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SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“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)

 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)

 

 

EXPOSITION:

Paul now begins the next subject in this text. It involves the relationship between servants and their masters.

 

(Eph 6:5-9) 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.

 

Just as in our previous sections, Paul addresses both parties in the relationship. In this case, he is speaking to both the servant (vs 5-8) and their master (vs 9). And, again, both parties must be fulfilling God’s will for the relationship to be at its best.

Very quickly we can see that the servant’s responsibilities towards the master involves:
1. obedience to master (vs 5)
2. recognition of master’s authority (vs 5)
3. singlemindedness (vs 5 )
4. sincerity (vs 6)
5. benevolence (vs 7)

 

The same type of responsibilities apply to the master as well:
1. obedience to the Lord (vs 5,9)
2. recognition of Lord’s authority (vs 5,9)
3. singlemindedness (vs 5,9)
4. sincerity (vs 6,9)
5. benevolence (vs 7,9)

 

Please allow me to emphasize, as I did in the other sections of this study, the great need for both parties to following these responsibilities. When only one party is seeking to fulfill God’s will, they are open to abuse and mistreatment by the other party.  When this abuse and mistreatment exists, it makes it very difficult for the abused party to continue to fulfill the will of God for their lives.

This is one of the great temptations that Christians face in today’s society… the need to be faithful to Christ, even in the face of great abuse and mistreatment by those who are in authority in the workplace (also government, church leadership and even within our own families).

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.(Matthew 7:12)

 

One of the great lessons found in this part of our study is that those who are in positions of authority over others are still servants to the Most High God. Therefore, the authority holders in this world (family, government, church, and workplace) are not free to do their own will, but will be held accountable by God. Biblically, they are recognized as stewards of the position of authority with which they have been blessed.

Servants, obey in all things [your] masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.Masters, give unto [your] servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.(Colossians 3:22-4:1)

 

In our next devotional, we will begin looking at the responsibilities of the servant in a much more detail.

 

APPLICATION:

May we all come to a better appreciate for the position of authority with which God has blessed us. In doing so, let us all strive to be faithful to our Heavenly Master and exercise that authority in a Godly kind way.

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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4 Comments

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for this study…has a lot of implications for work

  2. Thanks again Rob for another excellent post.
    No matter what position we are in, we are ALL in a place of responsibility and accountability.

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