Doing Family God’s Way, Part 17 — Ephesians 6:1-3 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #41)

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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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D.L. Moody said, “It is a masterpiece of the devil to make us believe that children cannot understand religion. Would Christ have made a child the standard of faith if He had known that it was not capable of understanding His words?”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Yearly we use mountains of paper and rivers of ink reprinting dead men’s brains, while the living Holy Ghost is seeking for men to trample underfoot their own learning and deflate their inflated ego.”

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Today, we are going to take a deeper look at the command for children to obey their parents, specifically as it applies to Christian children, from Warren Wiersbe’s Bible Exposition Commentary. And by the way, I am sharing these homilies regarding these verses on how children ought to obey in the home, not just to the children themselves, but probably more so to the parents who have forsaken their responsibilities and duties of raising their children up to obey in the first place. I am sharing with you today four powerful points that Warren Wiersbe brings out of this passage so clearly that it’s not worth the time to try to improve upon it. I will share two today and two tomorrow, if the Lord should tarry His coming. He goes on to say:

1. Christian children are to obey their parents because they themselves “are Christians. This argument is an application of the theme of the entire section, which is ‘submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.’ When a person becomes a Christian, he is not released from normal obligations of life. If anything, his faith in Christ ought to make him a better child in the home. To the Colossians, Paul enforced his admonition with ‘for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.’ Here is harmony in the home: the wife submits to the husband ‘as unto Christ’; the husband loves his wife ‘even as Christ also loved the church’; and the children obey ‘in the Lord.’

2. Christian children are to also obey their parents because “obedience is right.” There is an order in nature, ordained of God, that argues for the rightness of an action. Since the parents brought the child into the world, and since they have more knowledge and wisdom than the child, it is right that the child obey his parents. Even young animals are taught to obey. The ‘modern version’ of Ephesians 6:1 would be, ‘Parents, obey your children, for this will keep them happy and bring peace to the home.’ But this is contrary to God’s order in nature.”

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