.

! Perkins, Pheme, Ephesians, Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament, 1997. Not up to the standard one expects from her, and is in any case priced too high for a mere 160 pages.

Phillips, John, Exploring Ephesians and Colossians, 2002 (reprint), 190 pages. John Phillips served as assistant director of the Moody Correspondence School as well as director of the Emmaus Correspondence School, one of the world's largest Bible correspondence ministries. He also taught in the Moody Evening School and on the Moody Broadcasting radio network. Solid and reliable popular survey of both epistles. Phillips’ outlines of both epistles are worth the price of this volume.

# Pridham, A. Ephesians. Style heavy, matter weighty.

# Pulsford, John, Christ and His Seed, Central to all things: being a series of expository discourses on Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians, 1872. Contains a great deal of deep thought, but is too mystical and often too cloudy to be of much service to those who wish to explain Scripture.

# Ridley, Lancelot, Commentaries on Ephesians, Philippians and Part of Jude. John Bale wrote in 1543: "The commentary which that virtuous, learned man, Master Lancelot Ridley, made upon St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians, for the true erudition of his Christian brethren, hath my Lord Bonner here also condemned for heresy. But what the cause is I cannot tell, unless it be for advancing the gospel as the thing whereby we are made righteous." Our author is equally fierce against Anabaptists and Papists, but is not much of a commentator

$ Robinson, J. Armitage, St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians, 1903, 314 pages. Careful commentary on the Greek text. Thinks Ephesians was a circular letter (11), stresses that unworthiness did not exclude from the divine selection (25), explains the OT background for the shedding of blood (29), emphasizes the personality of the Holy Spirit (38), holds that in Ephesians, Paul never uses the term "church" in the sense of a local church (80), calls the principalities and powers real and intelligent forces (151), teaches baptismal regeneration (178), has special notes on the meaning of Greek words and phrases (221-74)
% Really two commentaries in one. Part 1 contains the introduction, translation and exposition with notes on critical problems. Part 2 provides one of the finest exegetical treatments to be found anywhere.

& Ruckman, Peter, "Ephesians" in The Bible Believer's Commentary on Galatians-Colossians, 1973, 165 pages. Paragraph-by-paragraph comments. Strongly attacks Calvinism and hyper-dispensationalism. Constantly attacks "the scholars" who suggest changes to the AV text. Much useful information and good practical material but discernment and a thick skin are required.

$ Salmond, S.D.F. "Ephesians" in volume 3 of The Expositor's Greek Testament, 1907, 192 pages. Exhaustive Greek commentary. Defends Pauline authorship (208-33), defends divine election (248), stresses that blood means more than merely death (254), attacks Universalism (262), teaches the deity of Christ (273,282), defines "church" in Ephesians as the universal church, "the whole fellowship of believers throughout the world" (280), holds that the universal church is a testimony to angels (309), thinks the "lower parts of the earth" means merely "earth" (327), stresses the pastor-teacher is one man (330).

! Scott, Ernest, Ephesians, Moffatt Commentary Series, 1939. Erratic and uneven

$ Simpson, E.K. and F.F. Bruce, Commentary on the Epistles to the Ephesians and the Colossians, 1957, 156 pages. A pedantic exposition. Simpson uses many foreign phrases, teaches the reality of Satan (48), distinguishes between synonyms (52), stresses grace (54) and the new birth (62), holds the Trinity was active in the redemption (64), warns that God is not "the almighty Sentimentalist" (62), warns against the sin that was downfall of Rome (103).
! On the whole the whole work is an erudite disappointment. Simpson’s vocabulary is impressive but not much else

< Sproul, R. C., The Purpose of God: Ephesians. Sproul looks at the main issues raised in Ephesians including overcoming idolatry, God's sovereignty, and the importance of fellowship in the church for healthy Christian growth.

$ Stoeckhardt, G. Commentary on St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians, 1952, 271 pages. Thorough Lutheran commentary. Defends Pauline authorship (3-14), holds that Paul's theme is the one holy Christian church, discusses election at length (38-48) and adds an excursus on it (84-99), dismisses the question of the fate of the lost as a foolish, meddling question (96), stresses that Paul's conception of the church is that of the entire invisible Christian church (110), defends the reality of the devil (119), has an excursus on conversion (130-141), calls liberal theologians Pelagianists (137), holds the Trinity indwells the church (157), has a beautiful description of the true church (173), defends Christ's descent into Hades (195), holds that those who deny the divinity of Christ are outside the church (202), teaches human total depravity (215).
* Most helpful for those who know Greek.

