|Posted on August 9, 2015 at 1:00 AM|
Discuss the occasion and purpose for the writing of Ephesians. There was no known occasion for Paul writing to Ephesus, what is known is that Paul wrote the prison Epistles while in Rome, these Epistles presented a composite picture of Christ, the Church, the Christian life, and the inter-relationship and functioning of all. Paul penned the letter while in prison (Eph 3:1 4:1 6:20), Paul most likely wrote Colossians, Philemon, and Philippians while imprisoned. Who were the original recipients of this letter? The letter was carried to its destination by Tychicus, who in Ephesians 6:21 is identified as Paul’s emissary. The recipients of these letters were the Christians of the Lycus Valley (Laodicea) or in Ephesus. Although Paul had serious difficulties at Ephesus, he still founded the Ephesians church during his second missionary trip. Most of Paul’s letters were written to meet the needs of the Churches. Who were the opponents (if any) of Paul in these areas? Carson states that “clearly the letter was meant to give instruction to the readers, but the instructions were not given in the way with which we were familiar from the Pauline letters generally”. The primary theme of this Letter is introduced, namely that all things are moving toward unity and perfection in Christ. What was the nature of the opponents’ doctrine, and how did Paul respond to it? The letter of Ephesians is more of a presentation of the Church which is the Body of Christ, which is the invisible church in which Christ is the Head. From its inception, Paul intended to gain wide a wider audience, after the Ephesians read it, the letter would have been routed to Colossae, Laodicea, and other Churches. Central to the message of Ephesians is the recreation of the human family according to Gods original plan for it.