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Background on the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians

Updated on November 26, 2010

Characteristics

The Epistle to the Ephesians, also known as Ephesians, is the tenth book of the New Testament. It is a letter from Paul and is considered by some to be the "Queen of the Epistles". The broadest opinion is that this Epistle was written from Rome during the first period of Paul’s captivity there, a time when his imprisonment was not at its harshest, compared to the captivity just preceding his martyrdom. This moving Epistle was addressed to the Church at Ephesus, one close to his heart because it is one he had founded himself during a prior visit to that city (Acts 18:19–21).

The Epistle contains many of the thoughts present in the Epistle to the Colossians, which is believed to have been written at about the same time. The most significant similarity between these two Epistles is a presentation of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Head of creation and mankind, in clearer and fuller terms than in any previous writings.

Content

Ephesians presents the universality and eternal nature of the purpose of redemption, which God provided in Christ, and how he brought together men unto him as his members, as so gloriously revealed in the Gospel.

The Epistle further deals with the truths concerning many relationships - from the heavenly relationships of Christ as the image of God and Head of men, to the common relations of human life; particularly of husband and wife, parents and children, masters and servants – in such detail as to form a perfect code of Christian social morals.

EphesiansTable of Contents

Contents
Chapter
Of election and adoption,
I
Christ our peace,
2
The hidden mystery,
3
Exhortation to unity,
4
Exhortation to love,
5
The Christian armor,
6

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