! Stott, John R. W., God’s New Society, 1984. Worth reading

$ Summers, Ray, Ephesians: Pattern For Christian Living, 1960, 156 pages. Southern Baptist exposition. Defends Pauline authorship, describes redemption as the work of the Trinity (8), defends resurrection of Christ (29), holds the term "church" in Ephesians refers to all true believers (30,75), interprets "blood" as a comprehensive symbol (45), identifies the "lower parts of the earth" as the grave (83), holds that Paul would take today the same view of women that he took in the Scripture (121).

! Swain, Lionel, Ephesians, New Testament Messahe Series, 1981. Not worth the time.

$ Talbot, Louis T. Lectures on Ephesians, 1937, 172 pages. Popular exposition. Begins with a chart on the teaching of Ephesians (5), gives 3 key words for Ephesians: church, body, mystery (9), defends the deity of Christ (16), uses many apt illustrations, does not object to an evolutionary dating (28), argues for premillennial interpretations (65), denies the church is seen in the OT (86), attacks ultra-dispensationalism (105), holds that "one baptism" is water baptism (127).

$ Taylor, Willard, "Ephesians" in volume 9 of The Beacon Bible Commentary, 1965, 142 pages. Arminian. Defends Pauline authorship (129), explains Greek construction (143), admits the doctrine of election but stresses man's freedom (146), discusses the words for "redemption" (151), identifies "church" as "the community of redeemed persons" (168), defends the reality of the devil (171), quotes liberals with approval, including Markus Barth (200), and Bonhoeffer (228), takes "one baptism" in the Wesleyan sense of a second work of grace (206), attacks baptismal regeneration (243).

# Turner, Samuel, Ephesians in Greek and English, 1856. A learned American work. Good, but not very attractive.

$ Van Ryn, August, Ephesians, 1946, 192 pages. Devotional. He contrasts Ephesians with 1 Peter (15), teaches premillennialism (26,27), claims that no one is responsible for having a sinful nature (43), holds that God dealt with man on the law principle in the OT but on the faith principle now (56), contrasts Jew and Gentile (67), teaches the church began at Pentecost (82), stresses the unity of the true church (103), holds that "one baptism" is water baptism (107), maintains the "lower parts of the earth" refers to just the earth (114), also compares Ephesians with Colossians (166-76).

* Vaughan, W. Curtis, The Letter to the Ephesians, Founders Study Guide Commentary, 1963. A simple, well-outlined interpretation; originally prepared as a study course guide for Southern Baptist church groups. Well suited for a beginning study of Ephesians.

& Waite, D. A., Ephesians, Preaching Verse by Verse, 2002, 214 pages. Expository messages. Dispensational, fundamentalist and strongly supporting the Greek Textus Receptus and King James Bible.

* Welch, Charles, In Heavenly Places. An Exposition of the Epistle to the Ephesians, 430 pages. Hyper-dispensational. Contains important word studies.

$ Westcott, Brooke Foss, St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians, 1906, 280 pages. Posthumous but very valuable. Defends Pauline authorship, lists words found only in Ephesians, compares Ephesians with Colossians, holds to the universal church (3), shows the rhythmical structure of 1:3-14 (5), thinks Paul's phraseology refers to the "spiritual world" (7), stresses the importance of the blood of Christ, not just His death (11), warns that disobedience lays men open to the working of Satan (30), holds that the "lower parts of the earth" refers to Hades (61), denies that the Lord can be regarded as merely human (77), warns against the non-human principalities and powers that are our enemies (93), gives an extended note on the theology of Ephesians (126-150).

! Wood, A. Skevington, Ephesians, The Expositor’s Greek New Testament. Not worth much time.

* Wuest, Kenneth, Ephesians and Colossians in the Greek New Testament for the English Reader, 1953. A simplified commentary on the Greek for the benefit of the English reader with exegetical comments and word studies.

