Verses: 1-3, It is right for children to obey their parents as the Lord’s representatives. Parents should be honored and valued as precious. This commanment to God’s people comes with the promise of living well.
Verses 4, Fathers (parents) do not provoke your children to anger and resentment. Rather rear them compassionately in training, discipline, and the counsel and admonition of the Lord. Proverbs 22:6 (Amplified) “Train up a child in the way he should go (and in keeping with his individual gift or bent), and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Verses 5-8, How do Christians live in the workplace? Respect and obey your supervisors, trying with true heart to please them, as to please the Lord….not just when they are watching….. as only being a people pleaser. Do good. God will reward your good (even if awaiting a heavenly reward).
Verse 9. Christian employers, respect and do good to your employees, as unto the Lord who is your Master and over all. Do not use threatening, violent, or abusive words. Do goo from your heart. God rewards good (even if awaiting a heavenly reward).
Verse 10…begins “In Conclusion.” Remember, Ephesians began with knowing God and the benefits of being in His family….then moved on to how to live in following and becoming like Him. Now, Verse 10, do all this by being empowered and strengthened by Him! The Holy Spirit is inside and alongside to help! The rest of chapter 6 instructs us on resisting evil and the fight of faith!
Verses 11-13, We must put on the complete armor that God supplies in order to successfully stand against all the schemes and deceits of the devil!! We are not wrestiling with just physical human opponents, but also against powers working in the worldly rulers in this present darkness, and also against spiritual forces of wickedness in the supernatural realm. Therefore, in this world of danger and demanding crisis, we must have God’s complete armor to resist evil and stand our ground firmly in our position in Christ! We must know and apply all God’s armor in order to stand strong! This is our fight of faith, with the foundation of total trust in God!
Verse 14. Hold your ground by tightening your belt of truth. Belts hold up garments so you do not get tripped up. Do not be tripped up or deceived, know and hold tight to God’s truth, His Word.
Verse 14. Put on the breastplate of right standing with God and His right living and being, from your heart, in honesty and integrity.
Verse 15. Put shoes on your feet to prepare to face the enemy with firm-footed stability, promptness, and readiness…which is produced by having the good news (gospel) of peace with God through Jesus.
Verse 16. Lift above everything, your shield covering of faith. Trust God totally! That will quench the flaming missiles of the wicked one. It is abiding in the cleft of the Rock!
Verse 17. Receive and keep on your helmet of salvation. Know with certainty that you are in the family of God Almighty through Jesus, and He is the Overcomer. Jesus marks and seals us by His Holy Spirit! He never leaves or forsakes us! Fight wrong thinking in your mind. Think God’s Words.
Verse 17. Receive and apply the sword which the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God. Receive the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Believe. Meditate. Apply. Live in. Grow. All these by abiding in the Spirit. Be filled to overflowing in the Spirit and the Word, and you are well armed!
Verse 18. Pray in union with the Spirit…always, on every occasion, in all kinds of prayers. Keep alert. Watch. With strong purpose and perseverance, pray and intercede on behalf of God’s people.
Verse 19-24 is Paul’s closing. Pray for God’s true leaders so they have freedom to speak and boldness to declare the truth with courage. God’s peace, grace, love to those with faith in Him and undying love for Him.