Ephesians chapter 4, He exhorts to unity; and declares that God therefore gives divers gifts unto men; that his church might be edified, and grow up in Christ. He calls them from the impurity of the Gentiles; to put on the new man; to cast off lying; and corrupt communication.
Ephesians chapter 5, After general exhortations to love; to flee fornication; and all uncleanness; not to converse with the wicked; to walk warily; and to be filled with the Spirit; he descends to the particular duties, how wives ought to obey their husbands; and husbands ought to love their wives, even as Christ does his church.
Ephesians chapter 6, The duty of children towards their parents; of servants towards their masters. Our life is a warfare, not only against flesh and blood, but also spiritual enemies. The complete armour of a Christian; and how it ought to be used. Tychicus is commended.
Insights and Prayers
- Paul exhorts us to be humble, gentle, patient, and to keep the unity of the Spirit. Lord, I want to be humble, gentle, and patient with people, tolerating their faults, because of Your love for them. Help me preserve the unity of the Spirit and live peaceably with others. Amen.
- Paul didn’t want the Ephesians to be swayed by false doctrines or any other trick of satan to pull them from Jesus Christ. It’s the same with us. We should be solid Christians. Lord, You gave spiritual gifts to Your followers; some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some shepherd-teachers. Their duty is to equip Your people to do Your work and build up the body, Your church. Lord, unite us in faith and knowledge of Your will, so that each of us grows to full maturity, according to the standard You have set up. Amen.
- We must recognize we have an old nature that constantly tempts us to sin. Lord, You told me to put off the old evil nature, because it is thoroughly filled with lust and lying. You told me to be spiritually renewed in my thoughts and attitudes so that I put on the new nature which You created to be godly, righteous, and holy. Amen.
- The King James Version says, “Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God” (4:30). This means don’t let sin lurk in our hearts, because the Holy Spirit wants us to be holy. Lord, I will not give grief to the Holy Spirit by living a sinful life, because He has sealed me with the authority of His presence that will keep me until the final day of redemption. Amen.
- Because we are in the family of God, we must live as God’s children. Lord, I will follow You as a child follows his parents because I am Your child. I will walk in love to others as Christ loved me and demonstrated it by giving Himself as a sweet and acceptable sacrifice to You. Amen.
- Because our old nature always pulls us away from God, we should pray to be pure. Lord, I will not be involved in sexual sins or dirty actions or greediness because those things are contrary to godliness. Also, I will not be known by filthy speech, foolish talking and jesting, but I will be gracious in all things. Amen.
- Paul tells the Ephesians to “understand what the will of the Lord is” (5:17, KJV). Since God has a plan for our lives, we should pray to find His will or plan for how we should live. Lord, I will be careful how I live my life, not as a fool but as a wise person. I will use my time wisely because these are evil days. I will not be foolish, but will try to understand Your will for my life. Amen.
- We should not let alcoholic beverages control our body, but we must let the Spirit of God control us. Lord, I will let the Holy Spirit continually fill me and control me. Then I’ll sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with other believers, making music in my heart to You. Amen.
- Paul tells the Ephesians to pray for him (6:19), as he prays for them (1:16-21, and 3:14-19). Lord, I will pray for others, just as I want them to pray for me. I will pray for their victory over sin, their influence in the world, their growth and their fellowship with You. Amen.
- Bible Summary – Adapted from The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge by R. A. Torrey
- Insights and Prayers – Adapted from The Prayer Bible