Answers for Ephesians Chapter 6 

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1. What is the promise for honoring parents in Ephesians Chapter 6 verse 3?

  • That it may go well with me
  • That I may enjoy a long life on the earth

2. Are any of the other nine commandments associated with a promise?  Why is the fifth commandment described as the first commandment with a promise?

Here are the Ten Commandments from Exodus 20:3-13

  1. You shall have no other Gods before me.
  2. You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
  5. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s."

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ONE MAN'S OPINION: I don’t know, perhaps it is because it was the first commandment taught to children. It seems the 2nd and 3rd commandments contain a general promise.

3. How can we honor our parents as adult children?

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1. What are the other 2 commandments restated in Chapters 4 and 5 of Ephesians?

  • The 8th commandment – You shall not steal
    Eph 4:28 - He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

  • The 10th commandment – You shall not covet
    Eph 5:3 - But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people.

2. How do fathers sometimes exasperate their children?  If your father or mother exasperated you, how did you overcome it?

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3. Does the Bible condone slavery?

No. According to the Archaeological Study Bible - In the Greek and Roman world, slavery was considered an economic and practical necessity, an assumed part of life.

It is possible that up to one third of the people living in Greece and Rome were slaves in Paul’s day. People became slaves through birth, parental sale or abandonment, captivity in war, inability to pay debts or voluntary attempts to better their situations.

Race was not a factor. Paul was simply advocating that both slaves and their master treat each other as Christ would treat them. Slaves were to obey their masters as though they were obeying Christ and masters were to treat the slaves as Christ would treat them.

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The ancient master-slave situation was basically a labor relationship. We can learn Christian principles for our modern-day work relationships by studying this ancient cultural hierarchy.

What reasons do the following verses give us for obeying our superiors or “masters” in a modern-day work environment?

Ephesians Chapter 6, verses 5-9
5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, 8 `because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.

9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

Colossians Chapter 3, verses 22-25
22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism.

I Timothy Chapter 6, verses 1-2
1 All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God's name and our teaching may not be slandered. 2 Those who have believing masters are not to show less respect for them because they are brothers. Instead, they are to serve them even better, because those who benefit from their service are believers, and dear to them. These are the things you are to teach and urge on them.

Titus Chapter 2, verses 9-10
9 Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, 10 and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.

I Peter Chapter 2, verses 18-21
18 Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

Questions and Answers

1. From Ephesians Chapter 6, what are the 6 pieces of the armor of God and for what do they represent?

  1. Belt, which represents truth
  2. Breastplate, which represents righteousness
  3. Footwear, which represents the gospel of peace
  4. Shield, which represents faith
  5. Helmet, which represents salvation
  6. Sword of the Spirit, which represents the Word of God

2. From the following verses in Ephesians Chapter 6, what does the armor of God allow us to do? Is there a theme? If so, what is it?

  • Ephesians Chapter 6, verse 11 - so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes
  • Ephesians Chapter 6. verse 13 - so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand
  • Ephesians Chapter 6, verse 14 - stand firm
  • Ephesians Chapter 6, verse 16 - you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one

There is a theme - To Stand!

3. What are the 2 offensive weapons mentioned in verses 10-18 of Ephesians Chapter 6?

  • Sword of the Spirit
  • Flaming arrows of the evil one

Questions and Answers

1. What does verse 18 of Ephesians Chapter 6 provide for us in analyzing the following aspects of prayer?

  • When should we pray - on all occasions
  • What kinds of prayer - with all kinds if prayers and requests
  • Our disposition for prayer - be alert (ready to pray)
  • Whom we should pray for - all the saints

2. What does Paul ask the believers in Ephesus to pray for in verses 19 and 20 of Ephesians Chapter 6?

  • 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,
  • 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Twice Paul asks the believers to pray that he will declare the gospel fearlessly

3. What titles does Paul use to describe himself in the following verses; which one would you prefer if you had to choose from the four for yourself? Why?

  • Ephesians Chapter 1, verse 1 - Apostle
  • Ephesians Chapter 3, verse 1 and Chapter 4, verse 1 - Prisoner
  • Ephesians Chapter 3, verse 7 - Servant (Slave)
  • Ephesians Chapter 6, verse 20 - Ambassador

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1. What do we learn about Tychicus from the following verses? What title might he use to describe himself?

He was a messenger for Paul

Paul twice calls him a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant

  • Acts Chapter 20, verse 4 He (Paul) was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia.
  • Ephesians Chapter 6, verse 21 Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I (Paul) am and what I am doing.
  • Colossians Chapter 4, verse 7 Tychicus will tell you all the news about me (Paul). He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.
  • 2 Timothy Chapter 4, verse 12 I (Paul) sent Tychicus to Ephesus.
  • Titus Chapter 3, verse 12 As soon as I (Paul) send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, because I have decided to winter there.

2. What can we learn about sharing our faith from verses 19 and 20 of Ephesians Chapter 6?

  • We can pray for words to say
  • We should declare the truth without fear