6:19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,
Paul, a giant of the faith, asks for prayer. We all need it. And his request is not for himself personally but that he may serve the Lord well.
6:20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Boldness is a good quality for service. Speaking that way is appropriate and approved by God. How often do we shrink back and not speak out for the Lord?
And, how eloquent: Paul is in chains yet still an ambassador, and an effective one. God’s grace is not limited.
6:21 But that you also may know about my circumstances, how I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make everything known to you.
6:22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know about us, and that he may comfort your hearts.
Paul doesn’t want his readers to be unnecessarily distressed about him and his circumstances, while at the same time remembering him in prayer.
6:23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Faith is the connection to God’s power to get things done. Love ensures that what’s done is done rightly, that is done in love and therefore beneficial.
Faith is the connection. Hope is the motivator. Love is the goal.
Let the peace of Jesus Christ rule your heart. Be filled with the Spirit, praising, praying, ministering in the Spirit continually. And let the Holy Spirit guide you into all truth, so that you may be sanctified in that truth and come to know and understand His wisdom– that you know too how to pray rightly. And rejoice that He, the Spirit of Truth, will be with you for all time without end.
6:24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love.
A fitting ending.
Coming next, a summary of the entire Epistle to the Ephesians.