Integration Paper : Brian Wachter ( Nz ) Essay

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INTEGRATION PAPER – Brian Wachter (NZ) The book of Ephesians, with its lofty language and themes that soar in the heavenlies, has evoked equally lofty and soaring praise. It has been called “the crown of St. Paul’s writings (Robinson), “a great rhapsody of the Christian salvation” (Goodspeed), “the divinest composition of man” (Coleridge), “the quintessence of Paulinism” (Bruce), and to many a Christian, including John Calvin, who states, “it is my favorite book in the Bible.” As you open the pages of your bible and begin to read this grand ‘Letter to the Ephesians’, you will find that the initial greeting is familiar to other New Testament epistles written by the Apostle Paul, “[1] Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: (Ephesians 1:1 ESV) The name of the book is derived from the opening verse, where the geographic specification “in Ephesus” denotes to whom the apostle Paul writes. The Church of Ephesus is located in Asia Minor. However, the words “in Ephesus” do not appear in some of the earliest manuscripts, including those used by church fathers Tertullian and Origen, while second century heretic Marcion instead employs the title “To the Laodiceans.” This alternate label understands the book to be the letter referenced in Colossians 4:16, where the churches in Colossae and Laodicea are instructed to read publicly the other’s letter from Paul as well as its own. Since the Ephesians text

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