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Paul's "4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord" (Ephesians 4:1 KJV) was at least in part a skillful turnabout of the original derogatory meaning of Christian, which was derived from the Greek Christianos - a term used by unbelievers to describe the followers of Jesus Christ as slaves (i.e. the suffix ianos was popularly used to specify the slaves of the one whose name with which it was compounded i.e. Christianos meant slaves of Christ - see Christianos). But Christ is no "slave master" - He is a Leader sent to deliver (see Deliverance) His people from slavery to Satan, to freedom in Christ. To understand how that "exodus" out of this world (and into the coming Kingdom of God on earth) can be successfully done, listen to the Sermons First Day of Unleavened Bread: Beginning The Journey To Salvation and Seventh Day of Unleavened Bread: The Road To Life).
"4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation [vocation means a calling, vocal is from the same word in English] wherewith ye are called, 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism [see Living Waters and A Brainwashed World], 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Christians become true Christians by means of the Holy Spirit that is in them, "whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption" (see Spiritual Conception and Born Again, How and When?; see also When Their Eyes Were Opened).
"4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind [see The Cure For The Carnal Mind], 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 4:19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
Ephesians Chapter 5
All of Christian Living is based upon the foundation principles of The Ten Commandments (see How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 1, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 2, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 3, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 4, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 5, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 6, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 7, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 8, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 9 and How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 10) and The Lord's True Christian Holy Days (see Christ's Passover, Christ's Feast of Unleavened Bread, Christ's Pentecost, Christ's Feast of Trumpets, Christ's Day Of Atonement, Christ's Feast of Tabernacles and Christ's Eighth Day; see also The Lord's Holy Day Calendar page for Holy Day Sermons).
"5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God [see Why Blood?] for a sweetsmelling savour.
The Church of God is a "woman" who will give birth to the children of God by means of the Holy Spirit of God (see Spiritual Conception). The true Church is a spiritual "Eve" and Christ is the second Adam (see The Two Women of Creation and The Adam Family).
"5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 5:23 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 [see The Messiah]. 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Ephesians Chapter 6
The physical Commandment Honour thy father and thy mother ultimately applies to honoring The Father (see The Holy Father) and the Holy Spirit of God that lives in the Church, the "woman" who will give birth to God's children in due time (see Born Again, How and When? and When Will You Be Judged?; also Could Christ Return Tonight?).
"6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; 6:3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
True Christianity (see Christianos) is about serving Christ, as Christ serves God (see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?), "6:6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart." (Ephesians 6:6 KJV).
"6:5 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; 6:6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 6:7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: 6:8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
Paul's "armor of God" analogy is one of the most well-known of the Bible.
"6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 6:12 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 [see also High Places of The Mind]. 6:13 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.6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness [see The Lord's Plumb Line]; 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace [see The Gospel of The Kingdom of God]; 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Paul's final greetings.
"6:21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: 6:22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.
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