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  • Ephesians 1:3-14; Our Position in Christ: Because of our eternal hope and secure relationship with God through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, we should never cease to praise and worship Him. Video
  • Ephesians 1:15-19; Measuring Corporate Maturity: When we evaluate the maturity of any local church, we should look for the ways believers are manifesting faith, hope, and love in their relationships with God and one another. Video
  • Ephesians 2:1-10; God's Gift: When we present the message of hope in Christ, we must make sure that all people understand that good works do not contribute in any way to their salvation experience. Video
  • Ephesians 2:11-22; Oneness in Christ: Regardless of our ethnic backgrounds, social status, gender, or race, when we become believers we are to function as members of one family. Video
  • Ephesians 3:1-13; Servants of the Gospel: As unified members of Christ's body, we are to serve God and one another, demonstrating to both the visible and the invisible world the message of God's love and grace through Jesus Christ. Video
  • Ephesians 3:14-21; Experiencing God's Power: To live in God's will as individuals and as communities of faith, we must not only understand God's power but we must experience this power. Video
  • Ephesians 4:1-6; Walking Worthy: When we truly understand what God has done for all of us in Jesus Christ, we should respond by living godly lives in love and unity. Video
  • Ephesians 4:7-16; Building Up One Another: To become mature in Christ as local communities of faith, we must all function as members of one another. Video
  • Ephesians 4:17-24; Walking in Newness of Life: Since God chose each one of us to live holy lives, we are to become what He created us to be. Video
  • Ephesians 4:25-5:5; Walking in Love: Because of Christ's supreme act of love for us, we are to walk in love in all of our relationships. Video
  • Ephesians 5:6-14; Walking in the Light: Because of our new life in Christ, we are to illuminate the darkness created by sin. Video
  • Ephesians 5:15-21; Walking Wisely: To walk wisely, we must continually allow the Holy Spirit to enlighten our hearts to discover what God's will is, particularly as revealed through the authors of Scripture. Video
  • Ephesians 5:22-6:9; Walking in Love and Submission: To walk in God's will, we must practice mutual love and submission in all of our relationships. Video
  • Ephesians 6:10-20; Walking in God's Strength: To walk worthy of our great calling in Christ, we must rely on God's strength and protection. Video
  • Ephesians 6:21-24; God-Ordained Communication: To experience God's blessings in our lives, we must communicate with one another. Video

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Ephesians

1889 work but verse by verse comments are useful. Check it out especially if you are unfamiliar with Moule's devotional style.

"H. C. G. Moule's commentary on Ephesians provides a unique look at this letter from Paul to the Church at Ephesus. Noting parallels between Ephesians and Colossians, this volume also discusses the authenticity of this epistle and the historical background of the Ephesians. The commentary contained in this resource elucidates the truths contained in Ephesians, in concise yet astute exegesis." -Logos

There are no better books in exposition of the different parts of Scripture than those contained in the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. The series has long since established its claim to an honorable place in the front rank of first-rate commentaries; and the teacher or preacher who masters its volumes will be, like Apollos, mighty in the Scriptures.—Church Sunday School Magazine

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Grace and Godliness
Studies in the Epistle to the Ephesians
1895

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Expository Readings on the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Ephesians

