Ephesians 3:10

10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,

Ephesians 3:10 in Other Translations

KJV
10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
ESV
10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
NLT
10 God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
MSG
10 Through Christians like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels!
CSB
10 This is so that God's multi-faceted wisdom may now be made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavens.

Ephesians 3:10 Meaning and Commentary

Ephesians 3:10

To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers
in heavenly places
By whom are meant, not civil magistrates, much less evil angels, but the good angels, the angels in heaven; (See Gill on Ephesians 1:21).

might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God;
not the perfection of wisdom, nor Jesus Christ the wisdom of God, nor the holy Scriptures; but the Gospel, which is the pure produce of the wisdom of God; which is gloriously displayed in the several doctrines of it; as in election, in choosing men in Christ for the security of their persons, in founding it not upon their works, but his own grace, for the security of his purpose, and in pitching on such persons as he has, for the magnifying of his grace: and in redemption, which is seen in the person of the Redeemer, who is both God and man; and in the manner in which it is effected, being both for the glory of God's grace and mercy, and for the honour of his justice and holiness; and wherein Satan is mortified, sin is condemned, and the sinner saved: and in justification, whereby sinful men become just with God: God is just, and yet the justifier of him that believes; the ungodly is justified, and yet not justified in his ungodliness, but from it: and in the pardon of sin, in which iniquity is forgiven, and yet vengeance is taken on men's inventions; it is an act of mercy, and yet of justice; it is by price, and yet of free grace; and the like may be observed of all other doctrines of the Gospel. And it may be called "manifold", because of its various doctrines and promises and because of the various instances of wisdom in them, and the various persons to whom it is made known, and the various times in which it is displayed: and now under the Gospel this is more clearly known, or made known to the angels by the church of God, through the ministry of the word in it, on which angels attend, being desirous to look more diligently into the mysteries of it; and by the displays of the wisdom and grace of God unto his church and people.

Ephesians 3:10 In-Context

8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ,
9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.
10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,
11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Cross References 4

  • 1. S Romans 11:33; 1 Corinthians 2:7
  • 2. 1 Peter 1:12
  • 3. Ephesians 1:21; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 2:10,15
  • 4. S Ephesians 1:3