Prison Epistles of Paul Essay

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The Prison Epistles of Paul
Apostolic School of Theology
Joshua L. Poole

Abstract
The Epistles of the New Testament are arguably the most spiritually in depth readings in the entire Bible. Paul, the author of the Epistles, gives a detailed account of his life which was centered on the teachings of Jesus Christ. The contents of his writings explain the perils, trials, persecutions, of a devout man determined to finish his course on earth, living in the will of God. Some such writings were the Epistles Paul wrote while in prison for teaching the message of Jesus Christ unto Salvation. These letters written to the churches of that day were instructions given to address the issues of true Christian living. Paul gives his readers the hope
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It serves as instruction for the church as a whole instead of just on a local level (churches “the body” and “the head” being Christ). The contrast and highlights of Ephesians is a broader explanation addressing the issues of that day.
Message and Purpose Ephesians was not a book directed toward the novice of the Christian faith but rather to those that had achieved some maturity in spiritual experience.
The central message of the letter was the re-creation of the human family as was originally intended by God at the time of creation. Paul explains the new creation destroys the misguided view that God is bias and rejects people based on nationality. At Christ death, this distinction was abolished, leaving no more hindrance, and reuniting humanity as the people of God through Christ Jesus (the head). It is also worth to note that the book is the basis for a full knowledge of life and how it is to be lived. The summery of the Book of Ephesians would place emphasis the unity of the church in Christ, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Paul’s writings displayed the redemptive power, grace, and mercy of God that was made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. To conclude, Ephesians shows a full picture of the church as a single functioning body, unified, ready to take on the battle in the spiritual realm (Tenney, 1985).
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