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The Epistle to the Ephesians
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F. F. BRUCE was one of the great Christian scholars of the 20th century and his contribution to evangelical scholarship is immense. He was fearless in proclaiming the Bible as being God's guide for our life. He was able to use his great knowledge to explain and expound the biblical text simply and clearly - this ability shines through his verse-by-verse exposition of the epistle to the Ephesians.
This book is intended for the general Christian reader who is interested in serious Bible study, not for the professional or specialist student. Therefore Bruce deals only lightly with textual, linguistic and other critical questions. His main aim is to bring out the meaning and message of Paul's Epistle.
- Introduction including discussion of Authorship, Time and place of writing, Recipients, Occasion and theme, Analysis and suggestions for further study
- Verse by verse comments on the entire book of Ephesians
- Comments are aimed at bringing out the meaning and message of the Epistle.
Comment on Ephesians 2:8:
". . . for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
This is one of the great evangelical summaries of the New Testament. Our salvation springs solely from God's grace and is appropriated by us through faith alone. Not that our faith merits the salvation in any way; it is simply the faculty by which we accept the salvation that God's free grace has procured for us. Here is the basis for the watchword of Reformation theology: sola gratia, sola fide, soli Deo gloria ("by grace alone, through faith alone, to God alone be glory"). Commentators are not agreed about the exact reference of the words "and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." Do they refer expressly to faith, or more generally to salvation? It is true, in either case, that we could never exercise saving faith did not the Holy Spirit "persuade and enable us to embrace Jesus Christ, freely offered to us in the gospel" (to quote the Westminster Shorter Catechism). But the fact that the demonstrative pronoun "that" is neuter in Greek (touto), whereas "faith" is a feminine noun (pistis), combines with other considerations to suggest that it is the whole concept of salvation by grace through faith that is described as the gift of God. This, incidentally, was Calvin's interpretation, although many of his followers have preferred to take faith itself as the gift of God here.
About the Author(s)
F. F. Bruce (1910-1990) was Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester in England. During his distinguished career, he wrote more than forty bestselling commentaries and books, including The Hard Sayings of Jesus, A Mind for What Matters and Paul, Apostle of the Heart Set Free. He also served as general editor of The New International Commentary on the New Testament.
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