7. Ephesians 2.13-16 Christ has broken down The Middle Wall VII.
December 13, 2017
If I were writing a personal commentary on Eph. 2: 13-16,with The Holy Spirit’s guidance, I’d say we are off to a good start by establishing ‘Who’ wrote Ephesians. We are not claiming that we are Bible Scholars or Doctors in Theology, just laypeople who are determined to take an unbiased look at what the Word of God says apart from the influences of traditional or denominational beliefs and creeds. Trust me; I do realize how difficult that is for millions of Christians who have known only one way of thinking all their lives, when it comes to church doctrine. What I propose, is that we all learn how to peek behind that curtain ourselves.
So far the question “Who wrote the text?” has been entered into my commentary. I urge all who read these blogs to look into a few extra-biblical resources, and allow The Holy Spirit to train us up in the ways of Christ.
1 John 2: 27 “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. 28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.” (Coupled with 2nd Tim 2:15)
When Christ appears, in His presence I will have confidence, knowing that I gave myself over to that anointing which abides in me. That same amounting taught me not to lean so heavily upon my understanding or on the arm of the flesh. The doctrines of men will toss you to and fro by leaning to heavily upon them, leaving some Christians deceived(Eph. 4:14). I pray every day that one part of “The Serenity Prayer” that He would always give me the wisdom to know the difference between the Truth and religion, and filter out all the unnecessary traditional thinking that I’ve heard from pulpit to pulpit. Psalms 119: 105 LORD, I ask that Your word is be lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
When was this letter written and to whom (or who)? Reminder, this is only the information I’ve come across through research. A word of advice, The Holy Spirit will not speak to you on exactly when Paul wrote The Book of Ephesians, or any other book in God’s Word. You will need to research that on your own. Nevertheless, He will teach you how to interpret scripture with scripture, which will lead you to an approximate date. For example, Isaiah 6: 1 “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.” One would need only to ask, when did King Uzziah die?
Because of this one statement “In the year that King Uzziah died”, we can estimate the time in which Isaiah lived and call into ministry. There are no numbers in the text that would give us a more accurate date in reference to the writing of this book. However, we can do a study of the history Israel and Judah, using a few extra-biblical resources, which you can likely find at your local library, or a Christian Book store. According to available resources, Isaiah was born in the middle of Uzziah’s long reign from 791-740 BC. So these dates give us give us a pretty good idea in reference to when he wrote it. Now unless someone were to become OCD about it, that is good enough for me.
Apply these same principles with every book in the Bible. In Ephesus, we need to be OBSERVANT of surroundings such as places, and names of surrounding cities, and names of people in the text. Where is Paul at the time of the writing? Are there any other noteworthy circumstances?
Paul was in prison when he wrote these epistle according to Eph. 3: 1 “For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles” & Eph. 4: 1, 2 “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,”. Historically, The Apostle Paul imprisonment was at Ephesus in A.D. 55, Caesarea A.D. 58, and Rome in A.D. 60-62. Most Historians and Archeologist agree on the later, so for me the majority rules. But, even the majority can be wrong sometimes. What matters most is we are looking at dates between A.D. 55-62, and that is only a seven-year span. However, those locations are vital if you happen to be studying at a seminary because they require specific answers on test.