Scriptures

Ephesians 6

Introduction

‘Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honour your father and mother’—which is the first commandment with a promise—’so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’ Ephesians 6:1-3

Children

So far Paul has dealt with what it means for wives to submit to their husbands and how a husband should love his wife and now he goes on to speak about why it’s important for children to obey and honour their parents.

Reminding children that they must obey their parents is almost old school these days, because we’ve got to the point in our society where children have almost more rights than the parents. But whether society accepts this command or not is irrelevant, because God says, ‘it’s right for children to obey their parents’.

The greatest example of an obedient child is Jesus Himself, Luke 2:51. Mary and Joseph weren’t well off, they were poor, and I’m sure, that being poor brought about a lot of financial stress on their family. And like most parents, I doubt very much if they were perfect parents, but nonetheless Jesus lived obediently under their roof for around thirty years.

I believe there are times when children shouldn’t obey their parents, for example, if our parents asked us to steal some food from the shop, should we obey them? If our parents fell away from the Lord, and they asked us to stop attending worship, should we obey them?

The Lord is above our parents and there may come a time when you have to choose between obeying God and obeying your parents. Remember in the Old Testament when Saul asked his son Jonathan to help him kill David?

There are times when children shouldn’t obey their parents, here Jonathan refused to help his father to sin. He chose to obey God rather than his father, Saul, 1 Samuel 20:31-34. And if children find themselves in a position where their parents want you to do something which goes against the Lord, then the child should refuse to obey them, Matthew 19:37.

Now what does it mean to ‘honour’ your father and mother? The word ‘honour’ basically means ‘heavy,’ which implies that our parents carry some weight in our life. Our parents brought us into this world, they cared for us, nurtured us, fed us, clothed us, provided for our needs, loved us, kept us safe and watched you us.

But it was God Himself, who placed our parents over us. And He holds children especially accountable for our relationship with them because they share something of the honour of God Himself, Ephesians 3:14-15.

In other words, every family stems its existence, its concept and its experience from God. We’re in a family and are under a father because God Himself created men and women in His likeness and created marriage and the family.

But how do you honour your parents? You listen carefully to their instruction and we take any advice they give us seriously. Children often forget that their parents were young once but now that they are older, they have many years of experience in life. They’ve lived longer than their children, they made some great choices in life but also some bad ones.

Children need to understand that their parents don’t want them to make the same mistakes they made, they want us to be wiser and help us to make good decisions in life. It was Mark Twain who said,

‘I thought my parents were out of it, that they were way behind the times, that they just didn’t get it, but once teenagers grow up and make it through that stage there develops a new respect for the wisdom of parents’.

Not only are kids to honour their parents, listen to their parents and take their advice seriously, they must understand that God takes their obedience to their parents seriously too, Deuteronomy 27:16 / Proverbs 20:20. The Bible says that honouring your parents is a life and death choice.

The people who carry the most weight in a child’s life should be their parents, why? Because they’ve got a personal interest in their well-being, they’ve got a personal interest in their soul and they want them to get to heaven more than anyone else on this planet, John 10:10.

Notice the reason Paul gives as to why children should honour their parents, Ephesians 6:3. Out of all the ten commandments this is the only one which has the promise ‘that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’

Now this doesn’t mean if children honour their parents that they’ll live to 100 and get a letter from the queen. There’s been some godly people who’ve lived long and there’s been some who’ve died young, despite honouring their parents. Jesus was obedient to His parents, but He still died at 33 years of age.

So, what does it mean? The answer is simple, just like God, parents want things to go well for their children, they want them to have a long life. Too many kid’s lives have come to end prematurely simply because they haven’t listened to their parent’s advice, Proverbs 15:5.

‘Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.’ Ephesians 6:4

Fathers

If fathers want their children to know what God is like, then they must show them through their lives, their speech and their conduct. The way father’s conduct ourselves is a reflection of the way God portrays Himself to us.

Paul says one of the goals in being a good father is to raise our children without discouraging them, Colossians 3:21. That word ‘discouraged’ carries with it the idea of losing heart, being spiritless.

