Epistle

 

An Epistle (greek: ejpistolhv 'epistole') is a letter.  The Epistles in the Bible are such books as Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, Philemon, 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John.

The word  'epistole' occurs 24 times in the Greek New Testament.  'Epistole' is from epistello 'to send' from which 'apostle' is derived.

Acts 9:2And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this  way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
Acts 15:30So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the  multitude together, they delivered the epistle:
Acts 22:5As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from  whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them  which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.
Acts 23:25And he wrote a letter after this manner:
Acts 23:33Who, when they came to Caesarea, and delivered the epistle to the governor, presented  Paul also before him. 
Rom. 16:22I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord.
1 Cor. 5:9I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
1 Cor. 16:3And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to  bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.
2 Cor. 3:1Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of  commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?
2 Cor. 3:2Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
2 Cor. 3:3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us,  written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in  fleshy tables of the heart.
2 Cor. 7:8For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I  perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.
2 Cor. 10:9That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.
2 Cor. 10:10For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak,  and  his speech contemptible.
2 Cor. 10:11Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent,  such will we be also in deed when we are present.
Col. 4:16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the  Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.
1 Thess. 5:27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.
2 Thess. 2:2That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
2 Thess. 2:15Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
2 Thess. 3:14And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
2 Thess. 3:17The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.
2 Pet. 3:1This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2 Pet. 3:16As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
 
 
About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.