Ephesians 6:23 – Closing Salutation

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POSTED 08 FEBRUARY, 2018

reproduced from Salvation on the Line, Volume II

“Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah.”

The closing salutation of Ephesians has commonality with the other letters of the Pauline corpus, principally with Paul’s usage of “grace” and “peace.”[1] He says, “Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with undying love” (Ephesians 6:23-24, TNIV). We see again Paul’s reference to God as “Father,” followed by Yeshua the Messiah as “Lord,” balancing his understanding of the Godhead. Ephesians 6:23 begins with “peace,” and Ephesians 6:24 begins with “grace,” perhaps to offset how Paul has opened this letter with “Grace to you and peace” (Ephesians 6:1:2).

Yeshua’s identification within the Godhead as “Lord” is secure here, as in the Tanach God’s love would be displayed upon those who loved Him (Exodus 20:6; Deuteronomy 5:10; Nehemiah 1:5; Daniel 9:4; 1 Kings 8:23). Yeshua Himself is to be the object of love in Ephesians 6:24, a love that is considered to be “incorruptible” or “undying” (RSV). Aphtharsia is a term unique only to Ephesians, meaning “the state of not being subject to decay/dissolution/interruption” (BDAG).[2] Just as Paul’s letter opens with describing Yeshua exalted in the Heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3, 10), so it now ends with Yeshua providing a love that never ends to His people. This is the sure motivation for those called by the Lord for His service—the one new humanity that composes His Commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians 2:11-12, 15b)!


NOTES

[1] This entry has been adapted from the author’s commentary Ephesians for the Practical Messianic.

[2] BDAG, 155.


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