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When the Bridegroom comes, the bride shall be presented to Him wholly without spot, the evil being cut off from the body for ever ( Matthew 13:47-50 ). as unto the Lord--Submissiveness is rendered by the wife to the husband under the eye of Christ, and so is rendered to Christ Himself. 6.65; Adv. xxix-xxxi. b. followers--Greek, "imitators" of God, in respect to "love" ( Ephesians 5:2 ): God's essential character ( 1 John 4:16 ). As feminist groups see it, though, the most significant advance is the abolition of the traditional concept of “paternal power,” which gives fathers unrestricted legal rights to make all decisions on behalf of their families. The women are best suited to the indoor life which never strays from the house, within which the middle door is taken by the maidens as their boundary, and the outer door by those who have reached full womanhood. rather giving of thanks--a happy play on sounds in Greek, "eucharistia" contrasted with "eutrapelia"; refined "jesting" and subtle humor sometimes offend the tender feelings of grace; "giving of thanks" gives that real cheerfulness of spirit to believers which the worldly try to get from "jesting" ( Ephesians 5:19 Ephesians 5:20 , 5:13 ). But, says the apostle, you being now light yourselves ( Ephesians 5:8 ), by bringing to light through reproof those who are in darkness, will convert them to light. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands, in every thing. This word culture is sometimes used in a way that suggests that there is an “oughtness” to culture. Time is a talent given us by God, and it is misspent and lost when not employed according to his design. Plants cannot bear "fruit" in the absence of light. 2. It did so by turning both men and women outside the home into the marketplace. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. Adam's deep sleep, wherein Eve was formed from out of his opened side, is an emblem of Christ's death, which was the birth of the Spouse, the Church. Comprised of Jews and non-Jews, these followers form the covenant family God promised to Abraham. a. of For a brief time at the end of his second missionary journey, and then for more than two years on his third missionary journey, He that loveth his wife loveth himself--So there is the same love and the same union of body between Christ and the Church ( Ephesians 5:30 Ephesians 5:32 ). and, eventually, the right to serve in almost every way in the public domain. Walk as children of light, that is, in all good works and words, "FOR the fruit of the light is [borne] in [ALFORD; but BENGEL, 'consists in'] all goodness [opposed to 'malice,' Ephesians 4:31 ], righteousness [opposed to 'covetousness,' Ephesians 5:3 ] and truth [opposed to 'lying,' Ephesians 4:25 ].". It is interesting to note and observe that while the New Testament often refers to the church, it does not speak of going … Because he was Paul’s patron, Paul asks for the privilege of hospitality; but because he was a friend, he presumes upon the reciprocity of such friendship to intercede for the life of Onesimus (since, in another sense, Philemon owed his life to Paul). For--Greek, "Because" ( 1 Corinthians 6:15 ). . Awake--The reading of all the oldest manuscripts is "Up!" Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes." The oldest manuscripts omit "submit yourselves"; supplying it from Ephesians 5:21 , "Ye wives (submitting yourselves) unto your own husbands." All people are by nature spiritually dead. PLINY, a heathen writing to Trajan, bears unwilling testimony to the extraordinary purity of Christians' lives, contrasted with the people around them. Translate, "foolish," or "senseless." Sign up for our newsletter to receive our most up-to-date news, articles, and information. WAHL explains, "Redeeming for yourselves (that is, availing yourselves of) the opportunity (offered you of acting aright), and commanding the time as a master does his servant." b. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Ephesians 1:3-14 EXEGESIS: BACKGROUND: While this book begins, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus” (1:1), scholars today are divided regarding … [According to] Solange Bentes Jurema, president of the National Council for Women’s Rights, one of the country’s leading feminist organizations, “The family is no longer an institution that is the property of the man, but a union in which all members have responsibilities and duties.” . The eventual effects of this one reality alone brought staggering changes to our culture, including especially all the new opportunities that women began to enjoy, including: But it also resulted in our homes being thought of as havens of refuge from the world out there and, until recently, as the place for the nuclear family to exist—a nearly sacred concept in Western culture that was totally foreign to Paul’s world. Again, as what Christ is, believers also are ( 1 John 4:17 ), and ministers are: Paul says ( 2 Corinthians 2:17 ) "we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ. In the other two relationships, however, the number of words goes in the opposite direction—two to one. This audio sermon and transcript is entitled 'Introduction and Background', and is from the ministry of David Legge, a Christian preacher and Bible teacher from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Ephesians : Introduction & Background. The word "Christ," shows that in quoting the prophecy, he views it in the light thrown on it by its Gospel fulfilment. Compare Colossians 4:5 , "Walk in wisdom (answering to 'as wise' here) toward them that are without" (answering to "circumspectly," that is, correctly, in relation to the unbelievers around, not giving occasion of stumbling to any, but edifying all by a consistent walk). Such people usually did not have slaves, but rather servants or hired workers. It was not necessarily written to the believers in the city of Ephesus. