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Obey Your Parents

Refectory PictureJustin Martyr, (100-165 AD) though born in a pagan family in Samaria, informed us that "many men and women of the age of sixty and seventy years have been disciples of Christ from childhood," and this agreed 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 faith had caught "many of every age." Dr Michael Green (1930-present) the British evangelist and author in "Evangelism in the Early Church" wrote that this was not surprising when we recalled 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 have been odd if Christians did not bestow equal attention to their own children's faith and that this did frequently bear fruit.

Children Obey Your Parents

Ephesians 6.1-2 spoke of Christian children faith and their obligations "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right." Ephesians 2.19 added, "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 parents in the Christian home as in Colossians 3.21 "Fathers, [or "parents"] do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged." Ephesians 6.4 added, "But instead bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."

"Christian Children Faith"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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