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Ephesians 6:9

Nov 12, 2016   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Ephesians, Ephesians 6, Epistles (written), Writings  //  No Comments

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Saturday, 12 November 2016

And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him. Ephesians 6:9

Paul spent four verses of instruction on what bondservants were to do and how they were to act while under the authority of their masters.… Read the rest

Ephesians 6:8

Nov 11, 2016   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Ephesians, Ephesians 6, Epistles (written), Writings  //  No Comments

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Friday, 11 November 2016

…knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. Ephesians 6:8

Paul now moves from the admonitions of verses 5 through 7 into the thought of an expected reward for meeting those same admonitions. In these verses, he is specifically addressing slaves, or “bondservants.” He is showing now that regardless of worldly station, there will be no such distinction when standing before the Lord for judgment.… Read the rest

Ephesians 6:7

Nov 10, 2016   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Ephesians, Ephesians 6, Epistles (written), Writings  //  No Comments

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

…with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, Ephesians 6:7

Again, context needs to be maintained in order to see the progression of Paul’s thoughts –

“Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men…”

He last stated that the duties of the bondservant are to be carried out as if “doing the will of God from the heart.” He now elevates the thought to show that “from the heart” means that he is to have a proper attitude in that his service is to be done “with goodwill.” It is a word used just this once, and it indicates “with kindness” or “with enthusiasm.” It is directly connected to another word used in Matthew 5:25, translated as “agree with,” or “make friends with” –

Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.”

The duties of a bondservant are to have this friendly and agreeable attitude because it is “as to the Lord, and not to men” that his work is actually to be done.… Read the rest

Ephesians 6:6

Nov 9, 2016   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Ephesians, Ephesians 6, Epistles (written), Writings  //  No Comments

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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

…not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,  Ephesians 6:6

This verse continues to explain what was introduced in verse 5. Taken together they read –

“Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart…”

Paul is asking that bondservants be obedient “not with eyeservice.” It is a word used only here and in Colossians 3:22, and it appears to be a word invented by him.… Read the rest

Ephesians 6:5

Nov 8, 2016   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Ephesians, Ephesians 6, Epistles (written), Writings  //  No Comments

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ;  Ephesians 6:5

Paul now turns from the immediate family within the household, to those who are almost as close, and maybe even closer, as far as daily contact is concerned.… Read the rest

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