WOW! WOW! WOW!I would recommend this for anyone at any place in their walk with Christ! God has brought me to my knees more than once as I have prayerfully studied Ephesians with the help of O'Brien's work. SDG!
O'Brien is a giant Pauline scholar and has already given us outstanding works on Philippians (NIGTC) and Colossians (WBC). This Pillar commentary on Ephesians is simply marvelous. The introduction is thorough and his arguments for Pauline authorship are convincing. The exegesis is lucid and well thought out. The one thing that I do not like about the Pillar series is the transliteration of Greek. However, O'Brien has footnoted the Greek even when transliterating it in the text. Just another plus in this fantastic work! I recommend using this work along with A.T. Lincoln (WBC) and F.F. Bruce (NICNT). By the way, look for O'Brien's forthcoming Pillar commentary on Hebrews in the near future!
O'Brien's commentary on Ephesians is almost the best commentary available. Bruce's commentary in NICNT is good [but dated], the old Abbot in the ICC is interesting, and the new volume by E. Best in the ICC is the only commentary I've seen that rivals O'Brien. The NIV Application Commentary [Snodgrass] was much better than I expected, but does not compete on the same level. This commentary is clean, and deals with a number of textual and gramatical issues as well as dealing with larger questions of interpretation and issues regarding authorship and genre. The first fairly conservative commentary to consult when studying Ephesians.