19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Paul loved to talk about Jesus. Everywhere he went, he would find people to tell them about Jesus. In the synagogue, in the open market place, or finding a place he could stand and preach. It didn’t matter – Paul would preach and let people know the mystery of the gospel. He was bold with the gospel at all times.
I want that kind of boldness. My brother-in-law died a last week in a car accident. He was bold for Jesus. No matter where he was or who he was talking to, he would tell them about Jesus. He would talk about the blessings of God. He would ask them if they knew Christ. There was no doubt he was a man of God, and that he loved the Lord, if you ever stopped to talk to him. You knew he loved the Lord. Give me that kind of boldness – that I may always talk about Jesus!
21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.
Another messenger from Paul, Tychicus, was sent to update the people on what was going on with Paul. They knew he was in prison, but dd not know about his health, or his mood, or what was coming to him from the Romans. They were concerned with how Paul was doing. The people of Ephesus really cared about him, as he had planted the church there, and he was the one who led many of them to Christ. Paul knew this, and wanted to make sure they knew he was doing fine.
People care about you, too. I have been out of church now for almost a year due to the chemo and cancer I have been going through. And my church has some mold in it, so I can’t go there for risk of getting sick. People are asking all the time how I am doing, so my wife and the pastor keep the updated. If you are a member of a local church, and you have not been lately, I would guess there are some who wonder if you’re okay. They may not call, but they are thinking about it. Make sure you attend regularly if you are able so people know you’re okay!
23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
Paul leaves with comforting words. Peace, Grace, faith and love to all. Paul was always concerned that the people were well grounded in the things of God. he desires peace in the church, that there will not be arguing, disputes or disagreements among thee brethren. He wanted them to have love with faith – I like that combination! Have love to one another, and have faith that love will return to you. Never worry if someone may not show you the love you need – have faith it will come. Love with faith!
Lastly, grace to all them that love Jesus. Grace to all of you, my friends. This brings an end to our study in Ephesians. I have enjoyed going through this book,and I hope you have as well. I am not sure what book will do next – I am open for suggestions. I am going to take a short break from this blog, and I will let you know through my other blogs when it will start up again
Thanks for reading!