As we have been studying the household table of Ephesians 5:22-6:9, we have been surprised as Paul has addressed not only wives, but children. It is perhaps most surprising of all, that he would address slaves. This is proof that slaves were part of the Christian community. Slavery, with all its attendant evil, was universally accepted in ancient times ‚Äď it was considered an indispensable aspect of civilized society. But rather than dealing with the evil of the institution of slavery, Paul's instruction gets to the heart of slaves and their earthly masters.
Read Ephesians 6:5-9 ‚Äď take note of the Christ-centeredness of the instruction. With a changed heart, the slave is liberated from ‚Äúmen-pleasing,‚ÄĚ in order to serve Christ Himself! His mundane tasks are raised to the level of God's will and the good pleasure and glory of Christ. And then likewise, the earthly masters, without suggesting any privileged superiority, are admonished to know that Christ is ultimately the Master of both slave and slave-owner, and there is no partiality with Him. Rich slave-owners who were used to being puffed up and flattered receive no such accolades from the Lord Jesus Christ! And instead of suppressing and using slaves for their own end, masters are admonished to develop relationships with their slaves.
Excellent! ... an excellent job in giving historical context to the pericope and exhorting us to look deeper into what Paul is trying to say about being under the Lordship of Christ. I did a lot of work in college in New Testament studies so I appreciate his careful attention to Paul's words.
A native of New York, Pastor LoSardo was saved by the grace of God in 1986 after hearing the Gospel from his brother, while pursuing a career in scientific research. He was ordained into the ministry in 1995 and served as the Associate Pastor of a large messianic congregation...