Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that you might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.
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Gaius Marius Victorinus
Tychicus is sent to give the Ephesians instructions not on his own accord. Rather he was sent by Paul for this purpose. Such was Paul’s concern for them and his desire that they should be well informed. .
This language he employs, not without a purpose, but in consequence of what he had been saying previously; having girded your loins, having on the breastplate, etc., which are a token of a constant and unceasing advance; for hear what the Prophet says, Let it be unto him as the raiment wherewith he covers himself, and for the girdle wherewith he is girded continually Psalm 109:19; and the Prophet Isaiah again says, that God has put on righteousness as a breastplate Isaiah 59:17; by these expressions instructing us that these are things which we must have, not for a short time only, but continually, inasmuch as there is continual need of warfare. For it is said the righteous are bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1 For he that is armed with such a breastplate, it cannot be that he should fear the array that is against him, but he will leap into the midst of the enemy. And again Isaiah says, How beautiful are the feet of him that brings good tidings. Isaiah 52:7 Who would not run, who would not...