Scripture: Ephesians 6

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Children And Parents

Ephesians 6:1-4 (WEB) 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with a promise: “that it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth.”  You fathers, don’t provoke your children to wrath, but nurture them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. 

Questions and Answers:

1. What are children to do and why (Ephesians 6:1-3)? Children are to obey their parents in the Lord. For this is the right thing to do.  They are to honor their father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise that it may be well with them and they may live long on the earth.

2. What are fathers not to do and what are they to do concerning their children (Ephesians 6:4)?  Fathers are to not provoke their children to wrath, but are to nurture them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Slaves And Masters

Ephesians 6:5-9 (WEB) Servants, be obedient to those who according to the flesh are your masters, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as to Christ, not in the way of service only when eyes are on you, as men pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with good will doing service as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, he will receive the same good again from the Lord, whether he is bound or free.  You masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with him. 

Questions and Answers:

1. What are servants to do and what will be the results (Ephesians 6:5-8)? Servants are to be obedient to those who are their masters.  Obeying them as they would obey Christ.  Doing the will of God from their heart.  Knowing that whatever good thing they do, they will receive the same good again from the Lord, whether they are bound or free.

2. What are masters to do (Ephesians 6:9)? Masters are to be good to their slaves and not threaten them.  

The Armor Of God

Ephesians 6:10-20 (WEB) 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having the utility belt of truth buckled around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having fitted your feet with the preparation of the Good News of peace, 16 above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 with all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints: 19 on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in opening my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the Good News, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Questions and Answers:

1. Who were the Ephesians to rely on for their strength (Ephesians 6:10)? They were to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.

2. What were the Ephesians to put on and why (Ephesians 6:11)? They were to put on the whole armor of God so that could stand against the wiles of the devil.

3. What were the Ephesians not wrestling against and who were they wrestling against (Ephesians 6:12)? They were not wrestling against flesh and blood.  They were wrestling against the principalities, against the powers, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

4. What were the Ephesians told to put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:13)? They were told to put on the whole armor of God so that they could withstand in the evil day.

5. Of what was the armor comprised (Ephesians 6:14-17)?  The armor was made up of the utility belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the preparation (the shoes) of the Good News of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit.

6. What else were the Ephesians to do (Ephesians 6:18)? The Ephesians were to pray at all times in the Spirit and be watchful to the end. And to pray for the saints.

7. What was Paul’s specific prayer request for himself (Ephesians 6:19-20)? Paul wanted the Ephesians to pray that he would be given the words to speak so he could make know with boldness the mystery of the Good News.

Final Greetings

Ephesians 6:21-24 (WEB) 21 But that you also may know my affairs, how I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will make known to you all things. 22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know our state and that he may comfort your hearts.  23 Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love. Amen.

HEAR the WORD

Ephesians 6:23-24 (WEB) 23 Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love. Amen.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder these verses above.  How would you feel if someone spoke these words to you?  How do you believe you’d make someone feel if you spoke a similar message to them?

MEMORIZE the WORD

Ephesians 6:2-3 (NIV) Honor your father and mother – which is the first commandment with a promise – so that it may go well with you and you may enjoy long life on the earth.

Ephesians 6:18 (NIV) 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.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

I purpose to love God and His Word and live it out in my life.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

I purpose to share what I learn from the Word with others.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray our children will obey us, their parents (Ephesians 6:1-3). Lord, I pray fathers will not exasperate their children but will bring them up in Your training and instruction (Ephesians 6:4).  Lord, I pray when we work we will do Your will (Ephesians 6:6-8). Lord, I pray those who are bosses will treat fairly and kindly those who work for them (Ephesians 6:9). Lord, I pray we will be strong in You and in Your mighty power (Ephesians 6:10).  Lord, I pray we will put on Your whole armor.  I pray we will stand our ground, stand firm, be ready, extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one, pray in the Spirit on all occasions, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints (Ephesians 6:11-18). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I stand fully in God’s strength.” <>< Dona