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with hi Their only fruit is that which is not in a true sense fruit ( Deuteronomy 32:32 ), namely, "death" ( Romans 6:21 , Galatians 6:8 ). But then he remembers that his original topic was marriage, so that is why he comes in with the nevertheless in Ephesians 5:33. i. Ephesians September 2, 2011 Some people used Ephesians 6:5-9 alongside Greek, Roman, and Arab discussions of slavery to support the kind of slavery practiced in the Americas, but a simple knowledge of the nature… In the case of wives and slaves, they are to rethink their status in terms of their serving Christ, as they relate to the male head of the household. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. Ephesians 5:18. So PINDAR [Pythia, 4.509], "The time followed him as his servant, and was not as a runaway slave." Indeed, in our context I almost always have a strong sense of need here to apologize to the singles—which in itself is evidence of how different from them we really are culturally. What was radical lay in his urging those who are filled with the Spirit and worship Christ as Lord to have totally transformed relationships within the household. And be thankful. This is Paul's way of saying, "I know I … Therefore--Translate, as Greek, "But," or "Nevertheless," that is, though there be the difference of headships mentioned in Ephesians 5:23 , nevertheless, thus far they are one, namely, in the subjection or submission (the same Greek stands for "is subject," as for "submit," Ephesians 5:21 Ephesians 5:22 ) of the Church to Christ, being the prototype of that of the wife to the husband. After an examination of the support for this suggestion, the significance of the Dionysian cult to Paul’s commands in Ephesians 5:18 will be discussed. 20. thanks . In the end, the structures are immaterial since they are predicated altogether on cultural givens that are simply not ours. THE IMITATION OF GOD (Ephesians 5:1-8)5:1-8 You must become imitators of God, as well loved children imitate their father. There are four times as many words to him as there are to the wife. The point, of course, is that the so-called house rules that occur only in Colossians and Ephesians almost certainly spring from the circumstances that brought Onesimus back to Philemon’s household and thus back to his house church. light--not merely "enlightened"; but light enlightening others ( Ephesians 5:13 ). The city of Ephesus was a large commercial port city … Written in 62 A.D. Apostle Paul explains the identity of the newcomers in Christ both Jews and Gentiles having been brought together into one body with Jesus Christ at the head. Genesis 2:21 Genesis 2:23 Genesis 2:24 puts the bones first because the reference there is to the natural structure. It is not our bones and flesh, but "we" that are spiritually propagated (in our soul and spirit now, and in the body hereafter, regenerated) from the manhood of Christ which has flesh and bones. Ephesians chapters 1-3 wonderfully expound the Gospel while Ephesians chapters 4-6 provide a clear picture of how those doctrines change our lives. The laver of baptism is the vehicle, but the word is the nobler and true instrument of the cleansing [BENGEL]. In the same manner, Paul may have had in mind the drunken activities of the Dionysian cult as he penned Ephesians 5:18. 7. Follow God's example,a therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one body and one Spirit- just as you were called to one hope when you were called- 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Indeed it is, and here is an especially long one: the sentence that begins in verse 18 does not end until verse 23. . The fact that our cultural assumptions are so different from theirs makes it difficult for us even to imagine how absolutely radical and earth-shattering the Christian gospel sounded in their ears. What the slaveholders didn't bother to quote was the rest of the passage, which goes on to say, "masters, do the same things to them" (6:9). And in any case, what would that look like for a couple of normally strong people like my wife, Maudine, and me, who are both second children, neither of whom likes to make decisions at all! Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. CIRCUMSPECTION IN WALK: REDEEMING THE TIME: BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT: SINGING TO THE LORD WITH THANKFULNESS: THE WIFE'S DUTY TO THE HUSBAND RESTS ON THAT OF THE CHURCH TO CHRIST. Christ is thus the “savior of the body” (a remarkable phrase indeed). Onesimus, obey your earthly master, Philemon, in everything; and do it, not only when his eye is on you. The believer passes from under the bondage of the law as a letter, to be "the servant of Christ" ( 1 Corinthians 7:22 ), which, through the instinct of love to Him, is really to be "the Lord's freeman"; for he is "under the law to Christ" ( 1 Corinthians 9:21 ; compare John 8:36 ). walk in love--resuming Ephesians 4:1 , "walk worthy of the vocation." Therefore, these letters could also be called the “House Arrest Epistles”. This, I would