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  Can you comment on Ephesians?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
A recurring phrase in Ephesians is "in Christ" or its equivalent (used about 27 times in the six chapters).
Ephesians is a grand work when it comes to the presentation of Jesus and his church.
In view of Ephesians, it is difficult to understand how anyone can believe the church is unimportant or just an afterthought on God's part.
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 An Introduction to Ephesians
Ephesians gives no hint of Paul's release from prison as do Philippians (1:19-26) and Philemon (22); therefore, it may well have been written in the early part of his stay, or around AD 60.
The Ephesian theology is centered on God's provision which leads to unity in the church 2.
Paul writes to encourage the Ephesians to continue in their unity through obedience, love, and spiritual warfare ___________________________ 1 Much of what follows is adapted from Donald Guthrie, New Testament Introduction, pp.
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 MB Herald: June 13, 2003: Ephesians
Ephesians is a treasure trove of spiritual wisdom that speaks to Christians of every age and culture.
Ephesians is a complex work, both in its themes and in some of the technical issues that surround the work (e.g.
Here, as in other passages, Ephesians is shown to be full of divine, grace-filled irony: peace is portrayed as warfare; headship is shown to be sacrifice; Christ’s death on the cross is God’s act of “murdering hostility” (2:16).
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 The Epistle to the Ephesians
Ephesians was 10 the first published collection of Paul's letters, but, being an encyclical, it could not have stood in the middle or at the end; it must have stood at the beginning, and hence have served as an introduction to the collection.
The attitude of Ephesians to faith and "justification" is quite as favorable to the theory that it was written as an introduction to the Pauline corpus as it is to the idea that it was written by the apostle Paul.
The injunction in Ephesians 6:4 to bring their children up with Christian training and instruction is out of keeping with Paul's attitude; all he had to say to parents in Colossians (written supposedly at the same time as Ephesians, if the latter is by Paul) was "Do not irritate your children," 3:21.
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 Ephesians - NRSV
(Ephesians 1) Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus and are faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Ephesians 2) You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient.
(Ephesians 4) I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
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 USCCB - NAB - Ephesians - Introduction
The majestic chapters of Ephesians emphasize the unity in the church of Christ that has come about for both Jews and Gentiles within God's household (Eph 1:15-2:22, especially Eph 2:11-22) and indeed the "seven unities" of church, Spirit, hope; one Lord, faith, and baptism; and the one God (Eph 4:4-6).
Many therefore regard the letter as an encyclical or "circular letter" sent to a number of churches in Asia Minor, the addressees to be designated in each place by its bearer, Tychicus (Eph 6:21-22).
Paul, who is designated as the sole author at Eph 1:1, is described in almost unparalleled terms with regard to the significant role he has in God's plan for bringing the Gentiles to faith in Christ (Eph 3:1-12).
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Therefore, I think it is important to consider whether the cumulative argument against Pauline authorship of Ephesians is sufficient to rebut the natural presumption in favor of it arising from both the internal and external evidence of authenticity.
The inference from Ignatius' Epistle to the Ephesians that he considered it Pauline is quite strong (IEph incipit, 1:1, 12:2), and in the sub-apostolic generation only 1 Corinthians and Philippians enjoy a more explicit statement of Pauline authorship (1Cl47:1 PPhp11:2 and PPhp3:2 9:1 11:3, respectively).
Ephesians appears to be a circular letter as suggested by the textual evidence, which could explain why there is no specific occasion.
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 Recovering: Chapter 8
This understanding certainly informs his use of the same term kephale in Ephesians and is therefore the basis on which he commands the wife to submit to the husband as her head.
Ephesians 5:22, 24); of the church being subject to Christ (Ephesians 5:24); of servants being subject to their masters (Titus 2:9; 1 Peter 2:18); and of Christians being subject to God (Hebrews 12:9; James 4:7).
Even in Ephesians 5:22-24, wives are not to be subject to everyone or to all husbands, but to "their own husbands"---the "submission" Paul has in mind is not a general kind of thoughtfulness toward others, but a specific submission to a higher authority.
