Me, a Slave?. Ephesians 6:5-9. By David Turner www.BibleStudies-online.com. No one is Free. To Whom/What Do You Serve?. We are Slaves to lawlessness or slaves to righteousness. Romans 6:19
Me, a Slave?
By David Turner
No one is Free
To Whom/WhatDo You Serve?
5Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, 6 not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. 9 Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.
earthly masters – “fleshly lords (κύριος)” – Paul intentionally uses the same name for lords as he does for the Lord.
As you would Christ – “you obey your earthly lord in the same manner that you’d obey Christ”.
Brothers in Christ
10 I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment. 11 (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) 12 I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. 13 I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel, 14 but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord. 15 For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, 16 no longer as a bondservant but more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.