Ephesians Chapter 6


In Chapter 6 Paul gives instructions regarding three important areas of the believer’s life. The first area is an exhortation on how to maintain harmony and attract God’s blessing within our family and work environments. Children are told to obey their parents, while fathers are instructed not to provoke their children to wrath but to bring them up in the Lord's nurture and admonition. As many households in the first century A. D. contained servants, commands are also given on the duties of servants and their masters (1-9) It may be more relevant in our modern American culture to apply those instructions to the work place-substituting the roles of servants and masters for the roles of employees and employers respectively. Both employee and employer are well served to remember this scripture verse “knowing whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord…” (8).

The second area of instruction is how to be victorious in spiritual warfare. At this point it is important to recall the progression of spiritual maturity mentioned in the Chapter 4 Summery. First we learn to sit in heavenly places with Christ (2:6) and then we are able to begin walking in a manner that is worthy of our calling and finally we become versed at how to “stand against the schemmings of the devil” (11). To help us understand the nature of spiritual warfare Paul uses an analogy drawn from the armor used by the Roman soldier of his day. In order for us to be victorious against the wiles of the devil and the spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places, Christians needs to daily equip themselves with the whole armor of God.  This armor includes such elements as truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation, and the Word of God (10-18).

The third and final area of instruction regards Paul’s high regard for Christian community. Standing strong requires fervent and watchful prayer, not just for one's self, but for one another. Paul asks for their prayers and then gives a brief explanation concerning Tychicus, who is to let them know how Paul is doing. Paul regarded his relationships with the other believers as a key to his own ability to fulfill his purpose of preaching the Gospel (18-22).

The letter to the Ephesians concludes with a prayer for peace to the brethren, love with faith, and grace for all who love the Lord Jesus Christ in all sincerity (21-24).[1]

[1]This summary is adapted from Executable Outlines, Mark A. Copeland, 2001, Ephesians, executableoutlines.com/pdf/ep_se.pdf