My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Saturday, November 24, 2007

Ephesians 6

God's sweet armour

Summary:
Kids, do what your parents say. Slaves, serve your masters like you would God. Masters be good to your slaves.

Stand strong and fight against the spiritual, not physical, enemies we have. Protect yourself with righteousness, readiness, truth, faith, salvation, and the Spirit.

Pray for me too.

Key verse:
12. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

My thoughts:
As Christians we need to be very clear that no human is our enemy, only the spiritual forces behind them. There is no justification for a Christian killing someone. The armour of God is a sweet thing to pray over yourself regularly.

Paul does not promote rebellion again slavemasters. Though I'm sure he's all for freedom of people, it's not a battle worth fighting for him. In fact, the right thing for someone in that situation to do is to serve those who are oppressing them. Maybe this sheds some light on the wife husband situation. Maybe it's not so much of support of a subservient position for woman, but more a statement that when Jesus is your supreme authority, you are a servant to all, even those who oppress you. I dunno.

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