Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The Book of Ephesians - Part 3

Chapter 5:
v2 - We need to live as Christ lived - WITH love and IN love.  Being willing to deny ourselves for the sake of others because we love them.

v20 - We should be thankful for EVERYTHING in our lives - "giving thanks ALWAYS for ALL THINGS" - good things, "bad" things - EVERYTHING.

Chapter 6:
v8 - The Lord WILL bless us when we do good and obey Him.  It doesn't matter who we are, or where, or what, God can - and will - still bless us.

v11 - "put on the WHOLE armour of God".  It is ONLY when we are wearing the WHOLE armour of God that we can withstand the devil and his tricks.  Even if it's only ONE piece missing, we will be able to fall.  We must have the WHOLE, complete set of armour on or none at all.

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I know that this is REALLY short, but I trust that the blessings that you might get from this will cover any disappointment.  :)

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

The Book of Ephesians - Part 2

Here I am FINALLY with Part 2 of my study of the Book of Ephesians.

Chapter 3:
v8 - "The unsearchable riches of Christ".  Christ has got so many riches laid in store for us - both physical and spiritual ones - that we could never find out about all of them....."all spiritual blessings" (1:3)

v17 - "Rooted and grounded in love."  True, Biblical love is the basis for Christianity and we need to have so much of that love that it's like we've been planted in it.

v20 - "Able to do exceeding abundantly above".  God can - and will - work in ways that we cannot even BEGIN to imagine - "ALL that we could ask or think".  God cannot be limed, nor WIL He be limited to our human restrictions!

Chapter 4:
v1 - "Walk worthy of the vocation".  God has called me to a special plan and purpose and I need to make sure that I walk worthy of that plan and purpose.  I need to walk and live so as to please and glorify the Lord.

v7 - We have all been given grace - be thankful for it and don't abuse it!!

v16 - Like a temple, we are also a body.  Everybody is SOME part of the body.  Some parts of the body look totally useless, but they ARE useful and are there for a purpose.  If it wasn't there, we wouldn't be able to do some things.

v22-24 - We need to get rid of the old and replace it with something new and better.  We CANNOT get rid of something - especially in the spiritual life - without replacing it or else we'll become worse off.

v29 - Whenever I talk, I need to stop and think before I say anything...is what I'm about to say edifying and will it build up and encourage whoever I am talking to or is it going to pull them down and discourage them?

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

The Book of Ephesians - Part 1

A few months ago, I was studying the book of Ephesians, and this is what I learnt from Ephesians.  I know that some of the thoughts are rather basic, but they have been a great blessing and encouragement to me.  As I have said to a few friends - it's often the most basic and simple things that mean the most!

I have split this into 3 parts, so it will be in more manageable to read, so come back to read the rest!!!

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Chapter 1:
v3 - Christ has already blessed us with all spiritual blessings.  Even before we knew it, He had blessed us!

v4 - Christ chose us, even before the world was even made.  He has wanted us right from the beginning!  There is never a moment in time when He wasn't aware of us, and didn't love us.

v9 - Christ has made the mystery of His will known to us because He wanted us to know it and He was delighted to tell us!

v15 - Do I have love to all the saints?  And can others - especially non-Christians - tell that I have love to all the saints?

v22 - Christ does have dominion over everything because God the Father has already put ALL THINGS under Christ.

Chapter 2:
v1 - We were once dead in sin, but now Christ has made us dead to sin and alive in Him.

v2 - When we were dead in sin, we did things that the world does.  But now we are dead to sin, so we should be doing the opposite to what we used to do.  Are we?  AM I?

v4 - God has a GREAT love for us - far greater than we can even comprehend.

v6 - Since being made alive in Christ, we have been brought into Christ's presence and we are sitting with Him, like we would with friends.  We are no longer strangers with Christ, but friends and companions and we are together - and together ALWAYS!

v8-9 - No matter how hard we try, we cannot save ourselves; it is God Who does the marvellous work of salvation and we CANNOT do ANYTHING to save ourselves except to believe by faith that Christ died for us and we need to accept it as a precious gift from God because that is what it is!!

v10 - God has already planned that we would be His children and His workmanship and that we would be walking in good works.

v11-13 - We used to be without Christ - "in times past" - "but now"....everything has been changed and we have been brought to Christ by His saving blood and we have been given hope and a reason to live.

v18 - It is by Christ's death that we are able to come unto God - "for throug him".  It is through Him - and only through Him - that ANYTHING happens.

v20-22 - All the believers have been built together to make a beautiful and glorious temple for God to dwell in - there is no section or part that does not match - we ALL fit together PERFECTLY.

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Part 2 coming soon!!!