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Educate Their Young

Refectory PictureJustin Martyr, (100-165 AD) though born in a pagan family in Samaria, informs us that "many men and women of the age of sixty and seventy years have been disciples of Christ from childhood," and this agrees with the statement of Pliny that in Bithynia in 112 AD he had found among the Christians not only adults but little children.✞

Faith Caught

This new Christian children's faith had caught "many of every age." Dr Michael Green in "Evangelism in the Early Church" writes that this is not surprising when we recall the solidarity of the family in both Jewish and Graeco-Roman society, and the care with which Jews trained their children in the faith, and pagans educated their young. It would be odd if Christians did not bestow equal pains on their children and if this did not, at least frequently, bear fruit.

Children Obey Your Parents

The Pauline epistles speak of Christian children's faith and their obligation to "obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right." Ephesians 2.19 adds, "Honor your father and mother (this is the first commandment with a promise) that it may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth." This injunction had its correlative for the parent in the Christian home, of course, "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."

"Christian Children's Faith"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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