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Righteousness Vs. Revengefulness Ephesians 1:31-32 Revenge Donnie L. Martin
The Eyes of the Heart Ephesians  1 Graduation; Baccalaureate; Faithfulness; Heart, The J. Mike Minnix
Count Your Blessings Ephesians  1:1-14 Gratitude; Blessings; Thanksgiving Mark Adams
A Prayer For All Seasons Ephesians  1:15-23 Prayer Mark Adams
A Letter of Thanksgiving Ephesians  1:3 Thanksgiving; Gratitude Tom Hayes
The Dead Walking and the Living Dead Ephesians  2 Death and Life; Life in Christ; Christ, Life in; Halloween; New Life J. Mike Minnix
Eternal Perspective that Leads to Abundant Service Ephesians  2:10 Eternity; Service, Faithful; Christian Living; Life, View of Johnny Hunt
Eternal Perspective that Leads to Abundant Service - 2 Ephesians  2:10 Service, Adundant; Perspective in Christian Living Johnny Hunt
From Death To Life Ephesians  2:1-10 Life; Eternal Life Mark Adams
God The Builder Ephesians  2:11-22 Church; Building of God, The Christian a Mark Adams
Looking Before and After: The Testimony and the Christian Life Ephesians  2:1-22 Testimony; Christian Living Franklin L. Kirksey
Jesus Christ - The Chief Cornerstone Ephesians  2:20 Jesus, Chief Cornerstone Franklin L. Kirksey
Two Words That Changed Everything Ephesians  2:4 God, Intervention of Sammy Burgess
Can the Resurrection of Christ Affect and Change You? Ephesians  2:4-5 Resurrection; Easter; Change, Christ Causing Johnny Hunt
Counter-Culture Christianity Ephesians  2:8-10 Salvation; Postmodernism; Truth O.S. Hawkins
Understanding Real Saving Faith Ephesians  2:8-10 Saving Faith; Faith, Saving Jack Woodard
What God Gave Us At Christmas: The Gospel Ephesians  2:8-13 Christmas; Gospel; Birth of Christ; Salvation Johnny Hunt
Salvation 101 Ephesians  2:8-9 Salvation; Christianity, Basic Terry Trivette
From Pit to Praise Ephesians  3 Victory; Praise; Joy; Strength; Christian Living J. Mike Minnix
Exceeding Your Wildest Dreams Ephesians  3:14-19 God, Love of; Jesus, Greatness of Love in; Love of God J. Robert White
A Working Man's Prayer Ephesians  3:14-21 Prayer Mark Adams
New Year Needs Ephesians  4:10-13 New Year Needs Donnie L. Martin
Building the Body of Christ - Construction of His Church Ephesians  4:11-16 Church, Building of; Christ, Body of Johnny Hunt
How To Know If You Are Growing Ephesians  4:11-16 Growth, Christian; Development, Christian; Christian Living Mark Adams
Building the Body of Christ Ephesians  4:11-16 Church; Body of Christ; Leadership Johnny Hunt
Are There Any Corrections, Deletions, or Additions? Ephesians  4:17-24 Renewal; Revival Franklin L. Kirksey
Extreme Makeover Ephesians  4:17-32 Discipleship; Change; Progress Mark Adams
Marriage - Prescription For A Powerful Partnership Ephesians  4:26-32 Marriage; Love; Family; Home J. Gerald Harris
Giving Place To The Devil Ephesians  4:27 Devil Alan Stewart
Turning Bitterness into Blessings Ephesians  4:30-32 Bitterness; Anger; Revenge J. Mike Minnix
Walking in Daddy's Shoes Ephesians  5:1-20 Imitating God; Faithfulness; Christian Living Mark Adams
Challenging Truth for Changing Times Ephesians  5:15-21 Christian Living; Commitment; Purpose; Times, Changing Franklin L. Kirksey
Spiritual Swordmanship Ephesians  5:17 Bible; Scripture; Word of God; Sword of the Spirit Denis Lyle
How To Be Filled With The Spirit Ephesians  5:18 Holy Spirit, Fullness of Sam Wolfe
Spiritual Intoxication Ephesians  5:18 Spiritual Life; Christian Living; New Year Alan Stewart
The Fullness of the Spirit Ephesians  5:18 Spiritual Infilling; Holy Spirit, Infilling of J. Mike Minnix
A Spirit-Filled Christmas Ephesians  5:18-20 Christmas; Carols at Christmas; Christmas and the Holy Spirit Johnny Hunt
The Effects of the Gospel on Marriage Ephesians  5:19-33 Marriage; Christian Living; Home Johnny Hunt
Thanking God For His Provision Ephesians  5:20 Thanksgiving; Gratitude; Thanksgiving Day; God, Provision of David E. Owen
God's Thanksgiving Primer Ephesians  5:20 Thanksgiving; Gratitude Paul E. Brown
Giving Thanks Ephesians  5:20 Thanksgiving Day; Thanksgiving J. Mike Minnix
Are We Supposed To Thank God For Everything That Happens? Ephesians  5:20 Thanksgiving Paul E. Brown
The Loving Marriage Ephesians  5:22-33 Marriage; Family Calvin Wittman
The Husband Your God and Your Girl Want You To Be Ephesians  5:23-33 Husbands; Marriage; Family; Home Terry Trivette
Love Your Church and Give Youself For It Ephesians  5:25 Church Jack Woodard
Why You Need The Church And The Church Needs You Ephesians  5:25 Church Keith Fordham
When A Man Loves A Woman Ephesians  5:25 Love; Husbands; Marriage David E. Owen
Be Strong in the Lord Ephesians  6:10 Strength; Soldier of the Lord; Consistency Jesse M. Hendley
Last Things First - Part 2 Ephesians  6:10 Last Things David E. Owen
Man The Battle Stations Ephesians  6:10-18 Christian Warfare; Christian Living Blake Carroll
Dressed, Ready and Faithful Ephesians  6:10-20 Spiritual Battle; Armor of God; Christian Living J. Mike Minnix
Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus Ephesians  6:10-20 Commitment; Spiritual Warfare; Christian Living Franklin L. Kirksey
Praying at all Times Ephesians  6:10-24 Prayer Denis Lyle
Living in a War Zone Ephesians  6:10-24 Spiritual War; Satan; Christian Living Mark Adams
Bait! Ephesians  6:11 Temptation; America; Sin, Power of; Satan William F. Harrell
What To Wear To War Ephesians  6:13-17 Spiritual Warfare; Christian Living; Christian Armor James Merritt
The Christian Daddy Ephesians  6:1-4 Father's Day; Christian Dad; Family; Legacy J. Robert White
Parents and their Children Ephesians  6:1-4 Parenting; Child Rearing Calvin Wittman
Prevailing Prayer Ephesians  6:18-20 Prayer Frank Page
Raising Them Right Ephesians  6:4 Parenting; Children; Family; Home Terry Trivette
What It Takes To Be A Dad Ephesians  6:4 Father; Parenting Kenneth Hendricks
The Discipline of Fathering Ephesians  6:4 Father's Day; Discipline, Father's; Father, Love of a Johnny Hunt
Being a Christian at Work Ephesians  6:5-9 Work; Employment; Labor Day; Christian Living Mark Adams

