Vol. 17, No. 31 – August 5, 2018
Eph 6:10-24, Stand in Warfare!
5. The Encouragement, vs. 21-24.
We now turn to not only the last section of this chapter, but also the last section of the book. In our outline of the Eph 6:10-24, it is:
- The Empowerment, vs. 10.
- The Enemy, vs. 11-12.
- The Equipment, vs. 13-17.
- The Energy, vs. 18-20.
- The Encouragement, vs. 21-24.
This is Paul’s closing salutation. Here, he provides encouragement to the churches by telling of his own situation and sending welcomed friends to give them a further update and to strengthen their faith by delivering this letter and the other prison epistles. The principle is that we provide encouragement to the church by telling of our own situation and sending welcomed friends to give further updates, which strengthens everyone’s faith. Paul also gives them a blessing, just as we should give others verbal blessings of encouragement, coupled with prayer on their behalf. A parallel benediction is found in Col 4:7-9.
Now, exegeting vs. 21, we have, “But that you also may know about my circumstances, how I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make everything known to you.”
In the Greek, This begins with HINA of Purpose Clause, which couples with the Subjunctive mood in the upcoming verb. This introduces Paul’s purpose for sending Tychicus with this letter and further communications about Paul’s current situation, to let them know how he is doing. We translate it “in order that.” It is follow by the Transitional Conjunction DE to indicate a transition to a new topic while linking it to the previous subtopic of Paul being an “ambassador in chains.” Paul is telling them that he will give them further information about his “chains,” through Tychicus. We can translate this “Now.”
Next, we have “may know,” which is the Verb OIDA, οἶδα in this HINA clause, in the Perfect, Active, Subjunctive. OIDA means to, “know fully, understand, recognize.” Although OIDA is in the Perfect tense it is translated as if it were a present, “know.” Yet, the perfect idea of “possessed knowledge,” rather than the present aspect of “acquiring knowledge,” dominates the word’s definition. Therefore, Paul desires that they have the complete understanding about his situation. The Subjunctive mood also emphasizes this is the purpose Paul intends.
When people know more about your situation, they have a greater opportunity for intercessory prayer, a greater opportunity to encourage you with principles from God’s Word about your situation, and they have a greater opportunity to be encouraged themselves, especially when they realize that others are going through problems and difficulties too, which sometime may be worse situations than their own. Therefore, they may not feel so bad about their own situation.
This is followed in the Greek by the Adjunctive Conjunction KAI, for “and, even, or also.” Here we translated it as “also” as it is a continuation regarding Paul’s desire for them to have knowledge about his situation. This is additional information Paul desire them to have.
Then, in the Greek, we have HUMEIS. Even though the Verb OIDA was in the 2nd Person Plural, Paul adds the Personal Pronoun HUMEIS for emphasis in the 2nd Person Plural, which we can translate “you all,” meaning all those Paul is sending Tychicus to. So far we have, “Now in order that you all may also know.”
Next, Paul gives them too forms of understanding. The first is “about my circumstances,” which is HO KATA EGO that means, “the things about / concerning me,” that is, his situation or circumstances. This is the general understanding of what is going on around Paul. The outward pressures of life.
Then we have, “how I am doing,” which is the Interrogative Pronoun TIS for “what or how,” with the Customary Present, Active, Indicative of the Verb PRASSO, πράσσω that means, “do, accomplish, commit, practice, observe, act, be, etc.” We translate this “doing,” to indicate Paul’s ongoing inward struggles, condition, and situation.
This is what Paul desires them to know; what his outward circumstances are, and how he is doing inwardly, which can include both physical and mental circumstance. This is what Tychicus will tell them. He wanted them to know what the reality of his situation truly was, while under house arrest, so that they could pray for him at the least, and send him written or verbal encouragement at the most. So far we have, “Now in order that you all may also know the things concerning me; how I am doing.”
The next part of this passage in the Greek is actually what most English translators put last, will make everything known to you.” It begins with the Dative Adjective PAS for “all things,” with the Future, Active, Indicative of GNORIZO that means, “to make known, reveal, point out, or declare.” We noted this word in Eph 1:9; 3:3, 5, 10; and 6:19. The Future Tense speaks of the future time period when Tychicus will arrive with this letter. Therefore, we add “will make known.” With this is the Dative Personal Pronoun HUMEIS once again, in the 2nd Person Plural, for “to you all.” This is written from the Future Tense perspective, but in reality, Tychicus will deliver the letter, read it, or have it read to the congregations, and then will follow up with further verbal communication about Paul’s situation.