When it comes to raising our children, fathers need to install hope in their child’s life, the need to show them what it means to be happy, confident and courageous. In today’s society children are being raised to put their hope in their looks, wealth, popularity, but that’s not the kind of hope Paul has in mind, he’s speaking about giving our children hope in God, not things. Fathers shouldn’t discourage their children but give them hope in God.

Children need to experience happiness, the happiness which can only come from knowing God, Romans 5:3-4 / Psalm 4:7-8. Fathers shouldn’t discourage their children but fill them with joy in God by helping them to hope in God.

Now I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with instilling self-confidence in a child, but there comes a point when they can easily become too self-confident in themselves, 2 Corinthians 1:9. We need to help them become more God-confident with their lives.

Paul not only says, ‘don’t discourage your children’ but he also says ‘Fathers, do not embitter your children,’ Colossians 3:21. That word ‘embitter’ or ‘exasperate’ carries with it the idea of over exercising your authority.

Remember Paul said ‘Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.’ Colossians 3:20. When we put these two sentences together, it’s clear that God has given parents tremendous authority and responsibility. But Paul’s warning here for fathers is that they shouldn’t misuse that God-given authority.

Fathers instead of discouraging their children, they should train them and instruct them in God’s Word, Proverbs 22:6. Solomon says children who learn righteous living in the home will have a standard to which they’re able to return if they wander into a life of sin. Fathers must teach God’s Word to their children and they must show them an example of what it means to live as Christians.

Mothers

Although Paul doesn’t deal with mothers here, let me share a few thoughts on mothers because I don’t know of a more special group of people who have a huge impact on a child’s life than mothers, 2 Timothy 1:5. The first thing we learn concerning Timothy’s mother and grandmother is that they were women of sincere faith. Their faith was so sincere Paul says to Timothy, ‘I see it in you’.

Now here’s the interesting part of Timothy’s mother and grandmother, we don’t know when these women became Christians, but what we do know is what Luke tells us

‘Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek.’ Acts 16:1

Now it’s possible that Lois had been converted in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost and had come home to tell her daughter. It’s also possible that both women were devout Jews who responded to Paul’s preaching when he visited Lystra. All we know about Timothy’s father, is that he apparently was a Greek unbeliever.

Why a godly woman of faith like Eunice would marry a pagan man, no one knows, but Eunice’s story is in the Bible to give hope to women in mixed marriages. If her son, Timothy, could grow up to follow the Lord as he did, then God can do the same for your children, even if your husband isn’t a believer.

God intends for the father to take the lead in the spiritual training of the children, but mothers, can still have a great impact even in situations where the father is opposed to God, but this must involve having a sincere faith. Sincere faith means that mothers sincerely live what they believe, they spend time with their kids, reading the Bible and praying together.

Sincere faith means that mothers show their kids that they’re not perfect but always trying to please the Lord, it means they develop godly character qualities and attitudes of submission, thankfulness, and joy in the Lord, demonstrating that kind of faith will have a huge impact in children’s lives.

Timothy’s father wasn’t the man to instil that kind of faith in his son’s life, but his mother and grandmother did just that. Timothy could see the Lord in them, and it attracted him to the Lord. One of the main ways to instil that faith in our children is by training them in God’s Word, 2 Timothy 3:14.

This tells us that Timothy was clearly influenced by God’s Word, he was looking at his mother’s and grandmother’s lives and comparing the way they lived with the Scriptures. Overtime he became convinced that the Scriptures were reliable and true, mothers should never underestimate the power of God’s Word to save.

Godly mothers will not only train their children in God’s Word, but they will also use God’s Word to lead them to saving faith in Jesus, 2 Timothy 3:15. Children need to know more than just Jesus loves them and wants to be their friend.

When they get to a certain age, they need to know what God’s Word says about the condition of their hearts. They need to understand why Christ came in the first place and died on that cross. They need to understand that they can’t earn God’s forgiveness but simply receive it. They need to know that, that they are sinners in need of salvation. Godly mothers will not only train their children in God’s Word and use God’s Word to lead them to saving faith in Jesus.