RUTH PAXSON
Wealth, Walk and Warfare
Commentary on Ephesians

Only portions of this book available on web

James Rosscup - "This is one of the richest simple devotional works on the English text. There is much spiritual insight, good outlines suggestive for preaching, and very colorful and refreshing phrases which leave the reader blessed with his unfathomable wealth in Christ. The comments are sprinkled with illustrations which are choice. For the most part it follows the epistle fairly closely, though not verse-by-verse, but the authoress also uses Ephesians as a springboard into lengthy but rich discussions of vital subjects. For example, there is a systematic study of the different aspects of Satanic attack upon the believer in connection with 6:10ff. This work is edifying on the English text and is excellent for laypeople." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works )

John Cereghin - . Oh, how God blessed the ministry of our beloved sister in revolutionizing the lives of believers, not only in China but in North America and Europe! This book contains the cream of her messages. 

The Wealth, Walk and Warfare of the Christian (Eph 1:1-6:20)

Another Source - The Grand Canyon of Scripture (Eph 1:1-3:19) - Same material as above but only goes through Ephesians 3:21

INTRODUCTION - THE GRAND CANYON OF SCRIPTURE

PART I THE WEALTH OF THE CHRISTIAN

1. THE WEALTH GLIMPSED - Ephesians 1:1-3

2. THE WEALTH BEQUEATHED - Ephesians 1:1-3

3. THE WEALTH DESIGNATED - Ephesians 1:1-3

4. THE WEALTH MEASURED - Ephesians 1:1-3

5. THE WEALTH LOCATED - Ephesians 1:1-3

6. THE WEALTH DEPOSITED - Ephesians 1:1-3

7. THE WEALTH DEFINED - Ephesians 1:4-14

8. THE WEALTH REVEALED - Ephesians 1:15-23

9. THE WEALTH UNFOLDED - Ephesians 2:1-6

10. THE WEALTH REALIZED PART - Ephesians 3:16-17

II THE WALK OF THE CHRISTIAN - Ephesians 4

1. A WALK IN UNITY - Ephesians 4:2-16

2. A WALK IN HOLINESS - Ephesians 4:17-30

3. A WALK IN LOVE - Ephesians 4:31-5:2

4. A WALK IN LIGHT - Ephesians 5:3-14

5. A WALK IN WISDOM  - Ephesians 5:15-17

6. A WALK IN PRAISE - Ephesians 5:18-20

7. A WALK IN HARMONY - Ephesians 5:21-6:9

III THE WARFARE OF THE CHRISTIAN  - Ephesians 6:10-20

1. A CALL TO ARMS

2. THE ANTAGONISTS

3. THE BATTLEFIELD

4. THE WRESTLERS

5. THE TACTICS OF THE ENEMY

6. THE CHRISTIAN WRESTLER’S VICTORY

7. PRAYER WARRIORS

THE AFTERGLOW 

RIVERS OF LIVING WATER
Studies Setting Forth the Believers Possessions in Christ
Ruth Paxson

