Monday, January 18, 2021
Word for the Week

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STILL MORE BLESSINGS

The list of the ways in which God has blessed us seems never-ending. The first chapter of Ephesians contains a smorgasbord of good things. He sealed us with the Spirit (1:13). God gives his Holy Spirit as a guarantee. When the Spirit comes we know that our inheritance is secure. He has given us an…

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INFINITE AND ETERNAL

God’s blessings are as infinite and eternal as he is himself. If we personalise them, we have a powerful list of affirmations. Here are some of them–   I am blessed with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3) I am redeemed (1:7) I am forgiven (1:7) I am included in Christ (1:13) I am seated in…

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THOSE WHO WORSHIP IDOLS BECOME LIKE THEM

When we kneel to man-made objects or worldly practices, we are not elevated. By worshiping something less than ourselves we ourselves are lessened by the experience. So the Scripture says that those who worship idols become like the very idols they worship (Psalm 115:8; 135:18). In contrast, those who worship the Lord become like him,…

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MORE BLESSINGS

The list of the ways in which God has blessed us seems never-ending. He forgave us (Ephesians 1:7). No longer do we need to feel guilty before God. Every sin is forgiven–not only those that we have committed in the past, but also those that we may commit in the future. All sin is covered!…

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ALWAYS A VERB, NEVER A NOUN

In the New Testament, ‘worship’ is always a verb, never a noun. In other words, the focus is on doing. It is concrete, not abstract; active, not passive. To worship the Lord is to devote our energies to honouring him. It is easy to make ‘worship’ a noun–the name of a theological concept–and then study…

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YET MORE SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS

Christ is ‘far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age, but also in the one to come’ (Ephesians 1:21). There is no title or position greater than his–and he shares this mighty achievement with us! Never again can we say that…

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So why don’t more people enjoy God’s blessings in their daily lives? We may be ignorant of God’s promises and declarations of grace. We may not even know they exist. We may be doubtful about them: can it really be true that such things belong to us already? That all we have to do is…

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God’s Masterpiece

Once, I visited the home of the renowned Australian painter the late Pro Hart. ‘I’ll give you a painting to take home with you,’ he offered. So he took me to his back yard to a large old corrugated iron shed, cluttered with used paint tins and tools and pieces of timber. Spider webs dangled…

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The terminology used in Ephesians 1:19 is interesting. Put simply, the first word (‘incomparably’) has the idea of throwing beyond the limit, excelling or succeeding. There are obvious English derivations from the next terms used–megethos (megaphone), dunamis (dynamic), energeia (energy), to name just a few. The next word (kratos) is the basis of English adjectives…

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TRUTH IS BEAUTY

When God created humankind, he said that his creation was ‘very good’. The Hebrew word for ‘good’ can also mean ‘beautiful’. It is used, for instance of the lovely Bathsheba, who is described as ‘very beautiful’ (2 Samuel 11:2). In his ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’, the poet John Keats wrote, ‘Beauty is truth, truth…

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