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Ephesians 6

Ephesians 6

Ephesians 6:1 Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. 6:2 Honour they father and mother which is the first commandment with promise. 6:3 That it may be well with thee and thou must live long on the earth.

We have the promise that if we obey our physical parents and our heavenly Father then it will be well with us and we shall live for eternity. We are to obey our heavenly Father first and our physical parents after that, just as wives are to obey their heavenly Father first and after that their own husbands.

This same command requires us to obey our heavenly Father first, and after that to obey teachers of men, ONLY as they are consistent with the whole Word of God our Father in heaven.

If we call the Sabbath holy and then pollute it because some man said it was alright; know that we are breaking the commandment to honor our Father as well! To follow any person in breaking the Word of God our Father in heaven is the sin of idolatry and breaks the commandment to honor our Father!

6:4 Ye fathers provoke not your children to wrath but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Physical fathers are to teach their children godly holiness, to guide them, to lead them, to nudge them in the positive direction of true Godliness. Don’t bully them or abuse them, but gently and firmly teach them in godly love

Yes, sometimes discipline is necessary, but for the most part it is patient loving guidance and instruction that is needed; and, that kind of attitude and that kind of patient guidance and love is to begin from the very birth of the child.

Even as a very young child, we should be spending time with that child, guiding, teaching, loving, and patiently pointing them in positive directions.  An early start will eliminate most of the need for discipline later on. We won’t have to discipline all the time if we start very early to establish a positive and loving relationship and to establish positive attitudes and positive behavioral patterns in the young child, as young as possible.

6:5 Servants be obedient to them, that are your masters [yet, still putting God first] according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

This is not just talking about a  master- slave relationship, but is about any kind of relationship which involves serving others.

6:6 Not with eye service as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

Don’t just be nice when they are around, don’t just be working when they are watching; but be faithful whether they are watching or not.

6:7 Not, with eye-services as menpleasers but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. 6:8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

Seek to do what is right and good wholeheartedly with a good conscience,  serving as if you were serving God and not men only, because we are serving others in obedience to God our Father.

We shall receive our reward from God for whatever we do, whether it is God’s correction for evil or God’s blessing for doing good. We will be judged as to whether we are good or evil. And, we will receive our reward in either case, according to our conduct.

6:9 and ye masters, do the same thing unto your servants. Forbearing, threatening, knowing that your master also is in heaven neither is there respect of persons is with him.

No converted person is to bully and dominate others for his own advantage, including his wife and children, or a woman her husband and children, but is to serve God and man for the advantage of their families and the brotherhood, so that they may attain to godly holiness and become a fit part of the collective bride of Christ.

6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Seek spiritual strength from God and God’s Spirit, to give us victory in the good fight against Satan and sin. Remember as you see the Ekklesia apostatizing, that these folks have been misled by the devil; and if any attack you, your fight is not really with them, but with Satan the great deceiver.

6:12 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.

6:13 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.

Our persecutors are not really those people who are abusing us. They are the spiritual forces that are influencing such people and inspiring them to do these things that are the true source of all our trials.

When we are being persecuted we are to stand firm on the whole Word of God throughout all our trials. Then we will stand in the resurrection before the throne of God.

God’s Word is truth and we are to gird ourselves with righteousness; which is the zealous keeping of the truth, the whole Word of God!

6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Having our feet shod with the gospel of peace refers to being at peace with God; and refers to our walk [life] in the gospel of salvation; which is FAITH, to believe God and to believe that God can and will keep his promises to his faithful. The Gospel of Peace is salvation by sincere repentance, a baptismal commitment to sin no more and the application of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ justifying us; and then to live our lives by every Word of God and being at peace with God the Father always.

6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

The Gospel is the good news of the way to reconciliation and peace with GOD the FATHER!

The Gospel is about sincere repentance, a commitment to sin no more and the application of the atoning sacrifice of the Lamb of God, reconciling us with God the Father; and it is about unity with God by continuing in that relationship, through a diligent rejection of sin [which separates us from God and a passionate uncompromising keeping of the whole Word and Will of God! which is the foundation of peace and unity between man and God and true unity among men!

