VI. Closing Remarks (5:25–28)

Finally, Paul requests prayer and gives some instructions. First, he urges his readers to greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. Although a holy kiss may be less acceptable in some cultures today, Christians still need a way to express concretely their mutual love (see Marshall, 165).

The second command is emphatic: “I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers” (v. 27). Clearly, Paul wishes to ensure that all who need these exhortations should hear them.

The epistle closes with a brief benediction: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you” (v. 28).

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