Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.
(Ephesians 6:23-24 ESV)
We conclude our study of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians today by studying the blessing he leaves his readers with.
Paul desires that we experience peace and love. But notice that peace and love come from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no other source of peace available to the human race. There is no other source of love.
The world has been attempting to create world peace since the Tower of Babel. We came up with the idea of the United Nations but that has not worked. We thought the Internet would bring people together but studies show that technology only deepens existing divisions. Nothing we have tried has brought the peace we desire. And nothing we try will.
The latest idea is to remove all references to Jesus from society in an effort to eliminate differing opinions. This will fail as well because Jesus is the only source of peace available to the human race. Jesus offers us peace through Him [John 14:27; Ephesians 2:14, Colossians 3:15]. If we reject Him we will not have peace. Its that simple.
Likewise, the human race cannot truly love unless that love originates in faith in Christ. What the world calls love is really lust – it seeks to satisfy self. But true love is selfless. It seeks the good of others at the expense of self. This is not how humans instinctively live. But it is exactly how God and Jesus demonstrate love [John 3:16; Romans 5:8 et. al]. Apart from God no human being an exhibit true love.
Paul also offers grace. The definition of grace is “unmerited favor”. God treats His children in a positive way even though we don’t deserve it. This is the great news of the Bible. Despite our bad behavior, God expressed His love for us by offering us peace with Him through Jesus Christ [Romans 5:1].
The purpose of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians was to identify the wonderful things God has done for His children (chapters 1-3) and to express how we should live in response to those truths (chapters 4-6). This last verse sums up what our lives should look like.
Those of us who are God’s children should walk through life with peace and love towards each other and towards those who don’t know Christ. That peace and love should be in response to the grace that God has poured out upon us and the faith that we have in Jesus.
Such a life is worthy of all that God has done for us [Ephesians 4:1].
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