Ephesians Chapter 6

May 30, 2013

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on Ephesians. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Ephesians 6:1-24 (NIV)
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”–which is the first commandment with a promise– 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. 5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. 9 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. 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 Therefore put on the full armor 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 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 saints. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. 21 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. 22 I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you. 23 Peace to the brothers, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.

Ephesians 6:1-9

It is important for us as believers to understand that we are all one in Christ, lifted up and seated with Him. We are members of one body, one family, living stones in that holy temple constructed by the Lord. Understanding that my worth and value comes from who I am in Christ, frees me to embrace my calling to serve and helps me to see that my position or role in this world just provides us a platform and opportunities to serve.

Ephesians 6:10-24

Paul ends the letter to the Ephesians with a warning that the evil one is actively trying to destroy believers and the church. The enemy is hard at work trying to bring division in the church. When the church is divided, it becomes largely ineffective in its mission to reach out to the world. In order to stand and fight in this battle, God has equipped us with His armor so that we can stand against the enemy’s schemes.

With this is mind, let’s look at the pieces of the armor.

The belt of truth

In Ephesians 4:25 Paul talked about the importance of honesty and openness in our relationships with one another.

Ephesians 4:25 (NIV)
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

The breastplate of righteousness

In Ephesians 4:22-24 Paul talks about the importance of righteous living.

Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV)
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

A righteous and holy life that comes from a heart a love for God and others.

Feet fitted with the Gospel of peace

In Ephesians 4:2-3 and in other places in Ephesians Paul teaches that the Gospel brings peace. Peace helps maintain the unity that is brought by the Spirit.

Ephesians 4:2-3 (NIV)
2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

The shield of faith

Our faith and trust is in God. We have a confident hope in the reality and power of God to do even more than we can imagine.

Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

The helmet of salvation

As we live out our identity as Christ’s living church, people who have been saved our perception or thinking of life is transformed.

Ephesians 3:14-19 (NIV)
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

The sword of the Spirit

Since Paul has not really discussed the importance of Scripture elsewhere in this letter, he explains in Ephesians 6:17 that it is the Word of God.

Ephesians 6:17 (NIV)
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

The Word is vital in our stand against the enemy.

Paul winds up this section with a reminder of the importance of prayer on all occasions.

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