Sunday, November 6, 2016

Paul's Epistles - Ephesians - Part 12: Children, Employees and Employers

Paul's Epistles - Ephesians - Part 12:
Children, Employees and Employers
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | |

In Paul’s 35 years of ministry, since his conversion in Damascus, we have recorded in the Holy Bible many of his epistles, or letters.

Paul’s first journey took place from 33AD (the year of his conversion), through 46AD, leaving Damascus in 38AD.

Paul’s 2nd journey began in 50AD, four years later; during this time he wrote 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, and Galatians, with his second journey ending in 54AD.

Paul’s 3rd journey began in 55AD and lasted until 58AD where he found himself imprisoned in Judea from 58-60AD. During his 3rd journey Paul wrote 1st and 2nd Corinthians, and Romans. We have no record of writings from Paul during his prison time between 58-60AD in Judea.

After his release from Judea, Paul traveled on his voyage to Rome from 60-61AD, writing Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon, and finding himself in a Roman prison in 63AD.

Released soon after his incarceration, Paul then writes the epistles Hebrews, 1st Timothy, Titus and his final letter before his death 2 Timothy, which was written from a Roman prison he was placed in during 66-68AD.

Though the bible does not tell us when or how Paul died, it is believed by scholars that he was beheaded in 68AD in May or June.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”[a]
Fathers,[b] do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.
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.

Paul explains how the Body of Believer’s are to live as Spiritually Mature, and many need to Instructions for a Christian Household.

The message of this epistle to the church is “The Church, The Body of Christ”.

Over the past few weeks Paul has explained the need to be Spiritually Mature and walking in Love like Christ before building the Christian marriage, home and family.

Last week we looked at husbands and wives and their responsibility to each other, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives turning to your husband’s in all things, and husbands loving your wife with your entire life, giving all, even yourself for her.
Once you have become spiritually mature, and walk in the Love of Christ, you may have the Christian marriage.
When you treat your spouse properly, according to God’s Word, you can have the Christian household proper for raising children.
Today Paul gives instruction on raising Christian children in the Christian household.

a. In the Lord
                                                                                                 i. Ungodly parents can still be honored without having to obey ungodly instruction

                                                                                              ii. Just as instructions to wives to honor their husbands, they are not commanded to obey ungodly requests

                                                                                           iii. Honor simply put means to show respect for

b. Honor your father and mother
                                                                                                 i. Which is the first commandment with a promise

                                                                                              ii. “So that it may go well with you, and you may enjoy long life on earth.”

c. Deuteronomy 5:16
                                                                                                 i.  “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

                                                                                              ii. If God is leading you, what He has in store for you will be based on your obedience.

                                                                                           iii. Honoring your parents is an act of obedience which is rewarded by God Himself, and His promise is you will live long and life will go well with you in the land He gives you.

a. Exasperate = frustrate

                                                                                                 i. Do not provoke your children to the point of wrath
1. Anger, annoy, irritate, antagonize

                                                                                              ii. We can do this by
1. Continually nagging
a. Once an issue is dealt with, let it go

2. Purposely pushing
a. correct a path with proper discipline, do not annoy or antagonize the child

b. Empty threats, broken promises, lack of proper discipline, this is just pushing your child around, and teaching him that you (and authority such as God) is unstable, untrustworthy, unreliable, incapable of caring for you, and cannot be leaned on or turned to in life when you are in trouble.

3. Picking on for your enjoyment
a. This only frustrates, irritates and angers your children

b. You are teaching them they are a toy for your enjoyment, rather than a treasure from God

c. Psalm 127:3Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.”

4. This is one of the many reasons Abortion is wrong with God
a. Psalm 139:13For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.”

b. God says it is wrong to “murder”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i.      Genesis 9:6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ii.      Matthew 15:19
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    iii.      Matthew 19:18
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      iv.      Mark 10:19
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         v.      Luke 18:20
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vi.      John 8:44
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   vii.      Acts 3:14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                viii.      Romans 1:28-29
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ix.      Romans 13:9

c. The unborn IS a person according to God
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i.      Psalm 15:5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ii.      Luke 1:44
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    iii.      Jeremiah 1:5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      iv.      Matthew 1:20-21

d. Scripture calls the unborn “children”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i.      Luke 1:41
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ii.      Exodus 21:22-23

e. The unborn are “known” personally by God
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i.      Psalm 139:15-16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ii.      Jeremiah 1:5

f. God’s Word is clear that the unborn ARE people!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i.      And God’s Word is very clear, murdering people is wrong.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ii.      Abortion is murdering people and morally wrong in God’s eyes.

5. Some argue it’s a woman’s right…
a. It is, it is everyone’s right to sin against God, it’s called freewill.

b. However, You better be careful not to help others in their sin.

c. 1 Timothy 5:22 “…do not take part in the sins of others, keep yourself pure.”

d. 1 John 3:9 “no one born of God makes a practice of sinning.”

e. Acts 5:29 “We MUST obey God rather than men!”

b. Bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord
                                                                                                 i. Training means discipline, education

                                                                                              ii. Admonition means warnings and rebukes

                                                                                           iii. In other words, raise them educating them about the discipline of Christianity (following Christ), and correct them with warnings from scripture, and rebukes (or disciplines for wrong behavior) as scripture dictates.

c. Training and instruction of the Lord
                                                                                                 i. Remember, this can only work if;
1. You are spiritually mature

2. You are walking in the Love of the Lord

3. You are treating your spouse scripturally

4. THEN you will be able to raise your children accordingly

a. Bond servants (slaves) in Roman times
                                                                                                 i. Were workers for masters (employers)

                                                                                              ii. Usually in trade for room and board and a small plot of land

                                                                                           iii. Some were bond servants because of debt they could not pay

                                                                                            iv. Some were voluntarily bond servants because they had no family, or land or were very poor

b. Bond servants (employees) respect your masters (employers)
                                                                                                 i. Respect with fear and sincerity of heart

                                                                                              ii. Just as you obey Christ
1. Why?
2. Scripture says to
3. Not only to win favor when the bosses eyes are on you, but as slaves to Christ, doing the Will of God from your heart
c. Serve wholeheartedly
                                                                                                 i. As if you were serving the Lord not people

                                                                                              ii. Because you know the Lord will reward each of you for whatever good you do, whether bond servant or free man

d. Masters (employers)
                                                                                                 i. Treat your employees the same way!

                                                                                              ii. Do NOT threaten them since you know that HE who is both their master and yours is in heaven.


The theme we see in Ephesians is clear, we are all the same in God’s eyes.

There are only two kinds of people, those who belong to the Lord, and those who do not.

Whether you are Jew, Gentile, Bond servant or free man, you MUST treat others with respect, and do not consider yourself better than them.

Romans 12:3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

You must examine yourself, with sober judgment, and recognize that we are all the same.

God is NO respecter of persons, and demands we treat each other with respect.

So, if you are Spiritually mature, walking in the Love of Christ, treating your spouse according to scripture, you will have the ability to raise your children correctly, and there will be a pleasing environment in your workplace, whether you are the employer or the employee.

Of course, if you are not spiritually mature, there will be problems.

If you are not treating your spouse according to scripture, there will be problems.

If your foundation is broke, then your children will not be raised correctly, and there will be problems.

If you are not an employee working as if you are working for the Lord, there will be problems, or if the employer is not treating his employees with the same respect, there will be problems.

However, we can call on God through prayer to reveal these things to us, so that we may correct where we can, and God can work where we cannot.

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