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Final Greetings June 13, 2012

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Here are my thoughts on Ephesians 6:21-24.

Summary: In this passage, Paul tells the Ephesians that he has sent Tychicus – a faithful minister of the Gospel – to them. Tychicus will inform them of Paul’s circumstances and console them as Christians. Paul also prays that God the Father and God the Son would enable them to:

  • receive the fruits of His favor
  • show brotherly love – along with the faith they already possess.

He concludes by asking for the divine favor for all who love Christ with an immortal love.

Thoughts: In verse 24, we see that God shows His favor to those who sincerely love Christ. Hodge offers some thoughts on this point:

The divine favor rests on those to whom the Lord Jesus is the supreme object of love. In 1 Corinthians 16:22 Paul says, “If anyone does not love the Lord – a curse be on him.” These passages, though so dissimilar, both teach that love to Christ is the indispensable condition of salvation…It is all a delusion for anyone to think he can love the infinite Spirit as manifested in nature or in the Scriptures if he does not recognize and love that same God in the clearest revelation of his character, in his most definite personal manifestation and his most intimate relation to us, sharing our nature, loving us, and giving himself for us.

This is an amazing statement of the love that we owe Christ. Now I will digress and note that Hodge’s point about Christ being “the clearest revelation of” God’s “character” reminds me of my envy of those who actually saw Him in the flesh. I can only speculate on the nature of the joy that those who:

  • saw Christ – especially after His resurrection
  • trusted in Him as their Lord and Savior

must have felt. Of course, modern-day believers have reliable evidence of Christ’s time on this planet, and so we must not use the excuse, “we were born 2000 years too late,” to not fully worship Him. Returning to Hodge’s point…this is in line with one of the major themes of his commentaries – Christ is supreme, and we should respond to His supremacy by loving Him.

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1. Final Greetings « Ringing In - October 28, 2012

[…] The analogous passage in Ephesians is Ephesians 6:21-24, which I’ve blogged about. Now in verse 10, we see that Mark, the cousin of Barnabas, is commended to the Colossians. […]


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