Next, we see the bearer of Paul’s news, “Tychicus,” or in the Greek, the Nominative Name, TUCHIKOS Τυχικός. In addition to our passage, this companion of Paul and great servant of God is noted in Acts 20:4; Col 4:7; 2 Tim 4:12; and Titus 3:12. We will discuss him further below.
Paul gave Tychicus direct authority to relate his situation to the churches. This is not gossip. We too can give others expressed authority to communicate our situation to others, so that they can pray for us, or encourage us, or be encouraged.
When you ask others to pray for you, or give them an opportunity to encourage, you are giving them an opportunity to exercise their common Christian service to the church, and/or their spiritual gift. When they do, you are also giving them an opportunity to produce the fruit of the Spirit / Divine Good Production, Gal 5:22-23; Eph 5:9.
On a side note, notice that Paul does not add “one of your country men” or the like, to this letter, as he did with Onesimus in Col 4:9, and Epaphras in Col 4:12, who were natives of Colossae. We know that Tychicus was from Asia from Acts 20:4. This is another indication that this letter was not written directly to the church at Ephesus, but was to be a circular letter to all the churches in Asian. This goes along with what we noted in Chapter 1, vs. 1, where “at Ephesus” is not in the most reliable texts. In addition, Paul sending Tychicus to Ephesus, as noted in 2 Tim 4:12, does not mean this letter was written to the church there. “Tychicus was the apostle’s personal representative to the churches in Colosse (Col 4:7-9), Ephesus, and, assuming Ephesians to be a circular letter, other Asian churches as well.” (Expositor’s Bible Commentary).
Paul then gives two true glowing accolades about Tychicus. The first is, “the beloved brother,” that begins with the Article HO and the Nominative Adjective AGAPETOS, ἀγαπητός “beloved, esteemed, etc.,” and the Nominative Noun ADELPHOS, ἀδελφός “brother, a fellow-Christian, neighbor.”
AGAPETOS is a recurring address for Paul’s “dear friends,” Rom 1:7; 1 Cor 4:14; Col 1:7; 4:7, 9; Philemon 1:1, 16. Several times, like here, it is connected with ADELPHOS. Peter also used this phrase regarding Paul, 2 Peter 3:15, “… our beloved brother Paul,…” ADELPHOS is used here not in its literal sense of a family member or relative, but in its figurative sense as a brother in the spiritual sense; a fellow believer and worker in Christ. It also points out the affection and close relationship Paul had with him.
All of our fellow Christians should be beloved brothers / sisters to us. Unfortunately, many times they are not, either because of their reversionism or ours. Yet, if we are going forward in God’s Plan for our lives, for all of those who are going forward in God’s Plan for their lives, they should be beloved brothers / sisters.
The second acclamation Paul gives to Tychicus is “and faithful minister,” which is the Coordinating Conjunction KAI that applies the Granville Sharp Rule, making this accolade also directed to Tychicus. The accolade is the Nominative Adjective of PISTOS, πιστός that means, “trustworthy, faithful, reliable, credible, etc.” Paul used this word in Eph 1:1, regarding the believers who would receive this letter.
Then we have, the Nominative Noun DIAKONOS, διάκονος that means, “servant, attendant, waiter,” and is even used for “deacon.” It means, “one who serves as an intermediary in a transaction; an agent, intermediary, courier,” (A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature). Greek DIAKONOS were usually a subordinate officer or assistant employed in the ministry of the gospel, as to Paul and Apollos, 1 Cor 3:5, Tychicus, Eph 6:21, Epaphras, Col 1:7, Timothy, 1 Thes 3:2, and also our Lord Jesus Christ, Rom 15:8. Paul used this word to describe himself in Eph 3:7 as a “minster” of God. Here, Paul is not using this word for the office of Deacon that Tychicus might have held, but more generically as a “servant.” See also Col 4:7; 1 Tim 4:6.
When we have the Christ-like nature, we are faithful in ministering to the needs of others, and faithful ministers in the eyes of our God. 1 Tim 4:6, “In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following.”
Finally, we see why Paul is commending Tychicus, because he is, “in the Lord,” which is the Dative of Sphere of the Preposition EN and the Noun KURIOS. This is the one who Tychicus was serving; the Lord Jesus Christ, just as Paul was. Even though Tychicus was helping and assisting Paul, he was really doing the work of the Lord, and that is why Paul commends him.
Our final translation of vs. 21 is, “Now, in order that you all may also know the things concerning me, (his external situation); how I am doing, (his internal situation), Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make everything known to you all.”
We not turn to Eph 6:22, “I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know about us, and that he may comfort your hearts.” In this passage, Paul reemphasizes Tychicus’ mission. In the English translation it begins with “I have sent him to you.” Yet, in the Greek it begins with the Relative Accusative Pronoun HOS that means, “whom,” referring to Tychicus.
