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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:23-24


SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“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…

 

 

EXPOSITION:

(Ephesians 6:23-24) 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.

 

Paul’s final wishes to his Christian brethren at Ephesus…

 

Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith,

Paul wishes upon his brethren:

1. peace – harmony, unity, quietness, rest

 

Paul desired for the church to have unity within the body and peace towards Christ, their brethren and others around them.

2. love with faith – self-sacrificial love with persuasion and conviction

 

Two of the greatest needs for servants of Christ is to possess a love towards others and assurance of salvation and conviction of the truths of God’s Word.

Paul’s wishes for them centered upon helping them to be better servants of the Lord. Instead of wishing for increased material possessions or physical health, his greatest concerns for them involved that which would be of spiritual benefit.

 

from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul understood that all spiritual blessings originate with God the Father and flow through Christ and His work, which is the channel for all blessings for mankind. As he prayed for the Ephesian saints, he was going ot the source of these great benefits for them.

 

Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.

3. grace – the giving of that which is beneficial and undeserved

Apart from the specific needs that Paul requested for the Ephesian church, he now requests the very general gift of God’s grace. It is through God’s grace that all of our needs are supplied. Here, Paul is basically saying… “Lord, please graciously give those who love you whatever they may need to serve you”.

He desires these blessings to come upon those who genuinely love Christ sacrificially.

 

Amen.

Paul finishes his letter with “Amen” which means “so be it”.

In other words, “ I have said all I know to say, may it accomplish what it was meant to accomplish”… “May the Lord’s will be done”.

 

To the Ephesians written from Rome, by Tychicus.

This is a notation, probably not in the originals, clarifies the place of writing (Rome) and the recipient (the Ephesians).

When it says “by Tychicus” it could be saying that Tychicus delivered the message to the Ephesians, or Tychicus was the scribe that wrote this letter for the Apostle Paul.

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