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Random Selections: The Fifth Commandment (John MacArthur)

This random selection (odd page, third paragraph) is from John MacArthur’s commentary on Ephesians 6:1–3.


The command honor your father and mother is two-fold. That it may be well with you relates to the quality of life, and that you may live long on the earth relates to the quantity of life promised. The original promise was to Israel and involved many tangible, physical, earthly blessings. But Paul’s reference to it here shows that it also extends to believers today. Though its blessings may not always be tangible, a family where children and parents live in mutual love and submission will have rich, God-given harmony and satisfaction that other families can never know. As for the promise of living long on the earth, the believer who honors his parents can know that his lifetime will be the full measure God intends, rather than cut short like those of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:5–10) and certain members of the church at Corinth (I Cor. 11:30).

—John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Ephesians (Moody Press, 1986), 315.

Posted 2019·04·16 by David Kjos
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