Vol. 17, No. 32 – August 12, 2018
Eph 6:21-24, The Encouragement.
Let us learn more about this man Tychicus. We now enter into a study about the great worker and soldier for God, Tychicus, Τυχικός. His name literally means, “chance, fortunate, or fortuitous.” He is mentioned in the NT 5 times, Acts 20:4; Eph 6:21; Col 4:7; 2 Tim 4:12; Titus 3:12.
He was from the province of Asia Minor, known as Turkey today, Acts 20:4, but we do not know for sure which town or city. Some believe it was Ephesus because he was the courier of the letter called Ephesians, and from 2 Tim 4:12, where Paul later sent him to Ephesus.
We do know that he was an Asiatic Christian, who became a close friend, companion, and coworker of the apostle Paul. Tychicus accompanied Paul into the Asiatic region at the end of the apostle’s third missionary journey, Acts 20:4.
He was with Paul during his first Roman imprisonment, Eph 6:21; Col 4:7, from where the epistle to the Colossians, the circular letter known as Ephesians, and the letter to Philemon were written. Paul then sent Tychicus to deliver the letters and give the churches further information about his situation in Rome. Since he was from Asia, he was a logical choice for this task.
Tychicus was high in the confidence of Paul, but it is not known when he was converted, or why he was in Rome. He traveled with the apostle after Paul’s acquittal and he, or possibly Artemas, went to Crete as a relief for Titus, Titus 3:12. He later reappeared in Rome when Paul was imprisoned there a second time, but the apostle sent Tychicus to Ephesus shortly before his martyrdom, to relieve Timothy, 2 Tim 4:12.
Tychicus was associated with Paul for a period of 14+ years, at least 4 of which they were together. Tychicus was an example of the many faithful servants of Christ in the early church. The apostle Paul had great confidence in him. Tychicus was one of Paul’s outstanding fellow laborers, and a beloved friend and brother in Christ, who was totally dependable.
“The Greeks speak of him as one of the seventy disciples, and make him bishop of Colophon, in the province of Asia,” (Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament), which is located just north of Ephesus.
The Catholic Encyclopedia notes, “Different traditions make him out to be the Bishop of Colophon, Chalcedon or Neapolis in Cyprus. Hippolytus of Rome lists Tychicus as one of the seventy disciples. His feast is kept on 29 April.”
“This Trophimus and Tychicus, we know from the book of the Acts, sailed away with him from Judea, and were everywhere his companions, perhaps as being more zealous than the rest.” (Early Church Fathers – – A Select Library of the Nicene & Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church.)
Tychicus was described by Paul as:
A beloved brother (AGAPETOS ADELPHOS), Eph 6:21; Col 4:7.
A faithful minister/servant (PISTOS DIAKONOS), Eph 6:21; Col 4:7.
A fellow servant (SUNDOULOS), Col 4:7.
These three positive commendations about him are stated.
- Tychicus was a “beloved brother.” He was a spiritual brother, both to Paul and the members of the Colossian church. They and all the other believers loved him.
- Tychicus was a “faithful minister.” He served as Paul’s apostolic representative several times and executed his responsibilities well. Paul could count on him without question. Nothing negative about Tychicus is stated in Scripture.
- He was a “fellow servant.” Paul, Timothy, Tychicus, and others were joined together in loving service to their heavenly master, the Lord Jesus Christ. As spiritual slaves, they submitted their wills and ambitions to Him.
All three designations are also accompanied with the phrase, “in the Lord,” Eph 6:21; in the sphere of a wonderful relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. They loved the Lord and served the Lord. Tychicus was not a slave or a natural brother to the apostle in real life, but in his service and sacrifice for the Lord, he was a fellow bond-servant of Christ, and spiritual brother in Christ. His service and sacrifice are shown by the following.
Tychicus the missionary joined Paul at least during one leg of the apostle’s third missionary journey, Acts 20:4.
Tychicus, the ambassador / messenger:
- Was sent to Ephesus by Paul during the apostle’s first Roman imprisonment, carrying with him the NT Ephesian epistle, Eph 6:21.
