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on July 30, 2010
If you're looking for a readable but meaty commentary that bridges the gap between popular commentaries and scholarly ones, Stott's The Message of Ephesians is an excellent choice. In fact, I find the whole series "The Bible Speaks Today" very valuable for both pastors and laypeople.

In this commentary on Ephesians, Stott does a great job of bringing out the larger themes, as well organizing and presenting Paul's teaching in each chapter. Stott organizes each chapter into their major sections, and then he breaks these down into subsections that are all related in thought. In this way, Stott helps the reader and student see the connections in Paul's thought, something essential to reading Paul properly.

Because of the way Stott has organized his interpretation of Ephesians, and because of his readable way of writing, his commentary is very useable for a wide variety of readers. Preachers will find that is just the kind of commentary suited to sermon preparation. I found it very useful in helping me prepare for a series of sermons I gave over the book of Ephesians several years ago. In part because of this commentary, the book of
Ephesians has stuck in my soul better than other books of the New Testament.

The educated laymen looking for something more than self-help books masquerading as Bible study will also benefit from this volume. The Message of Ephesians can even be used by who are interested in some deeper devotional reading, because Stott is easy to understand and leaves the reader with memorable ways of letting Paul's writing become of a part of the reader's life.

Thankfully, Stott, in spite of his Evangelical background, highlights the ecclesiological implications of Ephesians. As he says early in the commentary, "Ephesians is the gospel of the church." Stott organizes Ephesians into 4 main sections dealing with "God's New Society"
1:3 - 2:10 New Life
2:11 - 3:21 New Society
4:1 - 5:21 New Standards
5:22 - 6:24 New Relationships

One reviewer correctly pointed out a sloppy interpretation of the Greek by Stott. This is true, but it doesn't affect any major point in Stott's theology as presented in this particular volume. Stott does make use of the original Greek, but uses it lightly and where important. If you're looking for a more academic commentary, then there are better choices out there.

But if you're looking for a commentary that will help you understand, remember, and apply Ephesians to your life, this one's a great place to start.
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VINE VOICEon April 27, 2005
I purchased this book for a sermon series I'm doing on Ephesians. It was highly recommended by two friends. I am

happy with the book, but have to give it a four star rating

because I've found some explanations of Greek text, for example

the Ephesians 2:1 claim that trespasses and sins were the

equivalent of commission/omission do not stand up under scrutiny.

The lexicons I checked and the scholars I contacted did not concur with Stott's claim. He provides no support for this popular definition of sins and trespasses. For a commentary dealing with the Greek text, I was a bit disappointed with that.

This is the first time I've had this experience with Stott's stuff. The main reason I like his commentaries is that his

stuff provides good summaries that preach well.

I think overall this commentary is very good, but one must check the scholarship. For Ephesians so far I've found the best on

the Greek text is FF Bruce's commentary NICNT. He rightly identifies Eph 2:1 trespasses and sins as synonyms.

Out of all the commentaries I've purchased or read for Ephesians I would rate FF Bruce highest, Stott second and O'Brien third.
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on October 13, 2007
Dr. Stott has written a very helpful commentary from the evangelical perspective. This commentary was a very helpful guide to me and another lay leader, as we co-led a church Bible study. Stott primarily uses the NRSV English translation, but also uses Greek when necessary. When he does use Greek, he transliterates into English and explains things clearly to the English reader.

Exegetically, Stott correctly identifies the unifying theme of Ephesians as "God's New Society" (i.e., the Church). He organizes his commentary clearly around 4 aspects of this "New Society." Stott helps readers greatly by clearly identifying the Church as the emphasis of Ephesians. With this proper focus, the reader is equipped to understand the text, without forcing themselves to accept every single point that Stott makes.

Personally, I found Stott's commentary to be much more helpful than another evangelical commentary that I own (Expositor's Bible Commentary, by Skevington Wood). Stott seems to draw many insights from Markus Barth's commentary on Ephesians from the Anchor Bible commentary.
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on August 4, 2015
Stott as usual, at his finest here, a great help in unpacking this dense epistle in a fashion which though not comprehensive, certainly gives plenty of meat to chew on even when you may disagree with his exegesis on some finer points. I highly recommend this work.
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on March 17, 2013
If you enjoy reading Stott, this will be a great study aid. If you are new to Stott, I have found this volume to be clear, simple (without being simplistic), and insightful. There is great knowledge here without the content being overly academic.
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on May 5, 2011
This book from John Stott is another great book from him. Our fellowship use it as a reference material for the Ephesians study guide book and they work very well.
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on October 27, 2014
It speaks clearly of what Paul is saying and is a great companion to the author's book, "Galatians, Experiencing the Grace of Christ.
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on September 5, 2015
This study as been so helpful to both me & the church
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on December 26, 2012
This book along with the work book has been a blessing and asset to our bible study. I would encourage any bible scholar to purchase this book. Very helpful and informative. If all the other books are like this i would purchase them also.
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on August 31, 2015
Timely and accurate in description
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