by Stephen Whitney

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Christian Family (19 of 23)
Series: Colossians - The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ
Stephen Whitney
Colossians 3:18-21

God created Adam in a perfect environment, but something was still lacking. He needed someone like him to be his companion. Genesis 2:18 The Lord said, ''It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make a helper fit (KJB suitable) for him.

God created Eve to be a companion and helper for Adam. He brought Adam and Eve together to become the first family. Genesis 2:22 God made a woman and brought her to Adam.

Our English word family comes from the Latin word household. Webster defined the family as: ''the body of people who live in one house and under one head.'' That goes against the modern view that a family is any group of people who to live together. The IRS has a category for filling called ''head of household.'' A family has someone who is the leader or head of the household.

Paul wrote that everything Christians do should honor Christ. (:17) Someone has said, ''When a man and woman marry they become one; the trouble starts when they try to decide which one.'' Paul gives us clear instructions about each person's role in a family.

Cultural background William Barclay explained the cultural situation, ''This was new teaching to believers. Under Jewish and Roman law a woman had no rights. She was the possession of her husband like his house and his flocks. He could divorce her but she could not divorce him. All the privileges belonged to the husband and all the duties were the responsibility of the wife such as cooking and taking care of the children.

The children were under the domination of their parents and they could do anything they wanted with them. They could sell them into slavery or make them a laborer on their farm. All the privileges and rights belongs to the parents and all the duties were held by the child.

The Christian ethic is one of mutual obligation in which the rights and obligations rest with eve ...

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