(Ephesians 6:22) “Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.”
The Ephesians’ prayers for Paul were designed by God to encourage him as he battled in spiritual warfare. Tychicus, the beloved and faithful minister, was sent to deliver the news about Paul’s situation and condition. This epistle we are reading was also delivered to them. While prayer helped Paul, it was the doctrine in the Word of God that was meant to encourage these believers.
It was natural for the Ephesians who loved Paul so much to be concerned about him. These believers had a heart for Paul but we also know Paul had a heart for these believers. When Paul realized he would most likely never see them again, look at the reaction.
(Acts 20:36-37) “And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him,…”
The Ephesian’s ministry in prayer helped Paul. His heart was to give them something that would provide a source of permanent encouragement. The Lord had something bigger in mind than simply a letter that would be lost in the sands of time. Today, in this epistle, we hold a permanent source of encouragement contained in six short chapters. The first three chapters give us deep doctrine about the Body of Christ and the final three chapters show us how this can be applied to the details of everyday life. It is definitely comforting to know the eternal truths about who we are in Christ and the reality of how they can be lived by real people! The Holy Spirit takes the Word of God and communicates it to our soul to provide what we need to live a transformed life that conforms to Christ Himself. Yes, this is the mind of Christ delivered to us – the source of our renewed mind!
Renewed Thought – The Word of God is God’s source of encouragement. It is a permanent fix for temporary discouragement.