Christian Home

The Christian Home

The Importance of the Home

One of the ten reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire, given by the secular historian, Gibbons, was the break up of the family unit. The family unit is one of the most important institutions of our civilization. The bulwark of the nation is the united family. If the solidity and sanctity of the home disappears, then the nation disintegrates. The same is also true in regard to the assembly.

Children raised by godly parents will be the backbone of the future assembly. Our future leaders will come from homes like these. God, in His Trinitarian nature, should be known intimately in the Christian home. He should be revered and worshipped. The Lord Jesus should be the head of the household, not a quest.

Ephesians 5, Part 3

Walk In Love (Ephesians 5:1-5)

Ephesians 5:1-2 - In Ephesians 5, Paul discusses the social conduct of the believer. We are called upon to be imitators of God as beloved children. Furthermore, we are instructed to walk in love. The Spirit immediately gives us the standard of that love - just as Christ loved us. The term sacrifice implies the notion of bloodshed. As an offering, Christ’s death was voluntary, but as a sacrifice, His death was costly. This sacrifice was well pleasing to God. It was a fragrant aroma to Him; for He was perfectly satisfied with the Lord’s sacrifice. If we walk in love—and love our brethren as Christ loved us, the sacrifices involved will be a fragrant aroma to God. 

 

Ephesians 6, Part 2

Ephesians 5:33 - Paul closes this particular section on marriage by saying that a husband must love his wife as he loves himself. And that the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.

 

Children and Parents (Ephesians 6:1-4)

Ephesians 6:1-3 - Children are directly addressed in the section. God is speaking directly to them Himself. He is not relaying a message through their parents. The message is that they are to obey their parents. One of the characteristics of the last days is disobedience (see 2 Timothy 3:1-2). This has come about through many avenues; among them, the complete disregard for the authority of God’s Word and the teaching of the evolutionary philosophy, which denies God’s power.

There are three reasons why children should obey their parents:

Ephesians 6

The truths of the first nine verses of this chapter are a continuation of the theme introduced in chapter 5. In Ephesians 5, the Spirit-filled wife is subject to her husband. In this chapter, we learn that Spirit-filled children obey their parents (see Ephesians 6:1-3).

 

Ephesians 6:1-3

The phrase “in the Lord” is interesting. Paul undoubtedly has the Christian family in view. Christian children should obey their parents with the attitude that they are obeying the Lord. Secondly, it means that they should obey in all matters which are in accordance with the will of God. In the case of being ordered to do that which is contrary to the will of God, they should continuously refuse and suffer any consequences meekly.

Paul gives four reasons why children should obey their parents:

The Christian Home (Ephesians 5)

An interesting truth emerges as we study the New Testament regarding men who were brought to Christ.  The home became their first sphere of testimony: 

- The demoniac man, recently healed was told by the Lord “To go home.” (Mark 5:19) 
- When Peter left his fishing he took the Lord home. (Mark 1:29)
- The Philippian jailer, after his conversion, turned over his home to the Lord. (Acts 16)

An open home for the Lord and His people is the stamp of reality of our faith in Christ. (Lydia – Acts 16). The greatest honor that a family can have is to have the Lord dwelling in their home.

 

Our Conduct in the Home

Ephesians 5:2“Walk in love, as Christ has loved us.”

First: Love. This is the first requirement of an ideal Christian home. That same love that thrilled you and prompted you to ask your partner to marry you, should be constantly displayed in the home. Our love for each other should be similar to the love Christ has for us.  It is into such a home that Jesus will come, making it a veritable heaven upon earth.

 

Things to Avoid

Job's Concern: A Timely Word For Christian Parents

Job is given God's highest commendation. God said of Job, ‘There is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil’, Job 1. 8. Surely such a man taught his children to fear God and to do what is right. He should have expected all of his children to become godly adults, a credit to their father and mother. We all can tend to become determinist in our philosophy, feeling that proper training will guarantee moral, responsible adults. We tend to fe...

The Christian Family

The name "Christian" does not mean much in the world anymore, except maybe "not Buddhist" or "not Muslim," or something like that. But taking its original and long forgotten meaning, "Christ-one," a follower of Jesus Christ, we ask, "What makes a family a Christian family?" How can we tell one when we see it? Are there distinctive features that will help us pick out of a group of families those that are Christian? How about our homes, how can we discern if they are really Ch...

Train Up a Child

“Train up a child in the way that he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” —Proverbs 22:6 Our children may be the only earthly asset, transformed by the spiritual investment of time and effort, that we can take with us to heaven. The Scriptures urge us to strive and to labor in training up the children the Lord has given to us. Parents are called to equip themselves for the struggle in holding unflinchingly to the Word of God. The Warning of Proverbs 22:...

How Big Are the Little Things!

It has often been said, "Big things come in small packages." The meaning of this familiar adage is quite clear - though something may be small in size, its importance may be far greater than we think. Periodically, Christians need to be reminded of this important principle in their walk with the Lord. Repeatedly, the Scriptures emphasize how important "little things" are in the lives of God's people - each example filled with meaning.

 

When Israel returned from their seventy-year captivity in Babylon, they needed to be reminded of the importance of "little things." Under the leadership of Zerubbabel, work immediately commenced to restore the temple in Jerusalem which lay in ruins. When it was completed, it proved to be significantly less impressive than the one previously built by Solomon. God had to remind His people through Zechariah not to despise "the day of small things" (Zech. 4:10) Encouraging them, He declared: "The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former" (Hagg. 2:9). Though it was smaller, God promised that its glory would be greater.

It has been through this text that the hearts of many of God's children have been greatly encouraged through the years, especially those who have wandered from the Lord. Like the Prodigal Son, they doubted if they would ever be welcomed back into their Father's favor or be useful to Him again. Discouraged and disheartened about their own unfaithfulness, they have felt that their testimony was forever ruined.

 

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