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Homilies on Ephesians

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Homilies on Ephesians by St. John Chrysostom is a thought-provoking and insightful collection of sermons that delves deep into the teachings of the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians. Chrysostom's commentary on each passage offers a new perspective and sheds light on the meaning behind Paul's words.

The author's writing is clear and engaging, making it easy for readers to follow along and grasp the key messages. Throughout the text, Chrysostom draws on his vast knowledge of scripture and theology to provide valuable insights that are relevant to modern-day Christians.

One of the standout features of this book is Chrysostom's ability to connect the lessons from Ephesians to everyday life. He emphasizes the importance of living a righteous and virtuous life, while also highlighting the need for compassion, forgiveness, and humility.

Overall, Homilies on Ephesians is a valuable resource for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of Paul's letter to the Ephesians. Chrysostom's commentary is both enlightening and inspiring, making this book a must-read for those seeking spiritual growth and wisdom.

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From The Argument: “Ephesus is the metropolis of Asia. It was dedicated to Diana, whom especially they worshipped there as their great goddess. Indeed so great was the superstition of her worshippers, that when her temple was burnt, they would not so much as divulge the name of the man who burnt it. The blessed John the Evangelist spent the chief part of his time there: he was there when he was banished and there he died. It was there too that Paul left Timothy, as he says in writing to him, “As I exhorted thee to tarry at Ephesus.”

“Most of the philosophers also, those more particularly who flourished in Asia, were there; and even Pythagoras himself is said to have come from thence; perhaps because Samos, whence he really came, is an island of Ionia. It was the resort also of the disciples of Parmenides, and Zeno, and Democritus, and you may see a number of philosophers there even to the present day.

“These facts I mention, not merely as such, but with a view of showing that Paul would needs take great pains and trouble in writing to these Ephesians. He is said indeed to have entrusted them, as being persons already well-instructed, with his profoundest conceptions; and the Epistle itself is full of sublime thoughts and doctrines.

“He wrote the Epistle from Rome, and, as he himself informs us, in bonds. “Pray for me, that utterance may be given unto me, in opening my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the Gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains.” It abounds with sentiments of overwhelming loftiness and grandeur. Thoughts which he scarcely so much as utters any where else, he here plainly declares; as when he says, “To the intent that now unto the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places might be made known through the Church the manifold wisdom of God.” And again; “He raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in heavenly places.” And again; “Which in other generations was not made known unto the sons of men, as it hath now been revealed unto His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit, that the Gentiles are fellow-heirs, and fellow-partakers of the promise in Christ.””


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