Thursday, November 01, 2012

Trenton's Bible Study — Ephesians 6:21-24

At the end of his letter, Paul gave a quick update about Tychicus who would keep them informed about how he was doing. Then he concluded with a blessing from God for all those who love Jesus.

Read Ephesians 6:21-24.

Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter, but he had good friends who would take his messages to the various churches to whom he wrote. One of these friends was Tychicus whom Paul considered to be a beloved brother and a faithful minister in the Lord. (He is also mentioned in two other letters.) Note that Paul calls him a minister. This word means deacon in the Greek language. I don't know if Tychicus was a deacon in one of the churches, but he faithfully helped Paul at this difficult time. Someone like that would be an encouragement to the Ephesians believers when he arrived. But even more important than the encouragement he could give was the peace, love with faith, and grace that God the Father gives to all who love the Lord Jesus Christ. (1) Peace is a feeling of calmness that is available to every one who has been reconciled (made right with) to God through Jesus. (2) God's love is available to all who believe and can be experienced as we trust God. (3) Finally, God gives grace (undeserved kindness) to all who truly love the Lord Jesus. These are the gifts from God that Paul wanted the Ephesian believers to have as he concluded his letter.

  1. In what two ways did Paul describe Tychicus?

  2. How can you be like Tychicus today?

  3. Paul wanted the Ephesian believers to have three gifts from God. Describe each one.
    a. Peace —

    b. Love with faith —

    c. Grace —

  4. Which of these gifts do you need most today? Why do you need it?

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