But they will also train their children how to live by God’s Word, 2 Peter 1:3-4. Mothers don’t have to go outside of God’s Word to teach their children how to live, 2 Timothy 3:16. We don’t know what the lifelong impact Lois and Eunice had on young Timothy. Yes, he was raised in the Scriptures, yes, he became a Christian and a close friend of Paul, but we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that the foundation of his faith was laid by his godly mother and grandmother.

There’s an important point which needs to be raised here concerning raising children. Just because mothers raise their child in the Scriptures, just because they showed them what saving faith looks like, just because they’ve demonstrated to them how a Christian life, this is no guarantee that they will grow up to become Christians or stay faithful all their lives.

Now mothers especially feel like they’ve failed if their kids don’t become Christians or fall away, but they’re not a failure, not once in the Scriptures does it say parents are responsible for their children becoming Christians or remaining faithful. If God holds mothers accountable for anything, it’s raising their child up in His ways, Proverbs 22:6, but becoming a Christian is their choice, remaining faithful is their choice.

‘Slaves obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favour when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favouritism with him.’ Ephesians 6:5-9

Slaves And Masters

How do you become a slave? Well you could become a slave 1 of 3 ways.

1. Your father was a slave and if his dad was a slave and he was born into that family, he was the owner’s property. The owner could sell him and do whatever he wants with him.

2. Maybe he was a thief who stole money and under Jewish or even Roman law, if you stole and could not pay back, then they can take you as a slave.

3. Maybe he was a murderer, but instead of killing him, they would decide to give him to the victim’s family and the family could take him or sell him or do whatever they liked.

So whatever reason, a slave has no rights whatsoever, he was a piece of property, his masters owned him. And at the slave market they would auction them off, someone would buy them for so many shekels and now the slave belongs to him.

Imagine when the slave’s new master takes him home. Who is going to supply a bed for the slave? His master is going to supply a place for him to sleep. In the morning where is the slave going to get food from? The slave doesn’t have any food with him, so his master has to feed him. The master has to feed and clothe and provide a place for his slave to sleep. The slave depended completely on the master for his life, he had nothing if the master did not provide it for him.

That meant that the slave didn’t worry because he simply depended on the master but no matter what the master said the slave had to do it.

There is a section in Deuteronomy, which describes a special rule for slaves and their masters, Deuteronomy 15:12-17. On occasion a Hebrew would end up purchasing a fellow Hebrew as a slave.

‘If a fellow Hebrew, a man or a woman, sells himself to you and serves you six years, in the seventh year you must let him go free.’ Deuteronomy 15:12

Can you imagine for a moment that you are a Hebrew and you have served me for 6 years? And congratulations, it’s your 7th year, you’ve served me and now you are free to go. However, when we read on the text says,

‘And when you release them, do not send them away empty-handed. Supply them liberally from your flock, your threshing floor and your wine-press. Give to them as the LORD your God has blessed you.’ Deuteronomy 15:13-14

Now if this was applied to today, if I was to give the slave £5, the Lord would ask, is this supplying him liberally? No. Liberally is saying, ‘here is a blank cheque, here is the keys to a brand-new car for you which is parked outside and there is a holiday villa which is yours waiting in Hawaii.’

The slave has just gone from being a slave with nothing, to having a charge account, a car, and a place to live. I have supplied him liberally now, Colossians 1:4.

Now any slave is saying, ‘his is my lucky day’ and most slaves would say, ‘thank you very much’ when the master says, ‘ok, it’s all yours, you’re free to go’. But as the slave begins to go, he turns, and says, ‘I don’t want to go’.

Deuteronomy 15:16 says, when the servant says,

‘You know what master, I appreciate all of this but I’d rather stay, you take care of me, you give me life, I don’t have to worry, can I stay?’

The Scripture says, ‘If he says that, then you take him to the door post of your house’. The reason you would go to the doorpost is because there is a strong piece of wood and then you take an awl, which is a metal object used to poke holes in leather. You would take his ear and you take a hammer and you would drive it through his ear, piercing his ear. And in that hole, you would hang something from it, which probably had his master’s name on it and for the rest of their life, they were your servant.

