SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:21-22
“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
The Closing Of Ephesians (6:21-24)
But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.
Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
To the Ephesians written from Rome, by Tychicus.
In this devotional, we continue to look at the book of Ephesians, Paul’s personal letter to the church at Ephesus. We have already looked at the two main divisions of the book… “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3) and “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6). As we draw this study to a close we will be looking at Paul’s closing to this letter found in 6:21-24…
(Ephesians 6:21-22) But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.
Paul’s concern for the Ephesian believers was a reciprocal one. Here, Paul acknowledges their concern for his wellbeing …
But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
Because the Ephesian believers were concerned about his welfare, in the imprisoned Paul’s absence, Tychicus would go to them. He would be delivering this letter to them as well as informing them of Paul’s current condition. In doing so, both Paul and the Ephesians were treating each other with the love, respect and appreciation they deserved.
“[Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” (Romans 12:10)
“But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;” (1 Thessalonians 4:9-10)
Are we concerned about the welfare of those who care for us? Or do we take them for granted and do not appreciate them as we should?
Also, please notice that Paul described Tychicus as:
1. a beloved brother – Tychicus was loved by Paul with a self-sacrificial love. Paul looked upon him as a member of his family… a spiritual brother in Christ.
2. a faithful minister in the Lord – Tychicus was a trustworthy, reliable servant in the service of Christ
What a wonderful testimony to be had by anyone who is called by the name of “Christian”!
He was loved greatly loved by other servants of Christ (to the point of being considered a member of their family), he was known as a person who was reliable, and also as one who was ministering for Christ… what better testimony could we possess?
“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” (Hebrews 11:5)
Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs,
Paul recognized their desire to know of his welfare and sent Tychicus to inform them. Although Paul could simply write of his current condition, he knew that it would be more easily understood if he sent a witness to confirm his words and answer any questions they might have.
and that he might comfort your hearts.
Paul’s motivation to inform them was not from a prideful selfishness, but he was doing it for their welfare that their loving concern for them might be eased.
In this first part to Paul’s closing, we can see both the need to reciprocally hold concern for those who care about us and to make a loving effort to ease their concerns and keep them informed of our wellbeing.
How often have we asked others to pray for us without keeping them informed of changes in our circumstances?
How often do we not notice others’ concern for us, slight them and ignore their attempts to show concern?
How often do we have opportunity to meet the needs of our spiritual brethren but pay no attention to their needs and “pass by on the other side”?
May we all love, and return love that is shown to us, in our pursuit to become more like Christ, our wonderfully kind, forgiving and loving Savior!
May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!