Sovereign Grace Baptist Church

Free Grace Media

Of Princeton, New Jersey


AuthorClay Curtis
TitleAnd Ye Fathers
Bible TextEphesians 6:4
Article Type Article
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Ephesians 6: 4: And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.


This exhortation speaks of how fathers are to discipline our children. “Fathers, provoke not your children to wrath” means do not be unreasonably severe. In Colossians, he adds, "lest they be discouraged." (Col 3:21). But “bring them up” means love and cherish the child. “In the nurture of the Lord” means with the same “chastening or correcting” in which the Lord chastens us. “In the admonition of the Lord” means “to turn and fix their mind upon the Lord.”   So rather than being unreasonably severe, we are to love and cherish our children by correcting them in the same way the Lord chastens us, and that is, by always turning and fix their minds on Christ as he is revealed in the scriptures.  The purpose of our heavenly Father’s correction is always to turn us to Christ and teach us more concerning his finished work.  We have not corrected our children as God correct us (as God commands in this verse) until we have done the same.