Deeper in Ephesians – Identity

This well known passage brings the letter of Ephesians to a powerful end. It picks up the main themes and brings them together into an inspiring conclusion of exhortation.

If you don’t have much time,
just do this short section…

 

Ephesians 6:10-17

Reflect on this question,
and then pray …

 

How do you go about wearing ‘God’s armour’ to be able to live for Him in the world?

 

Pray for God to clothe you today, so that you can bear up against the onslaught of temptation and all that comes at us each day.

In Ephesians 6:14–17 Paul is continuing with the ‘put off’ and ‘put on’ metaphor from the previous chapters. This time we need to ‘PUT ON’ the whole armour of God [repeated in vv 10 & 13].

What might be some very practical issues in life where each of the pieces of armour would be helpful? Check the whole verse to remind yourself of what each piece is used for …

Ephesians 6:14 – Belt
Ephesians 6:14 – Breastplate
Ephesians 6:15 – Shoes
Ephesians 6:16 – Shield
Ephesians 6:17 – Helmet
Ephesians 6:17 – Sword

Why do you think it is important to put on the ‘whole’ armour of God?

Where do you see a ‘spiritual battle’ happening in your life, and in our world, today?

Read these Old Testament passages to see where the anointed One, the Messiah, wears the armour.

Isaiah 11:1-10

Even though Judah was defeated and sent off to captivity in exile, there will be a stump which will come, and we know this to be Jesus, the Messiah.

Isaiah 59:12-17

Israel was persistently sinful, and the Messiah would be the One to deal with sin once and for all. God would rescue the nation from the enemy, and from sin. The Messiah himself put on righteousness like a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation.

Final Greetings – Eph 6:21-24

Can you identify people in our congregation who have the gift of encouragement?

How can we each take up the discipline of mutual encouragement in the Body of Christ?

  1. Eph 4:17-19 Being a Christian, means that our thinking needs to change. Where do you see examples today of ‘futile thinking’, ‘impurity’ and ‘greed’? How can we protect ourselves from the ignorance that would lead to our hearts being hardened?
  2. Eph 4:20-24 What are some practical ways we can put off the old self and put on the new self?
  3. Eph 4:26 How can you be angry and not sin?

Not much time today?

Think through these things …

  • With this passage in mind, how would you describe the difference between the old life and the new life in Christ, in your experience?
  • What is most important for you in working out the new life in Christ in your family relationships?

Got a bit more time to reflect?

Check out these questions …

Ephesians 5:3-20

  1. Which of the sins listed in this passage do you struggle with the most?
  2. Which of the descriptions of the new life in Christ brings you the most encouragement?
  3. How would you describe the difference between the old life and the new life in Christ in your experience?

Ephesians 5:21 – 6:9

  1. Is this pattern for family relationship still helpful in today’s world?
  2. Which instruction do you take to heart from this passage? What does the new life in Christ look like in your family?