Ephesians 6:21-24 Goodbye Ephesian Church

I will miss you but I know God has great things in store for you

Paul is bidding farewell to his readers in our section today. He introduces Tychicus to the Ephesian church and speaks a blessing over them.

This letter hasn’t been one of correction so Paul’s closing is shorter than in some of his other letters. He has been expressing God’s love throughout this letter to his readers. So closing with a blessing of peace, love, faith and grace is very appropriate.

Paul focuses first on the earthly relationship in his final benediction; “Peace be to the brothers” (verse 23a). This didn’t limit the peace he was pronouncing to only earthly relationships but he wanted it to be prominent in their interactions. This theme was woven into the fabric of the letter in practical applications given throughout it. But I’m certain that peace with God was also intended in this closing. Read more »

Ephesians 6:10-20 Ready For The Fight

Don’t be caught without it!

Paul points out our equipping from the Holy Spirit for the battle ahead. We are in a spiritual battle and God provides the “armor.”

Paul starts out with a warning. He plainly explains that we are in a spiritual battle that is raging all around us. But we don’t have to be afraid. We live in a fallen world but Jesus has redeemed us from it through the cross, but until His final return this world is a battleground for souls. Satan will use every weapon in his arsenal. But his weapons CANNOT defeat God’s. Read more »

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 »