E P H E S I A N S.
This chapter contains an account, I. Of the
miserable condition of these Ephesians by nature (ver. 1-3) and again, ver. 11, 12. II. Of the glorious
change that was wrought in them by converting grace (ver. 4-10) and again, ver. 13. III. Of the great and mighty
privileges that both converted Jews and Gentiles receive from
Christ, ver. 14-22. The
apostle endeavours to affect them with a due sense of the wonderful
change which divine grace had wrought in them; and this is very
applicable to that great change which the same grace works in all
those who are brought into a state of grace. So that we have here a
lively picture both of the misery of unregenerate men and of the
happy condition of converted souls, enough to awaken and alarm
those who are yet in their sins and to put them upon hastening out
of that state, and to comfort and delight those whom God hath
quickened, with a consideration of the mighty privileges with which
they are invested.