Paul continues writing to those who follow Jesus about living differently in their households. Our homes are to be known by the way we love, honor, and respect one another. Paul addresses masters and slaves which is not his way of approving of this living arrangement. Instead it was an acknowledgment of where most people were as 80% of the Romans world were enslaved. This was not race-based or the result of kidnapping others. This was a way to have a place to live or pay off debts. Either way, Paul does advocate for freedom in the letter to Philemon.
Paul ends this letter sharing about the armor of God which includes the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes with the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit. This armor protects us from the attacks from spiritual darkness enabling us to stand firm in our faith.
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