Then we have the Aorist, Active, Indicative, 1st Person, Singular of PEMPO that means, “send,” and in the 1st Person Aorist for simple past tense, it means, “I have sent.” In the Greek, this word is used for “sending” people, such as messengers, as Tychicus is. Therefore, he was an ambassador for Paul, or more importantly, for the Lord Jesus Christ.
“To you,” is the Preposition PROS, “to,” with the direct object Accusative, 2nd Person, Plural, Pronoun of HUMEIS once again for, “you all.” So, we translate this, “to you all.” Combined we have, “Whom I have sent to you all.” Paul is saying that he has sent Tychicus to the body of Christ in Asia Minor.
Then, to go along with the “purpose clause” of vs. 21,” Paul states, “for this very purpose,” which is the Preposition EIS, “for,” the Personal Pronoun AUTOS, “same,” and the Demonstrative Adjective HOUTOS, “this thing,” that means, “for this same thing.” It is an idiom to reiterate what Paul noted in vs. 21, and why he has sent Tychicus to them.
Paul then reiterates why he is sending Tychicus, “so that you may know about us,” which this time is a HINA of Result clause. It begins with HINA, “so that,” and then we have a synonym of OIDA, along with the cognate of GNORIZO from vs. 21, which is the verb GINOSKO, γινώσκω in the Aorist, Active, Subjunctive. It means, “to know, become aware, perceive, understand, or be conscious of.”
This is the Culminative Aorist Tense that views the entirety of the action from the point of completion. In other words, once Tychicus gives them the report on Paul’s condition, they will know it. The Active Voice, the congregations will have this information. The Subjunctive Mood, is for the HINA of Result clause, where they will know about Paul’s situation as a result of Tychicus’ report.
The information these believers have is expanded beyond just Paul as it will be “about us,” that is, Paul and his companion’s present circumstances. In the Greek it is the Genitive of, HO PERI, “about or concerning,” EGO in the 1st Person, Plural. Literally, it is, “the about / concerning us.” PERI is also used to refer to the reason an action occurs. It supports the HINA clause to tell us why Paul sent Tychicus.
Then we have an addition to the HINA of Result clause, “and that he may comfort your hearts,” which is KAI PARAKALEO HO KARDIA HUMEIS. This time we do not have HINA for “that.” But, it is added because of the Coordinating Conjunction KAI, “and.” KAI continues the HINA of Result clause and adds this last result.
“He may comfort,” is the Greek verb PARAKALEO, παρακαλέω in the Present, Active, Subjunctive, 3rd Person, Singular. The word comes from the same Greek term from which we get one of the names for the Holy Spirit, PARACLETE. It means, “to call for, exhort, or encourage.” We noted this word in Eph 4:1, where Paul was “imploring or exhorting” them to “walk in a manner worthy of their calling.” Here, it is used in its third use in the Greek, “the act of exhorting or encouraging,” as in Acts 20:2; 16:40, “They went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia, and when they saw the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.”
The 3rd Person Singular refers to Tychicus delivering the report on Paul’s condition to the churches. The Customary Present tense is for an ongoing action where the hearers of Tychicus’ message will be comforted continually. The Active voice, Tychicus comforts them by his report. The Subjunctive mood, continues the Result Clause. As a result of his report, they are comforted continually.
The ones to be comforted by the report of Tychicus, is seen in the last words, “your hearts,” HO KARDIA HUMEIS. More specifically, the place of this comforting is the heart of their souls, the right lobe, KARDIA.
Paul did not want them to be down trodden by the news about him or the rumors they might have heard. He wanted them to hear firsthand what was going on and instead be encouraged by what they heard, even in his persecutions, trials, and tribulation, because they were all for “Christ’s sake,” as he operated under his Royal Ambassadorship, just as Tychicus was.
Notice the principle here:
To be comforted in the heart of your soul, you need knowledge or information. This was a report on Paul and his companion’s outward and inward state. It was information about their welfare. When we are able to share that with others they can be comforted within their soul.
In today’s society where speedy travel from one part of the world to another is commonplace, and messages can be sent around the world instantaneously through email or texting, it is hard to appreciate the importance of this comment. Traveling from Rome to Asia Minor was perilous, and took many days. In addition, Tychicus traveled with Onesimus, Col 4:9, on this journey. Onesimus was a slave who had run away from his master, see the book of Philemon. Many slaves were killed for doing much less than Onesimus had done. By being with this slave, Tychicus was endangering his own life as well. Traveling the great distance from Rome to Asia Minor and placing his life in danger paled into insignificance when compared with his mission of reporting the welfare of Paul and his team, and of encouraging the believers of the Church.
