Listen, Children! (29 of 36) by Jerry Vines

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LISTEN, CHILDREN! (29 of 36)
Ephesians
FAMILY MATTERS (4 of 6)
Jerry Vines
Ephesians 6:1-3
9/24/00

Children, did your mom or dad ever say, "listen to
me"? "Look at me." Parents say and do some strange
things some times, don't they? They say, "Look at
me." Then, you look at them and they say, "Don't look
at me like that."

I think it will be helpful for us to remind ourselves
of the overall context of these verses of Scripture.
You recognize that we are talking about family matters
and we are having to do with the dynamic relationships
which exist in a family structure. It is helpful for
us to understand that in the larger context we
actually begin this passage in the 5th chapter and 18th
verse. It says, and be not drunk with wine wherein is
excess, but be filled with the Spirit. It is in that
context of the command that we are to be controlled on
a daily basis by the Holy Spirit. That Scripture
gives us the admonitions and the guidelines which have
to do with family relationships. We do know that we
are dealing here with a Christian family. The book of
Ephesians is written to believers. Chapter 1, verse 1
says that it is written to the faithful in Christ
Jesus. INCHRIST JESUS is a technical phrase that is
used in the Bible to describe those who have been
saved, born again. Before you receive Jesus Christ as
your Savior, technically, the word is you are IN SIN.
When you receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior,
now you are IN Christ Jesus. So this is a letter that
is written to Christians. It is a letter that is
written to those who are commanded to be filled with
the Spirit.

Beginning in Ephesians 5:18 and 19 and following, it
begins to give us the ramifications of what it means
to be a Christian and what it means to be a Spirit-
controlled, Spirit-filled Christian. In all of these
dynamic relationships of your life, it shows you how
you are to live if you allow t ...


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