Though in this context Paul deals specifically with slave-master relationships that were the common work relationships of the Roman Empire, the principles that he discusses here should also be applied to employee-employer relationships. In such societies, an employee isn’t under bondage as a slave, for he can quit the job whenever he so desires.

However, he is to treat his employer with no less respect and servitude as Paul here enjoins on servants to respect their masters. In fact, we would conclude that an employee in today’s economic structure should treat his employer with even greater servitude in view of the fact that he has freedom to quit the job.

In all things, the Christian employee must remember that it’s his responsibility to make his employer successful. If through irresponsible conduct he does not, he will be out of a job, and subsequently bring shame on the name of Jesus.

Slaves should obey their masters with a sincere heart, Colossians 4:23-25. If they give grudging service, such will bring harshness upon them by their masters. Their service should be motivated out of a heart that fears God.

In the Old Testament, the fear of God was in reference to our obedience to God. Those who feared God obeyed His commandments. In this context, when we fear God, we will be the best employee he can possibly be in response to the will of God.

‘Work at it with all your heart’, should be the attitude of all Christians who serve either masters or employers, Ecclesiastes 9:10 / Romans 12:11. Paul’s point is that Christianity changes the nature of our service to others.

Those employees who are in the world may give grudging service to their employers but not so with Christians. Their attitude toward their masters and employers should be based on their fear of God, 1 Peter 2:18-25. The service of the Christian is given to others as if they were working for the Lord, and not a master or employer.

When the Christian is working for their living, therefore, they are working on behalf of the Lord. When we become a Christian, our attitude changes concerning our work in making a living. As a Christian, they go to work every day for the Lord. By working to earn a living to support our own necessities, we earn in order to help the poor and to support the Gospel being spread throughout the world, Romans 10:15 / Philippians 4:17.

Those servants and employees who do wrong to their masters and employers will reap what they sow. Both servants and masters, employees and employers should work in view of the fact that all men will stand in judgment before God, 2 Corinthians 5:10. As Christians, we must remember that all our service in this world to others is in view of the fact that God served our sin problem through Jesus.

Paul continues to encourage masters to deal fairly with their servants, Colossians 1:4. Christian masters must understand that they will also give account before their Master in heaven. Therefore, they should deal with their servants or today employees, in view of the fact that they will stand in judgment for their own behaviour.

It’s an encouragement that is based on the concept that they should do to others as they would want the Lord to do to them, Matthew 7:12. We all have to remember, whether slave or master, that on Judgement Day, the only people that will walk through the pearly gates are those who respond to, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’ Matthew 25:21.

‘Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.’ Ephesians 6:10-12

We are fighting a spiritual war and we should wear our full spiritual armour to protect us against the devil’s evil schemes. We need protection and the Lord gives us the protection but we must wear the armour and don’t put it down before the battle is over.

Most people are aware that there’s always been a struggle between good and evil, even within ourselves, Romans 13:12 / 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 / 2 Timothy 2:3 / 1 Thessalonians 5:8, but our strength isn’t found within ourselves, it’s found in the Lord, Romans 8:31 / Romans 8:37 / 2 Corinthians 6:7 / 2 Corinthians 10:4 / 2 Corinthians 12:9 / Philippians 4:13.

Remember Jesus has already won the victory over evil for Christians and Christians will share in this victory if they remain faithful, Revelation 2:10. The main reason Christians are to put on the whole armour of God is simple to understand, it helps us to stand against Satan’s schemes, James 1:13-15.

Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, John 18:36-38, but against evil spiritual forces in heavenly realms, this tells us that this world is not all there is. There is more going on but that is momentarily out of our imagination.

The aim of these verses is to make us aware that we are spiritual beings and that there is more as we can see. God is the ultimate spiritual being and we are fighting against the spiritual beings that are in opposition to God. These evil beings make themselves known to us in every temptation and difficulty we face.

Our struggle is a spiritual battle against those spiritual beings who try to tempt us and deceive us into leaving God or going against His will, 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 / Luke 22:53 / Romans 8:38 / Colossians 1:16 / Colossians 2:15.