- Was sent to Colosse by Paul during the apostle’s first Roman imprisonment, carrying with him the NT Colossian epistle, Col 4:7.
- Was sent by Paul to help Titus in Crete between the apostle’s first and second Roman imprisonments, Titus 3:12.
- Was sent back to Ephesus by Paul during the apostle’s final Roman imprisonment, 2 Tim 4:12.
Tychicus, the minister:
- He ministered to Paul during the first Roman imprisonment, Eph 6:21; Col 4:7.
- He ministered to Paul during the second and final Roman imprisonments, 2 Tim 4:12.
Paul “sent” Tychicus for two reasons:
- Tychicus was to inform the church about the circumstances surrounding the apostle’s imprisonment, “all my affairs,” Col 4:7-8 (NASB). This same phrase is used elsewhere of his predicament and is translated in several ways: “laid his case,” Acts 25:14; “my circumstances,” Eph 6:21; Phil 1:12. In its concerns, the church had sent Epaphras to Rome to get firsthand information, but he was imprisoned also, Philemon 23. Tychicus thus made known how God had used the imprisonment to advance the gospel message, Phil 1:12.
- Tychicus was to “encourage / comfort their hearts.” The churches in Asia Minor were undoubtedly anxious about the imprisonments of Paul and Epaphras, the confusion and dissension, which the Judaizers produced, and the future vitality of the church. This encouragement and comfort came from concerned, involved friends, and from a thorough knowledge of the facts as shared with them by Tychicus.
He was sent with the letters to correct the evils which had arisen especially at Colosse, and to warn them against the wicked doctrines which were being promulgated amongst them. Onesimus the runaway slave, also carried the beautiful little Epistle addressed to his master Philemon. And at the same time, when Tychicus and Onesimus left Rome, Paul handed to Tychicus the Epistle to the Ephesians. Never before and never after were such weighty and blessed documents entrusted to human messengers.
As such, Tychicus was a “faithful minister,” PISTOS DIAKONOS, a termed used in the ministry of the gospel for Paul and Apollos, 1 Cor 3:5, Epaphras, Col 1:7, Timothy, 1 Thes 3:2, and also for Jesus Christ, Rom 15:8, as it is for Tychicus, Eph 6:21.
Appearance in the Bible: As noted above, Tychicus is mentioned in the NT 5 times, Acts 20:4; Eph 6:21; Col 4:7; 2 Tim 4:12; Titus 3:12.
- In the first of these passages, Acts 20:4, his name occurs as one of a company of the friends of Paul. Acts 20:4 states that Tychicus was from the Roman province of Asia. The Western text indicates that he was an Ephesian. Here, Tychicus is designated a native of the province of Asia who was with Paul in Greece and accompanied him overland to Troas at the end of the third missionary journey.
Paul, at the close of his 3rd missionary journey, was returning from Greece through Macedonia into Asia, with a view to go to Jerusalem. He was on his way to Jerusalem, “bound in the spirit,” Acts 20:22. Many scholars believe at least some of these men took the journey to represent the churches who gave money as an offering for the poor among the Jerusalem Christians, 1 Cor 16:3; cf. Acts 19:29; 27:2; Col 4:10; Eph 6:21, 22; 2 Tim 4:20. They were carrying the money which had been collected for several years previous in the churches of the Gentiles, for the help of the poor members of the church in Jerusalem, Acts 24:17. They were to see what was done with the money and report to their home churches.
In support of this, there is much probability in the conjecture that Tychicus was one of the two “brethren,” (Trophimus being the other), who were associated with Titus, 2 Cor 8:16-24, in conducting the business of the collection for the poor Christians in Judea.
The Early Church was very careful to keep good financial accounts and just as careful to make them known to the members of the congregation. There is no place where honesty, integrity, and openness are more important than in the distribution of funds given by God’s people for the service of the Lord and His people.
