Chapter Six, Lesson One
THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 6 Page
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
** 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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