January 19, 2023
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.
23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. (To the Ephesians written from Rome, by Tychicus.)
“12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” And we also wrestle with the ‘old person’ we were before we came to Christ and became new creatures. The hardest person to say ‘no’ to is ourselves. What we hate in the world never seems to be what we see in ourselves and that’s a problem. It’s the whole ‘mote and beam’ story, isn’t it? (Matt 7:3)
Christians live in three worlds – the world we touch on a daily basis as we live our lives, the world of this planet (be in it but not of it), and the heavenly places. Life for us is a constant checklist of behavior and thoughts and keeping both of those things in line. That’s exactly as it should be. If we claim we’re Christian, we put ourselves on display; we are representatives of our Lord and Savior. What we say and do reflects on Him – that’s how the world sees it, anyway. The world doesn’t know enough to discern the difference between our fallen nature and the better one Jesus calls us to. Therefore … we must walk softly and carry no stick at all, which is contrary to that popular quote.
So – yes, 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. but first and foremost, we must wrestle with ourselves.
2 thoughts on “Ephesians 6: 1 – 24”
The armor of God is powerful in helping us fight the challenges within and around us and the Word is that offensive weapon, the sword of truth, while all the rest are defensive weapons for our protection.
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