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Ephesians, Chapter Six, Lesson One

THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 6            Page 2
V. 1 (Cont'd.)

** Whom are they to obey?

Their parents!

** In our study of husbands and wives, we saw the MANNER and REASON for which they were to fulfill their own role given to them by God Himself. Likewise, with the children - what is the MANNER in which children are to obey their parents?

"...in the Lord.." Paul is addressing the realm of their obedience. By obeying their parents, children are showing their obedience to the Lord. They are doing it ultimately for His namesake.

** Is there some deep philosophical REASON that a child is to obey their parents?

NO, the reason given is "for this is right"! Our world will do all that it can to avoid any and all
absolutes. It perceives God's truth as narrow minded and judgmental, they do not want to be given a single standard by which they are to live. Never-the-less, the REASON stands "for this is right"! cf. Romans 3:4

** Is God serious about obedience to parents being the only right thing to do?

Absolutely! cf. Exodus 21:15-17, Proverbs 6:20-22, and 2Timothy 3:1-5

V. 2 ** Besides obedience, what else are children to do toward their parents?

Honor them! Lit. - "to respect or to fix a value" This takes us past the actions of the child, to the attitude of the child. This is the loving "heart" attitude demanded by God which will drive the child to seek the best for their parents, even when the parents have grown old and the children have become adults. cf. Proverbs 3:1, 4:1-4, and 7:1-3

** According to this verse, how does God value the man and woman in their parental role?

They are equal! The children are to honor both their father and mother. While their roles are different (remembering that the husband in the head from Ephesians 5:23) they are to be valued by the children equally!

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