Paul’s letter to the ephesians – an overview 1 why this letter was written in this letter, therefore, paul gives very specific teaching on how we are to live our lives in the local church, in the world and in the home the letter to the ephesians is one of the most encouraging, instructive and inspiring books in the bible the. Paul gives a summary of the theme of his letter: “the gospel is the power of god for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the jew first and also to the greek for in it the righteousness of god is revealed through faith for faith” ( 1:16 – 17 . Paul divided his letter to the ephesians into two clear segments applying the truths of the first makes possible the actions and lifestyle of the second paul spent the first three chapters of the letter discussing god’s creation of a holy community by his gift of grace in the death and resurrection of jesus christ.
In some early manuscripts of the nt, however, ephesians is first in the group of paul's letters, thus functioning like a cover letter or introduction to the pauline corpus historical and geographical context. Ephesians and colossians are exactly what they're billed as in the title: epistles that's just a fancy word meaning letters and why would paul write a letter. The epistle to the ephesians chapter one objectives in studying this chapter 1) to review the wonderful blessings god has provided in christ 2) to understand what paul desired the ephesians that they know.
An analysis of ephesians salutation 1:1-2 sender(s): paul, an apostle of christ jesus by the will of god addressees: the saints who are at ephesus greetings: grace to you and peace from god our father and the lord jesus christ christian motifs: paul is an apostle by god’s will, not of his own. The letter which, in the manuscripts containing the epistles of st paul, bears the title 'to the ephesians' comprises two parts distinctly separated by a doxology (eph, iii, 20 sq. Ephesians, even though paul spent three years there, and because 1:15 seems to indicate that paul did not know the readers personally, and for some other lesser reasons, some have considered the letter to be a circular one, generally intended for the churches in the region of asia minor. However, three of these letters — 1 and 2 timothy, and titus — now are generally recognized as belonging to a period somewhat later than paul's death, and many new testament scholars believe the same is true of the epistle to the ephesians, but the authorship question is in no way a completely settled issue. A study of the epistle of st paul to the ephesian church in ephesus this deep, spiritual letter discusses our position in christ, the body of christ, salvation by grace through faith, our christian inheritance, unity of the church, prayer, ministry, ethical right living, and instructions to fathers, husbands, wives, children, masters, employees, and employers.
The acts of the apostles and the letters of paul contain both congruent and inconsistent accounts of paul’s mission and message, which leads scholars of christian origins to inquire about the difference between story and history, or between fact and fiction. The letter to the ephesians ephesians is the great pauline letter about the church it deals, however, not so much with a congregation in the city of ephesus in asia minor as with the worldwide church, the head of which is christ (), the purpose of which is to be the instrument for making god’s plan of salvation known throughout the universe (eph 3:9–10. Paul’s letter to the ephesians is one of the most comprehensive letters written by paul to explain to us the nature of god and god’s great plan and purpose for his creation, especially the future of mankind sadly, it has been greatly misunderstood by almost everyone who reads it. Examines paul’s letter to the ephesians chapter-by-chapter comes with study questions for group study and individual testing includes a group leader guide to assist leaders in facilitating discussion. Paul’s letters were mostly dictated to an amanuensis (secretary), except for the letter to the galatians, at least part of which paul says he wrote with his own hand (galatians 6:11) paul wrote these letters over approximately a 15- to 20-year period between about ad 48 and 67.
On to letter to the phillipians or back to j b phillips new testament book 10 - paul's letter to the christians at ephesus click here for brief introduction to ephesians chapter 1 1:1-2 - paul, messenger of jesus christ by god's choice, to all faithful christians at ephesus (and other places where this letter is read): grace and peace be to you from god the father and our lord jesus christ. Approximately one third of the new testament consists of letters, or epistles, written by the apostle paul and addressed to the christian churches of his day. Paul's letter to the ephesians is designed to lift his readers from an earthly, worldly point of reference to a heavenly, spiritual one while we'll analyze paul's message and its implication, we must go beyond understanding to experience. The epistle to the ephesians, also called the letter to the ephesians and often shortened to ephesians, is the tenth book of the new testamentits authorship has traditionally been attributed to paul the apostle but, starting in 1792, this has been challenged as deutero-pauline, that is, written in paul's name by a later author strongly influenced by paul's thought, probably by a loyal. One cannot step over the threshold of this letter into the book of ephesians without being inundated with thoughts of god’s mercy and grace paul’s first statement, verses 1:3-11, consists of a long extended praise introduces a wonderful flavor to the whole epistle.
Most writers seem to agree that ephesians was a letter written by the apostle paul to the ephesians in acts 1:1, it begins “i paul, an apostle of christ jesus by the will of god, to the saints who are at ephesus and who are faithful in christ jesus” (nasb, 1995, p 1631. Outline of paul’s letter to the ephesians an introduction to the letter paul wrote this letter about 60 ad while he was in prison in rome to the gentile christians in and around ephesus to clearly explain to them what god had done for them through jesus christ, and how god expected them to live as christians in response to god’s grace and special blessings. 4 general introduction poetic structures of parallelism in an era of virtually no punctuation, not even spaces between words, sentences, and paragraphs, and when all letters were capital letters, paul used internal structures of symmetrical parallelism.
Paul may have written originally to the ephesians, but as the letter was spread from church to church over time the address may have begun to be omitted alternatively, paul may have sent the letter in two forms: one directly to the ephesians and the other as a circular for a more general audience. Husband and wife in the letter to the ephesians, chapter 5 21 submit yourselves to one another because of your reverence for christ 22 wives, submit yourselves to your husbands as to the lord 23 a husband is the head of his wife, in the same way that christ is the head and the savior of the church, which is his own body 24 wives should always put their husbands first, as the. Epistle to the ephesians study 1 historical context acts 19: approximate timeline: 52-56 ad: paul's 3 year stay in ephesus 61 ad: paul's first imprisonment in rome at which time he wrote ephesians it follows that this is a relatively young church even if there were believers there prior to paul's visit. The letter to the ephesians helps us see how the division developed and paul’s recognition of its early influences another epistle written near the same time—colossians—is also helpful in describing the situation.
St ignatius of antioch letter to the ephesians translated by cyril richardson heartiest greetings of pure joy in jesus christ from ignatius, the “god-inspired,” to the church at. Paul says this very thing in ephesians 3:6, “to be specific, that the gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in christ jesus through the gospel,” (ephesians 3:6.