Various Relational Directions
The Armor of God
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 now happened to us
as our armour against our enemy to help us stand and hold the
position God has given us.]
Various Relational Directions
Synopsis: Christ's submission to his Father, is to be
the pattern for children and parents, employee and employer.]
(obedience to parents
is a family starting point) Children,
obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
(it stems from the Ten
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.
(on the other side, fathers
are to be gracious, not provoking but wisely raising their children)
not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training
and instruction of the Lord.
(employees to respect
obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity
of heart, just as you would obey Christ.
(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.
(do it wholeheartedly
as serving 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.
(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.
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.]
The Armor of God
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.]
(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.
(use the armour He provides
to stand against the enemy's attacks – deception, temptation etc.)
Put on the
full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the
(realise it is a spiritual
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.
(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.
(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.
(… as well as faith..)
to all this, take up the shield of faith , with
which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
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.
(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.
(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.
Synopsis: Greet the messenger who will tell about us.
Know the Lord's peace and love.]
(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.
(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.
(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.
24 (and underscoring
everything, the Lord's grace) Grace
to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.