Essay about Prison Epistles of Paul

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The Prison Epistles of Paul
Apostolic School of Theology
Joshua L. Poole

Abstract
The Epistles of the New Testament are arguably the most spiritually in depth readings in the entire Bible. Paul, the author of the Epistles, gives a detailed account of his life which was centered on the teachings of Jesus Christ. The contents of his writings explain the perils, trials, persecutions, of a devout man determined to finish his course on earth, living in the will of God. Some such writings were the Epistles Paul wrote while in prison for teaching the message of Jesus Christ unto Salvation. These letters written to the churches of that day were instructions given to address the issues of true Christian living. Paul gives his readers the hope
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This book contributes to the believer’s outlook of what true Christianity really is; it is the complete submission to the government of God in our life through Jesus Christ. Paul teaches that the “traditions of men” are wayward and contrary to the Government of God in the life of the believer. Colossians adds to the scripture a high Christology, alluding to the imminent implications of conduct for the believer. Much of Paul’s writing points out the fallacies by which the church at Colossae was infected with at the time of his letter (Dockery, 1992).
The Book of Ephesians
The book of Ephesians is thought to be written sometime in between 60 and 61 A.D (Tenney, 1985). Many churches had already been formed at the time Paul wrote this letter to the Ephesians. Its structure is similar to that of the Book of Colossians. Although, one variation to the book of Ephesians, is that he addressed the issue of spiritual maturity and the sovereign grace of God displayed towards sinners in Christ Jesus. The best news in the entire world was the expression of grace that God showed toward His fallen creation (Dockery, 1992).
Structure
Although the structure of Ephesians is strikingly similar to that of the Book of Colossians, there were several unique differences to this book. According to the Dockery (1992), some of these differences were the expansion of blessings, confessions of the new life, a theological expansion of household roles,…