earer the wall--namely, denial of the fatal consequences of the sin: 'Ye shall not surely die,' and a base hint that the prohibition was meant, not as a parapet to keep from falling headlong into the abyss, but as a barrier to keep from rising to a great good; 'for God doth know, that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods.' These are still the two lies which wile us to sin: 'It will do you no harm,' and 'You are cheating yourselves out of good by not doing it.'
2. Then comes the yielding to the tempter. As long as the prohibition was undoubted, and the fatal results certain, the fascinations of the forbidden thing were not felt. But as soon as these were tampered with, Eve saw 'that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes.' So it is still. Weaken the awe-inspiring sense of God's command, and of the ruin that follows the breach of it, and the heart of man is like a city without walls, into which any enemy can march unhindered. So long as
I was given the full commentary set a few years ago and what a wealth of godly wisdom & insight MacLaren has! Unbeatable in my opinion to even Wesley or Spurgeon!
Having owned the hard cover version years ago (it got rained on) I'm very happy to find it on line.
He is considered by some to be the best English speaking preacher. He was at Manchester for 48 years. The material is so good that it is great reading on it's own, apart from any investigation you may be about.
There is one entire volume devoted to the book of Ephesians