The blessing of the soldier
"Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, of God the Father and of the Lord Jesus Christ, grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with unalterable love, Amen."
Paul reflected what a good soldier of Christ should be and what reward awaited him in Second Timothy 4: 6-8, where he wrote the following: "6I am now about to be sacrificed, the time of my departure is near. the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.8 For the rest, the crown of justice is reserved for me, which the Lord, the just judge, will give me in that day, and not only to me, but also to all those who love his coming. "
He finished this letter with a double blessing. In it are included most of the great words of the Gospel: peace, love, faith, grace. Hope is here absent because the believer, from a spiritual point of view, is in the celestial regions, where his hope has been consummated, has come true.
Peace was the form of greeting in the Jewish world. A sinner must know the grace of God before he can experience the peace of God. This is the peace of God that surpasses all understanding.
Love in verse 23 refers to love for other Christians. This love is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
In verse 24, love is that of the Christian by the Lord Jesus Christ, and this love, which here is qualified as unalterable, would be better qualified (and translated) as "incorruptible."
Faith means faith in Christ, which produces an active love. And these great words and concepts of the gospel, such as peace, love and faith, flow from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
And the term grace is the key word of this epistle. He began the letter in 1: 2, and it is the theme of this epistle (highlighted in 2: 7-8). And now this word concludes the letter of the apostle Paul to the Ephesians. It is an appropriate word because it is the grace of God that saved us and sustains us today.
And so, dear listener, we conclude this trip that we have made through the letter of the Apostle Paul to the Ephesians. We hope that the study we have done has been of inspiration and blessing to you, as it has been for us. God willing, in our next program, we will go back to the Old Testament to begin our march through the Book of Proverbs. It is a very exciting study, a study that we are sure will be very useful for you. We invite you, then, to join us.
Meanwhile, we suggest that you start reading the Book of Proverbs. But we would like to say goodbye today expressing the desire of the apostle Paul, in his last sentence of this letter, I wish that it is also our desire for you, dear listener: "Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with unalterable love."
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