If we are faithful to live by every Word of God, we will know and trust and believe in God and we will obey God our Father in heaven.  

He will defend us and take care of us with His great power;  and, if He allows us to suffer it is so that we might learn something and he will raise us up on that day and change us to spirit and we shall never taste of death again, but will have eternal life and have a reward from God our Father for our faithfulness.

6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, [with a whole heart, with all our heart and spirit, with intensity] and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Take the helmet of salvation and valiantly wield the sword of the Spirit, which is the whole Word of God. God’s Spirit gives us understanding of the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures. And, the Holy Scriptures are the sword of truth with which we fight sin. We are to fight sin in ourselves in this world, and we fight evil with the sword of truth and not with bloodshed.

Only that which is evil needs to fear the sharp two edged sword of the LIGHT of Truth! For the Light of Truth exposes the wicked things hidden in darkness; and the sharp two edged sword of God’s Word destroys all that is evil from before him.

The workers of evil deeds try to hide them in darkness and obscurity and they HATE being exposed by the light of truth!

The truly godly will welcome the Light of the Truth; for they are the children of the Light: While the wicked will hate the Light of the Truth for it exposes their sin.

6:19 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, 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Tychicus is sent to take the letter to the Ephesians and to inform them more fully.

6:21 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: 6:22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

The blessing of peace is first and foremost, that we be at peace with God our Father and not be separated from God by any sin, for we are promised trial and tribulation in this evil world and not peace.

6:23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 6:24 Grace [Mercy] be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen

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  1. James you say, Remember as you see the Ekklesia apostatizing, that these folks have been misled by the devil; and if any attack you, your fight is not really with them, but with Satan the great deceiver. Why do you call these people that were first called out and then slid back into the world by listening to the people in the org’s that teach them not to look to God’s new moon’s therefor do not observe the high days on the right days. Meaning God is not at there feasts. Then you call them the Ekklesia . Please explain

    I was referring to those who had been in the true spiritual Ekklesia and have fallen away from godliness. I believe that most of those who are presently falling from godliness are in fact converted but lukewarm Laodicean, and I also believe and I have high hopes that very many of them will later repent.

    I believe that many of them have been honestly tricked, misled and deceived into thinking that following human beings is the same as following God, and once their eyes are opened to that error they will quickly turn back to God, just like David ran to God in deep sincere repentance when his eyes were opened to his sin.

    Most of these folks sincerely love God, they have just been programmed to believe that everything that leaders are telling them is of God; failing to understand that God has allowed false leaders to infiltrate the assemblies to teach us all a profound lesson. This is all about God teaching us to put him first forever more, so that God can trust all those who he places in his government.

    The question arises, who am I to say that someone who blunders is no longer one of God’s people? I consider that many of these folks are God’s people still, even though they have been misled into making a temporary mistake. They are just making some mistakes and in a learning process.

    Once they are in tribulation and the reality forces them to admit that they had rejected the warnings most will rush to God in sincere repentance. That is why Satan will attack those who believe false leaders and do not obey God enough to escape: Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

    I believe emphatically that God loves all of us and that God is working everything out. I also believe that just because someone makes a mistake, even if the error takes some time to be corrected; it does NOT mean that the person is no longer converted or that God is no longer working with them to bring them back.

    Remember the words of Jesus: Zechariah 13:6 And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

    I count all of these folks as my friends, [and realizing that the issue is temporary and due to Satan’s deception] yes even those who despise me at this time.

    Remember Joseph and his brothers. I firmly believe the words of Christ: Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

    Who am I to say that my spiritual brothers have become unconverted because they have made mistakes; When they still pay lip service to the Sabbath, Festivals, the Law and to God’s Word?

    Yes, they are making mistakes, but it is because they have been deceived on certain things; and have fallen into the attitude that they know it all and no one can tell them anything. Once the tribulation comes, very many will turn to a passionate zeal to put God FIRST.

    I hope that this explains my attitude on the point.
    James

  2. Yes James it does explain. I do know people in the cogs and I love them. I just have a problem in calling people the Ekklesia that I know that is working against God’s ways. I call the Ekklesia the people that are doing his will.I do not judge that is Gods job. Thank you James Have a great Sabbath.

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