urge, is how these texts finally apply to us and to our homes. Support for the Dionysian Background Thus reverential fear of displeasing Him is the motive for discharging our relative duties as Christians ( 1 Corinthians 10:22 , 2 Corinthians 5:11 , 1 Peter 2:13 ). Slavery was not based on race, but initially on conquest in war, and eventually on economic need. Paul wrote it about 60-62 A.D. Ephesians 5:22-30. Redeeming the time--( Colossians 4:5 ). wherein--not in the wine itself when used aright ( 1 Timothy 5:23 ), but in the "excess" as to it. Bacchus, the god of wine, form the general cultural background for Paul’s two commands in Ephesians 5:18.1 Interpreting a passage of Scripture in its cultural setting is not new. “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1–2 NIV11) Have they taken their eyes off God? The concept of honor and shame ruled everything; honor, or its opposite, disgrace, was regularly the basis for most moral appeals. We get ahead on the strength of our own ingenuities. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. speaking to each other in psalms, hymns, and so on; singing and hymning the Lord (Christ) f rom the heart; thanking our God and Father always for all things through Jesus Christ; submitting to one another in the fear of Christ, followed by words to the wives with respect to their husbands. Evidence for this can be seen in meals, which in all cultures serve as the great equalizer. . But such a world-view was simply nonexistent in the time of Paul. Hence arose the abstinence from wine of many of the prophets, for example, John the Baptist, namely, in order to keep distinct before the world the ecstasy caused by the Spirit, from that caused by wine. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favouritism with him. Wherefore--referring to the whole foregoing argument ( Ephesians 5:8 Ephesians 5:11 Ephesians 5:13 ). “In Christ,” he says, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ.”. their own--not in most of the oldest manuscripts, and not needed by the argument. songs--the general term for lyric pieces; "spiritual" is added to mark their being here restricted to sacred subjects, though not merely to direct praises of God, but also containing exhortations, prophecies, &c. Contrast the drunken "songs," Amos 8:10 . For--The propagation of the Church from Christ, as that of Eve from Adam, is the foundation of the spiritual marriage. Here are two final observations about the passage in general that begin to move us toward some cultural matters themselves. Add the word to the element, and it becomes a sacrament, being itself as it were the visible word." God the Father planned throughout history for Jesus to create a multi-ethnic community of followers. Ephesians 5:16, NASB: "making the most of your time, because the days are evil." The reason for marriage was not “love” in our usual sense, but to bear legitimate children, to keep the family line going; failure to bear children, especially sons, was often a cause for divorce. jesting--Greek, "eutrapelia"; found nowhere else in the New Testament: implying strictly that versatility which turns about and adapts itself, without regard to principle, to the shifting circumstances of the moment, and to the varying moods of those with whom it may deal. He also sent along the letter to the Colossian church. 6. vain--empty, unreal words, namely, palliations of "uncleanness," Ephesians 5:3 Ephesians 5:4, Isaiah 5:20 (that it is natural to indulge in love), "covetousness" (that it is useful to society that men should pursue gain), and "jesting" (that it is witty and clever, and that God will not so … That is the world, then, that is presupposed by our text. The two are so closely allied that the Greek for "covetousness" (pleonexia) is used sometimes in Scripture, and often in the Greek Fathers, for sins of impurity. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. What the slaveholders didn't bother to quote was the rest of the passage, which goes on to say, "masters, do the same things to them" (6:9). 11. unfruitful works of darkness--Sins are terminated in themselves, and therefore are called "works," not "fruits" ( Galatians 5:19 Galatians 5:22 ). to yourselves--"to one another." One generation later, in 1915, that was totally reversed—over 85 percent of all consumer goods were now produced outside the home. The relation of the Church to Christ is the ground of Christianity's having raised woman to her due place in the social scale, from which she was, and is, excluded in heathen lands. once named--Greek, "Let it not be even named" ( Ephesians 5:4 Ephesians 5:12 ). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. be discovered save by revelation of God ( Romans 11:25 , 1 Corinthians 15:51 ). (3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. . "Sacrifice" refers to His death for us exclusively. 5.11.17. There is a paradox in that God is the sovereign over time. ( 1 Corinthians 11:3 .) Such a household would look more like the drawing in figure 2. Apostle Paul, Bible, Bible Study, Christianity, Ephesians, New Testament, Religion. 11 Guthrie, NTI, p. 515. 8. See how ye are walking, with a view to your being circumspect (literally, accurate, exact) in your walk. Patronage refers to the mutual relationship that existed between unequals, in which each was understood to benefit the other. