Ephesians 6:23-24. “Peace be to the brethren and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.”

Benediction means to say a blessing.  This one is a little shorter than some of Paul’s others, but it is to the point.

He prays for peace for the believers in Ephesus.  Peace of heart and soul, especially during times of persecution. He prays that they will have love with faith from God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Love with faith.  I had to stop and think about that one.  Why love with faith?

Well, I think it’s because they actually come as a packaged set 🙂  On the spiritual level,  we love God because of our faith in Him, and our faith in Him increases our love for Him.

Grace is a wonderful blessing.  Grace is getting what we don’t deserve, and not getting what we do deserve.  The grace of God during times of difficulty is such  a wonderful thing.  It gives hope, strength, perseverance, and great inner peace.

We have finished our study of Ephesians for now.  I always complete one of these studies thinking that I could go back and do it all over again and learn completely new things that I missed before.  That’s the wonder of God’s Word. It’s never, ever plumbed to the depths.

I’ve been thinking about Genesis next.   It’s huge, and it’s full of wonderful things.


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