Others, such as Unger do not think Tychicus went all the way to Jerusalem, “He is there expressly called (with Trophimus) a native of Asia Minor; but while Trophimus went with Paul to Jerusalem, Acts 21:29, Tychicus was left behind in Asia, probably at Miletus, Acts 20:15, 38.” (The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary.)
In addition the Illustated Bible notes, “Who, with Trophimus, accompanied Paul on a part of his journey from Macedonia to Jerusalem, Acts 20:4.” (Illustrated Bible Dictionary: And Treasury of Biblical History, Biography, Geography, Doctrine, and Literature.)
Either way, we see Tychicus as one of several outstanding men and servants of the Lord in service to Paul and the Church in its infancy.
- The 2nd, as well as the 3rd passage in which the name of Tychicus occurs is found in Eph 6:21; Col 4:7, that give the information he was with Paul in Rome during his first imprisonment.
In both Eph 6:21-22 and Col 4:7-8, Paul calls Tychicus a “beloved brother and faithful servant in the Lord.” Paul had entrusted Tychicus with a very important mission. He was to deliver the Epistle to the Ephesians, that is, “the circular letter,” to the churches in proconsular Asia, to which it was sent, giving a copy of it to the church in Laodicea, Cf. Col 4:16.
Col 4:16, “When this letter is read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and you, for your part read my letter that is coming from Laodicea.”
He was then to proceed to Colosse with the Epistle to the church there. In Colosse, Tychicus would plead the cause of Onesimus, who accompanied him from Rome. “Under his shelter Onesimus would be safer than if he encountered Philemon alone,” (Lightfoot, Commentary on Colossians, 314).
In Laodicea and Colosse, Tychicus would not only deliver the Epistles from Paul, but he would also, as the apostle had written to the churches in those places, communicate to them all information about his “state or affairs,” that is, how things were going with him in regard to his imprisonment and appeal to the emperor, and his hope of being soon set free. Tychicus would make known to them all things.
In these events of Tychicus, we see him as the great emissary and comforter that God had designed him to be.
- While in Colossians, unable to go to Colosse because of his imprisonment, Paul penned this epistle and sent it to the church through Tychicus and Onesimus, Col 4:7-9. For some unknown reason, Epaphras was imprisoned along with Paul by the Roman government, Philemon 23. Since Epaphras could not return to Colosse at this time to correct the situation with the apostolic authority of the epistle, the task was assigned to Tychicus. However, Paul assured the church members that Epaphras was laboring, “earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God,” Col 4:12. Thus, within eight years of the establishment of the church, Paul had to write to this young, immature, threatened church to warn it against the errors of the heresy, (the Judiazers), Col 2:8, 16, 20.
Onesimus was himself from Colosse, Col 4:9. He was a slave who had run away from Asia and found his way to Rome. There, through some circumstances unknown to us, he met Paul and was won to Christ. Thus, Paul had become his spiritual father, Philemon 10. Onesimus was willing to return to his former master, and Paul sent him along with Tychicus, sending also the letter of explanation to Philemon, urging him to receive his former slave as “a beloved brother,” Philemon 16. That this intimate term is used of Onesimus suggests that the slave is to receive the same warm greeting from the Colossian church which it would extend to any visiting Christian.
These two servants of Christ, will not only deliver Paul’s letters to the church in Colossae and to Philemon; they will supplement the correspondence by word of mouth and inform Paul’s friends “about the whole situation here,” Col 4:9.
As we see from this lengthy closing salutation and others scriptures, Paul definitely had learned the important lesson of reproducing himself through other people. And Tychicus proved himself to be such a faithful associate of Paul that Paul was able to send him all the way from Rome to visit the Colossians, more than 1,000 miles, and deliver not only this important letter, but to give additional personal accounts as well.
In both Ephesians and Colossians, the author indicates that he is sending Tychicus to the Christians to whom he is writing, in order to encourage them.
