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Ephesians 6:5-9 Masters and Servants

I choose to serve Him!

Paul is addressing his last group regarding authority in our reading today. He is addressing masters and bondservants. This is not roles that many of us come into contact with today so I want to look at it as employer and employee.

I was curious about the term “bondservant” so I googled it (of course). My favorite questions site Got Questions gave me some more insight. I already knew about how a servant can voluntarily become a “bondservant” by choice. But I didn’t know if the term bondservant applied to any other kind of servant or slave. According to my source it does, but we are going to focus on the bondservant spoken of in the law. This was the willing servant who chose to serve his master for life. Read more »

Ephesians 6:1-4 Parents And Children

His lessons are taught AND caught

Paul continues his focus on practical Christian living. In our reading today Paul is focusing on the parent child relationship. He shares what a healthy relationship looks like.

Paul addresses the children first. I’m wondering if there were children present during the reading of this letter or if their parents conveyed his message to them. Would Paul have bent down and spoken these words in person to children? I can imagine Jesus doing so. I don’t doubt He did so when He blessed them. Read more »

Ephesians 5:22-33 Loving Our Spouse

A lifetime of learning to love awaits the brave. He promises to help those who lean on Him.

Paul is continuing with the practical application of the Christian life. He addresses how husbands and wives are to cherish and treat one another.

Paul first addresses the wife in her role of a helpmeet for her husband. We wives are told to submit to our husbands, just as the church submits to Christ. This is NOT calling us to be doormats or empty of personality or thoughts. What we are being told to do is operate under our husband’s authority. As the head of the family, he is the one responsible for our welfare. He is our covering. And like any covering, if you poke it with sharp sticks it will get holes in it and what is underneath will be ruined.

So how are we supposed to act? I find this verse a little more challenging than some others might because I’m my husband’s caregiver. I make nearly all the decisions in our home out of necessity. But bring big decisions to him and we discuss them. I also let him have the final say on the issues I bring to him. Read more »

Ephesians 5:1-21 Walk In The Light

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

Paul is moving from the excitement of the “pep rally” to the practical walking out of the relationship with the awesome God we met there. It’s time for the rubber to meet the road in our Christian walk.

When I was reading our passage I was thinking about darkness and light. I was thinking about how when light comes into an area the darkness leaves. Even with a small light the darkness is driven back. The darkness cannot overcome the light but if the light is extinguished or hidden the darkness returns. Read more »

Ephesians 4:17-32 Not Like Gentiles Either

Neither Jew nor Gentile, but Child of the King! Uniquely different.

Paul is calling his reader to come away from the practices of the ordinary Gentile. The new believer is not to follow the practices of Jews or Gentiles, but of Christ.

The main difference between Jew and Gentile was whom they served. Most people, even today, if asked if there is some kind of “higher power” will say there is. But the problem arises in what or who they attribute that position to. In the ancient world there were MANY gods being served. All but one were false gods. Those were the gods of the Gentiles. The One True God was the God of the Jews. Read more »