When I think of Messiah College, I think of resilient faith, knowledgeable professors, supportive colleagues, and a place to call home. During my undergraduate studies, my professors inspired me to be the best version of myself and to follow the path that God intended for me. After graduating from Messiah in 2016, I never stopped continuing my education and preparing for my future.
The book of Ephesians is one of Paul’s many New Testament letters, or epistles, to the Christian church still in its infancy. At the time of its writing, Paul is in Rome, imprisoned for championing the purposes of Christ and growing the church. We see numerous occurrences where Paul, being a man of little concern for the status quo, is either imprisoned or fleeing capture by Jewish or Roman officials for usurping the latter (Acts 19: 23-41). The date of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is dated 60-61A.D., depending on differing research. While this is certainly one of his epistles known as the “prison letters”, Ephesians was penned prior to Paul’s first roman
Wacaster’s book, which is (as the title suggests) centered on Paul’s epistle to the Galatians, is very obviously intended to the common-level, “average” audience. Wacaster does not delve into complex conversations of textual variants, manuscript discrepancies, and disputations of authorship, nor does he use vocabulary or phraseology that is above the understanding of most individuals. Rather, Wacaster is simple, straightforward, and effective in communicating his points on the wonderful book of Galatians. With many commentaries that are written at a graduate and scholarly level, a more basic approach is much appreciated and needed.
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From January to April we meticulously analyzed the thirteen letters Paul the Apostle wrote to teach the gospel of the Christ to the first century world. He used these letters to instruct and advise the churches he founded across the Mediterranean. After thoroughly examining these letters through lecture in class and in the readings, I have come to find myself to be much more educated on the scripture than when I first came into the class. Before I took Life and Letters of Paul, I had little to none religious experience or knowledge on the topic of Christianity. This class helped me develop a solid foundation on how Christianity was spread and came about.
Christianity is interpreted in different ways depending on one’s acquired knowledge of the religion and its beliefs. There are many different interpretations of Christianity, so the ideal principles of the religion are sometimes lost. In the Letter of Paul to the Galatians, Paul writes to the Galatians, addressing their unrighteous actions toward Christianity. Every religion has requirements that the followers should practice and lived by; this concept also, applies to Christianity. Paul, an apostle, received his authority from God, which implies that he obeys and understands the laws of Christianity.
Around 51 AD, Paul was in the city of Corinth. This city was made up of many different people with very different ideas concerning God, cults, and moral depravity. While in Corinth, Paul was approached by a woman named Chloe who described to him the misdeeds of dissention, immorality and wrong doing in the city. Dismayed, Paul immediately addressed the issues in his letters to the Corinthians.
David Noel Freedman. New York: Doubleday, 1992). Luke was the author who may be responsible for connecting the stories written in Acts 15 and Galatians 2:1-10. It is possible that he could of have received, reported information at the same time; about the Jerusalem Council visit and the famine visit. During the twentieth century, hypothetical opinions about the two stories caused a stir up. There are numerous accounts of scholars who have argued if the two meetings were the same. The passage of Acts contains less credibility than the visit written in Galatians. Problems can be found in John Knox's three-visit hypothesis, when analyzing other scholars thoughts. The conclusion is set that details were left out in both passages, and it is possible that the story recorded in Galatians concerns the Jerusalem Council visit(Longenecker, Richard N. Galatians. Word Biblical Commentary. Dallas: Word, 1990). The connection between Acts 15 and Galatians 2 is overall to be a mistake made from the author Luke. The two passages are analyzed and broken down by scholars as they research a conclusion for this mystery. The major compliment that is included in both books is that Paul was on a mission to solve the problem referring to the Old Law with leaders and God's people. Luke gave
The nature of the United Methodist Church is tied to the historic Christian church that can be traced all the way back to Jesus and the disciples and is a part of the body of Christ. At our core we understand ourselves to be part of the tradition that proclaims the same gospel that true Christians have always proclaimed. We are based in this historic nature but we also understand that the world is always changing and as such we understand ourselves as a living tradition. This means we “adapt the witness (of the Church) to new circumstances that arise over the course of time.” This also means that our nature is ecumenical, working within the context of the broader Christian understanding and tradition and in a very broad world. In more simple
After a brief greeting Paul states his concern for the church in Galatia (1:1-6). The church is rejecting the message that Paul gave them in favor of different teaching. Paul condemns any gospel apart from the one he gave them and backs this up with a brief history of how he received and delivered the gospel to them (1:6-2:10). He reminds them of how he even rebuked Peter for not acting in accordance with the gospel (2:11-21). He then points to Scripture to back up his argument against the false gospel of legalism being preached in Galatia (3:1-4:31). After this he encourages the Galatians to live in the freedom of Christ, which he explains to them (5:1-6:10). He then ends his letter while reiterating the importance of not listening to the false gospel (6:11-18).
Our source of knowledge of the apostolic work of Paul comes first from the Book of Acts. The epistles written by Paul serve to further our knowledge of his mission. These letters were written to churches that he had founded or churches that were known to him. Luke’s account of Paul introduces us to the basic facts about this important biblical figure. A more complete understanding of Paul’s journeys can be gleaned from his letters. These epistles were written almost at the time they occurred and they comprise some of the earliest works contained in the New Testament.
Paul claims to be the author of Ephesians. In fact, the letter was spread around the world recognizing Paul as the author, early in the church history. However “Since the nineteenth century Pauline authorship of Ephesians has been doubted”(The Baker Bible Handbook, 835).This is because notable differences in language and style have been found between Ephesians and other letters claimed to be written by Paul such us Colossians. Anyways, those who believe it was written while Paul , have concluded that he wrote
The first of the four steps is “Grasping the text in their town.” When we consider Galatians 5:16–18, in its context we can understand how this text relates to 21st century Christians today. The Apostle Paul was warning the church in Galatia, about the Judaizing teachers who was spreading a message to bring them back under the bondage of the Mosaic Law to attain salvation. The Judaizers were Jews who taught and believed that Old Testament laws like diet; circumcision and law keeping were binding on the New Testament Christians in that day. He explains that the law was not given to justify them but rather to reveal to them their sin (Galatians 3:11-14). In verse 5:13, the Apostle Paul, reminds the 1st century Christians that they were