Before learning about the Ephesians, let us take a bird’s eye-view of The New Testament. The NT is divided into 27 Books; 4 of the books are Gospels, 21 are Epistles, 1 Book of Acts, and 1 Book of Revelation. It is among the Epistles that the letter to the Ephesians is found.
Here is the bird’s eye-view of the NT:
1.There are 4 Gospels: (Narratives about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ).
- There are 21 Epistles: (Letters written to a specific audience).
2.2 1 Corinthians. I
2.3 2 Corinthians. I
2.4 Galatians. I
2.5 Ephesians. I
2.6 Philippians. I——–Paul the Apostle.
2.7 Colossians. I
2.8 1 Thessalonians. I
2.9 2 Thessalonians. I
2.10 1 Thimothy. I
2.11 2 Thimothy. I
2.12 Titus. I
2.13 Philemon. ————
2.14 Hebrews. ———————- Attributed to Paul the Apostle.
2.15 James. ———————– James the brother of Jesus.
2.16 1 Peter ———————– Peter the Apostle.
2.17 2 Peter ———————– Peter the Apostle.
2.18 1 John ———————– John the Evangelist.
2.19 2 John ———————- John the Evangelist.
2.20 3 John ———————– John the Evangelist.
2.21 Jude ———————– Attributed to Luke.
- The Acts of the Apostles (Narratives about the Apostle’s Ministries).—-Luke.
4. The Book of Revelation. (Prophetic Passages / Apocalyptic Literature).—-John.
Now that we know the Book of Ephesians is an Epistle or Letter, let’s find out who wrote it, to whom this letter was written to, and for what purpose.
The author and the audience is found in Eph 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are also faithful in Christ Jesus.
The purpose of this letter is found in Eph 4:1-4: I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call.
Bird’s Eye View of the Epistle to the Ephesians: