1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
<b>Having used the example of a marriage in Christ, Paul continues with another example to illustrate the power of the family united in Christ.</b>
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
<b>If children are not nurtured with a balance of love and positive statements, this can provoke wrath in the children and discourage them (Col 3:21). Children can easily feel like "I can't do anything right" or "I can never please them." This leads to discouragement and an attitude that drives children in the other direction.</b>
5 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;
6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
<b>believers are all one in Christ, lifted up and seated with Him. We are members of one body, one family, living stones in that holy temple constructed by the Lord. Understanding that our worth and value comes from who we are in Christ, frees us to embrace our calling to serve and helps us to see that our position or role in this world provides us with a platform and opportunity to serve.</b>
9 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.
<b>Again by way of example, Paul uses the relationship of a servant to a master and a master to a servant to illustrate our right relationship with one another, when we are in Christ, walking in Him.</b>
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
<b>To “put on God’s whole armor” means to put on His Word, establishing ourselves in our new identity in Christ.</b>
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
<b>We do not wrestle against human beings, but against spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere”.</b>
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
<b>In spiritual warfare, prideful people insist on doing things their way. However, His grace is what causes us to be victorious in spiritual warfare. A humble person submits to God’s Word and His plan. (1 Pet 5:6 amp)
So be subject to God. Stand firm against the devil; resist him, and he will flee from you” (Jam 4:7, amp). We can cast our cares on God because He cares for us. Worry indicates that we do not trust Him (1 Peter 5:7). Our enemy, Satan, has no defense against a person who depends on the grace of God (2 Cor 12:8, 9, AMP). As a roaring lion, the devil seeks people to devour. However, there are Christians whom He cannot devour (1 Peter 5:8). Those who can’t be devoured by the enemy are those who are submitted to God’s grace. The “roar” of the devil is designed to put fear and terror in us. The enemy tries to impersonate God to make us think God is angry with us. However, God has made a covenant with us to never pour down His wrath upon us (Is 54:9). God has given us favor (Prov 19:12). We are new creatures in Christ, old things have passed away (2 Cor 5:17, 18, amp). Satan tries to cause us to feel like we are not worthy of God’s precious gifts. He tries to condemn us when we do something wrong. He uses the law to strengthen our temptation to sin (1 Cor 15:56). He wants us to believe that God is keeping good things from us (Gen 3:1). God is not holding back any good from us. We can place our complete trust in Him because He has given us right standing with Himself in Christ, through the Holy Spirit. We no longer have to feel condemned or guilty over our sins now that we are in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:1).</b>
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
<b>Standing in the gap God's plan of intercession. Stand Guard in the gap, watch and pray and intercede, occupy until he comes.</b>
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
<b>God has already spoken what has not yet happened (Is 46:10). Spiritual things can be called forth into the natural realm by calling forth what God has already said and done. God calls the results of a situation from the beginning (Is 48:3). There is nothing new under the sun (Eccl 1:9). God has already created a solution for your current circumstances. The way to transfer those things that God has already spoken into the natural realm is to call them forth. By faith, call forth what is not yet seen by speaking it (Rom 4:17). Call forth the good life. You have a heavenly inventory of blessings and provision waiting to be called forth. When you believe, you will speak what you believe (2 Cor 4:13).</b>
21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.
23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
<b>Standing in Him. A body of believers, standing in Him fully attached and complete, head, body soul and spirit, through the Holy Spirit.</b>
24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
<b>The plan of God, the salvation of mankind has already been fulfilled in grace, through Christ, standing in Him, through the Holy Spirit we are able to achieve all things through Christ who strengthens us. (John 17:10, Phil 4:13, John 14:12 amp)</b>