New Testament Bible Dictionary Project: Romans/Paul/Ephesus
This Epistle to the Romans, although usually shortened to just Romans, was written by the Apostle Paul around the times of 55 to 57 A.D. This is the 6th book of New Testament and out of all the letters or epistles that Paul wrote in his time, his letter to the Romans is the longest, most detailed and most ambitious. The two major personalities in this book are: the writer, the Apostle Paul, and Phoebe who delivered the letter to the Roman Christian Church. Paul addressed such things in this letter as; the meaning of the gospel, the importance of the gospel, the nature of Gods ...view middle of the document...
In theory, it appears some could say that at the baptism it was Saul who went under the water and Paul that came up out of it.
After his conversion, Paul left his old life and began his mission as a representative of Christ’s message to all the ancient world. He decided to leave Jerusalem and began his missionary journeys, in which there are known to be at least five of them. His missionaries sent him to Asia Minor (modern day Turkey), Syria, Greece, Britain, Italy, and even Spain. Paul was so devoted to the calling of Christ that on multiple occasions, he actually spent years in prison for his faith and teachings. He endured whippings, beatings, stoning and torture on numerous occasions. Unfortunately, Paul paid the ultimate price with his life when he was martyred for his faith by the Romans, at about the time of 64 or 65 A.D. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:7-8)
When we think of Ephesus and its relation to the New Testament, most of us would probably think of the letter by Paul called “The Letter to the Ephesians”. Ephesus was an ancient commercial port city in Asia Minor, or now, modern day Turkey. This city was actually the leading seaport within the Roman Empire. Ephesus had a hand dug, manmade harbor to its West, in which was later filled with sediment from the close lying Cayster River. Ephesus was accessible by both land and sea because it was situated along the river, but it was also in valley in the lower hills. It is believed that its population exceeded 250,000 to 300,000 and that it was the fourth...