Ephesians
Chapter 6

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1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)

3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:

22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. (To the Ephesians written from Rome, by Tychicus.)

Commentary for Ephesians 6

The duties of children and parents. (1-4) Of servants and masters. (5-9) All Christians are to put on spiritual armour against the enemies of their souls. (10-18) The apostle desires their prayers, and ends with his apostolic blessing. (19-24)1-4 The great duty of children is, to obey their parents. That obedience includes inward reverence, as well as outward acts, and in every age prosperity has attended those distinguished for obedience to parents. The duty of parents. Be not impatient; use no unreasonable severities. Deal prudently and wisely with children; convince their judgements and work upon their reason. Bring them up well; under proper and compassionate correction; and in the knowledge of the duty God requires. Often is this duty neglected, even among professors of the gospel. Many set their children against religion; but this does not excuse the children's disobedience, though it may be awfully occasion it. God alone can change the heart, yet he gives his blessing to the good lessons and examples of parents, and answers their prayers. But those, whose chief anxiety is that their children should be rich and accomplished, whatever becomes of their souls, must not look for the blessing of God.

5-9 The duty of servants is summed up in one word, obedience. The servants of old were generally slaves. The apostles were to teach servants and masters their duties, in doing which evils would be lessened, till slavery should be rooted out by the influence of Christianity. Servants are to reverence those over them. They are to be sincere; not pretending obedience when they mean to disobey, but serving faithfully. And they must serve their masters not only when their master's eye is upon them; but must be strict in the discharge of their duty, when he is absent and out of the way. Steady regard to the Lord Jesus Christ will make men faithful and sincere in every station, not grudgingly or by constraint, but from a principle of love to the masters and their concerns. This makes service easy to them, pleasing to their masters, and acceptable to the Lord Christ. God will reward even the meanest drudgery done from a sense of duty, and with a view to glorify him. Here is the duty of masters. Act after the same manner. Be just to servants, as you expect they should be to you; show the like good-will and concern for them, and be careful herein to approve yourselves to God. Be not tyrannical and overbearing. You have a Master to obey, and you and they are but fellow-servants in respect to Christ Jesus. If masters and servants would consider their duties to God, and the account they must shortly give to him, they would be more mindful of their duty to each other, and thus families would be more orderly and happy.

10-18 Spiritual strength and courage are needed for our spiritual warfare and suffering. Those who would prove themselves to have true grace, must aim at all grace; and put on the whole armour of God, which he prepares and bestows. The Christian armour is made to be worn; and there is no putting off our armour till we have done our warfare, and finished our course. The combat is not against human enemies, nor against our own corrupt nature only; we have to do with an enemy who has a thousand ways of beguiling unstable souls. The devils assault us in the things that belong to our souls, and labour to deface the heavenly image in our hearts. We must resolve by God's grace, not to yield to Satan. Resist him, and he will flee. If we give way, he will get ground. If we distrust either our cause, or our Leader, or our armour, we give him advantage. The different parts of the armour of heavy-armed soldiers, who had to sustain the fiercest assaults of the enemy, are here described. There is none for the back; nothing to defend those who turn back in the Christian warfare. Truth, or sincerity, is the girdle. This girds on all the other pieces of our armour, and is first mentioned. There can be no religion without sincerity. The righteousness of Christ, imputed to us, is a breastplate against the arrows of Divine wrath. The righteousness of Christ implanted in us, fortifies the heart against the attacks of Satan. Resolution must be as greaves, or armour to our legs; and to stand their ground or to march forward in rugged paths, the feet must be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Motives to obedience, amidst trials, must be drawn from a clear knowledge of the gospel. Faith is all in all in an hour of temptation. Faith, as relying on unseen objects, receiving Christ and the benefits of redemption, and so deriving grace from him, is like a shield, a defence every way. The devil is the wicked one. Violent temptations, by which the soul is set on fire of hell, are darts Satan shoots at us. Also, hard thoughts of God, and as to ourselves. Faith applying the word of God and the grace of Christ, quenches the darts of temptation. Salvation must be our helmet. A good hope of salvation, a Scriptural expectation of victory, will purify the soul, and keep it from being defiled by Satan. To the Christian armed for defense in battle, the apostle recommends only one weapon of attack; but it is enough, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. It subdues and mortifies evil desires and blasphemous thoughts as they rise within; and answers unbelief and error as they assault from without. A single text, well understood, and rightly applied, at once destroys a temptation or an objection, and subdues the most formidable adversary. Prayer must fasten all the other parts of our Christian armour. There are other duties of religion, and of our stations in the world, but we must keep up times of prayer. Though set and solemn prayer may not be seasonable when other duties are to be done, yet short pious prayers darted out, always are so. We must use holy thoughts in our ordinary course. A vain heart will be vain in prayer. We must pray with all kinds of prayer, public, private, and secret; social and solitary; solemn and sudden: with all the parts of prayer; confession of sin, petition for mercy, and thanksgiving for favours received. And we must do it by the grace of God the Holy Spirit, in dependence on, and according to, his teaching. We must preserve in particular requests, notwithstanding discouragements. We must pray, not for ourselves only, but for all saints. Our enemies are mighty, and we are without strength, but our Redeemer is almighty, and in the power of his mighty we may overcome. Wherefore we must stir up ourselves. Have not we, when God has called, often neglected to answer? Let us think upon these things, and continue our prayers with patience.

