Paul begins with the “lesser” category as he writes of parents/children and masters/slaves
Children are to obey and honor; fathers are not to angrify*, but teach
Christian slaves are to obey, serving Christ.
Everyone is to do what is right for God’s sake, not to please people
Masters are to treat slaves properly, remembering they too are slaves of Christ
(Christ gives a context to all relationships among believers)
We are in a spiritual battle that requires spiritual equipping by God
Standing against devilish schemes requires reliance on God
He provides truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation … for defense
He provides God’s word and prayer … for offense
Prayer can be in continuous use
Pray for those who carry the good news of Christ, for boldness
(Life in Christ is spiritual and is lived spiritually)
The one delivering the letter will update the church about how Paul is doing
Wishes of peace, love with faith, and grace to those who continue loving Christ
(Care for others in Christ is a significant value)
* angrify is a perfectly crumulent word
Sometimes when I in a “subordinate” role I find I strongly desire to assert my rights. How might I break that cycle and obey as though serving Christ directly?
I think I am a pretty humane boss and parent. But what would it look like to take another step and treat “subordinates” as fellow slaves of Christ?
Living as a slave to Christ does not sound easy. It seems like every day a different element of my defensive weaponry seems weakest. What will I do to equip myself for today’s spiritual battle?
I have a lot of dear ones who carry good news. I used to make a habit of praying for them when flossing every night; each tooth was a person. I haven’t done that in a long time. On whose behalf will I use the offensive weapons today? How?
I have a lot going on and am less connected than I have been in a long time. Who should I be telling about how I’m doing? How will I make that happen?
God, you are the one who deserves acclaim and praise. I thank you that you have always cared about the “less esteemed.” Help me to delight in being one of Your subordinates, and to understand myself that way, no matter where I am and with whom. Please make me a person who lives in truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation, and who lives in your word and in prayer. Would you bind Trinity Church together in love for one another, no matter what different kinds of lives we have led until now? Continue to develop our willingness not to hide, and to care for each other with Christ-like love. I pray this in submission to him and with confidence in him. Amen.
Posted on Thu, June 18, 2015
by joel king