- Next, from a timeline perspective, we see Tychicus in the Epistle to Titus, Titus 3:12. Along with 2 Tim 4:12, it shows us that Tychicus was again with Paul after the appeal to the emperor had resulted in the apostle regaining his freedom. The passage in Titus evidently refers to the interval between Paul’s first and second Roman imprisonments, and while he was again engaged in missionary journeys. The apostle writes to Titus, who was in Crete in charge of the churches there, that he intended to send either Artemas or Tychicus to him, so as to take the oversight of the work of the gospel in that island, so that Titus might be free to come to be with Paul at Nicopolis. The Nicopolis Paul referred to here is probably the one on the western shore of Greece in the Roman province of Dalmatia
Because Paul wrote he had “decided” to winter there. By his use of “there” instead of “here” Paul showed he was not yet in Nicopolis when he wrote this epistle. Further, he was still free to travel. This places the time of writing between Paul’s first and second imprisonments in Rome, and while he was again engaged in missionary journeys.
Nothing is known of Artemas, but together with Tychicus they were certainly qualified to lead churches in the proper teaching of the gospel and mystery doctrines for the Church Age. Here, we see Tychicus as a highly qualified Pastor-Teacher.
- The last passage where Tychicus is mentioned occurs in 2 Timothy, which was written in Rome not long before Paul’s execution during his 2nd imprisonment. To the very end Paul was busy as ever in the work of the gospel; and though it would have been a comfort to him to have his friends beside him, yet the interests of the kingdom of Christ are uppermost in his thoughts, and he sends these friends to help the progress of the work.
To the last, Tychicus was serviceable as ever: “Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus,” 2 Tim 4:12. As Timothy was in charge of the church in Ephesus at this time, 1 Tim 1:3, the coming of Tychicus would set him free, so as to enable him to rejoin Paul in Rome, as the apostle desired him, 2 Tim 4:9, 21.
It should also be noted that at Ephesus, Tychicus would be able to visit his old friend Trophimus, who was, at that very time, only a few miles away, at Miletus, sick, 2 Tim 4:20.
- It is possible that Tychicus is the brother referred to in 2 Cor 8:22, (read vs. 16-23), as one “whom we have often tested and found diligent in many things, but now even more diligent because of his great confidence in you … (one of) the messengers of the churches … a glory of Christ.” in conducting the business of the collection for the poor Christians in Judea.
- Although he is not mentioned again in Acts, it is possible that he was one of the party designated by “we,” Acts 20:7–21:18, who accompanied Paul all the way to Jerusalem when Paul took the collection from the Gentile churches to the needy brethren in Jerusalem, cf. 1 Cor 16:1; Acts 24:17.
The character and career of Tychicus are such that show him as being affectionate, faithful, and worthy of the confidence given to him by Paul, who, as already seen, sent him again and again on important work, which could be performed only by a man of ability and of high Christian worth and experience. Thus, all that is known regarding Tychicus fully bears out the description of his character given by the apostle himself, that he was a beloved brother, a faithful minister and fellow-servant in the Lord.
The main message we find in Tychicus is that 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. Paul encouraged the Ephesians; Tychicus was an encouragement to Paul, Acts 20:4; and Paul was going to send Tychicus to the Ephesus region to be an encouragement to them.
Tradition holds that he died a martyr.
The Impact of a Faithful Servant:
By all accounts, Edward Kimball was really a normal man. He worked a normal job, attended a normal church, and even faithfully taught a normal Bible study class. One day a young man named Dwight visited his class. It was clear Dwight didn’t know the Bible. One Saturday, as Ed was preparing his Sunday school lesson, the Lord put a burden on his heart to visit the shoe store where Dwight worked and share the gospel with that young man. That day a Boston shoe clerk surrendered his life to Jesus. The clerk, Dwight L. Moody, eventually became an evangelist.
In England in 1879, DL Moody awakened an evangelistic zeal in the heart of Fredrick B. Meyer, pastor of a small church. F. B. Meyer, preaching to an American college campus, brought to Christ a student named J. Wilbur Chapman. Chapman, engaged in YMCA work, employed a former baseball player, Billy Sunday, to do evangelistic work. Billy Sunday held a revival in Charlotte, N.C. A group of local men were so enthusiastic afterward that they planned another evangelistic campaign, bringing Mordecai Hamm to town to preach.
