[⇑ See verse text ⇑] One of an ancient soldier's most important tools was a shield. "Wrestling" implies that it is a hand-to-hand and foot-to-foot struggle for the mastery: to wrestle successfully with Satan, we must wrestle with GOD in irresistible prayer like Jacob ( Genesis 32:24-29 , Hosea 12:4 ). No opening at the head, the feet, the heart, the belly, the eye, the ear, or the tongue, is to be given to Satan. 11. the whole armour--the armor of light ( Romans 13:12 ); on the right hand and left ( 2 Corinthians 6:7 ). Ephesians 6:10-17 Paul exhorteth the brethren to resist spiritual enemies by putting on the whole armour of God, Ephesians 6:18-20 and by perseverance in prayer, which he requireth for all saints, and particularly for himself, that he might preach the gospel with due boldness. Ephesians 6:11, KJV: "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. 24. Christ does not regard such distinctions in His present dealings of grace, or in His future judgment. We must use holy thoughts in our ordinary course. Read commentary on this popular Bible verse and understand the real meaning behind God's Word using John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. That obedience includes inward reverence, as well as outward acts, and in every age prosperity has attended those distinguished for obedience to parents. Fathers are more prone to passion in relation to their children than mothers, whose fault is rather over-indulgence. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Paul addresses the problem of doing things only for the sake of gaining other's approval. The Christian armour is made to be worn; and there is no putting off our armour till we have done our warfare, and finished our course. Servants--literally, "slaves." Christ's righteousness inwrought in us by the Spirit. . The … the preparation--rather, "the preparedness," or "readiness of," that is, arising from the "Gospel" ( Psalms 10:17 ). A single text, well understood, and rightly applied, at once destroys a temptation or an objection, and subdues the most formidable adversary. . The phrase speaks of more than just heaven, but rather … Though they be "world rulers," they are not the ruler of the universe; and their usurped rule of the world is soon to cease, when He shall "come whose right it is" ( Ezekiel 21:27 ). The Ephesians had practiced sorcery ( Acts 19:19 ), so that he appropriately treats of evil spirits in addressing them. Act after the same manner. The necessity of all kinds of prayer and watchfulness, Ephesians 6:18-20. "Prayer" for obtaining blessings, "supplication" for averting evils which we fear [GROTIUS]. Believers have once for all overcome him; but on the ground of this fundamental victory gained over him, they are ever again to fight against and overcome him, even as they who once die with Christ have continually to mortify their members upon earth ( Romans 6:2-14 Colossians 3:3 Colossians 3:5 ). We must pray, not for ourselves only, but for all saints. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. gospel of peace--(compare Luke 1:79 , Romans 10:15 ). 5:16; Ephesians 6:4 Or Parents; Ephesians 6:23 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family. CONCLUSION. In the New Testament God always informs Christians which moral and ethical laws found in the Old Testament remain unchanged, including this one (Romans 13:8-10). admonition--training by words ( Deuteronomy 6:7 ; "catechise," Proverbs 22:6 , Margin), whether of encouragement, or remonstrance, or reproof, according as is required [TRENCH]. Spiritual, therefore, and mighty through God, not carnal ( 2 Corinthians 10:4 ). We are in Christ and He is in us and we are to fight this enemy with the spiritual weapons that He has provided - through the Word of God and all-prayer. ye shall be able--not merely, "ye may." The great duty of children is, to obey their parents. The combat is not against human enemies, nor against our own corrupt nature only; we have to do with an enemy who has a thousand ways of beguiling unstable souls. As you treat your servants, so will He treat you. Those who would prove themselves to have true grace, must aim at all grace; and put on the whole armour of God, which he prepares and bestows. We must preserve in particular requests, notwithstanding discouragements. This was such a powerful implement that shields are often associated with strength in the Old Testament. the evil day--the day of Satan's special assaults ( Ephesians 6:12 Ephesians 6:16 ) in life and at the dying hour (compare Revelation 3:10 ). in the power of his might--Christ's might: as in Ephesians 1:19 , it is the Father's might. Satan tries to parody, or imitate in a perverted way, God's working ( 2 Corinthians 11:13 2 Corinthians 11:14 ). 