A Letter Written By The Apostle Paul

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Ephesians is a letter written by the Apostle Paul during his imprisonment in Rome. This is the same Paul who had previously persecuted the church, under the name Saul. Paul is not writing to a particular church body, rather his intended audience was various churches in the surrounding vicinity of Ephesus. His purpose was to encourage the faithful on “The spiritual privileges of the Church,” and “The spiritual responsibilities of the Church.” Paul was addressing three issues facing these growing church communities. 1) New Gentile converts were holding on to their old beliefs; 2) they had a need to cultivate a new lifestyle consistent with their salvation; and 3) the growing tension between Gentile converts and Jewish Christians. With all…show more content…
“Christ himself gave…to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” You may be wondering why I did not mention the list of individuals mentioned earlier. The reason is this passage carries much debate and I want to address it before we move forward. There are two interpretations on this passage. The first interpretation uses the words “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelist, and some as pastors and teachers” (NASB). This interpretation develops the idea that there are particular roles or offices that Christ appoints individuals into. Therefore, some are gifted as apostles or prophets ect. The second interpretation is that Christ gave all these individuals for the building of his body. This problem exist because of grammer. Both the word some and the can modify the nouns apostles, prophets ect. Although both interpretations possess validity, based on context the best interpretation of the passage is the apostles, the prophets etc. I know I have taken a long time to make this point but bare with me. The reason this detail matters, is that if we use the first interpretation, then only a few believers are given these specific roles of ministry. The second interpretation develops the idea that Christ gives all believers the ability to exercise the various roles. In order, to equip his people for the building of his body. In addition,
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