Stoic philosophers saw a son"s obedience as self-evident, plainly required by reason. Filial obedience is “right,” for it is not based on anything accidental or expedient. 286-287). [Note: Ibid. ), a GrÃ¦co-Latin MS. at Paris, edited by Tischendorf in 1852. b. In the Lord. Children should not obey their parents if their parents tell them to disobey the Lord. ÐÐº. No parent can have a right to require a child to steal, or lie, or cheat, or assist him in committing murder, or in doing any other wrong thing. The apostle here gives to the promise a more general form, and says that obedience to parents was connected at all times with long life. (Ephesians 6:1.) This means that those who are employees, are to work hard even when the employer is not watching. In both these cases the image is of soldiers starting from sleep at day-break to arm for the fray in the morning light. 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. For this is right. “1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. The Latin text, g, is based on the O.L. τὰ τέκνα, ὑπακούετε τοῖς γονεῦσιν ὑμῶν ἐν κυρίῳ—“Children, obey your parents in the Lord”-that is, “in Christ.” The words ἐν κυρίῳ are wanting in B, D1, F, G, and are, on that account, excluded by Lachmann, but they are found in A, D3, E, I, K, the major part of mss., and the Greek fathers. âPaul does not mean that they should obey only if their parents are Christianâ (Boles p. 323). It defines the quality of the obedience by defining the sphere within which it is to move—a Christian obedience fulfilled in communion with Christ. A double hit for the child, but there is certainly a reward for proper actions on the part of the child - long life on earth. 6 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. In accordance with this, Paul introduced the statement Ephesians 1:3 by saying that God was to be regarded as "blessed" for forming and executing this plan. The child might not want to obey, but God calls the child to obey his parents. τοῦτο γάρ ἐστιν δίκαιον—“for this is right;” the νῦ ἐφελκυστικόν in ἐστιν, and other similar verbal forms being a general characteristic in the spelling of ancient MSS. A pastor I once knew years ago took this passage to an extreme which led him into trouble with the law. And it may be observed, in general, that no disobedient child is virtuous, prosperous, or happy. This is in agreement with Deuteronomy 4:39-40.. One of the benefits he mentions is the prospect of long life, which also contains an implication of … In Colossians 3:20 it is, "Children, obey your parents in all things." Why does the apostle use the word obey instead of honor, (167) which has a greater extent of meaning? 'In the LORD' That said, what does the "in the Lord" phrase mean to tell us? It is particularly important: (1) Because the good order of a family, and hence of the community, depends on it; no community or family being prosperous where there is not due subordination in the household. Disobedience to parents is named among the dark sins of the heathen of reprobate mind (Romans 1:30), and the evils of the “grievous times” in “the last days” (2 Timothy 3:2). The context obviously addresses children and parents. ix. It is because Obedience is the evidence of that honor which children owe to their parents, and is therefore more earnestly enforced. 8:26, 27), 4) Â«ÑÑÐ°ÑÐ°Ð¹ÑÐµÑÑÂ» â Ð¾ Ð»Ð¸ÑÐ½Ð¾Ð¼ ÑÑÐ¸Ð»Ð¸Ð¸ (ÑÑ. (NASB: Lockman)Greek: Ta tekna, hupakouete tois goneusin humon [en kurio], touto gar estin dikaion.. Amplified: CHILDREN, OBEY your parents in the Lord [as His representatives], for this is just and right. The meaning doubtless, is, that there would be a special providence, securing to those who were obedient to parents length of days. âFor this is rightâ: âThe right thing for you to doâ (Phi). υπακουετε verb - present active imperative - second person hupakouo hoop-ak-oo'-o: to hear under (as a subordinate), i.e. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) To get what Ephesians 6:1 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. as to the other relations; as if even the child should hear the apostolic voice and obey in it the divine command. The apostle quotes, without any words of introduction, the fifth commandment of the decalogue, assuming that all recognise the words. Everyone foresees the ruin of such a child; and most of the cases of crime that lead to the penitentiary, or the gallows, commence by disobedience to parents. ), at St. Petersburg, collated by Tischendorf. He proves it to be right, because God has commanded it; for we are not at liberty to dispute, or call in question, the appointment of him whose will is the unerring rule of goodness and righteousness. Psalters: 134, 62, 309, 213 (1-3) Our text addresses the children of the church. "So long as they are regarded in their culture as children or minors, they should continue to obey their parents.". Some ask, “What if the parent asks the child to do things that are improper like participate in immoral behavior?” Paul adds a … (1) In the Lord.