CALLED UNTO HOLINESS
By Ruth Paxson

PETER PETT
Commentary on Ephesians

J C PHILPOT
MEDITATIONS ON EPHESIANS 1-2
(1869)

JOHN PIPER
Sermons on Ephesians


A LOOK AT THE BOOK

Another interesting resource from Dr John Piper is his series "A Look at the Book". He has completed 214 (as of 2/22/22) separate "looks" at short portions of Ephesians, each session lasting about 10 minutes (+/-) which amounts to over 35 hours of verse by verse on the letter to the Ephesians. This is a very interesting resource and will help you hone your skills of observation which will profit you in any book of the Bible you are studying...

Ephesians (214)

  1. Chapter 1 (61)

  2. Chapter 2 (44)

  3. Chapter 3 (23)

  4. Chapter 4 (53)

  5. Chapter 5 (32)

  6. Chapter 6 (1) (more will follow on chapter 6)

MATTHEW POOLE
Commentary on Ephesians

RAY PRITCHARD
Sermons on Ephesians

Well done practical messages

PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY
Ephesians

PULPIT COMMENTARY
on Ephesians

Scroll down for Homilies

REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE
NOTES ON EPHESIANS

WILLIAM B RILEY
EPHESIANS: THE THREEFOLD EPISTLE
SEVEN STUDIES

A. T. ROBERTSON
Word Pictures on Ephesians

Emphasis on Greek Word Study

ROB SALVATO
Calvary Chapel

S D F SALMOND
EXPOSITOR'S GREEK TESTAMENT
Ephesians Commentary

SERMON AUDIO
EPHESUS SERMONS

PDF transcripts - variable quality. Be a Berean. 

SERMON BIBLE COMMENTARY
Ephesians

SERMONS BY VERSE
EPHESIANS

Note - These are sermons, homilies and illustrations from older sources (most pre-1900) but still worth checking. This is a vast resource as there aree over 1500 separate resources covering Ephesians 1-6. 

CHARLES SIMEON
Sermons on Ephesians

See Dr John Piper's discussion of Simeon's fascinating life - Brothers We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering

  • Ephesians 2:3 Original Sin Stated and Improved  - includes sermons below
  • Ephesians 2:4-7 The Riches of Divine Grace Displayed
  • Ephesians 2:8-10 Salvation by Grace Not Hostile to Good Works
  • Ephesians 2:12-13 The States of the Regenerate and the Unregenerate Contrasted
  • Ephesians 2:18 Access to God by Priesthood
  • Ephesians 2:19-22 The Exalted Privileges of True Christians
  • Ephesians 3:8 - Richness and Fulness of the Gospel - includes sermons below
  • Ephesians 3:10 Angels Made Wiser by the Gospel
  • Ephesians 3:14-19 Prayer the Means of the Richest Blessings
  • Ephesians 3:18,19 - The Excellency and Glory of the Gospel
  • Ephesians 3:20, 21 God's Power to Bless People
  • Ephesians 4:1-3 A Consistent Walk Enjoined - includes sermons below
  • Ephesians 4:4-6 Christian Unity
  • Ephesians 4:7,8 The Ascension of Christ
  • Ephesians 4:11-16 The Use of a Stated Ministry
  • Ephesians 4:20, 21 Education and Walk of Christians
  • Ephesians 4:22-24 The Old Man and the New
  • Ephesians 4:30 Grieving the Spirit
  • Ephesians 4:32 Forgiveness of Sins
  • Ephesians 5:2 Christ's Love a Pattern for Ours  - includes sermons below
  • Ephesians 5:5-7 Fatal Consequences of Indulged Sin
  • Ephesians 5:8 A Consistent Walk Enjoined
  • Ephesians 5:9 Practical Christianity
  • Ephesians 5:14 An Exhortation to Careless Sinners
  • Ephesians 5:15, 16 Redeeming the Time
  • Ephesians 5:18-20 The Believer Filled with the Holy Ghost
  • Ephesians 5:21-33 The Marriage Union
  • Ephesians 5:25-27 The Perfecting of the Church is the End of all that Christ has done for Us
  • Ephesians 5:30 Union with Christ
  • Ephesians 5:32 Union Between Christ and His People
  • Ephesians 6:10 The Christian's Strength  - includes sermons below
  • Ephesians 6:11 The Means of Withstanding Satan's Wiles
  • Ephesians 6:12,13 To Withstand the Power of Satan
  • Ephesians 6:14 The Christian's Girdle
  • Ephesians 6:14 The Christian's Breast-Plate
  • Ephesians 6:14,15 The Christian's Greaves (Shoe Covering)
  • Ephesians 6:16 The Christian's Shield
  • Ephesians 6:17 The Christian's Helmet
  • Ephesians 6:17 The Christian's Sword
  • Ephesians 6:18 The Importance of Prayer

