Tag Archives: Ephesians

Charles Hodge – Prayer: A Common Cause

10 Jul

and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, – Ephesians 6:17-18

The conflict which the apostle has been speaking about is not just a single battle between the individual Christian and Satan, but also a war between the people of God and the powers of darkness. No soldier entering battle prays for himself alone, but for all his fellow soldiers also. They form one army, and the success of one is the success of all. In a similar way Christians are united as one army and therefore have a common cause, and each must pray for everyone else. Such is the communion of saints, as set out in this letter and in other parts of Scripture, that they can no more fail to take this interest in each other’s welfare than the hand can fail to sympathize with the foot.

~Charles Hodge~


Crossway Classic Commentaries – Ephesians (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 1994) Commentary on Ephesians 6:18

Books by Charles Hodge

Charles Hodge – Christ is Lord

18 Jan

[Commenting on Ephesians 1:2]

The word “Lord” is indeed used in Scripture in the sense of master and as a honorary title, as in English (master or sir). But on the other hand, it is the translation of Adonai, “supreme Lord,” an incommunicable name of God and the substitute for Jehovah, a name the Jews would not pronounce. It is in this sense that Christ is the Lord, the Lord of lords, the Lord God – Lord in that sense in which God alone can be Lord – having a dominion of which divine perfection is the only adequate or possible foundation. This is the reason why no one can call him Lord except by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3). That is a confession which implies the apprehension of the glory of God as it shines in Christ. It is an acknowledgment that he is God manifested in the flesh. Blessed is everyone who makes this acknowledgment with sincerity, for flesh and blood cannot reveal the truth therein confessed, but only the Father in heaven.

~Charles Hodge~


Crossway Classic Commentaries – Ephesians (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 1994)

Books by Charles Hodge

Charles Hodge – The Source of All Good

16 Jan

[Commenting on Ephesians 1:2: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”]

Peace, according to how the corresponding Hebrew word is used, means well-being in general. It includes all blessings flowing from the goodness of God. The apostle prays to Christ and seeks from him blessings which only God can bestow. Christ therefore was to him the object of habitual worship. He lived in communion with Christ as a divine person – the ground of his confidence and the source of all good.

~Charles Hodge~


Crossway Classic Commentaries – Ephesians (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 1994)

Books by Charles Hodge

Charles Hodge – A Most Precious Gift

3 Dec

[Commenting on Ephesians 1:11-14]

Those influences of the Spirit which believers now enjoy are both a foretaste of future blessedness, the same in kind though immeasurably less in degree, and a pledge of the certain enjoyment of that blessedness, just as the firstfruits were a part of the harvest and a guarantee of its ingathering. It is because the Spirit is a guarantee of our inheritance that his indwelling is a seal. It assures those in whom he dwells of their salvation and renders that salvation certain. Hence he is a most precious gift, to be most religiously cherished.

~Charles Hodge~


Crossway Classic Commentaries – Ephesians (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 1994)

Books by Charles Hodge