Paul taught in his letters that Christians were freed from sin through Jesus’ death and resurrection. When he arrived in Jerusalem in 57 AD, he got involved in many debates over his rejection of Jewish traditions. He was arrested and held in a prison in Caesarea for two years. Since he could claim as a Roman citizen, he was eventually released. He spent his remaining years writing and serving to the earliest churches.
Letters of Paul to the Cities in Asia Minor
Letter to the Colossians
Congregation at Colossae was located on the east of Ephesus nearby Laodicea in Asia Minor. Apostle Epaphras founded the church in Colossae. We believe Paul wrote the letter to Colossians while he was prisoner in Rome at the year 62. Colossae was in the same region with the famous Seven Churches of the Revelation and this letter to them was surely read by the nearby Laodicea and Hierapolis Churches.
Letter to Philemon
Apostle Paul’s letter to Philemon is regarded as one of the shortest of his works. Letter has only 335 words. Philemon was a wealth man of the city Colossae, and he met Paul in a house church. Apostle Paul says that we are all unconditionally precious to God so any person should be careful with anyone like God loving his children.
Letter to the Galatians
We can assume that letter to the Galatians was written in very early stages of Christianity since the letter explains how to convert Gentiles into Christians. Many Bible experts of our time agrees that this letter was written by Paul. Letter to the Galatians was written sometime in between the year 50 and 60. There were several Churches founded by Paul in Galatia such as Antioch of Pisidia, Iconium, Lystra and Derbe Churches. Letter to Galatians shows a great facade of Christianity in equality stating ”all of you are one in Christ Jesus”.
Letter to the Ephesians
Apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Ephesians while he was prisoner in Rome around the year 62. Paul visited Ephesus twice and spent three years of his life in Ephesus city. Ephesus was very well known by Paul. Ephesus was a multicultural church which mainly consisted of Jewish and Hellenistic origins. Paul encourages believers of Ephesus Church submitting to one another making them equals in the church
Lost Letters of Paul to Asia Minor
Lost Letter of Paul to Ephesians
As Apostle Paul mentioned in Ephesians 3:3–4, there was an earlier letter written to Ephesians which got lost in time.
Lost Letter of Paul to Laodiceans
Paul the Apostle referenced an earlier letter written to Laodiceans at Colossians 4:16.
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