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1 Peter 5:5-6; Ephesians 6:1-4

1 Peter 5:5-6; Ephesians 6:1-4


1. Young people must “submit” to their elders [parents]—those who have an accountable relationship over their young ones (1 Peter 5:5; cf. Ephesians 6:1)

(a) “Submission” is the model of the Son [Jesus] (1 Corinthians 15:28) [. . . When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all]

(b) “Submission” is a visible spiritual fruit—imitation of Jesus (1 Peter 2:9; 5:5)—you obey because you have a new identity

(c) “Submission” regards God’s created order

(d) “Submission” is a willing act—it is an intellectual decision to imitate Jesus

(e) “Submission” has various levels: family, church, and society

(e1) It is to follow instructions

(e2) It is to recognize God-given structures and comply

(e3) It is to show respect

2. Young people must show humility before others—both Christians at the church and peers in the world [humility does not come on its own] (1 Peter 5:5b)

(a) God is opposed to the proud

(a1) Presumption that I am bigger, self-sufficient, can make money, strong, etc.

– “Who cares?” attitude
– “No one should ask me ‘why?’”
– “I am not accountable to anyone”

(a2) Regarding other people as less important and treat them with disdain

(b) God gives grace to the humble and will raise humble people at the appropriate time (1 Peter 5:6-7)

(c) God may grant you long life and good things in your life (Ephesians 6:3)

(d) Humility is:

(d1) Not self-abasement

(d2) Not to take advantage of one’s position

(d3) Self-committal to God’s grace

(d4) Expecting everything from God and nothing from self

3. Parents/Elders must equip their children and those who are in their accountable relationship to mature in their spiritual life (Ephesians 6:4)

(a) Must not provoke them

(b) Nurture them in discipline and instruction

4. Take Away

Be missional (be a Christian) at home and outside