Ephesians 6:23,24 NLT - "Peace be with you, dear brothers and sisters, and may God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you love with faithfulness. May God's grace be eternally upon all who love our Lord Jesus Christ."
Paul closes this letter with a tender prayer that his brothers and sisters in Christ would experience God's peace, love, and faithfulness for the rest of their lives. And, he who knew how important the grace of God was, wished for them to experience God's wonderful grace every day they lived!
Paul wrote this letter to explain the wonderful "mysterious plan" of God to unite all saved people, whether Jews or Gentiles, into one Body, His Body, the Church. And each one who was joined together in Christ came the same way: being saved by grace! No works of men could ever save anyone. It was the finished work of Christ on the cross that makes it possible for believing sinners to become believing saints. Paul taught that each believer is seated with Christ and will forever enjoy all His glory throughout eternity. Paul also explained the walk of the believer in this life showing them how to live "worthy of the Gospel." Literally, to show how much God valued them and the salvation He offered. And then Paul taught how believers could take a stand against the forces of evil and how they could have the victory through Christ in winning others for Him.
Ephesians also explained spiritual gifts and how the Lord has equipped His Body to function together to fully serve Him and accomplish His purpose on earth. The Body serves the Body and always gives glory to the Head of the Body, Jesus Christ!
This ends my "verse by verse" study of this letter. It was never meant to be an exposition of Ephesians, but more a devotional commentary seeking to show Christians how to take the truths of the epistle and apply them to their lives. May God give you a love for Ephesians and a desire to read through it again and again. May you bring God glory and may you enjoy the affects of His grace on your life every day!
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