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 Christian Fellowship Devotionals - 2004-07-20 - Ephesians: 1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Ephesians is a tough book, but a deep study in it should be rewarding.
The epistle of Ephesians was written by Paul and is often thought of, as C. Dodd says in his commentary on Ephesians, as "the quintessence of Paulinism." Rather than being a typical epistle of Paul, Ephesians is really "like a commentary on the Pauline letters," E. Goodspeed,
The book of Ephesians is really a guidebook for Christians who seek to know what the truth is, and then apply it to their lives.
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 Letter to the Ephesians
The vocabulary of the Letter to the Ephesians and its stylistic peculiarities are believed to support the hypothesis of its non-Pauline authorship, since both are different from the undisputed Pauline letters.
In the former, there are two mysteries identified: the mystery that gentile are heirs together with Israel (3:3-6, 9-11) and that of the existence of a unity between Christ and the church (analogous to the union between a man and wife) (5:32).
The theological content of the Letter to the Ephesians is supposed to be so different from that of the undisputed Pauline letters that the former could not have been composed by the same author as the latter.
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 EPHESIANS, NRSV NEW TESTAMENT   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
According to Ephesians, human existence is beset by the malevolent influence of demonic beings.
Ephesians begins with a salutation (1.1-2) and an introductory thanksgiving prayer (1.15-23) and ends with an epilogue (6.21-24), but it lacks many typical features of Paul's letters and is better classified as a homily.
Many important terms in Ephesians are not used by Paul elsewhere (e.g., heavenly places, dividing wall, fellow citizen), and some of Paul's characteristic terms and emphases either are given new meaning (e.g., mystery, church) or are completely absent (e.g., the Jews, justify).
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 Ephesians 2:8 (King James Version) :: Forerunner Commentary :: Bible Tools   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Ephesians 2:8 answers: "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God." We cannot work it up—that would be our effort (Isaiah 64:6).
Simply, no! Paul, in Ephesians 2:8 says that faith is required and, as we have seen, in verse 10, says that good works are also required.
The book of Ephesians is about unity, about diverse people—the Gentiles on the one hand and the Jews, primarily the Israelites, on the other—living together as part of a common body.
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 Ephesians - EP Study Commentary   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Christ the exalted Lord is the constant theme of the epistle to the Ephesians.
The remarkable way in which the benefits of Christ’s lordship are enjoyed by his people means that, in Ephesians, Christology is inextricably focused upon the doctrine of the church, a detail set in contrast with other letters by Paul.
The upshot of this is that Ephesians represents a letter of eulogy, prayer, exhortation and instruction where the enthroned and cosmic Christ is constantly seen as bestowing blessing after blessing on his people, the church.
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 Ephesians - Chapter 5 - Barnes' Notes on the New Testament on StudyLight.org
That is, "Walk as children of light, Ephesians 5:8, thus showing what is acceptable to the Lord." Rosenmuller supposes that the participle is used here instead of the imperative.
Particularly he enjoins on husbands the duty of loving their wives with all tenderness, Ephesians 5:25-33; on fathers, the duty of treating their children so that they might easily obey them, Ephesians 6:4; and on masters, the duty of treating their servants with kindness, remembering that they have a Master also in heaven, Ephesians 6:9.
The apostle here resumes the subject which he had been discussing in Ephesians 5:21-29, and says that it was the duty of every man to love his wife as he did himself.
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Not at all; (Ephesians 4:24; Ecclesiastes 7:29) for God made man capable of performing it; but man, by the instigation of the devil, (John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 11:3; Genesis 3:4) and his own wilful disobedience, (Genesis 3:6; Romans 5:12; Genesis 3:13; 1 Timothy 2:13,14) deprived himself and all his posterity of those divine gifts.
From the Holy Ghost, (Ephesians 2:8,9; Ephesians 6:23; John 3:5; Philippians 1:29) who works faith in our hearts by the preaching of the gospel, and confirms it by the use of the sacraments.
