Doing Family God’s Way, Part 18 — Ephesians 6:1-3 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #42)

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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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Charles Spurgeon said, “You may speak but a word to a child, and in that child there may be slumbering a noble heart which shall stir the Christian Church in years to come.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “The ugly fact is that altar fires are either out or burning very low. The prayer meeting is dead or dying. By our attitude to prayer we tell God that what was begun in the Spirit, we can finish in the flesh. What church ever asks its candidating ministers what time they spend in prayer? Yet ministers who do not spend two hours a day in prayer are not worth a dime a dozen, degrees or no degrees.”

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Today, we are going to look at the remaining two principles regarding the command for children to obey and honor their parents, specifically as it applies to Christian children, from Warren Wiersbe’s Bible Exposition Commentary. 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 the last two of 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. He states:

1. Christian children are commanded to obey. “Here Paul cites the fifth commandment and applies it to the New Testament believer. This does not mean that the Christian is ‘under the Law,’ for Christ has set us free from both the curse and the bondage of the Law. But the righteousness of the Law is still a revelation of the holiness of God, and the Holy Spirit enables us to practice that righteousness in our daily lives. All of the Ten Commandments are repeated in the New Testament epistles for the Christian to observe except, ‘Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.’ It is just as wrong for a New Testament Christian to dishonor his parents as it was for an Old Testament Jew. To ‘honor’ our parents means much more than simply to obey them. It means to show them respect and love, to care for them as long as they need us, and to seek to bring honor to them by the way we live.

2. Christian children who obey and honor their parents will be blessed. “The fifth commandment has a promise attached to it: ‘That thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.’ This promise originally applied to the Jews as they entered Canaan, but Paul applied it to believers today. He substituted ‘earth’ for ‘land’ and tells us that the Christian child who honors his parents can expect two blessings. It will be well with him, and he will live long on the earth. This does not mean that everyone who died young dishonored his parents. He was stating a principle: when children obey their parents in the Lord, they will escape a good deal of sin and danger and thus avoid the things that could threaten or shorten their lives. But life is not measured only by quantity of time. It is also measured by quality of experience. God enriches the life of the obedient child no matter how long he may live on the earth. Sin always robs us; obedience always enriches us.

“So, the child must learn early to obey father and mother, not only because they are his parents, but also because God has commanded it to be so. Disobedience to parents is rebellion against God. The sad situation in homes today is the result of rejecting God’s Word. By nature, a child is selfish, but in the power of the Holy Spirit, a child can learn to obey his parents and glorify God.”

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