Ephesians 3:1-13: Whether or not this is a genuine letter from Paul, the writer assumes the guise of Paul. If it is from Paul, the imprisonment mentioned is an imprisonment in Rome, Paul’s final imprisonment. He was executed in Rome.
Paul’s imprisonment on this occasion, and on other occasions are related to his… View More
Ephesians 2:1-10: The section beginning here and continuing through chapter three is theological reflection, expanding upon the themes introduced the opening blessing and prayer. Worship in Israel and Judaism often included recitation of God’s mighty acts of salvation (e.g. Psalm 105, 106). This function is fulfilled in Ephesians by affirmations of what… View More
Ephesians 1:1-2: We have already discussed the issues with the authorship and destination of this letter. The letter begins with an identification of author and audience and a wish for grace and peace from God and “our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 1:3-14: In Greek, these verses are one long sentence. This “style” does… View More
The Letter to the Ephesian Christian Community
The city of Ephesus was the Roman capital of Asia Minor and is mentioned frequently in the New Testament (twenty times). It was a center of commerce and religious pilgrimage. The Christian community in Ephesus was not established by Paul, though he was apparently there from around 54… View More
Galatians 5:1-12: In these verses, Paul summarizes his basic point in arguing against the Jewish Christian agitators, and he uses some angry and colorful language along the way. Christ has set the Galatian Christians free to live in freedom. To submit to the Law would be to enter into slavery. Paul sees things… View More