The Epistle to the Ephesians has long been considered a letter from Paul to the Ephesians, but most New Testament scholars now regard it as having been written pseudepigraphically long after his death. Some of the early manuscripts do not have the address to the Ephesians, which may have been added later.
Because he had no particular community in mind in writing the letter, its author signs off quite impersonally, without mentioning the names of any people he would like to greet. However, although the evidence is that this is an encyclical to the church at large, the author speaks of Tychicus bringing the letter and news about Paul - just as the author of Colossians wrote of Tychicus bringing that letter and news about Paul. Many passages in Ephesians seem to be directly copied from Colossians, also regarded as having been written after Paul's death.
Written as a 'prison epistle', it urges the Ephesians to live in a manner worthy of Christians, with all humility, gentleness and patience, forbearing one another with love. Chapter 5 exhorts us to follow God and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God, avoiding all forms of immorality. Verses 5:2-25 tell us that as the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything. Husbands should love their wives, even as Christ loved the church. These admonitions are repeated in various ways through the epistle.
The epistle is something of a puzzle because it is the only epistle, genuine or otherwise, that has no obvious purpose and raises no particular problems that the author wished to address, leading to much discussion over the years on why it was written, an issue that is still unresolved.
A Summary of the Book of EphesiansThe book of Ephesians was a letter written by Paul to the Christian congregation in Ephesis, but it is appropriate for us because it gives instruction on many aspects of Christian life. We see many distressing problems in the world and this book can help us with sound advice, if we apply it's direction. Paul gives counsel to children on how they ought to conduct themselves esp toward their elders, and parents are instructed on the training of children. The requirements of a Christian husband are outlined as well as how a wife should regard her husband. True Christians are counseled on maintaining unity, and showing love, even though the world around them is wicked. Paul explains how christians are to put on the "new personality" and what is involved in doing so. We come to understand God's personality and what kind of persons ought we to be in order to please Him. -Ephesians 4:24-32; 6:1-4; 5:3-5, 15-20, 22-33.
Ephesians discusses those who would take the lead in the true christian congregation, that they would carry out their assignment "with a view to the readjustment of the holy ones, for ministerial work, for the building up of the body of the Christ." These instructions would help a christian appreciate the need to cooperate fully, so that they can "by love grow up in all things into him who is the head, Christ."-Ephesians 4:12, 15.
In Ephesians we read of the "the sacred secret of the Christ." This "sacred secret" involved the understanding that obedient Jews and "people of the nations" were being gathered together to be "joint heirs and fellow members of the body and partakers . . . of the promise in union with Christ Jesus through the good news." It explains that "the Law of commandments," that had been like a wall, fencing the Jews off from those of the other nations, had been put out of the way by Christ's blood, so that all could become part of God's household. The christian congregation was to stand in contrast to those pagan teples around them and be purified in order to be worthy to be called "a holy temple for Jehovah."-Ephesians 3:4, 6; 2:15, 21.
The "sacred secret" also involves "an administration . . . to gather all things together again in the Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth." God's purposes to bring about his kingdom through which true peace, security, and unity is highlighted. Paul prayed for these Ephesian brothers and sisters so that they might continue in that path of enlightenment and hold onto the hope wich God had revealed to them. Paul's letter was a great source of encouragement to these Ephesian christians as it can be to those today who wish to follow closely in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. -Ephesians 1:9-11, 18; 3:19.
SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONnote*---though most preachers and teachers dwell on the what, Paul stresses the who and the how and serves the what up last. It is seated in heavenly places concept that changes everything. A God who serves those who should serve Him. Truly this is the Savior of the world. Paul stressed the unity of all believers. He also encouraged believers think differently about their relationship with Christ. see Ephesians 2:12-13
Discovering the purpose for our lives. Have you ever asked "Why am I here?
It tells us how to live, to look at eternal things not of this earth. To be imitators of God.
God gives wisdom and knowledge to all who ask liberally. So just ask Him and he will give you an understanding of this Book that is wonderfully written.
Ephesians is one of my favorite Book's in the New Testament.
Good Stuff in Ephesians
- Don't lie. Speak the truth to your neighbor. 4:25
- "Let not the sun go down upon your wrath." 4:26
- Don't steal, but rather work so that you will have something to give to those who are in need. 4:28
- "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying." 4:29
- Be kind and forgiving to one another. 4:31-32
- "So ought men to love their wives." 5:28
- Love your wife as yourself. 5:33
Interpretations in Ephesians
- "Paul ... to the saints to the saints which are at Ephesus"
Although Ephesians claims to have been written by Paul, most scholars think it was written after his death by one of his followers. Also, the words "to the saints which are in Ephesus" does not occur in the best manuscripts. 1:1
- "As I wrote afore in few words"
There was another epistle to the Ephesians that has since been lost. 3:3-4
- "Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of
To JWs, everything outside of the Watchtower Organization is controlled by Satan. This is one of the verses that the the Governing Body uses to condemn all holidays, civic activities, and association with non-JWs. 5:11
- Is is OK to drink alcohol? 5:18; see related question on left
- Should women have the same rights as men? 5:22-24; see related question on left.
- Is polygamy OK? 5:33 . see related question on left.
- Does God approve of slavery? 6:5; see related question on left.
Science in Ephesians
- Satan is the "prince of the power of the air." Until modern times Christians believed that Satan was responsible for storms and droughts. 2:2
Absurdities in Ephesians
- The bloody death of Jesus smelled good to God. 5:2
- Those who engage in "foolish talking" or "jesting" will not go to heaven. (Guess where they will be going.) 5:4-5
Women in Ephesians
- Wives must submit to their husbands "in every thing" as though they were Christ. "For the husband is the head of the wife." 5:22-24
- Wives must reverence their husband. 5:
Misquotes in Ephesians
- Misquote of Ps.68:18, which says: "Thou hast ascended on high,
thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men."
The words and meaning of the psalm were changed from "received gifts" to "gave gifts". 4:8
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