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January 5th, 2018 Eph - 6:21-24

           Daily Devotional <> Friday <> January 5, 2018

                        Paul's Personal greeting <> Ephesians 6:21-24

                           Point Of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

   Paul sent Tychicus from Rome to Ephesus to let the saints know how he was doing. He commends Tychicus as a beloved brother & faithful minister (servant) in the Lord. Tychicus is referred to only 5-times in the New Testament. He was one of those who traveled with Paul from Greece to Asia (Acts 20:4). He was Paul's messenger to the Christians at Colosse (Colossians 4:7) to Ephesus (6:21) with (2 Timothy 4:12) & possibly to Titus in Crete (Titus 3:12). On this trip he had a two fold mission, he was to inform the saints of Paul & to encourage their hearts, & get rid of unnecessary fears.

   In these closing verses we have Paul's characteristic greetings <> peace & grace. By combining these two Paul wishes his readers all blessings. Also by making this a combined phrase of the Jew & the Gentile words, he may be making a final reference to the mystery of the Gospel <> the Jew & Gentile are now made one in Christ. In V:23, Paul desires that his readers may have peace & love with faith. Peace would cover their hearts in every circumstance of life. Love would enable them to worship God & work with one another. Faith would empower them in the Christian warfare. All of these blessing come from God, the Father & the Lord Jesus Christ, a fact that would be impossible if they were not equal.

   Finally, Paul the beloved Apostle wishes grace for all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an incorruptible & sincere love. True Christian love has the quality of permanence: it's flame may flicker at times, but it is never extinguished.

   Paul has long since left prison & seen the face of his beloved. But his letter is still with us <> As alive & as fresh as the day he penned it from his heart. In our world today it still speaks to us with words of instruction, inspiration, conviction & exhortation.

   In conclusion of Ephesians we find ourselves in strong agreement with the words of those in the past: There is perhaps no writing in the Book of God so majestic, how impossible it is for a man, as a messenger, to do justice to it in the space allotted to us. My hope is that we draw near to it, teaching by which we may be sent forth to live a nobler & higher life than before, & by which we may be enabled to glorify God.