PAUL’S FAREWELL TO THE EPHESIANS
The Apostle told the Ephesian Christians that they were blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. He wound up with the need of spiritual warfare as their daily experience while in the world. This communication was his means of shepherding while being physically away from them.
He affirmed the continuation of their fellowship in sending Tychicus to brief them of his welfare. He called him a beloved brother and a faithful minister in the Lord. He was the bearer of this epistle to the church. He said this of Tychicus: “Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts” (Eph 6:22). When that brother came, he must have given the believers more information about Paul and what he was doing.
Paul did not mention anything about his personal needs though it was stated in Acts that he lived in his own rented house while he was a prisoner in Rome. He preached the kingdom of God and taught those things which concerned the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 28:30-31). Earlier when he bid farewell to the elders of this church, he told them that he had coveted no man’s silver, or gold or apparel. He had worked with his hands (as a tent maker) to earn a living. He reminded them of the words of the Lord that it was more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:33-37). He knew the mind of the people in Ephesus. When he wrote to the Philippians he identified that church as the only church that had supported him in his personal needs (Phil 4:15). He knew how to say a word in season and their fellowship did not cease.
Lastly, Paul wished them peace and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. That common faith was the bond of their relationship, and he wished them grace.
THOUGHT: “What a fellowship, what a joy divine!”
PRAYER: Lord, may my love for my brethren be always sincere.