Are Your Children Learning Christ?

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After Paul warns the Ephesians not to think and live like the world around them in verses 17-19 of Ephesians 4, he then reminds his readers that they did not learn Christ the way the world does its learning. Rather Paul, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, penned a phrase that had never been used before in the Greek language. He says:


But that is not the way you learned Christ! 

Ephesians 4:20 ESV


Peter O’Brien, in his excellent commentary on Ephesians, points out that in the Greek Bible and as well as the rest of Greek literature this is the first time that the phrase, learning a person, is used. Thus, Paul is saying it is not enough to learn about Christ, you must learn Christ!


The Christian life is not about knowledge transfer. To be sure, there is plenty of knowledge that must be learned. But if that is all we have, we are just like the world. 


Are your children learning Christ from you? Think about this. I’ll have more to say in the next post.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.