The Epistles are writings sent in the early days of Christianity to budding churches and individual believers. The first 13 of these letters were written by the Apostle Paul, and each addressed a distinct circumstance or problem. Paul's writings account for around one-fourth of the total volume of the New Testament.
In addition, John the Baptist wrote two letters that are classified as epistles: 1 and 2 John. There are also four pastoral letters written by Peter (1 Peter, 2 Peter, 3 Peter, and Jude). In all, about a third of the New Testament is made up of letters written by various authors.
Most Epistles were written to single churches but some were written to groups of churches (e.g., Galatians). Most were written from prison; some from house arrest. Some may have been written while others were being held down in Rome under guard. None was likely written during sleeptime.
The Epistles show that Christ is always at the heart of everything that is said in them. They give us insight into the life and ministry of Jesus and Paul, respectively, as well as guidance on how to live out our own faith both individually and as communities.
They form an important part of the New Testament message to those who believe in Jesus Christ. His grace has come to us through the writing of many saints over many years.
The Pauline epistles, commonly known as the Epistles of Paul or Letters of Paul, are the thirteen New Testament works attributed to Paul the Apostle, but the authorship of several is disputed. Among these epistles are some of the earliest Christian writings still in existence. Their date of writing ranges from about 57 to about 64 years after Jesus' death.
Their length varies between under and over 5,000 words. An average letter of 20 pages compares with one page today. A longer letter could be read aloud in an hour while a shorter one might take half that time.
They were written in Koiné Greek, which was the common language of the day. Today, they are in the original Greek preserved in copies made before the language disappeared around 400 AD. The original letters are lost, only indirect evidence remains.
They include advice to churches and individuals, stories about Paul's life and travels, and instructions on how to live a righteous life before God.
The first epistle is thought to have been written to Christians in Galatia, a region in central Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). It was probably written from Antioch in Syria, where Paul had a congregation. He went there for the purpose of organizing it and having it join him on his next trip home, but he did not succeed in his aim. So he decided to go ahead without them.
Epistles The letters written by apostles to Christians in the New Testament are known as epistles. Those generally assigned to Paul are referred to as Pauline epistles, while the others are referred to as catholic (i.e., "universal") epistles.
To live life to its fullest...meaning and purpose!
And the soul is immortal...
Because without serious intent, no bond can be made legal or permanent.
Because people don't keep their intentions serious.
It is used to protest something abusive such as corporal punishment like flogging.
It means that you will run away from the situation that is causing you pain.
Because people use technology to escape from marriage problems instead of working them out.