These rulers, authorities and powers are of the Devil, who is the source of all the evil that is seen in the world today. It’s his dark forces that are at work today deceiving people, 1 Timothy 4:1 / 2 Timothy 3:13.

Christians need to be aware of how the devil operates in order to protect themselves from falling away, Matthew 24:4-5 / Matthew 24:23-25 / Acts 20:30 / 2 Corinthians 4:4 / Ephesians 2:1-2 / 1 Peter 5:8. The devil uses every deceptive means possible to deceive people, even Christians, Ephesians 4:17 / 2 Corinthians 2:11 / 1 Peter 2:11 / 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12.

‘Therefore, put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.’ Ephesians 6:13-17

The Armour Of God

Physical weapons are of no use to the Christian in spiritual warfare, we have to fight according to the strength that God has given us. We ought to do everything to stand firm, we have to be prepared before the swords start flying around.

Paul isn’t speaking about camouflage, he doesn’t tell us to hide, so that the devil will not find us, but he tells us to use our armour and fight against the evil spiritual beings, Psalm 36:12 / Galatians 2:11 / James 4:7 / Revelation 6:17.

When we look at a railway line, we can tell when its being used because it’s shiny, but we can also tell when its not being used because it looks old and rusty. We must let your armour shine and we must use it, Isaiah 11:5 / Isaiah 59:17.

The Belt Of Truth

We should wear the belt of truth first, Philippians 1:27, the truth holds everything together. A live that is being built on lies will fall apart and so, with the child of God, there can be no compromise in matters of truth, John 14:6.

The Breastplate Of Righteousness

The breastplate of righteousness is protecting our vital organs. You can live without arms and legs, but not without vital organs. It’s our right behaviour before God, Ephesians 5:9, and it speaks about our standing before God. If our life is characterised by the right behaviour then we are protected and stand firm. There is no place for lies and deceit in spiritual matters and so, we should live upright as much as we are able.

It’s not only doing the bad things, but also doing the good things, leaving out doing good is also wrong! Ephesians 4:24 / Ephesians 5:9 / Psalm 119:172 / Isaiah 49:17 / Romans 13:12 / Philippians 1:11 / 1 Thessalonians 5:8 / 1 John 2:29 / 1 John 3:7.

Feet Fitted With The Readiness That Comes From The Gospel Of Peace

Sandals with the Gospel of peace are the foundation, we should have peace with God and with all men, Ephesians 2:14 / Ephesians 2:17, Christ is our peace. Christians can have the peace of mind and confidence that Jesus has all things under control, Ephesians 1:20-23 / Hebrews 2:14-15 / 1 Peter 3:22 / Romans 10:15 / Philippians 4:7 / Isaiah 52:7 / 2 Timothy 1:12.

The Shield Of Faith

The shield of faith is used to protect against flaming arrows which is a very real aspect of warfare bit it’s a horrific picture. We need our faith for repelling the attacks of the enemy, our personal faith and confidence in Christ is very important, 1 John 5:4.

The more we study God’s Word and hear God’s Word, the more our faith will become stronger, Romans 10:17 / 1 Corinthians 10:13 / 2 Timothy 2:15 / 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

The Helmet Of Salvation

The helmet of salvation is worn to protect a rather important part of the body, knowledge of our deliverance. Christ has already won the victory and we need to be sure about our salvation, 1 John 5:13.

The helmet protects the head, which often gets filed with doubts, but because the helmet protects the head, Christians should be able to keep their heads held high in the full assurance that they are saved, 1 Thessalonians 5:8 / 2 Timothy 1:12 / 1 John 2:1-6 / 1 John 3:19-24 / 1 John 5:18-20.

The Sword Of The Spirit

The sword of the spirit is the only weapon listed here as the other things are for defence. We don’t attack other people with the sword, we fight the evil spiritual beings with it. There is power in the Word of God, not magical words but a conviction, a conviction that says, ‘Satan you can fight me what you want, but I know that I have salvation in Christ and I know you have already lost the battle’. Ephesians 4:14 / 2 Thessalonians 2:8 / Hebrews 4:12 / Revelation 1:16 / Revelation 19:13-15.

