THE AUTHORITY OF GOD (A Message on Submission to God)
Jesse M. Hendley
Turn with me, friends, to Ephesians 6:2. Here we read,
concerning children, "Honor thy father and mother."
This is an important passage.
You know, the Bible speaks about two fathers. It
speaks about the Heavenly Father, Who becomes our
Father when we accept Jesus as our Saviour and are
born into the family of God.
In Luke 11:13 we read, "If ye then, being evil, know
how to give good gifts to your children, how much more
shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to
them that ask Him?"
In another Gospel we find that same expression: "How
much more shall your Heavenly Father give good things
to His children." Oh, the wonderful, GOOD things God
gives to us! Life, health, loved ones, friends, food,
shelter, clothing, salvation, eternal life, Himself,
the Bible, the Holy Ghost all these wonderful things
AND a wonderful eternity ahead with Him, when He will
give us Himself and all that He has, for we are heirs
of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ! God our
Heavenly Father gives GOOD THINGS to His believing
Now, that is true also of an earthly father; he gives
good things to his children. Many times fathers do not
get the proper recognition. They go out to their work.
They earn the money. They bring in the food. They
provide the housing and the care and the love in the
normal relationship. Wherever you find a father who
does not drink and does not run around in
unfaithfulness but is faithful to his wife and to his
children and to his God, don't you think there should
be an honoring of him as we read here in Ephesians
6:2, "Honor thy father"?
Child on Bible
The other day I was in a home talking to a man who is
the father of several children. We were talking about
one of his little girls. He said, "You know, when she
was born, I placed her on a Bible and I said in prayer ...
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