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Background to Epistle to the Ephesians

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Background to Epistle to the Ephesians


This letter or epistle was probably written near to the close of Paul's Roman imprisionment about the year 63 A.D., thus giving it the name of the "Imprisonment Epistle", and including it in the grouping of epistles along with those Epistles to the Philippians, Colossians, & Philemon.


It appears that Tychicus was going to Colossae (Colossians 4:7) from Rome thus giving St. Paul an opportunity to send this letter to all the Christian churches east of Rome (Ephesians 6:21), even though it was addressed to the Ephesians.


This epistle is similiar to the one to the Colossians in that 78 verses in Ephesians are quite similiar to those in Colossians.  Paul expounds on the work of the Holy Spirit to show the presence and energy of Jesus in the Church. The Church is the Body of Christ, Spouse of Jesus, Temple of God, and all should strive for the ideal in spite of the blemishes and defects it has.


It is the duty of every Christian, and Christian family, to strive for the fullness, likeness, and image of Jesus.

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