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Servants should work hard for their masters, and masters should be kind to their servants.


The fifth of Paul's Epistles, and the tenth book in the New Testament, is Ephesians. It was written some time around 61 AD whilst Paul was a prisoner in Rome, awaiting his trial by the Emperor Nero; a persecutor of Christians.

Paul's letter to the Church at Ephesus (in modern day Turkey) is not an admonishment, like some of his other letters, but rather an encouragement. Paul describes the nature of the Church as a living thing; the body of Christ. He then tells the Ephesians to act like Christ's body on earth.

All quotations from the Bible are taken from the Authorised King James Version.
Near to the end of his letter, Paul tells the Ephesians to wear the armour of God against the devil. This consists of the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of what?
The sword of the spirit
The sword of justice
The sword of prayer
The sword of joy
Ephesians 6:10-17
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. 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. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God"
When Paul is explaining that the Church is Christ's body, he says that God has placed all things under Jesus' what?
Under Jesus' thumb
Under Jesus' sandals
Under Jesus' cloak
Under Jesus' feet
Paul prays for the Ephesians to understand just how incredible Jesus' power is.

Ephesians 1:19-23
"and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all"
Jesus' love for us, expressed in His sacrifice, was like what to God?
Like perfume
Like gold
Like balm
Like nectar
We should imitate Jesus as a child imitates its father, and love others as Jesus loved us.

Ephesians 5:1-2
"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour"
Paul tells us to be careful and thoughtful in how we act. How does he say that we should walk?
We should walk warily
We should walk proudly
We should walk circumspectly
We should walk secretly
We should make the most of every opportunity to do good and try to behave as God would wish us to.

Ephesians 5:15-17
"See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is"
From his place of imprisonment, Paul urges the Ephesians to be united by which bond?
The bond of peace
The bond of fellowship
The bond of oath
The bond of brotherhood
Paul wants his fellow Christians to behave according to their calling.

Ephesians 4:1-3
"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace"
Paul tells children to honour their parents. If they do they will be rewarded with what?
An eternal life
An adoring parent
A happy childhood
A long life
God promises a long life to those who obey this commandment.

Ephesians 6:1-4
"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 should work hard for their masters, and masters should be kind to their servants, says Paul. A master must not do what to his servant?
Threaten him
Withhold his pay
Sack him
Give him too much work
All of us, masters and servants, are servants of God and are treated equally by Him.

Ephesians 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"
Paul says that before Christ came all men obeyed the will of Satan. How does Paul refer to Satan?
The prince of the power of the earth
The prince of darkness
The prince of the power of the air
The prince of evil
Although we were sinners, God loved us so much that He saved us through the resurrection of Jesus.

Ephesians 2:2-6
"wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus"
Wives should obey their husbands, according to Paul, because a husband is his wife's what?
A husband is to his wife as Jesus is to the Church. She must obey him and he must love her.

Ephesians 5:22-25
"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it"
The Ephesians are told by Paul how they should behave so that they do not cause grief to who?
To Paul
To the Holy Spirit
To their brothers
To the Church
It is the Holy Spirit which will bring us to the day of salvation.

Ephesians 4:28-30
"Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption"


Author:  Graeme Haw

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