I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance.
This meeting between Paul and the church leaders from Ephesus is one of the most moving scenes in the Bible. Paul knew that it was the last time on earth he would see and speak to these beloved friends in the Lord Jesus.
He had planted a church years earlier in the great city of Ephesus by preaching the gospel (“good news”) of Jesus Christ. Many Jews and Gentiles believed in the Lord as their eternal Savior. There was also fierce opposition from synagogue leaders, evil spirits, and idol worshipers in that city, but the church was strengthened and prevailed. Paul spent as much time helping this church grow as any other in his missionary travels.
What would he leave with these Christians he cared for? Nothing more and nothing less than the Word of God that tells of his grace.
Grace is one of the most beautiful words in the Bible! It is the first and last thing we need:
May you find all the riches of God’s abundant grace as you use his Word!
Lord, “may your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise … Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight” (Psalm 119:76-77). Amen.
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