From prison, the Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the Ephesian Christians that was packed with many grand theological themes: the mystery of the gospel, the work of the Trinity, the exalted nature of Christ, the gift of salvation, the church as the body of Christ, and spiritual warfare against the powers of darkness.
In Ephesians Verse by Verse, Grant R. Osborne offers a clear exposition of this complex book. He serves as a trustworthy guide as he unpacks Ephesians, explaining what it meant in its first-century setting and how it applies to us today. Throughout he focuses on the exalted Christ who is lord of all, and the unity of the church as the new creation in Christ.
Grant Osborne’s Ephesians Verse by Verse is a commentary written by a churchman, for the church. Lucid and engaging, the exposition helpfully unpacks Paul’s letter in a way that dense logical arguments become clear and hard-to-understand theological concepts are made accessible. Here pastors and other students of God’s Word will find a rich resource for navigating Paul’s Ephesians.
—George H. Guthrie, Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible, Union University
As a pastor, I have often turned to Osborne’s work not only for sermon preparation but personal study. Osborne has a way of balancing academic work and an emphasis on practical application from the biblical truth he is expounding. This truly is a great resource for all Christians wanting to study Ephesians.
—Cody Kargus, senior pastor, Maranatha Evangelical Free Church (Rice Lake, WI)
Lexham Press is proud to announce a New Testament commentary series from respected biblical scholar Grant R. Osborne. His seminal work, The Hermeneutical Spiral, has become a standard for biblical interpretation, and as a culmination of his life’s ministry, he's bringing his academic acumen to an accessible, application-focused commentary.
The Osborne New Testament Commentaries interpret Scripture verse by verse, bridging the gap between scholarship and the Church. This set of commentaries is for people seeking a straightforward explanation of the text in its context, avoiding either oversimplification or technical complexity. Osborne brings out the riches of the New Testament, making each book accessible for pastors and all who consider themselves students of Scripture.
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With this new series, readers will have before them what we—his students—experienced in all of Professor Osborne's classes: patient regard for every word in the text, exegetical finesse, a preference for an eclectic resolution to the options facing the interpreter, a sensitivity to theological questions, and most of all a reverence for God's word.
—Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Professor in New Testament, Northern Seminary
The Osborne New Testament Commentaries draw from the deep well of a lifetime of serious study and teaching. They present significant interpretive insights in a highly accessible, spiritually nurturing format. This is a tremendous resource that will serve a new generation of Bible readers well for years to come. Highly recommended!
—Andreas J. Kӧstenberger, Founder of Biblical Foundations™, senior research professor of New Testament & biblical theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
“a boy was considered a man at the age of thirteen,” (Page 209)
“I doubt that a later writer is making up all of this to make people think he is Paul.” (Page 2)
“The key to victory in the cosmic battle is spiritual strength, and the reason for the many problems in the church is the tendency of the finite, fallible beings who make up the church to engage the enemy in their own inadequate strength.” (Page 222)
“God’s elect will is both individual and corporate.” (Page 18)
“The leaders of the church are primarily responsible to ‘equip the saints’ (niv ‘his people’) for service. The verb means to train or prepare people. It is also a medical term for the setting of broken bones and thus can be understood as restoring people to their God-given task in the body of Christ.” (Pages 128–129)
Grant R. Osborne is professor emeritus of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of numerous books, including The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, and commentaries on Revelation (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament), Romans (IVP New Testament Commentary), Matthew (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament), and John, James, 1-2 Peter, and Jude (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary). He has also taught at Winnipeg Theological Seminary and the University of Aberdeen, and has pastored churches in Ohio and Illinois.