But that you also may know my affairs and how I am doing, Tychicus, (TICACHIS) a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make all things known to you; 22 whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know our affairs, and that he may comfort your hearts. 23 Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
Tychicus is mentioned several times in the NT. Mentioned in Acts 20:4 as part of Paul’s apostolic team. Col 4:7: Being sent to Colossi to tell the saints of Paul’s welfare. 2 Tim 4:12: informing Timothy that Paul had sent Tychicus to Ephesus. Titus 3:12: He was possibly being sent to get Titus.
Paul was diligent in keeping the saints aware of his affairs and how he was doing. Communication is vital in the body of Christ. God’s leaders need to keep the saints informed so that they know how to pray and stay in close partnership with the Lord’s apostolic government.
Notice Paul’s emphasis on “beloved” brother “faithful” minister. There are many ways to serve the King’s house. One way for Tychicus was as an entrusted member of Paul’s “apostolic company.” He served the “Fellowship of the Apostles.” That fellowship was concerning the apostolic mandate each of the apostles carried. The mandate to declare that God’s Messiah-King in installed and reigning presently from heaven.
Tychicus was sent to make known Paul’s affairs and to comfort the hearts of the people regarding Paul’s sufferings.
As Paul closes his letter, he does so with “Peace.” His message of love with faith is a direct blessing from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. He speaks as their representative. Paul’s standard greeting and salutation is about “grace” or God’s favor on those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
This concludes our study of the Book of Ephesians. As we finish our study, let’s review what we have learned:
Ephesians 1:4 He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world. This is the “BEDROCK” of the entire Epistle, but also the bedrock of our entire salvation. We learned that God has made known to us (vs 9) “the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposes in Himself.” Vs 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.
The apostolic prayer for all ages is found in Ephesians 1:17 “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.”
The finished work in Christ is recorded in vs 22, “And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”
Chapter 2, Those who have trusted in Christ, “have been made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” “made us alive together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. A present reality to be revealed in the ages to come.
The Gentiles that were without hope and aligns to the commonwealth of Israel, strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, we gentiles have been brought near by the blood of Christ (Verse 12-13).
We have seen how the blood of Jesus reconciled both the Jew and the Gentile to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity giving each access by one Spirit to the Father.
God’s household is now built upon the “foundation of the apostles and the prophets, Jesus Chris Himself being the chief cornerstone, in which the whole building is being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.
Chapter 3, Paul clarifies the mystery he was given. He calls it “the mystery of Christ.” That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs of the same body and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel.
Again Paul calls this, “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (3:8). Paul calls it “the fellowship of the mystery” (3:9).
3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”
Chapter 4, Chapter 4 focuses on Christ’s ascension and the bestowing of gifts from Christ to His church. The 5 fold ministry gifts are the ministry graces of Christ Himself.
The objective of Ephesians 4 is all about growing up into Christ becoming a mature person and a mature body resulting in “the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, the measure of the fullness of Christ.
The consistent encouragement of Paul is the “putting off, concerning our former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to deceitful lusts. We are to put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph 4:22-23).
Eph 4:30 “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
Chapter 5 Here Paul instructs us in purity, the contrast between darkness and light. “That we are not to have any fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.”
In this chapter, Paul gave instructions for family order beginning with wife and husband. Paul connects the marriage relationship as a picture of Christ and His church. Paul speaks to this as “a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and His church.”
Chapter 6 Begins speaking of children in the Christian family. Then he deals with masters and bondservants.
From there Paul opens up our understanding of the spiritual warfare in which we are engaged. Paul speaks to putting on the whole armor of God. That our battle is not with flesh and blood, but with principalities, powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
The armor is pictured as how a Roman soldier would be readied for battle. Ephesians 6:13-17. He ends with bringing together the battle array and prayer warfare.