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Ephesians (Reformed Expository Commentary | REC)

, 2009
ISBN: 9781596380165

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The apostle Paul wrote to the house churches of the ancient metropolis of Ephesus with this amazing truth: through such as you the purposes of Christ will fill the world; he is transforming all things for you and through you. For this collection of churches in a culture antagonistic to the gospel, the apostle Paul pens themes so grand they can still take our breath away, and they often move the apostle to doxology and prayer.

Bryan Chapell, noted preacher and teacher of preaching, unfolds Paul’s glorious description of how the triumph of the church will occur and what our roles are in Christ’s ultimate victory. When we lift our eyes beyond personal borders to share even a glimpse of Paul’s expansive vision, then we, too, will join his doxology for God’s amazing grace that saves individuals, empowers the church, and through both, transforms the world.

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  • Presents readers with a Christ-centered commentary
  • Explores the structure, backgrounds and grammar of Ephesians
  • Includes material well suited for pastors and students

Top Highlights

“Predestination was never meant to be a doctrinal club used to batter people into acknowledgments of God’s sovereignty. Rather, the message of God’s love preceding our accomplishments and outlasting our failures was meant to give us a profound sense of confidence and security in God’s love so that we will not despair in situations of great difficulty, pain, and shame.” (Page 27)

“Along a highway near St. Louis, a row of blossoming pear trees lines the border of a state prison. In the springtime all that highway drivers see is the appearance of beauty, but behind the blossoms are razor wire and imprisonment. We are to understand that this is the Bible’s perspective on the condition of humankind. Each day we can put on the appearance that everything is fine, even beautiful, but behind the appearance is imprisonment to our sin nature from which release does not come except at the price of Christ’s blood.” (Page 35)

“But Paul is not an apostle because of his record. He is an apostle because of Christ’s redemption. Jesus had corrected him, claimed him, and commissioned him. Paul could well confess that he was the greatest of sinners, yet he could still speak for God, because it was God’s will for him to do so.” (Page 6)

“Not only does our union with Christ remove our blemishes; it also supplies his righteousness.” (Page 23)

“Grace is of him, faith is of him, our union with Christ is of him, the works we do are of him, and the intention to do them is of him. So there can be no boasting or pride, but only an acknowledgment of the kindness of the gift of God.” (Pages 87–88)

Bryan Chapell is one of the outstanding expositors of our day, and this new commentary on Ephesians reflects his love for Scripture and his pastoral mind and heart. Chapell approaches the text from the perspective of the preacher-teacher, yet his treatment is thoroughly grounded in the finest New Testament scholarship. Any pastor planning to preach or teach in Ephesians should consider this new volume a must-have resource for study.

Michael Duduit, editor, Preaching

Over the last several years, Bryan Chapell has helped to shape a generation of preachers who are committed to the gospel and to the art and craft of preaching sermons that set forth the Word of God with power and practical application. All this is on display in this fine commentary and I greet this publication with enthusiasm.

R. Albert Mohler Jr., ninth president, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Bryan Chapell has done an outstanding job of making Paul’s letter to the Ephesians both clear and compelling. He handles both difficult doctrines and difficult points of application with both conviction and love. This book will be profitable for both lay people and clergy. I highly recommend it.

Jerry Bridges, staff member, The Navigators Collegiate Ministry

With a sharp mind and a soft pastoral heart, Bryan Chapell shows how Paul’s letter to the Ephesians was written with the hope that Christians would become individuals full of the knowledge of God so that we would become a community full of the knowledge of God. . . . It is only when the weightiness of God rests on the church and spills out from the church that the world is changed. Chapell’s commentary on Paul’s letter is a great reminder that the ultimate factor in the church’s engagement with society is the church’s engagement with God.

—Tullian Tchividjian, senior pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • Title: Ephesians
  • Author: Bryan Chapell
  • Series: Reformed Expository Commentary
  • Publisher: P&R
  • Print Publication Date: 2009
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 383
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. N.T. Ephesians › Commentaries
  • ISBNs: 9781596380165, 1596380160
  • Resource ID: LLS:REC70EPH
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T02:39:17Z
Bryan Chapell

Dr. Bryan Chapell is the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois and president emeritus at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he has served in leadership capacities since 1985. Dr. Chapell is an internationally renowned preacher, teacher, and speaker, and the author of many books, including Christ-Centered WorshipEach for the OtherHoliness by GracePraying BackwardsThe Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach, and Christ-Centered Preaching, a preaching textbook now in multiple editions and many languages that has established him as one of the nation’s foremost teachers of homiletics. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children.


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