Honoring Father and Mother
Minister: Rev. Ronald Van Overloop
Date: 8/21/2011 AM
Ephesians 5, 6;
- It is God s goodness to us that we have the fifth command.
- Authority is the God-given right to rule.
- It is the right to set the standard for others of what is right and wrong, to demand compliance, and to judge.
- All authority is God s because he created, upholds, and governs all things (Rom. 11:36).
- Chiefly, God conferred all authority to Christ when He ascended: Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:19ff; Phil. 2:11,12..
- Among men God gives His authority in four areas of life - all called father.
- Natural fathers beget or adopt us into their family (Heb. 12:9)
- Domestic fathers are masters (II Kings 5:13).
- Political fathers (Isa. 49:23) are vested with God s authority (Rom. 13; Prov. 8:15; I Peter 2:13-17).
- Spiritual fathers are office-bearers (I Cor. 4:15).
- The home/family is the school in which God teaches the art of obedience.
- God requires that His children show all honor, love, and fidelity.
- Honor is inner respect and esteem; it is to think highly of them (Heb. 12:9; Lev. 19:3).
- Honor is first because it is given to God and to His office.
- Fidelity is faithfulness shown also when parents are old.
- Proper honor is the basis for our obedience and submission.
- Obedience is a yielding of ourselves to do as commanded.
- Honor submits when we may not obey, being willing to bear the consequences of not obeying them.
- God motivates us to obeying the fifth command.
- First, the knowledge that it pleases God to govern us by their hand (Col. 3:20).
- Also, this is the first commandment with promise.
- Love God and show our love for Him by obeying Him and His will for us.
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