Only those which proceed from a true faith, (Romans 14:23) are performed according to the law of God, (Leviticus 18:4; 15:22; Ephesians 2:10) and to his glory; (1 Corinthians 10:31) and not such as are founded on our imaginations, or the institutions of men.
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 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Epistle to the Ephesians
The Epistle to the Ephesians was, therefore, written to distant churches, located perhaps in various provinces [Pontus, Galatia, Polemonium (the kingdom of Polemon)] and, for this reason, requiring to be designated by the general term, but all situated along the River Iris.
The letter to the Ephesians bears some resemblance to the Epistle to the Hebrews and the writings of St. Luke and St. John, in point of ideas and mode of expression, but no such resemblance is traceable in the great Pauline Epistles.
If, indeed, the Epistle to the Ephesians agrees with the Acts in more instances than does the Epistle to the Colossians, it is because the two former have one identical object, namely, the constitution of the Church by the calling of the Jews and Gentiles.
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 Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible [Ephesians, Introduction].
The apostle's design is to settle and establish the Ephesians in the truth, and further to acquaint them with the mystery of the gospel, in order to it.
In the former part he represents the great privilege of the Ephesians, who, having been in time past idolatrous heathens, were now converted to Christianity and received into covenant with God, which he illustrates from a view of their deplorable state before their conversion, ch.
In the latter part (which we have in the 4th, 5th, and 6th chapters) he instructs them in the principal duties of religion, both personal and relative, and exhorts and quickens them to the faithful discharge of them.
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 A Background to the Book of Ephesians
The theme of Ephesians 4:1-16 is that the men gifted in the ministry of the Word should exercise their gifts in love so that the members might be edified and yet experience no divisions.
Revelation 2:2-5 indicates that the Ephesian church did not endure the evil men, teachers of false doctrine, but they did lose their first love.
Love and sound doctrine were always issues in the Ephesian church and ultimtely the church was dissolved because love was not observed.
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 Scofield Reference Bible 1917 Notes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Ephesians is the most impersonal of Paul's letters.
The church here is the true church, "His body," not the local church, as in Philippians, Corinthians, etc. Essentially, three lines of truth make up this Epistle: the believer's exalted position through grace; the truth concerning the body of Christ; and a walk in accordance with that position.
There is a close spiritual affinity between Ephesians and Joshua, the "heavenlies" answering in Christian position to Canaan in Israel's experience.
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 Clarke's Commentary - Ephesians 6
Tychicus is commissioned to inform the Ephesians of the apostle's affairs, 21, 22.
The Epistle to the Ephesians is ended, which was written at Rome by Tychicus.
This is the obvious meaning of the apostle; in this sense it was understood by the Ephesians, and by the primitive Church; we may amplify it as we please.
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 Ephesians, Epistle to (WebBible Encyclopedia) - ChristianAnswers.Net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
That to the Ephesians does not seem to have originated in any special circumstances, but is simply a letter springing from Paul's love to the church there, and indicative of his earnest desire that they should be fully instructed in the profound doctrines of the gospel.
He speaks to the Ephesians as a type or sample of the church universal." The church's foundations, its course, and its end, are his theme.
The great probability is that the epistle to Colosse was first written; the parallel passages in Ephesians, which amount to about forty-two in number, having the appearance of being expansions from the epistle to Colosse.
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 1way2God.net - Ephesians
Some hold that the letter was not written to the Ephesians but to the Laodiceans, others suggest that Ephesians was written by an admirer of Paul (under Paul's name) as an introduction to the rest of Paul's writing, while others hold simply that Paul wrote the letter.
It is interesting that the most reliable manuscripts of Ephesians lack any mention of the Ephesians in the introduction, and there is not much within the content of the letter that indicates a particular Church to which the author was writing.
It would seem that the Ephesian letter was meant to be received by a much wider community and dealt with general issues; as opposed to Colossians, which was written to a more specific audience, with specific issues requiring attention.
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