The Epistle to the Ephesians, also called the Letter to the Ephesians and often shortened to Ephesians, is the tenth book of the New Testament. Its authorship. In the book of Ephesians, we learn how the gospel creates a new multi-ethnic, covenant family of God, and affects our story and how we live every day as a body.
Further, the differences between Ephesians and other non-disputed Pauline letters do not involve contradictions on the most critical readings. Finally, it is highly unlikely that an amanuensis or some other Pauline devotee wrote the letter—except, perhaps, under the very direct guidance of the apostle—in light of the personal remarks in chapter 3.
The most common understanding of the date and provenance among conservative scholars is that Paul wrote the letter during his first Roman imprisonment see ; around AD Those who reject Pauline authorship often date the letter between when the Pauline letters were thought to have been collected. Though the specific purpose of the book is difficult to nail down precisely, certain theological and ethical themes play an important role.
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The Book of Ephesians Related Media. Destination Determining the precise destination for the Ephesian letter would seem like a straightforward matter. Date and Provenance The most common understanding of the date and provenance among conservative scholars is that Paul wrote the letter during his first Roman imprisonment see ; around AD Teaching Outline IA.
Introduction 1B. The Sender: Paul a 2B.
The Salutation: Grace and Peace 1C. Grace and Peace 2C. God Our Father 3C. The Positional Unity of the Church  1B. Achieved through the Cross Work of Christ 2E. Paul Received Divine Grace… 1E.
To Preach Christ 2E. The God Addressed in the Prayer 2D. The Content of the Prayer 1E. The Incredible Expectation of the Prayer 1E. Based on the Power of God 2E.
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On his return from Jerusalem, Paul travels to Ephesus and establishes there his longest ministry in any one location. Paul was never to return to Ephesus. So what makes the Book of Ephesus so special in relation to the other books of the New Testament that Paul penned? New Testament scholar N. By examining the characteristics of the epistle or letter, we gain insight into why it is held in lofty regard.
Wright suggests that it may have been written as a circular letter to the church in Ephesus to be distributed to several young churches in the Ephesus region. The letter does not seek to correct errors as does his letters to Corinth or Galatia nor is it a teaching epistle. Additionally, Paul wrote the Book of Ephesians while imprisoned in Rome and unsure of what fate awaited him.
Paul may have been physically imprisoned, but his mind and spirit, as portrayed in the letter, were clearly free. By taking into account the audience, the author, and the characteristics, the context of the Book of Ephesians rounds into view.
We have a teacher in Paul facing his earthly demise passing on potentially final thoughts to his most prized student in the church of Ephesus. There are no more lessons to be taught and now is the time for the student to reflect on the overarching purpose of the teaching; becoming a church created in Jesus Christ and in the glory of God. In Ephesians 4 through 6, the members of the church doing good work on behalf of the unity of the church, for themselves, and in their relationship with others.
And as that walk comes to an end, Paul signals that it is time to put on the Armor of God:. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians — The student, the church of Ephesus, has finally matriculated and Paul, the teacher, has sent them forth in the glory of God. Authors Note. An overview of the book of Ephesians Deffinbaugh, R.
The uniqueness of Ephesians among the epistles.