Category: Ephesians

The Four All’s of Prayer

This is the final post of our study of Ephesians. Today we will conclude this series learning about the four all’s of prayer: the Variety of Prayer, the “when” and the “where” of prayer, the manner of prayer, and the indirect objects of prayer. The Four All’s of Prayer The word of God directed to men (Ephesians 6:17) is very powerful, especially when it is in close association with the word of men directed to God (Eph. 6:18-20), not as if God and men were equal partners but because the word of men directed to God is Spirit-given, Spirit-guided (‘in the...

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The Full Armor of God

Believers must be fully equipped for battle against the forces of evil. Paul in Ephesians 6:14-17 will describe the suit of armor believers are to wear. In order to do this, the apostle makes use of six metaphors derived from the armor of the Roman hoplite, the heavily armed Roman legionary going forth into battle. To be sure, there is also a seventh weapon, the climax of them all. However, that seventh one stands in a place all by itself. It is not indicated by any figure or metaphor. To do justice to the six one should see the...

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Preparing for Spiritual Warfare

In the preceding sections in Ephesians Paul has described salvation as being, on the one hand, the product of God’s sovereign grace, on the other hand, the promised reward of human effort, the latter being made possible from start to finish by the former. These two elements—divine grace and human responsibility—are again most beautifully combined in this closing section in Ephesians 6:10-20. In this post which is part of the ongoing series at Servants of Grace on Ephesians, we will look in three articles at Ephesians 6:10-20. Today we will focus on Ephesians 6:10-13 and the basic truths regarding...

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Submission and Authority

Earthly obedience is not a subject we hear about very often in our churches. Of course, most of us see the continual call towards obedience of the Lord and His ways, but when it comes to how we are to think of obedience in our temporal, earthly relationships, it is a bit harder to discern, and a lot harder to preach. In Ephesians 6:1-9, Paul helps us think about the importance of obedience when we find ourselves under authority. It also has much to say about how the authority figures themselves should act, and what the parameters are for...

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Marriage and the Glory of Christ

The Christian life is a life of worship. It’s a life focused on God and lived for the glory of God in Christ. Therefore, Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:18-21 not to be drunk with wine but rather to be filled with the Spirit who will teach us to speak in the words of Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, to sing and make melody to the Lord in our hearts, to give thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of Jesus, and to submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. This...

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