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. To be sure, we’ve had our moments—but never on this issue. ( Ephesians 6:9 .) Instead, be filled with the Spirit. “These are important advances,” said Jacqueline Pitanguy, a sociologist and women’s rights advocate. Just one statistic tells us how radically American culture changed during the past century. Rather, “savior” is the most common designation for the emperor. When we study and speak about this passage, phrases are usually dissected and closely examined, and certain words and phrases are highlighted, especially those that relate to the wife’s obligation. In the book of Ephesians, we see how the gospel story affects believers' everyday lives. Ephesians 5:1-33 . The basic sociological model here is clearly that of patronage; it was a mutual relationship between unequals in which each benefited the other. the will of the Lord--as to how each opportunity is to be used. 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Salem Media Group. Chapter 5. Commentary on Ephesians 5:15-21 (Read Ephesians 5:15-21) Another remedy against sin, is care, or caution, it being impossible else to maintain purity of heart and life. 3:1, 4:1).Paul is sending the slave Onesimus back to his master Philemon, in the care of Tychicus. So Matthew 19:5 . . Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. "Cleansing" is the necessary preliminary to both. hymns--in direct praise to God (compare Acts 16:25 , 1 Corinthians 14:26 , 5:13 ). Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands, in every thing. "I, while I quote these words out of Scripture, use them in a higher sense" [CONYBEARE and HOWSON]. The emphasis is on "were." And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, Ephesians 5:19 simply tells us what being filled with the Holy Spirit is and, incidentally, as we’ll see, how to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Author – The Apostle Paul. "Submit" is the term used of wives: "obey," of children ( Ephesians 6:1 ), as there is a greater equality between wives and husbands, than between children and parents. Verses 1-33. 5.2.36; Stom. Another type, or prophecy by figure, was "the sweet savor" ("savor of rest," Margin) which God smelled in Noah's sacrifice ( Genesis 8:21 ). As Israel is called on to "awake" from its previous state of "darkness" and "death" ( Isaiah 59:10 , 60:2 ), for that her Light is come; so the Church, and each individual is similarly called to awake. Ephesians offers general instruction in the truths of God’s redemptive work in Christ; the unity of the church among diverse peoples; and proper conduct in the church, the home, and the world. This is the cultural reality that most Americans in particular find utterly distasteful. published in Great Britain by Hodder &Stoughton (1996 edition). not convenient--"unseemly"; not such "as become saints" ( Ephesians 5:3 ). In a narrower sense, special favorable seasons for good, occasionally presenting themselves, are referred to, of which believers ought diligently to avail themselves. covetous . as Christ . when the Christian is laid by in silence; therefore he needs the more to improve the seasonable times afforded to him ( Amos 5:13 ), which Paul perhaps alludes to. Background on Ephesians The letter to the Ephesians has been called the crown of Pauline theology. "Speak of," I think, is used here as "speaking of without reproving," in contrast to "even reprove them." 21. A few weeks ago, I started a Wednesday night series on the book of Ephesians. ( K) in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. We are members of His glorified body ( John 6:53 ). Marc. The model thus has little to do with villas where women served as heads of households, in which case the first relationship does not pertain at all, and the second probably less so (although widows may well have had children in the household). He is her Head, as the husband is of the wife ( Romans 6:5 , 1 Corinthians 11:3 , 15:45 ). Note first that verse 18 is the swing verse in a passage that begins in 5:1-2—key not only for walking as children of light (vv. Covetousness is worship of the creature instead of the Creator, the highest treason against the King of kings ( 1 Samuel 15:3 , Matthew 6:24 , Philippians 3:19 , 1 John 2:15 ). 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. offering and a sacrifice--"Offering" expresses generally His presenting Himself to the Father, as the Representative undertaking the cause of the whole of our lost race ( Psalms 40:6-8 ), including His life of obedience; though not excluding His offering of His body for us ( Hebrews 10:10 ). The Book of Ephesians was written to “God’s holy people in Ephesus” (Ephesians 1:1, NIV). foolish talking--the talk of fools, which is folly and sin together. not having spot--( Solomon 4:7 ). "Thou hast seen the measure of obedience; now hear also the measure of love. And she was expected to leave after eating, when the conversation took a more public turn. the (nearly unheard of) right for women to vote. . We cant content ourselves comparing us among men. the Lord--The oldest manuscripts read, "Christ." 14. However, IRENÆUS, 294, and the old Latin and Vulgate versions, with some good old manuscripts, have them. For no bound is more sovereign in binding than such bonds, especially in the case of husband and wife. In the same manner, Paul may have had in mind the drunken activities of the Dionysian cult as he penned Ephesians 5:18. The point is that most of the earliest churches met in households, and the various households themselves, therefore, served as the primary nuclei of the body of Christ (or God’s household) in any given location. The Spirit gives true eloquence; wine, a spurious eloquence. 