Ephesians 6:1-24, the Armor of God
VV 1-4, 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” 4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
On Parenting: Children must obey their parents. The first commandment is a commandment with a promise of long life. The fathers must not put too much expectation on their children. They must nurture and train their children in the way of the Lord. Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it”. They must raise their children tenderly, teaching them the truth of the Bible from an early age.
VV 5-9, 5 Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of heart, as to Christ; 6 not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.
9 And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.
On Employer and Employee relationship: Employees must obey their employer, as servants of Christ doing the will of God, with good hearts, serving in honor to the Lord. Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him”. 1 Cor 10:31, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”. Employers should do the same to their employees, treating them with kindness, fairness, and respect, realizing that the Lord is watching them from heaven.
V 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
On Spiritual warfare: We must rely on the strength of the Lord and not on our strength. Jesus’ strength is made perfect through our weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:19 a, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
VV 11-13, 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 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.
We must put on the armor of God to protect against the attacks of the devil. We are not fighting against human beings with flesh and blood. We are fighting against evil spirits in the spiritual realm of the unseen world. Our enemies are the hierarchy of evil spirits called principalities and power, rulers and authorities, and spiritual wickedness in high places, We must win the battle in the spiritual realm before we can win the battle in the physical realm.
VV 14-17, 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
Jesus, the armor of God: Chained to a Roman soldier, Paul used the Roman soldier’s uniform to illustrate the armor of God. Jesus is the belt of truth. John 14:7, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”. Jesus is the breastplate of righteousness. 2 Cor 5:21, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, is the shoe of the preparation of the gospel of peace. We must always be ready to share the gospel of peace in our walk. 1 Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear”. Jesus is the shield of faith. Psalm 35:1-2, “Plead my cause, O Lord, with those who strive with me. Fight against those who fight against me. Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help”.
Jesus is the helmet of salvation. 1Thess 5:8, “But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation”. We must look forward to our hope of salvation. Jesus, the Word, is the sword of the Spirit. John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”. The sword of the Spirit is double-edged, a defensive and an offensive weapon. Put on Jesus, the full armor of God.
VV 18- 20, 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
We must pray with perseverance, watchfulness, and supplication.
We must cultivate the discipline of intercession. In Ezekiel 22:30, God was looking for an intercessor but he could not find any, “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one”. 2 Chronicles 7:14, “ if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”. Paul implored his audience to pray for him so that he could preach the gospel with boldness in prison.
VV 21-22, 21 But that you also may know my affairs and how I am doing, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make all things known to you; 22 whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know our affairs, and that he may comfort your hearts.
Paul assigned Tychicus, a beloved brother, and faithful minister to explained all things to his audience.
VV 23-24, 23 Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
Paul ends the epistle of Ephesians with a doxology, benediction, prayer, and Amen.