Being the Body

"But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts. 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." (Ephesians 6:21-24)

Paul concludes the letter of Ephesians by emphasizing some of the themes he has written about.  In Ephesians 6.21-24 Paul lets the Ephesian believers know that Tychicus will be coming to them in order to give a report to them about the apostle.  Tychicus becomes a living picture of love, care, unity, faith along with the reality of his Gentile background now being a vital part of the body of Christ, the Church.

Paul specifically states that Tychicus is both beloved and faithful.  He is a beloved brother and a faithful servant of the Lord.  In Eph. 1.6 Paul states that believers are in the beloved' meaning we are in Christ.  He also touches on this theme in chapter 4.1 that we are now, as believers in Christ, to walk in a manner worthy of the calling.  Tychicus is a wonderful example of one who is in Christ' and serving the Lord faithfully.  He is a picture of a believer who is walking in a manner worthy.  One of the major themes of Paul's letter is the unity' and or the oneness' of the Church.  Tychicus a Gentile believer is being affirmed by a Jewish apostle.  What a beautiful picture of love, unity, and oneness within the Body of Christ. 

Paul re-iterates in vs. 22 that Tychicus is being sent to them to the Ephesian believers in order that they may know about us' and he adds that Tychicus will come in order to comfort their hearts'.  Clearly Tychicus was capable of bringing this report and we find that in Acts 20.3-4 Tychicus was with Paul when a plot had been formed by the Jews against the apostle and as a result they had left to return through Macedonia.  Furthermore in Titus 3.12 we learn that Paul was planning on sending either Artemas or Tychicus to Titus. 

Tychicus is clearly a traveling companion of the apostle Paul.  He had been with him in difficult circumstances.  Paul clearly trusted this man in order to carry messages and or reports to various believers throughout the region.  What a wonderful picture of the body of Christ, the Church loving one another, walking in unity as well as an individual walking in a manner worthy of the calling with which he had been called. 

Paul concludes his epistle by using four of the great words of the Christian Faith.  Peace, Love, Faith and Grace.  In his letter Paul makes clear we are to walk IN love and BY Faith.  He has also clearly stated that we are saved by Grace through Faith, not by works.  Salvation is a gift from the Lord for those who believe in Christ Jesus.  Now, as those in Christ, we are to walk by faith, trusting the Lord and growing in our walk with Him.  Our relationships with one another and how we reflect the Lord through our attitudes and actions are a testimony to the world of God's power to transform our lives. 

Paul concludes in vs 24 with the desire for believers to love the Lord with an incorruptible love.  The word incorruptible (apthartos) means without corruption or not able to be corrupted.  Believers are to walk by grace through faith in love for the Lord that cannot be corrupted.  Ironically years later the Lord sends the message through the apostle John that the Ephesians had left their first love'.

 It is imperative that we continue to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the Head, even Christ'.   Our walk with the Lord should be reflected in our relationships, our actions and our love for the Lord and one another.  As we follow the Lord, yielding to Him and experiencing His grace, love and power, we will be revealed as children of Light within the world.  

Erik Christensen is senior pastor of  Hoffmantown Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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