Ephesians 6

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Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.

And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Final Greetings

21 Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing. 22 I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.

23 Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.

Go Deeper

As Paul wraps up his letter to the church in Ephesus, he reminds them of the spiritual struggle they are part of. We have an enemy that is out to destroy us. As children of God, we should put on the full armor of God to stand up against the evil of the world. It is easy to think our boss, family members, or individuals we may be in conflict with are our enemies. This passage suggests it is different, and deeper, than that. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood…but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (v. 12). Our struggles with other people are really manifestations of conflict at the spiritual level.

To overcome our spiritual struggles, we fight spiritual battles. Being faithful to God is not for the faint of heart. It’s a fight for the most important part of us–our souls. It is a matter of life and death. It’s the greatest challenge of our lives. Sometimes we may be tricked into thinking our greatest challenges are in building thriving companies, families or bank accounts. But “what good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (Mark 8:36). Our faith is a dangerous fight for our souls.

To win the fight for our souls, we need the full armor of God. Since our challenges and struggles will come from all forces of evil we must put on the full armor of God to be able to stand our ground. The full set of armor includes: truth, righteousness, readiness, faith, salvation, the Holy Spirit and God’s word. We need each piece to win the fight.

In sum, we are in a spiritual fight against Satan and God offers us the armor (and sword) we need to succeed. Let’s take that seriously today. Serious enough to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (v. 18). Serious enough to spend time in the word of God. What will we do with that today?


  1. Are you wearing the armor of God into your battles?
  2. Which piece(s) of the armor are you missing? 
  3. Do you sometimes forget faith is a fight?

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2 thoughts on “Ephesians 6”

  1. What a rich and powerful book Ephesians is! Paul outlines a plan of action for believers. We are to obey, honor, serve, stand, pray, declare and encourage. Whether we realize it our not, we are engaged in a spiritual battle with Satan, who fights with lies that can sound like the truth. To defeat him, we must do so with truth. We must stay armed and ready, for the attacks will come. The struggle is real and will remain until Christ returns, however, we’ve been given the Holy Spirit and can engage knowing in the end we are victorious. Recall Christ’s words in Matthew 16:18, “Upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.” I’m a bit sad to see our time in Ephesians end. Paul wrote these powerful letters of encouragement from prison. He was neither discouraged or defeated. What a stellar example to us! God can and does use any circumstance to do his will. May we live fearlessly always ready to proclaim the hope found in Jesus.

  2. This study of Ephesians has led me to really meditate on Paul’s imprisonment. I’ve been in prisons. I’ve been to the Holy Land and stood in the pit where our Savior was held….and they both leave you uneasy, for they are not desirable places. I tried googling where Paul was held, researched the conditions he probably was subjected to, and his death—to get a deeper feel of his text and urgency. Now this is totally my assumption only—-but I wonder if he was allowed light(candle)? A window? I read where while he was in Rome he was not restricted from receiving visitors. That would explain how he was able to write in prison, and possible afforded a nicer cell. But if he had a window, I have always wondered if he didn’t have Orion as the meaning behind the armor of God. Orion is mentioned in Job, Amos, and In Revelation. (There is much to research behind its biblical meaning) It is universally known, thus being the most visible constellation. Orion the Hunter, the Warrior, the One Who Comes Forth as Light, is a representation of the armor of God for me. When I look in the night sky, that’s what I refer to it as a reminder.

    Thank you for all the well written commentary’s and thoughts over this study of Ephesians, they have been very thought provoking. My prayers has been that we all have grown more mature in spirit and word, and encouraged to be unified in a body of believers.

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