Ephesians 6:5-9 “No Partiality With God”

Paul gave much needed words of encouragement to the Christians who were slaves, but he also spoke to the Christians who were masters.  “And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.”  (Ephesians 6:9)  God holds the masters accountable to the same eternal standards that are given to the slaves, “do the same things.”  Negatively, he warns the masters not to abuse their authority by threatening their servants.  And, he reminded them that they are under the authority of their Heavenly Master who shows no partiality.  It is a much-needed reminder.  Perhaps a talented football player can get away with a lot more than a normal person.  Because of his awesome talent, people will lie for him and conceal his misconduct.  Maybe even the law itself will turn a blind eye toward his illegal activities.  But, God is not impressed.  His standard is eternal and universal, without partiality.  Perhaps a powerful politician can flex his political muscle in order to avoid the consequences of his sins (at least, if he is the right kind of politician!).  But, God is not moved by political clout.  In fact, if you are in a position of power and authority over other individuals, you are held to a higher standard.  God holds you accountable for your own actions, and for the way you treat those who are entrusted to your care.  So, you may be able to exercise enormous control over other people, but ultimately, God is your Judge.  And, He will not be intimidated by your power, bribed by your wealth, impressed by your abilities, or swayed by your charm.  There is no partiality with God.