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.
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.
D.L. Moody said, “It is a masterpiece of the devil to make us believe that children cannot understand religion. Would Christ have made a child the standard of faith if He had known that it was not capable of understanding His words?”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “Yearly we use mountains of paper and rivers of ink reprinting dead men’s brains, while the living Holy Ghost is seeking for men to trample underfoot their own learning and deflate their inflated ego.”
Today, we are going to take a deeper look at the command for children to obey their parents, specifically as it applies to Christian children, from Warren Wiersbe’s Bible Exposition Commentary. And by the way, 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 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. I will share two today and two tomorrow, if the Lord should tarry His coming. He goes on to say:
1. Christian children are to obey their parents because they themselves “are Christians. This argument is an application of the theme of the entire section, which is ‘submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.’ When a person becomes a Christian, he is not released from normal obligations of life. If anything, his faith in Christ ought to make him a better child in the home. To the Colossians, Paul enforced his admonition with ‘for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.’ Here is harmony in the home: the wife submits to the husband ‘as unto Christ’; the husband loves his wife ‘even as Christ also loved the church’; and the children obey ‘in the Lord.’
2. Christian children are to also obey their parents because “obedience is right.” There is an order in nature, ordained of God, that argues for the rightness of an action. Since the parents brought the child into the world, and since they have more knowledge and wisdom than the child, it is right that the child obey his parents. Even young animals are taught to obey. The ‘modern version’ of Ephesians 6:1 would be, ‘Parents, obey your children, for this will keep them happy and bring peace to the home.’ But this is contrary to God’s order in nature.”
Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Just pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. I will be sharing more on the matter of salvation in the next segment of our service which starts in about 5 minutes.
Revive the Family Prayer List
PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES
Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
— Rachel in Jerome, ID
for blessing and protection to be upon their church and ministry, as well as her and her husband as they strive to minister
— Sylvia in Bridgetown, Barbados
give her strength amid her mother’s terminal illness
— Larbi in Accra, Ghana
open his eyes so he may see wondrous things from Your Word and hear clearly Your voice
grant him a godly wife, a woman who will understand him, love him to the end, love his ministry and help him carry out the work
grant him grace and favor to win lost souls to Jesus
— Jimmy in Rockford, Illinois
heal his marriage that is in trouble
— Ruusa Panduleni
heal her grandfather, give her sister strength
bless her with a job and admission to school
help her and her siblings to be successful in life; provide them with jobs
bless Ruusa with a job as a nurse
PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS
Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
Members of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention
Ron F. Hale of Tennessee
Robyn A. Hari of Tennessee
Phil Harper of Tennessee
Danny S. Sinquefield of Tennessee
Rebecca S. Illingworth of Texas
Michael L. Lawson of Texas
Stephen K. Swofford of Texas
Jared C. Wellman of Texas
Carol A. Yarber of Texas
James W. Gregory of Utah-Idaho
PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
Gerald E. Connolly
John Conyers Jr.
Ryan A. Costello
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.