During Hamm’s revival, a young man named Billy Graham heard the gospel and yielded his life to Christ. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW!
Oh how important are the Edward Kimballs of this world, the important, significant, vital, and trustworthy men and women. Without the Edward Kimballs…without you!, so many would not hear the wonderful Words of God!
Now, we often hear about the Dwight L. Moody’s, the Billy Sunday’s, the Billy Grahams… but how about the Edward Kimballs? Well they faithfully plug away behind the scenes and out of the spotlight. While focus is placed on the great evangelist or mega church leader, the faithful servant behind the scenes should know that he or she is the fuel and fire of the church. By the many who are faithful, those that can be counted on, and those that fight the good fight behind the scenes, they are the fuel that fills the church, the unsung volunteers… diaper changers, prayer warriors, chair stackers, phone callers, sign keeper, etc.… the workers… the soldiers… the privates! They are the ones that keep the church going.
We now turn to vs. 23, in Paul’s closing salutation / benediction.
Eph 6:23, “Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
The word salutation comes from the Greek verb ASPASMOS, ἀσπασμός that means, “a greeting or salutation.” The verb ASPAZOMAI, ἀσπάζομαι means, “to greet, welcome, cherish, embrace, or salute.”
“The noun form is extremely rare in antiquity, both in literary documents and nonliterary papyri. Similarly, aspasmos is not found in either the canonical or apocryphal writings of the Septuagint.” (Complete Biblical Library Greek-English Dictionary).
It comes from the Greek A, a particle of union, and SPAO, a primary verb meaning “to draw, draw out,” or even, “to draw one’s sword.” So, combined it means, first to draw out, to salute one, greet, bid welcome, wish well to, paid their respects to, to embrace in greeting as well as the erotic embrace of love. At the closing of a letter it comes to mean, “to embrace them, took leave of them, or bid them farewell.”
In Paul’s typical fashion of closing salutations, he mentions, “peace, love, and faith,” along with “grace,” which is included in the concept of peace, cf. Rom 15:33; Gal 6:16; Phil 4:23; 1 Thes 5:28; 2 Thes 3:16-18; Titus 3:15; Heb 13:20-25.
In Paul’s opening salutations, (greetings), Grace and Peace always occur in that order, cf. Eph 1:2, witnessing to the truth that peace cannot be experienced apart from the prior experience of God’s grace in your life.
Here, we see that peace is united with faith and love. These three are also seen together in Gal 5:22, as part of the “fruit of the Holy Spirit,” and 2 Tim 2:22, as what we should be pursuing, along with righteousness, in our spiritual walk with Christ, as we flee from “youthful lusts.” Our passage is the only other verse that has these three together in one verse.
Paul begins this closing salutation with, “peace be to the brethren,” EIRENE HO ADELPHOS. ADELPHOS can be used literally for “a physical brother,” or figuratively it can refer to a brother in the spiritual sense, especially in the Christian community. Therefore, it is an affectionate use for, “a fellow Christian or neighbor.”
“Peace” is the Greek Noun EIRENE, εἰρήνη in the Nominative case here that means, “peace, harmony, tranquility, health, prosperity.” It is the equivalent to SHALOM of the OT Hebrew. It means there is fellowship between each other. It is also related to a condition of peace, a respite during an endless series of wars. And since Paul just got done speaking about our spiritual warfare and the armor of God we are to adorn ourselves with for battle inside the Angelic Conflict, it is an apropos ending, because in Christ we truly have peace.
We have noted EIRENE in Eph 1:2, the opening Salutation, as well as, Eph 2:14-15, 17; 4:3; 6:15. As we have previously noted, the progression of this word in Ephesians includes:
- A salutation for peace that comes from God our Father and Jesus Christ, Eph 1:2.
- Jesus who broke down the dividing barrier between Jews and Gentiles to bring the two to peace, Eph 2:14.