‘And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.’ Ephesians 6:18-20

Pray at all times in the Spirit means we communicate with Him and we ask Him to help us in the battle, Romans 8:26-27. We should be bold enough to proclaim the Gospel and we should pray for each other that we are strong enough to stand firm and resist the temptations.

This is a letter of eternal value and there is not one thing in this letter that is not of any value for us. If we don’t pray in the Spirit, this is only lip service, praying without the heart. Prayer means communicating with a spiritual being in a spiritual realm. It’s our opportunity to communicate with our heavenly Father, Luke 18:1 / Colossians 1:3 / Colossians 4:2 / 1 Thessalonians 5:17 / Philippians 4:6.

Notice that Paul was humble enough to ask the Ephesians to pray for him too, remember he’s in prison and his future is uncertain, he doesn’t know if he’s going to live or die. He tells them exactly what he wants them to pray for, boldness, Acts 8:35, he wants them to ask God to help him remain faithful in this spiritual warfare, 2 Corinthians 3:12. He had no doubts that God would answer their prayers.

Paul was Jesus’ ambassador to Rome, 2 Corinthians 5:20 / Philemon 9, he was working on behalf of God. The word ‘ambassador’, ‘presbeuomen’ is defined as, a diplomatic official of the highest rank appointed and accredited as representative in residence by one government to another. Who were the ambassadors represented by the plural pronoun ‘we’? In the Corinthians passage we see the antecedent to the pronoun ‘we’ is Paul, and the other apostles.

Why did Paul refer to himself and these other apostles as ‘ambassadors on behalf of Christ’? To truthfully answer this question, we must examine nothing but the context the statement is made in. Much of 2 Corinthians is Paul’s proof of preaching a divine message with divine origins.

Paul was being accused by some brethren of preaching a message that would ‘commend’ himself to the brethren so that he could have personal gain, 2 Corinthians 3:1. Some went so far as accusing Paul, and his preaching companions, of scamming the brotherhood for money under the guise of there being a need in Judea for the saints, 2 Corinthians 12:16-18. Paul, hearing that his motives and message preached was under attack, set out to prove the divine origin of his message.

The ambassadors’ objective was to reconcile the Corinthians to God, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20. These men were divinely armed with revelation to accomplish this task. They had no personal agenda of gaining a following or getting rich. Their work involved the souls of men.

We do not have inspired men today to serve as ambassadors of Christ yet we do have the command to use the power of the Gospel to save souls, Matthew 28:19-20 / Mark 16:15-16. Paul and his preaching companions did not have a monopoly on preaching. The apostle Paul wrote Timothy saying, ‘And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.’ 2 Timothy 2:2.

‘Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing. I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.’ Ephesians 6:21-22

It’s clear that Paul had sent Tychicus with this letter to inform the Christians in Ephesus about his well-being, as they were obviously concerned about Paul, Acts 20:4 / Colossians 4:7-8 / 2 Timothy 4:12 / Titus 3:12.

The reason for sending Tychicus was to encourage them with the good news of how God was working through him, Acts 14:26-28 / 2 Corinthians 1:6.

‘Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.’ Ephesians 6:23-24

Over and over again Paul emphasises peace, especially among the Jews and Gentiles, Ephesians 6:15 / Ephesians 2:14-18 / Ephesians 4:3 / Philippians 4:7. God’s ideal is that peace be proclaimed throughout the world whilst the Gospel is being preached, Ephesians 6:15.

Along with peace, he send his love, this same love which he spoke about earlier, Ephesians 1:4-5. This undying love when brought together with faith tells us that that Paul not only desired more faith for the Ephesians but faith with love, Galatians 5:6. The Father and the Son are the authors of peace and love, 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Paul understood the importance of God’s grace, Ephesians 2:8-9 / Romans 16:20. He’s basically saying, may God continue to bestow His favour on all who love Jesus Christ with a pure conscience, 1 Corinthians 16:23 / 2 Corinthians 13:13 / Galatians 6:18 / Philippians 4:23 / 1 Thessalonians 5:28 / 2 Thessalonians 3:18 / Philemon 25.

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