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Commentary on Ephesians

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4, 25–6, 20 :

For similar exhortations to a morally good life in response to God's gift of faith, see the notes on Rom 12, 1–13, 14 and Gal 5, 13–26 .

5, 21–6, 9 :

Cf the notes on Col 3, 18–4, 1 and 1 Pt 2, 18–3, 7 for a similar listing of household duties where the inferior is admonished first ( wives, 5, 22; children, 6, 1; slaves, 6, 5 ), then the superior ( husbands, 5, 25; fathers, 6, 4; masters, 6, 9 ). Paul varies this pattern by an emphasis on mutuality (see 5, 20 ); use of Old Testament material about father and mother in 6, 2 ; the judgment to come for slave‐owners ( you have a Master in heaven, 6, 9 ); and above all the initial principle of subordination to one another under Christ, thus effectively undermining exclusive claims to domination by one party. Into the section on wives and husbands an elaborate teaching on Christ and the church has been woven ( 5, 22–33 ).

6, 10–20 :

A general exhortation to courage and prayer. Drawing upon the imagery and ideas of Is 11, 5; 59, 16–17; and Wis 5, 17–23 , Paul describes the Christian in terms of the dress and equipment of Roman soldiers. He observes, however, that the Christian's readiness for combat is not directed against human beings but against the spiritual powers of evil ( 10–17; cf 1, 21; 2, 2; 3, 10 ). Unique importance is placed upon prayer ( 18–20 ).

6, 21–24 :

Tychicus: the bearer of the letter; see the note on Col 4, 7. Verses 21–22 parallel Col 4, 7–8 , often word for word. If Ephesians is addressed to several Christian communities (see Introduction), it is understandable that no greetings to individual members of these communities should have been included in it.

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