Ephesians 5:21, 6:1-9 NIV

Ephesians 5:21, 6:1-9 NIV

The Revolution of Submission, Two Sides-One Coin

Ephesians 5:21, 6:1-9

May 30, 2021 

Ephesians 5:21 – Submit/Yield to one another out of reverence for Christ.

James 4:7 – Submit/Yield yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Galatians 3:28-29 – There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Philemon 1:17 – So if you consider me a partner, welcome him (Onesimus) as you would welcome me.

1 Peter 3:1a&7a – Wives submit to your own husbands. Husbands be considerate as you live with your wives

Colossians 3:18-4:1 – Wives&Husbands, Children&Parents, Slaves&Masters

Ephesians 5:21 – Submit/Yield to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

Ephesians 5:21 – Submit/Yield to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Ephesians 6:1-9 About giving up our power and respecting & honoring others, not because they have earned it, but because we are told to do so.          

Children towards Parents

Fathers towards Children

Servants towards Masters

Masters towards Servants

What I hope we discover is that “In Your Life, Every Part of Your Life is Rendered as unto God”

6:1 – Children. Paul is addressing children and if this were being read aloud in the churches, it would be addressed to the children in the congregation.  Obey, literally means “under hearing.” Obedience requires listening. You hear and you obey. in the Lord Children don’t just obey their parents, but as in the Lord which means their obedience is part of their Christian obedience, in a similar way to the wife’s command to submit to her husband. 

6:2-3 – How do children honor their parents, especially when they are older and have families of their own? Afterall, we may outgrow obeying, but we never outgrow honoring our parents. 

The lack of honoring or obeying parents is a sign of the last days as well as we are told in 2 Timothy 3:2, People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,

6:4 – Many Bibles today start with Parents, but the original began with Fathers for a very good reason. Fathers had absolute power over their children and could literally legally murder them. So here we have instructions for a Christian father to give up his power and not exasperate their children. This was revolutionary. 

Instead, he was / they were to bring up their children in the training and instruction of the Lord. The father was to be a spiritual example to their children, especially the father. Let’s read scripture together, let’s pray together. Let’s talk about what it means to be a man of God or a woman of God. 

6:5-8 – Slaves, servants, employees, volunteer workers, etc … While there were 60 million slaves in the Roman Empire, this word applied not only to slaves, but servants, bondservants, employees, etc. Vines dictionary tells us it came to mean one who gives himself up to the will of another. Thus, Paul often called himself a salve or bondservant of Christ. What Paul is doing in these four verses is eliminating the division between the secular world and the ministry of the individual when the worker, employee, servant, is to make his work, no matter what it is, as unto Jesus. 

6:9 – other side of the coin. Even as servants are to work hard and honestly for their masters, so masters are to do the same on behalf of those who work for them. We have all at one time or another had a boss who looked out for us as we looked out for them. We have also had bosses who couldn’t care less about us. As Christians if we are a boss, we are to look out for those who work for us. We are to give up our power. There is a cartoon that shows the difference. In the first block of the cartoon the boss is sitting on top of a block the employees have to move. Not the boss I want to work for. The second block of the cartoon is the boss pulling on the block with his employees. That’s the boss I want. 

Bottom line for each and every one of us: we are to live our lives so as to give our life, all of it, to Christ.