âThe phrase itself, though familiar in St. Paulâs writings generally, is specially frequent in the Epistles of the Captivity, where it occurs in various connections no less than twenty-one times. The duty of the child is now described in terms of obedience ( , = readiness to hearken to one) and honour ( , Ephesians 6:2). Ephesians 1:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ephesians 1:6, NIV: "to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves." âLit., the word means âto hear under authorityââ (Caldwell pp. He had no children of his own. 5:17), 3) Â«Ð´ÑÑ Ð¾Ð¼Â» â Ð¾ Ð¿Ð¾Ð´ÑÐ¸Ð½ÐµÐ½Ð¸Ð¸ Ð²Ð¾Ð»Ðµ ÐÐ¾Ð¶ÑÐµÐ¹ (ÑÑ. It is enforced by an express command in the decalogue, to which a special promise is annexed, Ephesians 6:1-3. The natural obligation, which is recognized by all systems of morals, comes first; the enforcement through the revealed law of God is added. Home >> Bible Studies >> Ephesians Studies >> Ephesians 6:1-9 These small group studies of Ephesians contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. (3) The second argument: because this obedience is most just. God in His word has spoken specifically to children (Ecclesiastes 12:1; Psalms 148:12).  Codex Angelicus (sÃ¦c. Experience shews how rare this virtue is; for do we find one among a thousand that is obedient to his parents? Besides the law of nature, which is acknowledged by all nations, the obedience of children is enforced by the authority of God. [ 6:1 ] Prv 6:20 ; Sir 3:1 – 6 ; Col 3:20 . Obedience is right in the sense that it is in harmony with God"s will for children (cf. = right, not in the sense of befitting ( ) merely, but (cf.Colossians 4:1; Philippians 1:7; Philippians 4:8; 2 Thessalonians 1:6) in that of righteous, what is required by law—the law that is at once founded on the natural relation of and and proclaimed in the Divine Commandment (Ephesians 6:2). Mutual Duties of Parents and Children: Masters and Servants: Our Life a Warfare: The Spiritual Armour Needed against Spiritual Foes. N.T. Eph 6:1-24. Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Ephesians 5:21 (‘submitting yourselves,’ etc.) Its text is deficient for chap. As with the wife"s submission, so with the child"s obedience, He builds His instruction on a carefully laid foundationâ (Stott p. 238). If the command of God is the rule by which the submission of children is to be regulated, it would be foolish to suppose that the performance of this duty could lead away from God himself. , therefore, that for the proper discharge of those responsibilities you should submit your inferior judgments and wills to theirs. He actually took some boys into his home as his own under this premise, alienating them completely from their natural parents. (Amplified Bible - Lockman)NLT: Children, obey your parents because you belong to the … "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise: "that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth." In the Lord; either, because the Lord commands it; or, in all things agreeable to his will: see Ephesians 5:21 Acts 5:29. Ephesians 2:13-16. We see now that the child is to obey their parents as well as honor them. Text: Ephesians 6:1. It is not because of the personal character of the parent, nor because of his kindness, nor on the ground of expediency, but because it is right; an obligation arising out of the nature of the relation between parents and children, and which must exist wherever the relation itself exists. Parents should do nothing to cherish evil feelings in the minds of their children, but bring them up in the discipline of Christianity, Ephesians 6:4, Ephesians 6:5. Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. p. 375). This is added in order to restrain the fierceness which, we have already said, appears to be natural to almost all men. The family is the organic cell from which all human societies are constructedâ (Coffman p. 215). Children and Parents, Ephesians 6:1-4. When the husband is removed from his position of "headship", it is difficult for the wife to hold on to her "authority" over the children. I stand amazed that some young people will invite their friends to Bible study and yet they themselves are unprepared for class and even do things that undermine the success of the class and the efforts of the teacher. Ephesians 6:1. , [ ]: children obey your parents in the Lord. âThe family is the nucleus of all society. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Verses 1 through 3 offer a brief set of instructions for children. The apostle quotes, without any words of introduction, the fifth commandment of the decalogue, assuming that all recognise the words. Children, obey your parents. Children should obey their parents as long as they are children living under their parents" authority. It is your Christian duty to do this, because of your reverence for Christ.”. App-108. The duty of the wife has been described by the terms subjection or submission ( ) and fear ( ). Ephesians 6:1-4 - Understand the meaning of Ephesians 6:1-4 with Christian Bible study, teaching, sermons, and commentary search on hokma.com. ix. Its Greek text is almost identical with that of G, and it is therefore not cited save where it differs from that MS. Its Latin version, f, presents the Vulgate text with some modifications. (See, for example, Ephesians 2:21; Ephesians 3:11; Ephesians 4:1; Ephesians 4:17; Ephesians 5:8; Ephesians 6:10; Ephesians 6:21.) Ephesians 6:1(NASB) Verse Thoughts. Caldwell points out, âNature should call for gratitude and attachment from children, not rebellion and impatience. Even the instruction and restraint which are so often resented by children represent time, effort, and thoughtful concern. [Note: Stott, p243.]. St. Paul sums up his practical exhortation in that magnificent description which has ever since laid hold of Christian imagination, both in metaphor and in allegory. It is inserted by the TR, supported by   2, 3  , Vulg., Syr., etc. A father will not, unless under strong passion or the excitement of intoxication, abuse his authority. He paints the Christian life as a battle against spiritual powers of evil, waged in the strength of the Lord, and in the panoply of God. ; but is omitted by  * , Cyr., Cypr., etc. This clause, "in the Lord," would suggest the due limitation of the obedience required (Ac 5:29; compare on the other hand, the abuse, Mr 7:11-13). For the same reason he is free to vary the verbal form. Pagan moralists, both Greek and Roman, taught it. They describe the element or sphere of that obedience which children are to render to their parents, and certainly do not qualify γονεῦσιν-as if the reference were to fathers in the faith, in contrast to fathers after the flesh. The Expositor's Greek Testament. Of course, this command would also apply to children who have non-Christian parents. Children, obey: honour your father and mother. 4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. vi. The precept, honor thy father and mother, comprehends all the duties by which the sincere affection and respect of children to their parents can be expressed. This is not blind or mindless cooperation (Acts 5:39). âChildrenâ: Since Paul addresses children as well as parents, we infer that the first century church was also composed of whole families. But this natural law is sanctioned by the divine law. Belonging essentially to the very nature of the relation. Not merely natural instinct, but religious motive should prompt children to obedience, and guard them in it. for this is right; it appears to be right by the light of nature, by which the very Heathens have taught it; and it is equitable from reason that so it should be; and it is just by the law of God, which commands nothing but what is holy, just, and good. This verse offers a summary clearly written to children still living under the authority of their parents. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. right—Even by natural law we should render obedience to them from whom we have derived life.Ephesians 6:1-3 The relative duties of children,Ephesians 6:4 and parents,Ephesians 6:5-8 of servants,Ephesians 6:9 and masters.Ephesians 6:10-17 Paul exhorteth the brethren to resist spiritualenemies by putting on the whole armour of God,Ephesians 6:18-20 and by perseverance in prayer, which he requireth forall saints, and particularly for himself, that hemight preach the gospel with due boldness.Ephesians 6:21,22 He commendeth Tychicus,Ephesians 6:23,24 and concludeth with good wishes to all sincere Christians.Obey your parents; with inward reverence and promptness, as well as in the outward act. We experience no sense of surprise, therefore, when Paul includes âdisobedient to parentsâ as a mark both of a decadent society which God has given up to its own godlessnessâ (Romans 1:28-30) (Stott p. 239). You can have no effective church unless the family is sound. 