Commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians
by Charles Hodge
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In the introduction
to his commentary, Charles Hodge investigates the
sociopolitical climate of the city of Ephesus prior to
Paul's first visit. Ephesus was famous for its idolatrous
practices of sorcery and divination. Upon arriving in
Ephesus, Paul and his disciples spread the word of Jesus
to the wayward Jews and Greeks, and many were converted. A flourishing
Church was established, and several years after his visit to Ephesus,
Paul wrote to the Ephesians while imprisoned in Rome. Paul wrote this
letter to praise God for the gift of redemption and to guide the
Christians of Ephesus in the light of the Holy Ghost. Several sections
of the epistle focus on godly social interactions, where Paul urges
Christians to observe specific virtues in their relationships with one
another. This epistle was in large part intended to encourage unity
between newly converted Jews and the rest of the Christian community.
Hodge's careful scrutiny gives readers a newly informed look at Paul's
letter to the Christians at Ephesus.
CCEL Staff Writer