Lesson No. 477
Book of Ephesians, Chapter 6
"Put On The Whole Armor of God"

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Children and Parents

1 Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord,* for this is the right thing to do. 2 “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: 3 If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”* 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord. Slaves and Masters 5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. 6 Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. 7 Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 8 Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free. 9 Masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he has no favorites. The Whole Armor of God 10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we* are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.* 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.* 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. 19 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.* 20 I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should. Final Greetings 21 To bring you up to date, Tychicus will give you a full report about what I am doing and how I am getting along. He is a beloved brother and faithful helper in the Lord’s work. 22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose—to let you know how we are doing and to encourage you. 23 Peace be with you, dear brothers and sisters,* and may God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you love with faithfulness. 24 May God’s grace be eternally upon all who love our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lesson No. 477 "Put On the Whole Armor of God”

Book of Ephesians, Chapter 6 08/31/2019

1. Paul continues on in verses 1-9 with his instructions for us from God about our relationships with: our children, us as adult children to our parents, instructions for fathers, servants, and masters or ‘bosses’. What does God say? Note the started with husbands and wives.

2. Why does God focus on ‘relationships’? What is the benefit of following God’s instructions regarding relationships? (Hint: verse 3- the only commandment with promise, verse 7- serving the Lord by doing such, verse 8- blessings from the Lord)

3. Verse 10 tells us how to live. If we do so, we will not have any ‘self confidence’ issues!

4. What should we put on each and every day? (verse 11) Why? Are we in some kind of battle or something like that?

5. We have two enemies in this world. Verses 12-13 describe one of them. Who is the other? Note that all of the other instructions in the Bible regarding right living focus on the ‘other’ enemy…..our flesh!

6. What are the parts of our armor and what do they individually protect? (Hint: verse 14-17).

7. Why does Paul say that taking the shield of faith is the part of our armor that is ‘above all’?

8. What does Paul say to do always? We know what prayer is…what the heck is ‘supplication’? (Verse 18)

9. What does Paul pray for regarding his mission? (Verse 19) What does he consider himself to be? (Verse 20) Are we likewise ‘ambassadors’ for the Lord?

10. Communication is key, even before cell phones and internet. How does Paul plan on keeping in communication with his churches? (Hint: verse 21-22)

11. In conclusion of this powerful letter to us, Paul closes in a prayer of peace, love with faith, and grace. Should not we start and close our communications with each other of our church members in kind?

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