13:33), 5) Â«ÑÐ¾ Ð²ÑÑÐºÐ¸Ð¼ Ð¿Ð¾ÑÑÐ¾ÑÐ½ÑÑÐ²Ð¾Ð¼Â» â Ð¾ Ð»Ð¸ÑÐ½Ð¾Ð¹ Ð½Ð°ÑÑÐ¾Ð¹ÑÐ¸Ð²Ð¾ÑÑÐ¸ (ÑÑ. Conclusion. 2 "Honor your father and mother"-which is the first commandment with a promise- 3 "so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." Yes, such a youth deserved to be killed (Exodus 20:15; Exodus 20:17), and such a sin is deserving of an eternal hell (Romans 1:30). He misconstrued this verse to mean that if you lead a child to Christ, that child is to obey you and no longer obey their natural parents. St. Paul sums up his practical exhortation in that magnificent description which has ever since laid hold of Christian imagination, both in metaphor and in allegory. In these first four verses we find the "cure" to many of the ills of society. Ephesians 6:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ephesians 6:4, NIV: "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." 2 'Honour your father and mother' is the first commandment with a promise 3 —'that things may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.'  Codex Vaticanus (sÃ¦c.  Codex Sinaiticus (sÃ¦c. Ephesians 6:1-3: SPIRIT-FILLED FAMILIES, PART 4 by Dr. Wayne Barber Any time God’s design is not functioning in your family, it is obvious that it is not His design. (1) because it is so appointed by God as a duty; (2) because children owe a debt of gratitude to their parents for what they have done for them; (3) because it will be for the good of the children themselves, and for the welfare of society. The husband/wife relationship (Ephesians 5:22-33) 22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. Servants should be obedient to their masters. iv. For the very names τέκνα and γονεῖς point out the origin and essential reason of that filial duty which the apostle, in Colossians, calls “well-pleasing to the Lord.”, Children express their submission by obeying their parents (plural). Nature claims it, while Scripture enjoins it, and the Son of God exemplified it. The parents are, authors of your being; they furnish you with livelihood and bringing up, they are your representatives to the world, responsible for your good behaviour and well being. What are such young people thinking? Which is the first commandment with promise, ÎÎ½ ÏÎ±Î¹Î´ÎµÎ¹Î± ÎºÎ±Î¹ Î½Î¿Ï Î¸ÎµÏÎ¹Î±, in the discipline and instruction; of the Lord, ÎºÎ±Ïá½° Ïá½¸Î½ ÏÎ¿á¿¦ ÎÎµÎ¿á¿¦ Î½ÏÎ¼Î¿Î½, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. âObeyâ: To listen attentively, to heed or conform. Obedience is more unreasoning and implicit; submission is the willing subjection of an inferior in point of order to one who has a right to command. No child that is disobedient to a parent will be obedient to God; and that child that is most obedient to a father and mother will be most likely to become a Christian, and an heir of heaven. The child is to obey the parent as an outworking of the life committed to Christ. 12:23). This phrase , however, is of disputable authority. , and implying that their obedience was, like every Christian character, embodied in Christ, who is the embodiment of man’s duty and God’s mercy. He paints the Christian life as a battle against spiritual powers of evil, waged in the strength of the Lord, and in the panoply of God. We trace the germ of this great passage first in St. Paulâs earliest Epistle (1Thessalonians 5:8-9), and then in the later Epistle to the Romans (Romans 13:12).  Codex Claromontanus (sÃ¦c. The children being with their parents in the Lord, are to be influenced by religious duty as well as by natural affection. (1) He comes to another part of a family, and shows that the duty of the children toward their parents consists in obedience to them. The duty of the child is now described in terms of obedience ( , = readiness to hearken to one) and honour ( , Ephesians 6:2). 