Gilbert House Fellowship #133: Ephesians 5-6; Philippians

OUR STUDY in the New Testament this week focuses on military formations and tactics, although it might not seem that way at first. We cover Ephesians 5 and 6, with a lot of time on the passages that instruct husbands and wives on their relationships to one another and a description of the whole armor of God — and why those verses describe a holding action and not an attack on the Enemy.

Note that in the “full armor of God” passages (Ephesians 6:11-20) Paul uses the word “stand” four times. That’s stand, not attack. We are called to hold our ground and protect the weak and injured until Christ returns at the head of a heavenly army. We are not called to conquer the world in his name, a false teaching that has led the Church astray for centuries.

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  1. Great study this week! There is a lot packed into Ephesians 5-6… you hear parts quoted often, but usually out of context. It was nice to hear you both putting it all together as a whole. Also, glad to have you back and feeling better! Blessings – Sandi

  2. A couple thoughts. I had never noticed in the verses about the armor of God that it says to stand. Gives a whole new perspective on the subject.
    Also, my husband was born and raised in Ohio and he says “youns’ also.

    I so enjoy listening to you. I am a big advocate of reading the Scriptures out loud.
    God Bless You greatly.

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