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Comparison Of Ephesians With Colossians

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This chapter compares the similarities and differences in themes and language between Ephesians and Colossians. It demonstrates that the motif of peace, unity, and reconciliation is dominant in Ephesians. Moreover, this comparison provides an initial analysis concerning the character of the topic of peace in Ephesians. Ephesians and Colossians give common statements of Paul's apostolic ministry. Paul is an apostle through the will of God and a minister of the gospel who proclaims the mystery that has been revealed to him. The phrase "the will of God" occurs 3x in Colossians and 5x in Ephesians. Ephesians differs from Colossians by using "in Christ" to denote the basis and the sphere of the fellowship that believers have with one another. Ephesians also differs from Colossians with its multiple references to the three persons of the Trinity, its suggestive Trinitarian language, and its emphasis on the oneness or unity of God.

Keywords: Colossians; Ephesians; God; gospel; motif of peace; Paul's apostolic ministry; Trinitarian language; will of God



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