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Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians

Ephesians, or the Epistle to the Ephesians is the tenth book in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. The book is actually a letter written to the Church in Ephesus, which is in modern day Turkey. Though authorship is popularly ascribed to Paul, some scholars classify the letter as a Deutero-Pauline Epistle. Deutero-Pauline epistles were most likely written after Paul's death by close disciples of Paul. Accordingly, Paul's influence is prevalent in the letter.

The letter begins with what is known as an apostolic prayer, a prayer by an early apostle for members of the church. In this case, the apostle prays that the church's eyes will be opened so that they will know the fullness of the hope they have in Christ. The writer then goes on to explain that Christians are made alive in Christ. That is, all people, both Jews and non-Jews have been reconciled to God through Christ. According to the writer, God's plan is to make Himself known to all people through Christ. Therefore, the writer, who identifies himself as Paul, is willing to undergo suffering. The letter then includes another apostolic prayer. In this prayer, the apostle prays that God will strengthen the Ephesians and root them in His love so that they will have the power to grasp the fullness of His love.

Paul then urges the Christians to live a life worthy of the calling and gives the following instructions. First, Paul orders them to no longer live the way they used to before they knew Christ. That is, the Ephesians should speak truthfully, control their anger, stop stealing, only speak things that are helpful, and get rid of all forms of malice. The writer instructs the Ephesians to follow God's example and walk in the way of love. He also tells the Ephesians that they must relinquish any form of impurity or greed, such as sexual immorality or obscenity. These negative attributes should be replaced with thanksgiving to God.

Finally, Paul uses a metaphor to explain how the Ephesians should live. He explains that the Christian struggle is a spiritual battle, accordingly, Christians should put on the whole armor of God, spiritual weapons. This armor includes the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the sword of the spirit and feet prepared with the gospel of peace. Paul then extends final greetings.

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Ephesians, or the Epistle to the Ephesians is the tenth book in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. The book is actually a letter written to the Church in Ephesus, which is in modern day Turkey. Though authorship is popularly ascribed to Paul, some scholars classify the letter as a...

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