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FRAMEWORKS: Ephesians 6

In this ‘Framework' we use our usual text PLUS comment style to enable you, as simply as possible, to catch the sense of his writing. For the alternative 'light-weight' paraphrase version of this chapter, please CLICK HERE

  

[Chapter Synopsis: Continuing the idea of Christ's example being our guide in relationships we see it in respect of children and then employees and employers. Seeing the Christian life as a battle means we need to take the things that have happened to us as our armour against our enemy to help us stand and hold the position God has given us]

   

v.1-9 Various Relational Directions
v.10-20 The Armor of God
v.21-24 Final Greetings

   

v.1-9 Various Relational Directions

    

[Passage Synopsis: Christ's submission to his Father, is to be the pattern for children and parents, employee and employer. ]

   

v.1 (obedience to parents is a family starting point) Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

v.2,3 (it stems from the Ten Commandments) “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” [Deut. 5:16]

v.4 (on the other side, fathers are to be gracious, not provoking but wisely raising their children) Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

v.5 (employees to respect employers) Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.

v.6 (not simply to please them but as representatives of God) Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.

v.7,8 (do it wholeheartedly as swerving God [and bringing blessing into His world]) Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.

v.9 (employers treat workers graciously for you are answerable to God) And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

 

[Note: the reference here to slaves was in an era before the time was ripe to abolish slavery – although it is still rife today. But then, in Israel at least, the Law looked after the welfare of those who might be categorized as slaves]

 

v.10-20 The Armor of God

    

[Passage Synopsis: The Christian life is to be viewed in warfare terms with key elements of our new lives to be seen as protective armour against a spiritual enemy]

   

v.10 (coming to the end, be strong in God, relying on Him and His power) Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

v.11 (use the armour He provides to stand against the enemies attacks – deception, temptation etc.) Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.

v.12 (realise it is a spiritual battle) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

v.13 (God's armour will help you stand your ground [your life in Christ]) Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

v.14,15 (use truth, righteous responses and attitudes and the availability to share the truth of the Gospel) Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

v.16  (… as well as faith..) In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith , with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

v. 17 ( …and the reality of your salvation as well as God's word…) Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

v.18 (and pray as the Spirit leads you in all circumstances) And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.

v.19,20 (Paul requests prayer to strengthen him to fearlessly pursue his ministry) Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

 

v.21-24 Final Greetings

 

[Passage Synopsis: greet the messenger who will tell about us. Know the Lord's peace and love]

v.21 (this unknown saint gets a mention as a messenger) Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing.

v.22 (so that he can reassure them about Paul) I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.

v.23 (may they know peace and love and faith that will keep them) Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

v. 24 (and underscoring everything, the Lord's grace) Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.