Slaves, obey your human masters with the same fear, trembling and singleheartedness with which you obey the Messiah.
Don't obey just to win their favor, serving only when they are watching you; but serve as slaves of the Messiah, doing what God wants with all your heart.
Work willingly as slaves, as people do who are serving not merely human beings but the Lord.
Remember that whoever does good work, whether he be a slave or a free man, will be rewarded by the Lord.
And masters, treat your slaves the same way. Don't threaten them. Remember that in heaven both you and they have the same Master, and he has no favorites.
Finally, grow powerful in union with the Lord, in union with his mighty strength!
Use all the armor and weaponry that God provides, so that you will be able to stand against the deceptive tactics of the Adversary.
For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.
So take up every piece of war equipment God provides; so that when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist; and when the battle is won, you will still be standing.
Therefore, stand! Have the belt of truth buckled around your waist, put on righteousness for a breastplate,
and wear on your feet the readiness that comes from the Good News of shalom.