3. long on the earth--In Exodus 20:12 , "long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee," which Paul adapts to Gospel times, by taking away the local and limited reference peculiar to the Jews in Canaan. in the Lord--Both parents and children being Christians "in the Lord," expresses the element in which the obedience is to take place, and the motive to obedience. The apostolic benediction and farewell, Ephesians 6:23, Ephesians 6… Also, hard thoughts of God, and as to ourselves. 4. fathers--including mothers; the fathers are specified as being the fountains of domestic authority. shield--the large oblong oval door-like shield of the Romans, four feet long by two and a half feet broad; not the small round buckler. The Romans used to bind a prisoner to a soldier by a single chain, in a kind of free custody. Spiritual strength and courage are needed for our spiritual warfare and suffering. Multiplied calls to prayer are found throughout scripture and many men and women in the pages of the Bible are also found travailing in prayer to God. This clause, "in the Lord," would suggest the due limitation of the obedience required ( Acts 5:29 ; compare on the other hand, the abuse, Mark 7:11-13 ). . promise--The "promise" is not made the main motive to obedience, but an incidental one. Translate, "Against the world rulers of this (present) darkness" ( Ephesians 2:2 , 5:8 , Luke 22:53 , Colossians 1:13 ). The panoply offensive and defensive. Two cases prove Satan not to be a mere subjective fancy: (1) Christ's temptation; (2) the entrance of demons into the swine (for these are incapable of such fancies). Ephesians 6:1-24 . The word translated “be strong” here actually means “be strengthened,” as rendered in the New English Translation: “Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of his power.”. Bring them up well; under proper and compassionate correction; and in the knowledge of the duty God requires. The duties of children and parents. (10-18) The apostle desires their prayers, and ends with his apostolic blessing. In Romans 13:14 it is, "Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ"; in putting on Him, and the new man in Him, we put on "the whole armor of God." 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. which is . . Compare 1 Corinthians 9:25 , "corruptible . There is none for the back; nothing to defend those who turn back in the Christian warfare. They are to be sincere; not pretending obedience when they mean to disobey, but serving faithfully. The head is the seat of the mind, which, when it has laid hold of the sure Gospel "hope" of eternal life, will not receive false doctrine, or give way to Satan's temptations to despair. the same--in full payment, in heaven's currency. "Masters" in the Greek, is not so strong a term as "despots": it implies authority, but not absolute domination. If we give way, he will get ground. The righteousness of Christ, imputed to us, is a breastplate against the arrows of Divine wrath. Ephesians 1:6(NASB) Verse Thoughts There is probably no higher pinnacle of praise to the glorious grace of God than the first few chapters of Ephesians and there is possibly no more staggering truth for believers than to be accepted in the Beloved. So Acts 28:16 Acts 28:20 , "I am bound with this chain." But it is always ready to assert itself as the native meaning, and certainly so here, close to the mention of the Redeemer’s blood. Paul makes no mention of demoniacal possession, so that in the time he wrote, it seems to have ceased; it probably was restricted to the period of the Lord's incarnation, and of the foundation of His Church. rulers of the darkness of this world--Greek, "age" or "course of the world." This verse proves the law in the Old Testament is not abolished. 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.. Read 6:10. right--Even by natural law we should render obedience to them from whom we have derived life. The devil is the wicked one. shall . ALFORD translates, "Besides all," as the Greek is translated, Luke 3:20 . On Satan and his demons being "world rulers," compare John 12:31 , 14:30 , 16:11 , Luke 4:6 , 2 Corinthians 4:4 , 1 John 5:19 , Greek, "lieth in the wicked one." To stand against satan, we are not unarmed but spiritually armed amply. wiles--literally, "schemes sought out" for deceiving (compare 2 Corinthians 11:14 ). Only the dominion of the Father is the absolute one, that of the Son is the derived, conferred, obtained ( Php 2:9 ; 1 Corinthians 15:24 