Doing Family God’s Way, Part 13 — Ephesians 6:1-3 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #37)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 6:1-3:

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;

3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

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Stephen Felker said, “Children and youth who profess to be Christians, listen up! Your obedience should arise out of the conviction that such submission is the will of God. You must obey your parents because the Lord bids you to do so. You really will be much better off in life if you do.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Oh! my ministering brethren! Much of our praying is but giving God advice! Our praying is discolored with ambition, either for ourselves or for our denomination. Perish the thought! Our goal must be God alone. It is His honor that is sullied, His blessed Son who is ignored, His laws broken, His name profaned, His Book forgotten, His house made a circus of social efforts.”

Some parents make the mistake of surrounding their children with an environment where there is no structure and no expectations. They believe that they should just ‘let kids be kids.’ But we see here in God’s Word that God has some expectations of children — especially children in Christian homes and children who have chosen to follow Jesus Christ.

Paul writes directly to the “children.” He is speaking to them. The Bible Exposition Commentary pointed out the fact that the letters written by the apostles were read aloud in the general assembly of believers. Children were present with their parents in the “main service.” They were not scuttled off to “youth group” or “children’s church.” Thus, Paul does not say, “Parents, tell your children…” He addresses the children directly, as the letter would have been read aloud.

What is God’s command to children — “obey your parents.” In the order and structure of the home, that is what children ought to do — obey their fathers and mothers.. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia says “obey” “carries with it the ethical significance of hearing with reverence and obedient assent. It is suggestive of ‘hearing under’ or of subordinating one’s self to the person or thing heard, hence, ‘to obey.'”

Children ought to obey their parents ‘in the Lord.’ This does not mean that children are required to obey only Christian parents, but that they ought to render their obedience to their parents — saved or unsaved — as obedience to the Lord. Just as a husband is commanded to love his wife as Christ loves the church and wives are commanded to submit to their husbands as unto the Lord, children are to obey their parents as though they were obeying God himself — because they are, in fact, obeying God. It is the right, correct, and proper thing to do.

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