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Ephesians 3:7

    Ephesians 3:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of that grace of God which was given me according to the working of his power.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Of which I was made a preacher, through that grace of God which was given to me in the measure of the working of his power.

    Webster's Revision

    whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of that grace of God which was given me according to the working of his power.

    World English Bible

    of which I was made a servant, according to the gift of that grace of God which was given me according to the working of his power.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of that grace of God which was given me according to the working of his power.

    Definitions for Ephesians 3:7

    Effectual - Effective service; active work.
    Grace - Kindness; favor.
    Minister - Servants.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ephesians 3:7

    Whereof I was made a minister - Διακονος· A deacon, a servant acting under and by the direction of the great Master, Jesus Christ; from whom, by an especial call and revelation, I received the apostolic gifts and office, and by την ενεργειαν της δυναμεως αυτου, the energy, the in-working of his power, this Gospel which I preached was made effectual to the salvation of vast multitudes of Jews and Gentiles.

    Barnes' Notes on Ephesians 3:7

    Whereof I was made a minister - see the notes at Ephesians 3:2.

    According to the gift of the grace of God - It was not by my own seeking or merit; it was a free gift.

    Of the grace of God - The sentiment is, that throughout it was a mere matter of grace that he was called into the ministry, and that so important an office was entrusted to him as that of bearing the gospel to the Gentiles.

    By the effectual working of his power - Not by any native inclination which I had to the gospel, and not by any power which I have put forth. It is by "the energy of his power;" compare notes, Galatians 2:8. Locke understands this of the energy or power which God put forth in converting the Gentiles under his ministry. But it seems to me that it refers rather to the power which God put forth in the conversion of Paul himself, and putting him into the ministry. This is clear from the following verse. The meaning is, that such was his opposition to the gospel by nature, that nothing but the "energy of God" could overcome it, and that his conversion was to be traced to that alone.

    Wesley's Notes on Ephesians 3:7

    3:7 According to the gift of the grace of God - That is, the apostle - ship which he hath graciously given me, and which he hath qualified me for. By the effectual working of his power - In me and by me.