ff; 1 Corinthians 3:23 , al. Where the Lord Jesus has a true believer, there I have a brother [BISHOP M'IKWAINE]. Here the authority of revealed law is added to that of natural law. Have not we, when God has called, often neglected to answer? bond or free--( 1 Corinthians 7:22 , 12:13 , Galatians 3:28 , Colossians 3:11 ). MUTUAL DUTIES OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN: MASTERS AND SERVANTS: OUR LIFE A WARFARE: THE SPIRITUAL ARMOUR NEEDED AGAINST SPIRITUAL FOES. So in the temple a perpetual watch was maintained (compare Anna, Luke 2:37 ). This girds on all the other pieces of our armour, and is first mentioned. provoke not--irritate not, by vexatious commands, unreasonable blame, and uncertain temper [ALFORD]. Contrast the malediction on all who love Him not ( 1 Corinthians 16:22 ). The differences of opinion among real Christians are comparatively small, and show that they are not following one another like silly sheep, each trusting the one before him. The gospel was a mystery till made known by Divine revelation; and it is the work of Christ's ministers to declare it. Colossians 4:8 is almost word for word the same as this verse. Be not tyrannical and overbearing. What does Ephesians chapter 6 mean? Above all--rather, "Over all"; so as to cover all that has been put on before. 20. 1. obey--stronger than the expression as to wives, "submitting," or "being subject" ( Ephesians 5:21 ). Resolution must be as greaves, or armour to our legs; and to stand their ground or to march forward in rugged paths, the feet must be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. 19. for me--a different Greek preposition from that in Ephesians 6:18 ; translate, therefore, "on my behalf." Tychicus--an Asiatic, and so a fit messenger bearing the respective Epistles to Ephesus and Colosse ( Acts 20:4 , 2 Timothy 4:12 ). Ephesians 6:21,22 He commendeth Tychicus, Q: Where in Ephesians has Paul already defined “the strength of His might”? Depending on the translation of Ephesians 6:14, we are to fasten the belt of truth around us (ISV), buckle the belt around our waists (NIV), gird our waists with truth (NKJV), or gird our loins with truth (NASB). Faithfulness (Septuagint, "truth") is the girdle of Messiah ( Isaiah 11:5 ): so truth of His followers. Chapter 6 offer four primary points closing out Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus. The Ephesians were familiar with the idea of the gods giving armor to mythical heroes: thus Paul's allusion would be appropriate. The different parts of the armour of heavy-armed soldiers, who had to sustain the fiercest assaults of the enemy, are here described. of God--furnished by God; not our own, else it would not stand ( Psalms 35:1-3 ). Let us think upon these things, and continue our prayers with patience. So the Passover was eaten with the loins girt, and the shoes on the feet ( Exodus 12:11 ; compare Isaiah 5:27 , Luke 12:35 ). 16. “Obey … in the Lord” (see Col. 3:20). This promise is always fulfilled, either literally, or by the substitution of a higher blessing, namely, one spiritual and eternal ( Job 5:26 , Proverbs 10:27 ). Equality of nature and faith is superior to distinctions of rank [BENGEL]. In addition to the contribution of Ephesians chapter 6, we may add several other observations concerning the spiritual war which will help us in our study of Ephesians 6:10-20. These he desires for those in whom they were already begun. But believers have naught to fear, being "blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places" ( Ephesians 1:3 ). No matter the wording, we are to actively lay hold of the truth and use it. ( Colossians 3:22 ). It is he in us, as the Spirit of adoption, who prays, and enables us to pray ( Romans 8:15 Romans 8:26 , Galatians 4:6 , Jude 1:20 ). All Rights Reserved. Ephesians 6:9 and masters. of God--not "make," God has done that: you have only to "take up" and put it on. Their agreement in the main, while showing their independence as witnesses by differing in non-essentials, can only be accounted for by their being all in the right direction ( Acts 15:8 Acts 15:9 , 1 Corinthians 1:2 , 12:3 ). Translate, "Having shod your feet" (referring to the sandals, or to the military shoes then used). And all grace and blessings come to the saints from God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. The shield of faith will certainly intercept, and so "quench, all the fiery darts" (an image from the ancient fire-darts, formed of cane, with tow and combustibles ignited on the head of the shaft, so as to set fire to woodwork, tents, &c.). Violent temptations, by which the soul is set on fire of hell, are darts Satan shoots at us. Motives to obedience, amidst trials, must be drawn from a clear knowledge of the gospel. