Ephesians 6:19-24

Paul is in Rome waiting to appear before Caesar. Paul would be making a Gospel presentation to Caesar Nero. The result of Paul's appearance would determine his own safety and future, but more, the future of the church.



Paul asks for prayers for himself of ministry partners concerning their ministry:

  • Romans 15:30-32
  • 2 Cor. 1:11
  • Col. 4:3-4
  • 1 Thess. 5:25
  • 2 Thess 3:1, 2
  • Phil. 1:19


Paul asks for prayer concerning:

    1.  Freely - Words given him - parrhsia "parresia" - "speaking everything, speaking openly, boldness"
    2. Clearly - boldly proclaim the mystery - gnwrisai "gnorisai" "to make known"
    3. Boldly - declare it boldly - parrhsiaswmai "parresiasomai" - "to speak everything, to speak openly and frankly, to speak boldly, to be bold"


"that a word may be given" = "may be given" is passive indicating God would give it.

"word" is "utterance" which means the spoken word



"ambassador in chains" - ambassadors at this time in history were honored positions and there is never an example of an ambassador      serving while being held as a prisoner. In fact, the imprisonment of an ambassador would be a treaty violation and a declaration      of war.


Tychicus - see Colossians 4:7-8.Tychicus would deliver the letters to the Lycus valley. Tychicus is with Paul in Rome when he wrote Philemon, Colossians and Ephesians

  • Acts 20:4 - accompanied Paul to Jerusalem with offering
  • Likely a native of Ephesus
  • Often mentioned with Tromphimus who was also a native of Ephesus (Tromphimus was charged with being with Paul in the temple - Ac.21:29)
  • Likely was with Tromphimus (two brethren) who accompanied Titus with the delivery of 2 Corinthians (2 Cor. 8:16-24)
  • Tychicus was sent to Crete to be with Titus (Titus 3:12)
  • Tychicus was sent to Ephesus to be with Timothky (2 Tim. 4:12)



Ancient letters were concluded with a wish for the welfare of the reader.

Paul turns this closing into a prayer of benediction.

"Peace" begins verse 23

"Grace" begins verse 24

Both were used in Paul's introduction in 1:2


"love with faith" means "love accompanied by faith" is from 1:15 and 3:17