Every Spiritual Blessing in Christ

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Paul wrote to Christians to encourage them in their faith. It is hard not to be overwhelmed by how Paul spoke of every spiritual blessing which we have received from God in Christ.

Every Spiritual Blessing in Christ

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints that are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ: even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love: having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved: in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, making known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in him unto a dispensation of the fulness of the times, to sum up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens, and the things upon the earth; in him, I say, in whom also we were made a heritage, having been foreordained according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his will; to the end that we should be unto the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ: in whom ye also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation,–in whom, having also believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, which is an earnest of our inheritance, unto the redemption of God’s own possession, unto the praise of his glory.

For this cause I also, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which is among you, and the love which ye show toward all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him; having the eyes of your heart enlightened, that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and he put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all (Ephesians 1:1-23).

Every Spiritual Blessing in Christ
Paul's Letter to the Ephesians

 
 
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Covenant in the Bible

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Our God is a consuming fire; it is dangerous to draw near to Him. How could we trust to venture to draw near if it were not for our confidence in God’s covenant loyalty? God mediates His relationships with people through covenants; we do well to understand what covenant is all about.

Covenant in the Bible

Covenant in the Bible

 
 
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Interpreting the Bible: New Testament Interpretation

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Much is riding on our ability to properly discern what God would have us accomplish in Jesus. We do well to strive to diligently interpret and apply the New Testament; join us as we explore how we may best do so.

Interpreting the Bible: New Testament Interpretation

Interpreting the Bible: New Testament Interpretation
The Bible

 
 
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Interpreting the Bible: Basic Hermeneutics

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God has communicated His will and purposes through the prophets and Apostles; they recorded those messages in the Old and New Testaments (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 1:1). God communicated His purposes to be understood: good guidelines exist which help us properly make sense of what God has said. We do well to explore these guidelines for interpretation, known as basic hermeneutics.

Interpreting the Bible: Basic Hermeneutics

Interpreting the Bible: Basic Hermeneutics
The Bible

 
 
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The New Testament Text

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Our understanding of what God has done in Jesus of Nazareth derives from what is made known in the New Testament. Many would cast aspersions on the quality and accuracy of the New Testament we have in English translations today. What shall we say to these things? Can we have confidence in the New Testament as the full, complete revelation of what God has made known in Jesus, and that our New Testaments accurately reflect the texts as written so long ago?

The New Testament Text

The New Testament Text
The Bible

 
 
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The Authority of the Bible

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Christians are known as people who are supposed to read the Bible and do the things it says to do. But why is that? On what basis is the Bible authoritative for Christianity?

The Authority of the Bible

The Authority of the Bible
The Bible

 
 
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What Is the Bible?

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It’s the perennial bestseller; you’ve heard of it often. But what is the Bible? Why is it so important to Christianity? What are we to do with it?

What Is the Bible?

What Is the Bible?
The Fundamentals

 
 
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Mary, Mother of Jesus

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Mary, mother of Jesus. A compelling figure, one thoroughly distorted over time. Can we separate fact from fiction and recover a realistic portrait of the mother of the Son of God?

Mary, Mother of Jesus

Mary, Mother of Jesus
Jesus' Female Followers

 
 
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John son of Zebedee

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John son of Zebedee was called from the nets to proclaim the Word of life in Jesus Christ. A son of thunder? The beloved disciple? What can we know of John son of Zebedee?

John son of Zebedee

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John son of Zebedee
The Apostles

 
 
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Standing Fast in the Lord

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Stand firm in the Lord. Rejoice. Do not be anxious; bring everything to the Lord in prayer. Find contentment in through God’s power.

Standing Fast in the Lord

Wherefore, my brethren beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my beloved.

I exhort Euodia, and I exhort Syntyche, to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yea, I beseech thee also, true yokefellow, help these women, for they labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice. Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. The things which ye both learned and received and heard and saw in me, these things do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

But I rejoice in the Lord greatly, that now at length ye have revived your thought for me; wherein ye did indeed take thought, but ye lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content. I know how to be abased, and I know also how to abound: in everything and in all things have I learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in want. I can do all things in him that strengtheneth me. Howbeit ye did well that ye had fellowship with my affliction. And ye yourselves also know, ye Philippians, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church had fellowship with me in the matter of giving and receiving but ye only; for even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my need. Not that I seek for the gift; but I seek for the fruit that increaseth to your account. But I have all things, and abound: I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the things that came from you, an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God. And my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Now unto our God and Father be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren that are with me salute you. All the saints salute you, especially they that are of Caesar’s household. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit (Philippians 4:1-23).

Standing Fast in the Lord
Paul's Letter to the Philippians

 
 
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