The Testament Of The Ephesians

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Paul, who is the author of Ephesians, is writing to the church in Ephesus and possibly surrounding Asia minor cities. He wrote the book of Ephesians sometime between AD 60-62 when he was imprisoned in Rome (3:1, 4:1, 6:20). The letter was taken to Ephesus by Tychicus (vs 6:21-22). Paul knew that the Christians in Ephesus and the surrounding towns were growing and had heard about their faith so he addresses the Ephesians as a corporate body (Hultgren, 2015). At the time, Ephesus was a thriving city and the capitol of the providence of Asia. It was a city that was strategically located to encourage trade routes that would attract people from all over. Today, Ephesus’ ruins are located in modern day Turkey where people…show more content…
Context Literary: Most of Paul’s letters are written as expositions which are carefully reasoned explanations of his letter and well thought out words that are crucially placed to build agreement and action among the people (Hendricks and Hendricks, 2007, p. 224). However, this particular passage of Ephesians 3: 14-21 is a prayer among his exposition. Right before this passage, Paul pleads with the Ephesians that the church needs to be made known of the “authorities in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 3:10) so that they may have confidence in their faith (vs 12). Paul starts verse 14 with “For this reason” showing his readers that this is why he is adding a prayer in the middle of his discussion. Content: Paul uses this interchange in prayer as a Chiasm which is a list of ideas that are structured to parallel each other in certain lines such as line A, line B, line C, line B, line A (Duvall and Hays, 2012, p. 100). He starts the prayer out with Praise to the Father with words such as “I bow my knees before the Father” (vs 14). He then explains God’s great power in verses 15 and 16. Finally, he states his purpose of the prayer in verse 17 with words such as “so that”. In verses 17-19 he tells us the purpose which is three-fold: that Christ may dwell in our hearts, to know the love of Christ, and to be filled with fullness of God. In verse 20 he goes back to talking about God’s great power and in verse 21 he closes the prayer with more
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