“Finally, be strong in the Lord..” Paul begins his last discourse to the saints in Ephesus in our study this week. Truths that are so vital as we have an enemy who attempts to make us ineffective for God’s kingdom. But before we study about our spiritual warfare, we’ll look at the last of the relationships that Paul speaks about. Are you an employee or an employer? These are words of wisdom to heed as we walk in these roles. As usual, we invite you to join us at Women in the Word for our daily discussion and fellowship. You’ll also find the printouts for this week’s study at the end of this post.
Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.