1.) As Royal Ambassadors for Christ, whatever our earthly situation might be, it should pale in comparison to the mission we have of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. Even in Paul’s case, when death stood constantly before his eyes, he did not fear death nor have anxiety about his situation. It did not prevent him from encouraging even the most distant churches.
2.) What a great ministry Tychicus had. He was doing what every witness-missionary-preacher-evangelist desires to do, he spreads the Word and encourages the saints. As Royal Ambassadors, it is also our job to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and encourage our fellow believers.
3.) We are not fighting the battle alone. There are other believers who stand with us in the fight, and we ought to be careful to encourage one another in this battle.
4.) Paul encouraged the Church through another; Tychicus was an encouragement to Paul, Acts 20:4, and Paul sent Tychicus to the churches to be an encouragement to them. Your desired encouragement for others does not have to come directly through you. You can ask others to deliver encouragement on your behalf.
5.) Paul was not the type who kept his affairs to himself. He wanted the people of God to know:
- What God was doing.
- How their prayers were being answered.
- What Satan was doing to oppose the work.
We too, should be sharing our situations with others in these regards to encourage them.
6.) Paul’s motive was not selfish. He was not trying to get something out of them. He only had their best interests at heart, and deeply cared for and was concerned about their well-being. What are your motives in sharing information? They should be based on your love for others and their well-being.
7.) The brotherly love exhibited in the early church is the undertone of all of Paul’s epistles. Paul had a real love and concern for the brethren. All of our communications, (written, verbal, and bodily), should express a real love and concern we have for our brothers and sisters in Christ, and those lost in this world.
8.) It is a great encouragement to be a part of the Royal Family of God! Encouraging one another is so important whether we are talking about a family, a person, a ministry, or a church. The real question is what role are you playing, building up or tearing down?
Nowhere in the NT do we find an isolated believer. Christians are like sheep; they flock together. The church is an army and the soldiers need to stand together and fight together. The “individual contributor Christian” is not walking in God’s Plan. As the poet said, “Birds of a feather, flock together.” To be in the body of Christ is to gather together, eat together (take in Bible Doctrine together), and fight together, Isa 35:3-4; Acts 14:22; Rom 1:12; 2 Cor 1:7; 1 Thes 3:2; 5:11, 14; Heb 3:13; Titus 2:4; 10:25.
Heb 10:25, “Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
Heb 3:13, “But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”
Isa 35:3-4, “Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. 4Say to those with anxious heart, “Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; the recompense of God will come, but He will save you.”
Principles of Encouragement:
1.) Many people associate encouragement with flattery, compliments, or common little expressions like: “Oh you look nice today,” “Have a nice day,” or “Take care.” That is not what encouragement is. Those expressions are fine, there is nothing wrong with them, but they are not Biblical encouragement. Encouragement means, “to put courage in someone; give hope or confidence.” It is also a kind of support that inspires confidence in others and a will to continue or develop that confidence.” That is a great concept!
- You encourage a fellow human being when you instill in his or her heart courage to face the world, e.g., inspire others to put on the “Full Armor of God,” to overcome the trials and tribulations inside of Satan’s cosmic system. That is encouragement.
- Encouragement is the expression to help someone become a better Christian when life is tough. That is what encouragement is; that is putting courage in the heart.
- This comfort can be a positive thought, statement, or action confirming that a desired goal has been reached or is within reach.
- It is a positive statement or declaration of the truth and an assertion of support or agreement.
2.) God is the true comforter, and we can give encouragement or affirmation from and based on God and His Word. Acts 15:36f.; Rom 15:1-6; 2 Cor 1:3-7; 7:6-7; Phil 2:1-8; 1 Thes 4:18; 5:11, 14; 1 Tim 4:13; Heb 3:13; 6:18; 10:25.
John 14:26, “But the Helper, (PARAKLETOS), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”
Heb 6:18, “So that by two unchangeable things (Promise to Abraham [God’s Word] and the oath which rests on the very being of God [God Himself]) in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.”
2 Cor 1:3-4, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
Through God and His Word, we can give others real comfort and encouragement for all situations in life.
3.) Christ is the master of encouragement. He is the most encouraging Person Who ever lived. He was always saying things to other people for the purpose of making their lives better. Even when Jesus was blasting the religious leaders of Israel, He did it to correct their wrongs, but also to encourage His followers by pointing to the truth. Jesus was able to take any situation and use it for encouragement. He always found the best in any situation.
