Friday, March 5, 2021
Word for the Week

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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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FAR ABOVE ALL

In Ephesians 1:21, the Bible says that Christ is exalted far above every– arche–someone who comes first (as in ‘arch-villain’), ruler. No matter who appears to be primary, Christ is ahead of them! exousia–authority. All authority has been given to Jesus (Matthew 28:18). dunamis–dynamic energy. The Lord Jesus Christ is more dynamic than any other…

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EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING

Following is a list from the letter to the Ephesians, detailing some of the things that Paul says are included in the blessings God has provided. Note that they are all in the past tense–in other words, the work has already been done. Nothing remains to be tidied up. It is complete. He chose us…

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WORSHIP GOD IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH

One distinctive characteristic of humanity is our ability to worship. The term derives from an Old English term ‘worth-ship’, the act of attributing worth to something or someone. God created us with the capacity to worship him (implied in Genesis 3:8-9; see also John 4:23). Sadly, all over the world that yearning to worship has…

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