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Ephesians is to the epistles what John is to the Gospels the most exalted and universal of them all Paul probably wrote Ephesians Philippians Colossians and Philemon from prison in Rome around AD 60 or 62 Ephesians seems to be a letter for all the churches in the region Asia Minor for it mentions no specific controversies in any local church Instead its topic is universal Totally universal in fact We might call it Pauls treatise on the cosmic Christ Ephesians like life is really only about one thing Christ But we can distinguish at least 12 sub themesThe Epistle to the Ephesians along with those letters to the Philippians the Colossians and Philemon is a Christological Epistle Careful examination unfolds the grandeur and the glory of the Person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ While it is true that this book of six chapters is a treatment of the design and destiny of the Church we must be careful to observe that the Church has her calling and consummation in Christ All of her blessings are in Him All of the purposes of God toward the Church are related to the Lord Jesus Christ so that the Church in its calling as an organism and in its conduct as an organization is seen from the Christocentric standpoint The most significant phrase in the epistle is made up of the two words in Christ If one is not in Christ he can know nothing experientially of these spiritual blessings The doctrinal teaching of this epistle is very little more than a development of the single expression in Christ Except a man is in Christ he can claim none of the blessings of God as his redemption rights We cannot by-pass Jesus Christ to get to GodThe letter states that it is from Paul writing from prison however some commentators are not convinced due to its difference in style different use of words such as
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