INTRO: By now you are familiar with the two large sections of Ephesians. So let me test you. We have called the first section, what? (Doctrinal) Which chapters deal with that? (1-3) The second section outlines the what of Christians? (Duties) And chapters are involved? (4-6) I have outlined this second section around the word 'to walk.' In 4:1-16 we have the worthy walk. In 4:17-32 the Christian is instructed to not walk like other Gentiles walk. In 5:1-14 the Christian is told to walk in love, and in 5:15-6:9 we have the circumspect walk.
In the circumspect walk we have the general matters related to the Christian life. We have completed those. Now in 5:22-6:9 we now have the specifics of walking circumspectly. In 5:22-6:4 we have family related matters such as husband/wife relationships and instructions to children and then to fathers. In 6:5-9 we have work related matters regarding workers and bosses.
So we begin with family related matters and that of the relationship between husbands and wives. This is the longest section in dealing with the specifics of the circumspect walk. Let me remind us that the circumspect walk is walking carefully; accurately; precisely; or perfectly. With that in view Paul will now speak to husbands and wives.