Ephesians Sentence by Sentence: 6:23

Εἰρήνη τοῖς ἀδελφοῖς καὶ ἀγάπη μετὰ πίστεως ἀπὸ θεοῦ πατρὸς καἰ κυρίου Ἱησοῦ Χριστοῦ. Peace to the brothers and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul begins to close the letter by wishing peace and love with faith to his readers and listeners. The dative articular noun, ἀδελφοῖς, means “brothers,” but because women were not addressed, we should understand this term to include the entire audience, and not simply the men. Those in the audience are desired by Paul to be the recipients of peace and love. Along with peace and love, Paul wants them to have faith. All three, peace, love, and faith, come from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Peace be to the brothers and sisters and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We must never forget that peace, love, and faith all find their source in someone other than ourselves. It is God who enables us to love, who grants us peace, and who ingrains in us faith. Paul wanted his recipients to have all of these things. Are we so nice? Are we hoping the best for each other? Are we wanting the best from God for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ? Perhaps we should search ourselves and check our hearts whenever we interact or correspond with a fellow believer.

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