Children and Parents
6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Bondservants and Masters
Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.
The Whole Armor of God
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.
Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.
Ephesians 6 Commentary
by Hank Workman
As Paul brings his final thoughts to a close within his letter, he has spoken of a deep calling upon every Believer’s life. He’s been practical as to how to live. He’s called our relationships to be honorable. Now he gives a battle cry. All these things written are for us to live right are on the line for the enemy of our soul, the god of this age, has marked every single Believer as a target.
We are to look upon these things and be ready for war for we are in it. Paul practically lays out specifics and a mindset me must hold to enter this battle. Uniquely he draws comparison between the armor needed to fight. Every piece of this battle garb comes from the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Belt of Truth
There is reason Paul lists this as the first piece of armor in Ephesians 6. Without truth we are lost. We get overpowered by the power of suggestions and lies. Truth is what holds our lives together and keeps everything in place. The belt of truth is essential for we must actively hold onto truth as it’s an important piece of our defense.
The Breastplate of Righteousness
Roman soldiers wore breastplates made of bronze or chain mail. Its purpose was to protect vital organs, mainly the heart. On it had large loops or buckles that would attach the belt to it. If the belt was loose, the breastplate fell off. When we came to Jesus this piece of armor was given to every individual. Its purpose is to protect our heart and soul from deception. Our own righteousness gets us nowhere from Satan’s attacks.
Putting this on is done through our continual seeking Him. Those who put this on each day, something begins to change within. What it covers is our heart and when a purity of heart develops, actions follow. The breastplate creates a lifestyle of change as we act on what we believe in our hearts.
The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace
Soldiers who won were soldiers prepared. He would have studied his enemy’s strategy. A good soldier entering the battlefield would have been confident to defeat him. He would have his feet firmly planted so he could hold his ground and not give up what he gained. What’s most interesting is in those days, soldiers’ shoes were studded with nails, spikes, and cleats. It helped them keep their balance and yes dig in their heels literally.
If a soldier lost his footing, he went down and it was game over. We who are continually under the attack of the enemy need peace and we need the shoes of peace to plant our feet. Shoes were both offensive and defensive. In order to defend yourself, you must hold your ground. As a Believer, you must stand firm on the Word of God. You must embrace the grace given to you and stop abusing it.
Shield of Faith
In ancient times shields of warfare were not like we imagine. They were as large as a door, had hooks on the side so you could connect them to other shields making a wall. It wasn’t just for defending yourself, it was an offensive weapon as well as you could push your opponents out of the way. Many times when soldiers were surrounded, they would circle up, connect their shields and form an enclosure. This blocked the arrows and fiery handmade missiles launched from the walls.
Satan loves to stir doubt. He loves to create questions that seem true. Many times our temptation is to question God and wonder where He is in some situation. Faith is believing in God despite. This is a vital piece of equipment. There are a couple thoughts to ponder with this. We need full coverage within our faith. Like a door, we need our faith to completely cover us and something we can hide behind. When the battle gets hot, there is power in numbers. We need to lock our shields with other Believers who will help us move forward together as a team.
Helmet of Salvation
The last piece of armor here in Ephesians 6 was the helmet. It’s a vital piece of equipment that protected the command center, the brain. We need daily protection of our mind so we don’t fall to the schemes of the devil. Our helmets must be strapped and buckled tightly. The missiles of doubt aimed at our thoughts can set us afire. Tighten the helmet. Destroy the arguments of every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God. Take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. Renew your mind daily. Don’t let the battles determine the course of your walk. Reject doubts that come from circumstances. Keep an eternal perspective.
Sword of the Spirit
What is interesting is all of these pieces of armor could work as a weapon but the true one we pick up is the sword. It’s offensive and defensive. Warriors used it as both to kill and protect. The Sword being the Word of God is something we must pick up daily. It is our defense and is also what we use as offense to demolish the strongholds.
Roman swords were 2 edged. Having 2 sharp sides made it easier to penetrate and cut in every way. So too, the Word of God can reach within deep areas of our hearts, the center of our actions exposing motives and feelings but also lead us in strength. The Word will deepen our maturity, sharpen our senses toward truth and is essential to walk confidently in what and where God is leading.
This is a call for endurance. We’ve been drafted into a war. A war to keep believing the Gospel and one to continue to spread the Gospel. Wars are long. They’re exhausting but we can’t give up. We can’t stop fighting. There is too much at stake.
Don’t give up when you’ve become tired and weak. Don’t give up when that familiar sin, still crouching at your door after all these years pounces again. Don’t give up when your weary and your soul is exhausted from the battle. Don’t give up when your long asked, sought and knocked for prayers have not been answered.
Don’t give up when the darts of doubts make you question. Don’t give up when the filed of which God has assigned you to work is hard and the harvest does not look promising. Don’t give up when your reputation has been damaged because you’re trying to be faithful. Don’t give up when the waiting on God seems endless. Don’t give up.
Ephesians 6 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
First, let’s consider the stark reality of Ephesians 6. Just take a look at our world. We have the trafficking of young children, diseases, starvation, mass killings, hate, discrimination, torture, addictions, and pain and sorrow with every nation, tribe and tongue. Satan and his demons are the wizards behind the curtain pulling the strings. When we look at our enemy, just as David looked at Goliath, we are overmatched, underqualified, and inexperienced. How can we rise to the occasion and stand firm in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior?
Paul argues here in Ephesians 6 that there is good news. If you have trusted Christ as your rock and Salvation, then you will be armed for the battle with everything you need to fight this overwhelming enemy. If you give your life over to Jesus Christ, you’ve already entered the battlefield. Your armor is waiting.
In addition, Paul is very specific about who he’s talking about. Here in Ephesians 6, he’s growing our perspective. He goes bigger and bigger. He is taking what we know, which is flesh and blood, and showing us what we don’t know, which is spiritual. So he says our battle is not against flesh and blood but instead…
Against the rulers
Some translations say principalities. This would be evil spirits. The fallen angels, or demons, who now follow Satan are the rulers. It is probable that these rulers have ranks and orders just as God’s angels are described as having them in heaven. Rulers, keep in mind, are usually localized to a specific area or region.
Against the powers
So, now we go up a notch to those with great power. They are the spiritual beings entrusted with the power to possibly oversee and direct these rulers.
Against the world forces of this darkness
Now, we go even further out. We are talking about the world forces of darkness. Again, each layer is getting darker and more terrifying. These are the forces that literally control the direction of the whole world and lead it completely into spiritual darkness.
Against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places
Now we are talking about the very dimension of the supernatural. Outside of the world, in the supernatural heavenly realm, there are those spiritual forces of wickedness that dwell in supernatural places.
It’s so important we don’t just skip over these verses and picture spiritual beings as casually sitting on our shoulders tempting us. We must truly grasp the dark, wretched and sinful dominion that looms over conduct, perspective, worldviews, cultures, religions, nations, and the entire world on into the spiritual realm of heavenly places. This is the “why” behind our spiritual armor. The war is real and God has enlisted His soldiers to raid the battlefield!