2. It is likewise more difficult; for the human mind recoils from the idea of subjection, and with difficulty allows itself to be placed under the control of another. The reference to God (“praeter naturae legem … The reference of the clause is not to ἐν κυρίῳ, but to the injunction itself. (5) it is important, because the family government is designed to be an imitation of the government of God. 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. 12:12; Ð¤Ð»Ð¿. In Ephesians 6:1-4. It âdescribes a âreadiness to hearâ; the âlistening ear of unhesitating attentionâ; not only obedience in action, but a willingness to heed counsel, to weigh words of advice, and then gladly to shape one"s course under the accepted guidance of more mature mindsâ (Erdman p. 125). Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. âThere will never be a time when it is right for children to disregard, dishonor, and disobey their parentsâ (Coffman p. 215). The meaning is, that the doctrine of predestination and election lays the foundation of adoring gratitude and praise. The “eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it” (Proverbs 30:17). As part of their obedience to Christ, Ephesians 6:5. The exhortation to children is placed first; the general precept in chap. 4 And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:1-4). The sad fact is, that in many families this has happened and is even accepted by the parents. It should be that all who are in employment, should seek to serve God in … Barnes's Ephesians 6:1 Bible Commentary Children - τέκνα tekna This word usually signifies those who are young; but it is used here, evidently, to denote those who were under the care and government of their parents, or those who were not of age. We should remind young people that they are accountable to God also. [Note: Morris, p190.] The meaning is not that obedience is “according to the law of God, or Scripture”- κατὰ τὸν τοῦ θεοῦ νόμον-as is said by Theodoret and Calvin, and virtually by Harless and Meyer, but that it has its foundation in the very essence of that relation which subsists between parents and children. Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. When Christian children are living a Spirit-filled life, the characteristic of submission will especially display itself in the form of obedience to their parents. Ephesians 6 New King James Version (NKJV) Children and Parents. v.), at the British Museum, published in photographic facsimile by Sir E. M. Thompson (1879). Ephesians 6:1 commands the child to obey. Not only are we commanded to obey and honor our mothers; it’s also the sensible and loving thing to do. Indeed, virtually all civilizations have regarded the recognition of parental authority as indispensable to a stable society. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. That honor should be represented as including obedience is not surprising; for mere ceremony is of no value in the sight of God. Obey your parents; it is to be understood here, as in chap Ephesians 5:24, that the obedience enjoined extends to all things not contrary to Christ’s commands; for the addition, in the Lord, that is, obey as those who are in the Lord, and make his will the law of their being, excludes obedience to those commands which are contrary to Christ’s word. teknaThis word usually signifies those who are young; but it is used here, evidently, to denote those who were under the care and government of their parents, or those who were not of age. Ephesians 6:1. This obedience should be in the Lord, determined and regulated by a regard to Christ, Ephesians 6:1. Right - not merely becoming. Obey your parents in the Lord. Ephesians 6:1-3NIV This morning we are here to worship the Lord but also we’re present to honor our mothers. ], "So long as they are regarded in their culture as children or minors, they should continue to obey their parents." Ephesians 6:1-2 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Masters are to act on the same principles of regard to the authority of Christ, and of their responsibility to him in their conduct towards their slaves, avoiding all harshness, because master and slave have a common Master in heaven; with whom there is no respect of persons, Ephesians 6:8. “Obey even your unbelieving parents in everything compatible with your duty to the Lord.  Codex Claromontanus (sÃ¦c. "In the Lord" modifies "obey," not "parents." The argument offered by the feminists that the husband is no longer the "head" of his wife finds itself forced to conclude that children are no longer required to obey or honor their parents. 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