Ephesians 6:21-24 A Final Blessing.

Paul was ever mindful that his friends and fellow members of the church, were interested in him and his work, so he wanted to keep them informed. Sending word through a beloved brother and fellow minister was his way of addressing this. They could be sure of being able to trust this brother (v. 21 Cf. Acts 20:4; I Cor. 4:1-2). Hearing from Paul would bring comfort to their hearts, knowing that he was well and that his efforts were progressing (v. 22). Paul also was no doubt interested in learning of their situation, as Tychicus also fulfilled this purpose with the Colossians (4:7-8). Today, with the freedom of communication which we have, it is good to remind ourselves that we are not alone in the world, and there are those who have taken an interest in us and our work.

Though these last words will conclude his letter, they are ironically a personal greeting from the author to the first readers. However, it is just this kind of communication which goes on everyday in our lives, and well it should. As is the Jewish custom still today, Paul wishes for his brethren peace, but also “love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (v. 23) One might very well have a kind of peace without “love with faith,” but it would not be the peace of the body of Christ. Likewise one might have love without faith, but not so with Christ’s church. He also wishes grace for “all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.” This is a final reminder that there are those who do not love the Lord from the heart, which is what sincerity means.

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