3. But these depend largely on the people involved, their own giftings, personalities, and how they relate to each other. in the fear of God--All the oldest manuscripts and authorities read, "in the fear of CHRIST." 8 Adv. Ephesians 5:16, KJV: "Redeeming the time, because the days are evil." Ephesians September 2, 2011 Some people used Ephesians 6:5-9 alongside Greek, Roman, and Arab discussions of slavery to support the kind of slavery practiced in the Americas, but a simple knowledge of the nature… sometimes--"once." One of the unfortunate things that happened in the organizing of the Christian canon was the separation of Philemon from Colossians, for both letters would have been read together in Philemon’s house church, with both Philemon and Onesimus present. 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your chidren; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. And note that there is regular emphasis on “his own wife.”. But the companion of your life, the mother of your children, the basis of all your joy, you ought to bind to you, not by fear and threats, but by love and attachment" [CHRYSOSTOM]. I press this point because these house rules grow directly out of the situation that caused Paul to write these letters in the first place: the return of Onesimus to Philemon, and the strange doctrines that are being spread among the Colossian Christians as reported to him by Epaphras. As we move toward looking at the now-Christian household as God’s household, I want to point out some of the difficulties we have in reading this text, beginning with one of its more common abuses: using it to tell modern husbands that they should assume their proper role as head of their wives. A common sense as to what was honorable or shameful was the fabric that held Greco-Roman culture together. Sin is "darkness," and its parent is the prince of darkness ( Ephesians 6:12 ). Thus: “Apphia, submit to Philemon, as is fitting in the Lord. The two oldest existing manuscripts, and Coptic or Memphitic version, omit "of His flesh and of His bones"; the words may have crept into the text through the Margin from Genesis 2:23 , Septuagint. understanding--not merely knowing as a matter of fact ( Luke 12:47 ), but knowing with understanding. God the Father planned throughout history for Jesus to create a multi-ethnic community of followers. unwise--a different Greek word from that in Ephesians 5:15 . First, the words to wives and husbands are to be understood as totally dependent on their being filled with the Spirit. It suggests far more knowledge about this topic than I actually have—indeed, it is safe to say that there is much more that we don’t know about these things than we actually do. This letter was written at least ten years after 1 Thessalonians. Note then the only thing that is said to the householder in terms of his relationship to his wife. Ephesians 5:19-20 – Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. 1. No wonder the world had such difficulty with these early Christians, and why they were considered to be “haters of humanity,” because they so willingly broke the rules—not by tearing down the structures, but by making them ultimately irrelevant! It is Christ that prepares the Church with the necessary ornaments of grace, for presentation to Himself, as the Bridegroom at His coming again ( Matthew 25:1 , &c. Revelation 19:7 , 21:2 ). Here is the more abbreviated version in the letter that is the companion to this one, excerpted from the full text of Colossians 3:12-4:1: 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. . because of these things--uncleanness, covetousness, &c. ( Ephesians 5:3-5 ). The contrast is between the heathen and the Christian practice, "Let your songs be not the drinking songs of heathen feasts, but psalms and hymns; and their accompaniment, not the music of the lyre, but the melody of the heart" [CONYBEARE and HOWSON]. 11 Guthrie, NTI, p. 515. Proving--construed with "walk" ( Ephesians 5:8 , Romans 12:1 Romans 12:2 ). Heartlight Christian Powerpoint background of Ephesians 4:32-5:1 -- Be kind and compassionate to one another,a forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. The drawings on page 9 are reproduced from Families in the New Testament World; © 1997 Carolyn Osiek and David L. Balch. Here fellowship with wicked workers is forbidden; in Ephesians 5:11 , with their wicked works. Because its harbor silted up, the city was simply abandoned; and although most of its marble and other important movable materials were carted off over the centuries, the ruins are especially well preserved. The Cultural Context of Ephesians 5:18–6:9. So also in ordinary Christians the Spirit dwells not in the mind that seeks the disturbing influences of excitement, but in the well-balanced prayerful mind. Wherefore--seeing that ye need to walk so circumspectly, choosing and using the right opportunity of good. Before turning our attention to some words about culture, I want to make a few further observations that are important for understanding this passage in the larger context of Ephesians. 5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Paul’s Stewardship 1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— 2 if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you; 3 that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. Visible word. a little Background … sometimes Paul gets a bad rap epistle letter... 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