CHUCK SMITH
Sermon Notes and Commentary
Ephesians

SERMON NOTES

C. H. SPURGEON
All of his Sermons on Ephesians

C H SPURGEON
Devotional Commentaries
Ephesians

C H SPURGEON
Expositions on Ephesians

RAY STEDMAN
Devotional Commentary on Ephesians

The Power of His Presence

RAY STEDMAN
Sermons on Ephesians

Read his biography - Portrait of Integrity

Spiritual Warfare - the book - recommended reading for every soldier of the Lord! 

The Battle is the Lord's
1 The Forces We Face
2 Beginning the Battle
3 The Strategy of Satan
4 The Tactics of Terror
5 Armed for Battle
6 Resisting the Devil
7 Hope for Clear Heads
8 Spiritual Swordsmanship
9 Facing the Onslaught
10 The Infallible Posture

JOHN STEVENSON
Sermons on Ephesians

SAM STORMS
Sermons on Ephesians

DAVID STRAIN
Sermons on Ephesians
First Presbyterian Church

LEHMAN STRAUSS 
Ephesians Studies

LOUIS T TALBOT
Ephesians an Exposition
Lectures on Ephesians

John Cereghin -  1937, 172 pages. Popular exposition. Begins with a chart on the teaching of Ephesians (5), gives 3 key words for Ephesians: church, body, mystery (9), defends the deity of Christ (16), uses many apt illustrations, does not object to an evolutionary dating (28), argues for premillennial interpretations (65), denies the church is seen in the OT (86), attacks ultra-dispensationalism (105), holds that "one baptism" is water baptism (127).  

THEOLOGICAL JOURNAL ARTICLES
RELATED TO EPHESIANS

THEOLOGY OF WORK
COMMENTARY ON EPHESUS

THEOLOGY OF WORK - From the Theology of Work Project. CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF COMMENTARIES ON ALL 66 BOOKS - click "Bible Commentary" in upper left corner, select book of interest. (This work was published as a book in 2014-2016) but is available at no charge on the web.

THIRD MILLENNIUM
Ephesians Commentary

Outline & References

Ephesians 1

Ephesians 2

Ephesians 3

Ephesians 4

Ephesians 5

Ephesians 6

GEOFF THOMAS
Sermons on Ephesians

Ephesians 1

Ephesians 2

Ephesians 3

Ephesians 4

Ephesians 5

Ephesians 6

JOHN TRAPP
Commentary on Ephesians

TODAY IN THE WORD
Devotionals, Illustrations on Ephesians
Moody Bible Institute

W LEON TUCKER
"WITH HIM" 
STUDIES IN THE EPISTLE TO THE EPHESIANS

1917 Very Interesting Resource!

BOB UTLEY
Commentary on Ephesians

B F WESTCOTT
Epistle to the Ephesians

The Greek Text with Notes and Addenda 1906

Rosscup - Detailed and scholarly, this much respected old work is helpful in grammar and problems on the more technical side. Several commentaries now offer even more help. (Ed: Helps to know Greek to be able to use this resource.)

DANIEL WHEDON
Commentary on Ephesians

WALTER L WILSON
Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians
A Commentary

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW
Devotionals
Ephesians

WALTER WRIGHT
Ephesians
A Commentary

MARVIN VINCENT
Greek Word Study
Ephesians

CHRIS VOGEL
Sermons on Ephesians

 

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