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Notes on Philippians; Colossians "I Can Do All Things through Christ Which Strengtheneth Me", CFM study for Oct. 14 - 20

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About Philippians
This is Paul's happiest and most cheerful letter.  He wrote the epistle while in prison, yet he speaks of great contentment no matter his circumstances, joy in the faith of the saints of Philippi, and even puts in a personal note to his "true yokefellow," who may or may not be his wife (more on that later).  Because he speaks of "imperial guard" and sends greetings from "they that are of Caesar's household" (4:22), it is thought to be written from his first Roman imprisonment in A.D. 60-62.From the student manual, "“This Epistle is a letter of friendship, full of affection, confidence, good counsel and good cheer. It is the happiest of St. Paul’s writings, for the Philippians were the dearest of his children in the faith. …

“… It is a classic of spiritual autobiography. … While 2 Corinthians displays the agitations which rent the Apostle’s heart in the crucial conflict of his ministry, Philippians reveals the spring of his in…

Notes on Ephesians "For the Perfecting of the Saints", CFM study for Sept. 30 - Oct. 13

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About EphesiansAuthorship is somewhat disputed in this letter, even though it says it was written by the Apostle Paul, who was a prisoner at the time (which imprisonment is also subject to debate).  Scholars seem about evenly divided, partly because some of the language and the tone is different than other letters.  But as we've seen in the past, different wording or tone could just indicate a different scribe was used, and many well-regarded scholars, such as Tom Wright, do think that Paul wrote it. The intended recipients could have been the Ephesians, but "In the King James Version, Ephesians 1:1 states that the Epistle to the Ephesians is addressed “to the saints which are at Ephesus”; however, the earliest manuscripts of Ephesians do not contain the words “which are at Ephesus.” This means that Paul may not have written the epistle specifically to the Ephesians but to several congregations of Saints, including those in Ephesus. Ephesus served as Paul’s headquarters duri…