- One example is when He told His disciples about His impending death in John 14. Where is the encouragement in that? Telling someone that you are going to die does not seem to be a time for encouragement, but Jesus knew why it would be a blessing to His disciples. The Lord encouraged His followers as they heard the news of His death, John 14, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.”
Jesus was always honest. That is part of a ministry of encouragement. We cannot help anyone by keeping the truth from them. Cf. John 15:18-19; 1 John 3:13; John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
4.) Pastors are to encourage with the Word, Acts 15; Rom 15:4; 1 Thes 3:2; 2 Tim 4:2; Titus 1:9; 2:15.
Acts 15:31-32, “Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message.”
1 Thes 3:2, “And we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith.”
5.) All believers are to encourage each other which has the result of edifying your neighbor, Eccl 10:12; Eph 4:29; Heb 10:25; 1 Thes 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing.”
- By granting genuine forgiveness. 2 Cor 2:7, “So that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort (encourage) him, otherwise such a one might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.” Sometimes people repent of their sins, but they are made to feel like second-class Christians. That is not right. If you do that to someone else you are not ENcouraging them, instead you are DIScouraging them.
- Our faith and love for the Lord encourages others. We encourage others by the demonstration of our faith. Judges 20:22; 1 Sam 23:16; Dan 11:1; Acts 27:27-38; Rom 1:12; Phil 2:19; Col 2:1-8, 4:11; 1 Thes 3:all.
6.) We are to encourage one another to serve, Acts 18:27-28; 1 Cor 16:12.
7.) There is a spiritual gift of encouragement, the gift of exhortation, PARAKALON, Rom 12:5, 8. It is one of the permanent spiritual gifts that includes: 1) Pastor-Teacher, 2) Evangelism, 3) Administration / Governments / Ruling, 4) Ministering or Service, 5) Helps, 6) Exhortation, 7) Giving, 8) Showing Mercy, and 9) Faith.
The one with the gift of exhortation will counsel, comfort, warn, and advise his fellow brethren, leading them into the active realization of the will of God. Exhortation is the supernatural ability to encourage, counsel, comfort, admonish, warn, and advise others. This gift is also described as anyone who is honest with you as if they were a friend. It is the special ability to minister words of comfort, consolation, encouragement, and counsel to other members of the Body of Christ, so that they feel helped and healed. Being different from plain teaching, it is an appeal for action. It is the practical aspect of a preaching ministry. It leads people into the active realization of the will of God. Yet, as we have noted above, exhortation is a part of every believer’s “General Service,” as noted in, Acts 15:36f, 2 Cor 1:4; Phil 2:1-8; Heb 3:13; 10:25; 1 Thes 4:18; 5:11, 14; 1 Tim 4:13.
8.) As we are instructed to comfort one another, we also see that we can do these things for ourselves in spiritual adulthood. We have the permanent Indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the Filling of the Spirit, and the ministry of the Spirit in teaching, metabolizing, and applying Bible doctrine. Beginning with Spiritual Self-Esteem, you counsel yourself; you comfort yourself; you warn yourself; you advise yourself through application of the Word of God, John 14:26; Heb 6:18; Rom 15:4, “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
9.) On the flip side is Discouragement that we should not have in our own lives and not project to the lives of others, because discouragement is:
- A thief: It steals your vitality, your zeal, your joy, your peace, and your contentment. If discouragement dwells long within you, its friends will soon join. Their names are fatigue, hopelessness, despair, self-pity, depression, doubt, and bitterness. Sometimes, discouragement can be so strong that you even do not want to go on living.
- It is dissatisfaction with the past, distaste for the present, and distrust of the future.
- It is the result of blindness.
- It is ingratitude for the blessings of yesterday, indifference to the opportunities of today, and insecurity regarding strength for tomorrow.
- It is unawareness of the presence of God, unconcern for the needs of our fellow man, and unbelief in the promises of His Word.
If we have nothing to rely on, or we forget our blessings and look to our circumstances, then that is when discouragement begins to take hold. Instead, what we need is encouragement. We need hope and peace, and the knowledge that the Lord knows our troubles and has great concern and compassion for us, and is not leaving us unloved or uncared for. Keeping your eyes on Jesus is the best way to be encouraged, Heb 12:2. In Him, you can have comfort, peace, and encouragement. You need to find Him and His words, and by faith rest in Him. Be encouraged, because God is a God of mercy and comfort, He is called the “Father of Mercies,” 2 Cor 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.”
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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore, our sins will never be held against us.
Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life. To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life. So right now, you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:
“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ,
died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”
If you have done that, I Welcome You to the Eternal Family of God !!!