Exegesis for Ephesians 4:25-32 Submitted to…………………………………. in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of Course Prefix and Number…………………………………………. Course Title…………………………………….. by Elaine Samuels February 29 th , 2020
Historical Context Scholars hold that Apostle Paul wrote the book of Ephesians during his first imprisonment in Rome in A.D 60-62 (Ephesians 4:1). At the time of penning the book, he was under house arrest and lived in the rented establishment while being monitored by the Roman soldiers. He was, however, accorded some privileges as he was allowed to have visitors and teach the word of God as per the regulations of the confinement. Audience Paul was well acquainted with Ephesus and the church that was situated in that city for he had taught the word in Asia Minor, the province in Rome that Ephesus was the capital, for about three years. In the first century, Ephesus was home to a thriving Jewish community and was known for its Greco- Roman religious cults and, in particular, those that were around the celebrated temple of Artemis. A small community of Christians was settled there before the arrival of Paul, and when he arrived, he taught about the Holy Spirit and Baptism and stayed there for a while. Paul might have therefore written this epistle to the church so that they could share the message with other churches. Tychicus delivered the epistle to the church in Ephesus. 1 Purpose The Apostle describes the conduct of Christians that honors God. The stress on unity, the significance of love, forgiveness, and living in the glory of God is also clearly evident. “Possibly realizing that the Ephesians were starting to forsake their first love, Paul wrote this letter to encourage them to love both God and their fellow saints more deeply.” 2 The fact that it is inclusive of all earthly churches makes it stand out among other letters. The matters it discusses applied to all churches of all periods in the history of the church. It exposes one of the most 1 Constable, Dr. Thomas L. "Notes on Luke." Sonic Light. Last Modified, 2020. 2 Constable, “Notes on Luke.” 2020. 1
important words that Jesus ever talked about during his ministry; "I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it." 3 Genre Even though the genre of the Ephesians is that of a letter, it is not in the exact form as the others that were authored by Apostle Paul. Nothing in the letter points out that Paul wrote the letter in response to a specific situation. It is similar to Romans in this regard as they are both like public speeches rather than private conversations. Verse 25 “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” There are five exhortations or encouragements to Christians in verse 25-32 that apply to their conduct. Each encouragement possesses a negative command, a positive command, and a purpose for the positive command. In verse 25, we encounter the first exhortation and in which we are urged to stop deceiving. "Put off falsehood," it says, for deception is a mask only worn by
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