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“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”



The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)

Eph 6:1-9 KJV

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.


This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)


The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of AUTHORITY/SUBMISSION (6:1-9)…

For those who are under the authority of another, there exists a great opportunity to follow the example of Christ, who was under the authority of His Father during His earthly ministry.

For those who hold authority over subordinates, there exists a great opportunity to reveal Christ, who was exalted as Head above all, to those who are around them. Also, keep in mind that those who are given authority over others remain under the authority of the Lord.


Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:

I.        The Role Of Children (vs 1-3)
II.        The Role Of Fathers (vs 4)
III.        The Role Of Servants (vs 5 -8)
IV.        The Role Of Masters (vs 9)




This section begins by looking at the role of children in the family relationship…


(Eph 6:1) Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

Much like the interdependence of the husband/wife relationship, the relationship between the child and father are interdependent on one another…


Eph 6:1-4 KJV

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)   That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth…

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

In this case, the child’s obedience to the father is directly related to the father’s need to properly train up the child without provoking them in the process (vs 4). If the father provokes the child to wrath, it becomes extremely difficult for the child to be submissive and give honor to his parents as he should…


Col 3:20-21 KJV – “Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.”


But the same holds true of the child’s obeying of his parents. Any attempts by the Father to bring up the child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, will be greatly hindered if the child does not accept his correction, obey and honor their parents as they should.


Heb 12:5-11 KJV – “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?   For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”


So as we begin this study, let us please keep in mind that a complete picture of this relationship cannot be received until we look in detail at verses 1-4 in their entirety.


In our next devotional, we will begin to look at Ephesians 6:1.




May we all recognize the Lord’s grace in our lives as He gives to us our loving children and our loving parents. May we all want to treat both our parents and our children in a way that pleases the Lord and brings honor and glory to Him.


 May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 


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  1. Terry says:

    Thanks Rob!

  2. Thanks Rob. Looking forward to more on this . . . greatly needed as we see less and less control in the home.

  3. SLIMJIM says:

    From your study here I appreciate you sharing Colossians’ parallel to Ephesians 6:1; it’s interesting to see how much of the application in Ephesians are also mentioned in Colossians

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