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. But the oldest manuscripts omit "of world." my affairs--Greek, "the things concerning me." The apostles were to teach servants and masters their duties, in doing which evils would be lessened, till slavery should be rooted out by the influence of Christianity. Paul … Contrast 1 Samuel 3:13 , Margin. You have a Master to obey, and you and they are but fellow-servants in respect to Christ Jesus. He who is good enough for Christ, is good enough for me [R. HALL]. In Colossians 3:20 , it is, "Children, obey your parents in all things." a beloved brother--Greek, "the beloved brother"; the same epithet as in Colossians 4:7 . Hence, nowhere does the satanic kingdom come more clearly into view than in the Gospels which treat of Christ, the true Light. Tychicus is commissioned to inform the Ephesians of the apostle's affairs, Ephesians 6:21, Ephesians 6:22. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. 15. masters according to the flesh--in contrast to your true and heavenly Master ( Ephesians 6:4 ). Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. doing the will of God--the unseen but ever present Master: the best guarantee for your serving faithfully your earthly master alike when present and when absent. Be just to servants, as you expect they should be to you; show the like good-will and concern for them, and be careful herein to approve yourselves to God. Resist him, and he will flee. "Simplicity.". In most of Chapter 6, Paul is reminding the church at Ephesus to be spiritually-strong. 8. any man doeth--Greek, "any man shall have done," that is, shall be found at the Lord's coming to have done. the powers" ( Ephesians 1:21 , Colossians 1:16 ; the case of the demons here, as in that of angels there (compare Romans 8:38 , 1 Corinthians 15:24 , Colossians 2:15 ). Ephesians chapter 6 is one of the most thorough treatments of the spiritual war in the New Testament, it is but one of many texts which sheds light on this subject. Derived from Deuteronomy 10:17 , 2 Chronicles 19:7 . "Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas" ( Colossians 4:10 ). Servants are to reverence those over them. 9. the same things--Mutatis mutandis. how I do--how I fare. Their duty is more expressly prescribed to children than to parents; for love descends rather than ascends [BENGEL]. receive--( 2 Corinthians 5:10 , Colossians 3:25 ; but all of grace, Luke 17:10 ). A consolatory him that the mastership to which they were subject, was but for a time [CHRYSOSTOM]; and that their real liberty was still their own ( 1 Corinthians 7:22 ). God, by this hope, "lifts up the head" ( Psalms 3:3 , Luke 21:28 ). of the Lord--such as the Lord approves, and by His Spirit dictates. In Ephesians 6:12, Paul speaks of our battle being against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. The promise in the second commandment is a general one. . an ambassador in bonds--a paradox. of Ephesians 6:3 “that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth” “May”: The promise is generally the rule, yet some godly young men and women do die early in life (like Jesus and John the Baptist) and some very wicked people end up living long and prosperous lives ( Psalms 73:1-14 ). Persevering constancy ("perseverance") and (that is, exhibited in) supplication are to be the element in which our watchfulness is to be exercised. – Ephesians 6:12. 10. my brethren--Some of the oldest manuscripts omit these words. Contrast Colossians 2:22 , worldly things "which perish with the using." in sincerity--Greek, "in incorruption," that is, not as English Version, but "with an immortal (constant) love" [WAHL]. that I may open my mouth boldly--rather, "that there may be given to me 'utterance,' or 'speech' in the opening of my mouth (when I undertake to speak; a formula used in set and solemn speech, Job 3:1 , Daniel 10:16 ), so as with boldness to make known," &c. Bold plainness of speech was the more needed, as the Gospel is a "mystery" undiscoverable by mere reason, and only known by revelation. "Good will" is stated by XENOPHON [Economics] to be the principal virtue of a slave towards his master: a real regard to his master's interest as if his own, a good will which not even a master's severity can extinguish. . the devil--the ruling chief of the foes ( Ephesians 6:12 ) organized into a kingdom of darkness ( Matthew 12:26 ), opposed to the kingdom of light. 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