- By taking on the sins of the world, He brought peace to all who believe in Him, making them one body, Eph 2:15.
- He preached the gospel of peace to all, both Jews and Gentiles, Eph 2:17.
- We now are to be diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit, (the one body), in the bond of Peace, Eph 4:3.
- We are to be prepared to fight the Angelic Warfare with the Gospel of Peace, Eph 6:15.
- God desires us to live in peace, Eph 6:23.
As Paul is wishing “peace” to the believers of the early church, he is conveying God’s desire for every believer to live in peace with God, Jesus Christ, others believers, and even non-believers. He desires the believers to live in peace, while also conveying the fondness of relationship he has with them. When we read this closing salutation, by peace, we understand all manners of peace; peace with God, peace of conscience, peace among themselves, etc.
As we have noted, Biblical peace has two aspects: Positional and Experiential. We noted positional back in vs. 15, where we are to give the “gospel of peace,” to the lost. When they believe upon the gospel of Jesus Christ they receive Positional Peace, just as we did when we believed.
Positionally, the believer is at Peace with God. That is, we have a direct relationship with Him. There is nothing dividing us or keep us apart. The peace between God and the believer was achieved by the completed work of Jesus Christ on the Cross, where He broke down the barrier between God and man by paying the penalty for our sins.
Jesus Christ paid for the sin of the unbeliever, 1 John 2:2, “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.” Yet, because they have not accepted His saving work on their behalf, “believed in Him,” the barrier remains between them and God, and there is no peace.
But for the believer, there is peace, Rom 5:1; Eph 2:12-18.
Rom 5:1, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.”
Therefore, peace is achieved only through faith in the work of Jesus Christ, Col 1:20.
Col 1:19-20, “For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”
Experientially, the believer has the potential for “the peace of Jesus Christ” by having His Word resident within their soul and by being filled with the Holy Spirit, (as result of rebounding), John 14:25-27; Rom 8:6; 14:17, 19; Phil 4:9.
John 14:25, “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26But the Helper, 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. 27Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”
Rom 8:6, “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.”
Rom 14:17, “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Rom 14:19, “So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.”
Phil 4:9, “The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
To have His peace experientially, also means we must consistently apply faith in our prayers, cf. 1 John 1:9; 1 John 5:14-15, and the utilization of the “if” statements.
Your prayer life enters you into His peace experientially, not only by rebounding, but by turning all your needs, cares, and worries over to the Father, faith resting that He hears and answers those prayer, Phil 4:6-7.
Phil 4:6, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Frequently, “peace” is used with reference to outward conditions of tranquility and thus of individuals, of communities, of churches, and of nations, e.g., Numb 6:26; 1 Sam 7:14; 1 Kings 4:24; Acts 9:31; Eph 4:3; 1 Thes 5:13; Heb 12:14; 2 Peter 3:14.
Heb 12:14, “Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.”
2 Peter 3:14, “Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless.”
In its deepest application, peace is used for “spiritual peace” that means restored relations and harmony with God, e.g., Isa 9:6-7, “Jesus as the Prince of Peace”; Isa 26:3; Luke 2:14; John 14:27; Acts 10:36; Rom 1:7; 5:1; Gal 5:22.
Isa 9:6-7, “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
Peace between individuals is also called harmony, prosperity, and tranquility, Act 7:26; Eph 4:1-3.
Eph 4:1-3, “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Act 7:26, “And on the following day he appeared to them as they were fighting together, and he tried to reconcile them in peace, saying, ‘Men, you are brethren, why do you injure one another?’.”
Peace is related to security, safety, and prosperity. Peace and harmony make and keep things safe and prosperous, Phil 4:7; 2 Peter 1:2-8.
Phil 4:7, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Peace is the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ and so fearing nothing from God. We are content with our earthly lot in whatever it is or may be, Act 9:31; Rom 15:33.
Act 9:31, “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and, going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.”
Rom 15:33, “Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.”
Peace is the blessed state of righteous men after death, 1 Thes 5:23, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
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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 !!!