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Ephesians, Chapter Six, Lesson Four

THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 9            Page 5

V.22 ** So Paul sent Tychicus to inform his readers about his affairs, but what else is he doing according to this verse?

He was comforting their hearts! Here is compassion for others, even when Paul was under the heat of a fiery trial. cf. John 19:26-27

** What does that say about their love for Paul?

Paul knew of their love and devotion to him and the gospel of Christ. He knew that their love for him would be the cause of great concern and alarm regarding his circumstances.

** Let's broaden our view of this statement. Besides comforting the readers with the details of how Paul was doing, what else did Tychicus do that greatly comforted the hearts of those in Asia Minor?

He faithfully delivered this marvelous letter to them containing the instruction, comfort and care of God's inspired Word.

V.23 ** As Paul pens his closing salutation - to what three things does he refer in verse 23?

Peace, love and faith.

** Why are these specific references fitting at the end of this amazing letter?

Peace - Ephesians 1:2, 2:14-15 and 17, 4:3
Love - Ephesians 1:15, 4:2 and 15-16
Faith - Ephesians 1:15, 2:8, 3:12

** Who is THE source of these gifts?

God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The use of one preposition "from" preceding both titles indicates that they come from a single source!

V.24 ** What additional blessing does Paul offer before closing his letter?

Grace! Gods Riches At Christ's Expense!

** Who is to receive this wonderful gift?

"...all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ..."
This is the sustaining grace of God for the life of the believer only. cf. 2Corinthians 3:5

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