• Obeying Parents in the Lord

    Ephesians 6:1–3

    The Old Testament often speaks of honor for one’s parents by employing language elsewhere associated with the fear of the Lord (Lev. 19:3, 14, 32). Although no human authority deserves absolute allegiance, we must show proper, biblical reverence ...Read More

  • A Dual Responsibility

    Ephesians 6:1–4

    Boundaries and other elements of discipline will necessarily vary a bit from family to family depending on cultural location and other factors. What should be the same across the board, however, is an attempt not to put rules on children ...Read More

  • The Vocation of Parents and Children

    Ephesians 6:1–4

    If children do not know the rules of the household and are disciplined for breaking them, they will understandably resent their parents and be provoked to anger. Thus, parents should strive to clearly communicate their expectations and make sure that ...Read More

  • Christian Discipline and Instruction

    Ephesians 6:4

    John Calvin tells us that the remedy to provoking children to anger is not indulgence. “It is not the will of God that parents, in the exercise of kindness, shall spare and corrupt their children. Let their conduct towards their ...Read More

  • Serving Earthly Masters

    Ephesians 6:5–8

    Tomorrow we will discuss in greater detail the proper roles of servants and masters. We note today, however, with Matthew Henry that “service, performed with conscience, and from a regard for God, though it may be to unrighteous masters, will ...Read More

  • The Sanctity of Labor

    Ephesians 6:5–9

    How do you feel about your line of work? Are you counting the days till retirement? Do you hate getting up every morning and doing the same task you did the day before? Do you look forward to serving your ...Read More

  • Leading by Example

    Ephesians 6:9

    President Dwight D. Eisenhower once observed that “leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” Good leaders do not lead by maintaining uncertain, ever-changing standards or by demeaning ...Read More

  • The Armor of God

    Ephesians 6:10–13

    John Calvin comments, “There will be no danger which may not be successfully met by the power of God; nor will any who, with [the armor of God], fight against Satan, fail in the day of battle.” Daily we are ...Read More

  • The Armor of God

    Ephesians 6:10-20

    John Calvin comments on this passage, reminding us that we should not let the “injurious treatment” of others provoke us to revenge, for those who bother us are merely darts from Satan’s hand. “While we are employed in destroying ...Read More

  • Why Pray?

    Ephesians 6:10-20

    From your knowledge of Scripture, list the benefits and obligations of prayer. Look up prayer in your concordance or cross references to help you. Do you pray with adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication? Strive to pray in a complete manner ...Read More

  • Our Belt and Breastplate

    Ephesians 6:14

    Today, people want to deny the existence of absolute truth and instead embrace teachings that say personal righteousness is an indifferent matter. Yet without the truth of the gospel and a zeal for holiness, we will be ill-prepared to battle ...Read More

  • Gospel Readiness

    Ephesians 6:15

    Nothing gives us surer footing than the gospel, the good news that our sovereign, holy God has intervened in history to reconcile His people to Himself. Understanding that we are reconciled to Him through no effort of our own reminds ...Read More

  • The Shield of Faith

    Ephesians 6:16

    An essential part of turning to Christ in order to resist temptation and other assaults successfully is understanding and appreciating truly His loveliness. When we have a true grasp of His greatness, we will be more encouraged to look to ...Read More

  • Helmet and Sword

    Ephesians 6:17

    John Calvin states that “by faith we repel all the attacks of the devil, and by the word of God the enemy himself is slain. If the word of God shall have its efficacy upon us through faith, we shall ...Read More

  • Consistent, Persevering Prayer

    Ephesians 6:18

    In addition to being specific in prayer, God also wants us to be persistent in intercession (Eph. 6:18). This is a good reminder for us today, as we are likely to give up praying when we feel as if ...Read More