Chapter Six, Lesson Two
THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 7 Page
The Spirit Filled Life
V. 5 ** What are the next two categories of Spirit filled Christians
that Paul now addresses?
Slaves (V. 5) and masters (V. 9 ).
** Is Paul hereby condoning the practice of slavery?
No - While kidnapping someone for the purpose of using them in forced
labor is Biblically wrong, it was common for someone to voluntarily
indenture themselves to work off a debt. But they were freed during
the year of Jubilee (every 50 years, this was following a lapse of seven
Sabbaths of years or seven times seven years). cf. Exodus 21:16 and
** So if Paul is not addressing what is right or wrong about slavery,
what is he talking about?
How we behave, no matter who we are! (Holy Spirit controlled labor
Remember Ephesians 5:21! All Christians, even if they relate to one
another as slaves and masters are to "be subject" (hupotasso)
to one another.
cf. Paul's instruction in 1Corinthians 7:20-24.
** What obvious parallel can we draw to today's society from this passage.
Employees and employers - and their relations.
** What command does Paul give to the Holy Spirit filled servant or employee?
"be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh",
this is not a complicated, or elusive concept! It is merely a simple
** What do you suppose He means by the phrase "according to the
Paul is referring to our earthly masters, those who have a physical
authority over our labors - not a spiritual authority.
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