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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. The next relationship to which the apostle refers, is that subsisting between Parent and Child: " Children, obey your parents," but he adds, "in the Lord;" carrying this too beyond the mere brute instinct which teaches all animals to fear during the helplessness of infancy, and sanctifying the obedience by directing its observance as unto the Lord: " for this is right. Honour thy father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise, that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long in the earth." To the Colossians he says, "Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing unto the Lord." The directions here are exceedingly short, because the state of child F2 hood is evidently such a one as admits of but little independent action. The word " child" in the church has no reference whatever to natural age, but to growth and attainment in scriptural principles; the child of the church is arrived at years of discretion whenever it is judged fit in point of knowledge to sit down at the Lord's table. The word child, in the passage under consideration, relates in certain points to the whole period of its life during which its parents are preserved in being. To them it is the child's duty to show undiminished honour to the latest hour of existence. The commands of parents should always be in reference to the Lord; and if they are, the child's duty will admit of nothing but implicit obedience; and the only case in which difficulty arises is that, where the child has arrived at its natural, as well as ecclesiastical, years of discretion; and where the parents, unmindful of their duty to the Lord, require from their child compliance with something which is contrary to the will of their common Father,...

Social Duties on Christian Principles by Henry Drummond

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