19-24 The gospel was a mystery till made known by Divine revelation; and it is the work of Christ's ministers to declare it. The best and most eminent ministers need the prayers of believers. Those particularly should be prayed for, who are exposed to great hardships and perils in their work. Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith. By peace, understand all manner of peace; peace with God, peace of conscience, peace among themselves. And the grace of the Spirit, producing faith and love, and every grace. These he desires for those in whom they were already begun. And all grace and blessings come to the saints from God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Grace, that is, the favour of God; and all good, spiritual and temporal, which is from it, is and shall be with all those who thus love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity, and with them only.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Ephesians 6

  • S. R. F
    When I think of Ephesian,the first thing that comes to mind is obedience, then protection by wearing your armour. It tell us we are in a spiritual war and only God 'word' can give us the protection from evil.
  • Carol Goree
    I was laying on an emergency room bed because I couldnt hardly move. It felt like I was bout to dye and all of a sudden God spoke to and said you battle is spiritual and not physical. Get up and pray. The next few minutes the doc came in and said there was nothing wrong with me. And mentioned that I had to leave. When I got home I opened up my Bible and Ephesions 6:12 he showed me
  • Brianna vs. 5-9
    The Bible has advice for everything!!!! Our Masters, may be anyone that exercise authority over us, like a supervisor. We are encouraged to keep a good work ethic, as Jehovah God will repay us if our fleshly "master" doesn't. It even instructions these "masters" to deal kindly with their subordinates. After all, we ALL have a master in heaven, whether we recognize his authority or not.
  • Henry
    Lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us. Everyone has a spiritual weakness which has to be worked in daily. That s why Jesus said to take up our cross daily. That s also why Paul said to crucify the flesh with the affections and lusts.
  • BSP
    We need to put on the complete spiritual suit of armor because we face superhuman evil spirit forces. The only way we can come off victorious is with Jehovah God's help.
  • Bruce
    The Bible:2 Books in One. Worldly And Spiritual. The Lost Can Only Read The Bible Worldly. When Kids had Secret Code Books they Needed a Special Film to Read The Code. When We answer The Call(John 6:44) We're Washed by His Blood and The Spirit Moves in:(Revelation1:5, Mark1:8)We Now See. Is Man a Paradigm? Man: Male. Hebrew(Person,Species, Mankind etc. is that Male and Female? Read 4thPost Below
  • Vanessa
    Bruce in hebrew paradigm Genesis 2:18 said it all about man and why woman was created , Adam was male according to God's word
  • Bruce
    Dave? Him that Thinketh He Standeth Take Heed Lest He Fall(1Corinthians 10:12) We are To Judge: by Their Fruits We Shall Know Them( Matthew 7:20) The Only One to be Lifted Up: So Must The Son of Man be Lifted Up(John 3:14) Join You in Your Pride? What! Out of The Heart---Comes Evil Thoughts ---- Wickedness, Deceit--- Pride, Foolishness: These Things Defile a Man(Mark 7:20-23) What are You Saying?
  • Bruce
    Lewis: Adam or Man Comes From The Same Hebrew Word, Meaning: Human, Species, Mankind, etc. That Means Women or Men, Any Race. Man was Made First because God wanted Him to Take Care of Eve. To Watch Over and Protect. He's The Head of The Family. Sounds Like You're Playing into Satan's Hand. The Lord Said: In The End Times there Will be Mockers(Jude18)or is it Just a Lack of Understanding?
  • Lewis
    Genesis1 "let us make man in our image"...the word is "man" not ladies. It so interesting you admonish Satan for changing GOD's word, yet you do it by claiming something not recorded. Unless you scapegoat your way thru by saying "man" is intended to be "man kind" as generality. Whomever you are memorize James 3:1 do more, pray often type less. John 14:9 -Jesus was a Male. A woman comes from man. Adam was created first for a very good reason. Masculine Feminine are not the same. "Father in Heaven" makes it clear. Jesus did not teach us at anytime GOD was Unisex nor genderless. In Fact when ye pray...it is recorded... Father in Heaven. May GOD Grant you the wisdom knowledge of His Word.


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Bible Trivia

What allows you to 'stand against the wiles of the devil'?
  • the sword of righteousness
  • prayer
  • holy water
  • the armor of God