Friday, 16 April 2010

The writer of 'Ephesians'...

A Dangerous Man

Paul was a dangerous man. He hated, hunted and arrested Christians
. He grew up as a devoted Jew receiving religious and cultural respect as a Pharisee (Philippians 3v4-6) and was standing by as Stephen was murdered (Acts 7).

Paul then had a supernatural confrontation with Jesus (Acts 9v4). He turned from being a hostile opponent of Jesus to one of the most famous and effective Christian leaders in history. God gave Paul a unique and specific mission as an Apostle as a gift to the Church (Acts 9v15, Romans 1v1).

A Transformed Man

Paul travelled across continents preached the gospel, planted churches, taught about Jesus and told as many people as possible about Jesus! He himself suffered and faced tough conditions from which he wrote to encourage others who suffer for the gospel (2 Corinthians 11v21-29).

A few years later Paul wrote from prison to the Christians in Ephesus to share revelation which he received from God (Ephesians 3v1, 4v1, 6v20 & Ephesians 3v1-13). It is thought that he was imprisoned in Rome at this point (Acts 28).

A Spectacular Letter

Written by Paul, accepted by the early Church, the letter was probably carried by
Tychicus (Ephesians 6v21-22) known by both Paul and the Ephesians. Just as Paul’s preaching spread from the city to many, so it seems the letter was expected to be circulated to many people.

Paul wrote a spectacular letter. It has been referred to as, ‘the crown of Paul’s writings’. John
Stott writes ‘Nobody can read it without being moved to wonder and worship.’ John Hosier observes the book as containing ‘one of the Everest peaks of the New Testament’.

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