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Ephesians, Chapter Six, Lesson One

THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 6            Page 3
V. 2 (Cont'd.)

** To what Old Testament passage is Paul referring?

The giving of the Ten Commandments. cf. Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 5:16

** Why would Paul refer to such an old passage while giving this instruction, some 1500 years after the giving of the Ten Commandments?

The issue of honoring your parents has always been important to God! From eternity past, to 1445 B.C., to Paul's day (60 A.D.), and to us today!

** Paul mentions that the command to honor your parents was "the first commandment with a promise". Did that original promise refer to all believers, of all time?

No, it was exclusively for Israel - "that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you".

V. 3 ** Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, how does Paul adapt that promise to the church age?

"...that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth". For the Christian child who submits to God and therefore to his parents, his life will be rich with blessings and he will live out all the days of his lifetime - to the full measure which God intends, rather than have their life cut short like those of Ananias and Sapphia or certain members of the church at Corinth.
cf. Acts 5:5-10, 1Corinthians 11:29-30

V. 4 ** In the same way that Paul dealt with both sides of the marriage equation, he is now going to deal with both sides of the parent-child equation. Is it enough to merely instruct children how they are to behave, or should parents be addressed as well?

Paul knew that a husband could get carried away with self-aggrandizement because of the submissive spirit of his godly wife, so he instructs husbands to joyfully sacrifice their entire lives by the exercise of their love for their wife. Likewise, parents could become puffed up by a godly child.

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