Children and Parents for the Glory of God
Ephes. 6:1-4 (ESV)
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),  “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”  Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
We continue through the practical aspects of the Letter to the Ephesians. Paul can call us to proper Christian living because he has taught us proper Christian doctrine. Without right understanding it is wrong to ask someone to behave or live correctly.
In chapter two of this book, the great apostle reminds us of the simple fact that we were dead in trespasses and sins prior to our conversion. He goes on to state that before we met Christ we walked according to Satan’s plans. We followed hard after him. He wrote that we followed the passions of our flesh and carried out the desires of the body. But now these former truths must die because we are no longer slaves to sin and slaves to Satan. Now we belong to a different master. Now we belong to Jesus Christ. He purchased us by His very own blood. Now we are slaves to Christ. With these great truths in mind, we are told how to walk. We are told what following Christ looks like in specific situations. We are told what it’s like to be a Christian at home.
Many today live dual lives. They play the part of a Christian while at worship on the Lord’s Day, but when they go home or when they go to work on Monday morning they are back to their old self. In the Lord’s mind, there is no such thing as a Sunday Christian. We either are believers all the time or we’re not. It’s in these verses that we are shown just how vital it is to behave as a believer everywhere and all the time.
We looked at what a wife walking in the Spirit looks like. Then we saw what a godly husband is all about. Today, we come to the place in this section of Scripture that looks at the proper behavior of converted children and how parents are to raise them. What does a child who is walking in the Spirit look like and what does a godly parent look like?? Continue Reading