Ephesians Sentence by Sentence: 6:21-22

Ἵνα δὲ εἰδῆτε καὶ ὑμεῖς τὰ κατ᾽ ἐμέ, τί πράσσω, πάντα γνωρίσει ὑμῖν Τύχικος ὁ ἀγαπητὸς ἀδελφὸς καὶ πιστὸς διάκονος ἐν κυρίῳ, ὃν ἔπεμψα πρὸς ὑμᾶς εἰς αὐτὸ τοῦτο, ἵνα γνῶτε τἀ περὶ ἡμῶν καὶ παρακαλέσῃ τὰς καρδίας ὑμῶν. But that you also might know what according to me, what I am doing, everything he will make known Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, whom I sent to you to this very thing, that you might know the things concerning us and it might comfort your hearts.

Paul now transitions from his prayer request to his intentions. Paul uses the subjunctive to indicate his end-goal for sending Tychicus. He wanted his readers and listeners to know his circumstances (τὰ κατ᾽ ἐμέ, “the things with respect to me”). He wanted them to know what he was doing. For this purpose, he sent Tychicus to fill them in on what was going on, so that the end-result would be his readers and listeners would be informed. And who is Tychicus? He is the beloved brother and faithful servant in the Lord. Paul sent him for the end-purpose of revealing to them the things concerning both Paul and Tychicus and comfort their hearts. He wanted them to be informed and to be comforted as a result of Tychicus’ news.

But so that you might also know my circumstances, what I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved borther and faithful servant in the Lord, will reveal everything to you, whom I sent two you for this very reason, so that you might know what concerns us and it might comfort your hearts.

It is not a bad thing to update each other with our lives. It is constructive to inform each other of our work as it can warm our hearts. Even still, when we tell each other what is not going well, we can receive encouragement. It is important to be open with each other, so that we can help each other. Christianity is not merely an individual task. It is a communal religion and it requires participation on all accounts. Here lies the value of small churches. Small churches are better at involving each other in such encouraging communication. Large churches who incorporate small groups can do the same. We need to have such circles of believers for the sake of encouragement during good and bad times. We must nourish our hearts with encouraging, uplifting words and reports of good news, but we must discipline our hearts with encouraging, constructive criticism as well. When times are good, we should praise God together. When times are bad, we should seek to help lift each other up. We must praise with our brothers and sisters who are in a position to praise. We must weep with those who are weeping. And in so doing, we can encourage each other in love.

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