“Tychicus, our dearly loved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me so that you may be informed. I am sending him to you for this very reason, to let you know how we are and to encourage your hearts. Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who have undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We have come to the end of Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus. Paul tells them that Tychicus will tell them all the news about him. Who is Tychicus? We first read about him in Acts 20. He accompanied Paul on his journey from Greece. It says that he and Trophimus were from the province of Asia. Acts 21:29 says “Trophimus the Ephesian”, so I think that it is safe to say that Tychicus is also from Ephesus. He is a faithful and trusted companion to Paul. He ends his letter to the Colossians with a similar message. “Tychicus, our dearly loved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me” (Colossians 4:7). And he writes to Titus, “When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, make every effort to come to me in Nicopolis, because I have decided to spend the winter there” (Titus 3:12). We know that he actually did send Tychicus because he writes it in Timothy 4:12, “I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.”
He knew that Tychicus would not only deliver the letter, but deliver news on how he was doing. He would also encourage their hearts. As Christians, we are called to pray for one another. This is clear from what we read earlier. Here we see that encouragement is another important part of our walk. In 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Paul writes, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.” In 2 Timothy 4:2, he writes “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage with great patience and teaching.” These are some of the examples on how we are to encourage each other.
Paul ends his letter in a similar way to how he started. He began “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” He now writes “peace to the brothers and sisters, and love in the faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who have undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ.” I have already covered the fact that Paul started all his letters with some version of ‘grace to you’ and ended with a version of ‘grace be with you’. Grace, peace, love, and faith are all major themes throughout the book of Ephesians.
In conclusion, the book of Ephesians gives us our position in Christ (chapters 1- 3), then it teaches us how to live out that position (chapters 4 -6). I read that the first three chapters are about our standing, the last three about our walking! Some of the major themes we have covered include God’s eternal purpose for us, the spiritual realm (and that our battle is there!), salvation by grace through faith, our old life in sin and our new life in Christ, unity in the body of Christ, and how to walk properly as a Christian.
I think that the one thing that really stood out to me is how important the church is. We are so individualistic and think that we can be a Christian by ourselves. We can’t! This book has taught me that the church is the bride of Christ. All of us. We are to work together. We need to encourage one another, love one another, and pray for one another. And we can only do that if we are meeting together regularly.
Ephesians has been a far richer book than I even imagined. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this. I have learned so much! I’ve learned what it really is to dig deep into scripture, and I love it! I published my introduction on November 22, 2021, and my first post on Ephesians 1:1-2 on November 23rd. Here it is, July 30th, and I’m getting ready to post my last entry for this amazing book. The picture for this post is of my handwritten notes and my typed entries. I take notes for each post as I research and then I use these notes to hand write out each one. I then either type or dictate the entry into my computer. Each one is many hours of research before I write it out. That’s why there is so much time in between each post. I absolutely love to dig in, do the studying, look through the Bible for other scriptures, read the sermons and commentaries, and do the preparation for each of these. I am already planning to start on 1 and 2 Peter next and can’t wait to share what I’m learning with you!
Grace be with you!