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Ephesians Background & Introduction

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  1. Ephesians 
    1. 6 chapters, 155 verses, and 3,022 words (KJV).
    2. 1 of the 9 epistles written by Paul to seven various churches. This excludes the pastoral epistles. 
    3. These 9 letters can be divided as:

       2.    Structure

  1. Conceptual structure:
  1. Epistle structure:

      3.     Notes regarding the nature of Ephesians

  1. “Ephesians is the second of the great textbooks of doctrinal instruction for believers in this Dispensation [“Age of Grace”] ~ E.W. Bullinger
  2. Bullinger describes Ephesians as behind Romans in this list. Roman establishes the standing of the sinner in Christ and the Gospel’s effect. The epistle of Ephesians furthers this truth. Ephesians teaches that sinner is now in God’s sight and purpose sent. 
  3. Romans ends in reference to the revelation of the mystery, while Ephesians unfolds it. 
  4. Explains Jews and Gentiles are called out to be the church and the Body of Christ (Key-note).
  5. Unveils the “mystery” and the “Dispensation of the fullness of times”
  1. The greater part of the Ephesians focusses on doctrine

     4.      Date: A.D. 61-62, possibly the end of 62

     5.      Title: To Ephesus

  1. Note* In some early manuscripts, “At Ephesus”, is not found. Some (not all) early Christian apologists do not mention Ephesus either (ex. Origen, Basil).

     6.       Ephesus background:

     7.       Author: The Apostle Paul

     8.       Written from: Possibly written from Rome

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