Ephesians 3:15 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,
Is Paul referring to those who have died in faith and those on the earth? Is the word "heaven" used to describe heavenly beings (angels)?
Matthew Henry writes:
The universal church has a dependence upon the Lord Jesus Christ: Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. The Jews were wont to boast of Abraham as their father, but now Jews and Gentiles are both denominated from Christ (so some); while others understand it of the saints in heaven, who wear the crown of glory, and of saints on earth who are going on in the work of grace here. Both the one and the other make but one family, one household; and from him they are named CHRISTIANS, as they really are such, acknowledging their dependence upon, and their relation to, Christ.
[Edited on 4-23-2006 by BaptistInCrisis]