Several weeks ago I started an article series on the books of the Bible. We took a pause from this study last week but we will continue with the next four books of the New Testament this week as we look at Galatians thru Colossians.
Author: Paul, the apostle (Galatians 1:1).
Audience: The churches in Galatia (1:2).
Purpose of Book: The purpose of the book of Galatians is to defend Paul’s apostleship that had been called into question, and then to urge those in Galatia to adhere to the word of God and not turn to a different gospel, instead to live by faith.
Author: Paul, the apostle (Ephesians 1:1).
Audience: The faithful saints in Ephesus (Ephesians 1:1).
Purpose of Book: The purpose of the book of Ephesians is to fortify and strengthen those who are already believers in Christ. Paul hits on things such as unity, the importance of the church, and Christian living.
Author: Paul, and Timothy (Philippians 1:1).
Audience: Saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi along with the elders and deacons there (Philippians 1:1).
Purpose of Book: Paul writes to acknowledge the gift that the church at Philippi had sent him, to report on his circumstances in prison, and writes to the church about the joy of being a Christian.
Author: Paul, the apostle, and Timothy (Colossians 1:1).
Audience: Saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae (Colossians 1:2).
Purpose of Book: Paul uses the book to show the sufficiency of Christ in meeting our needs, addresses several aspects of Christian living while addressing some of the false doctrines that had crept into the lives of the Christians there.