Spiritual Blessings

EphesiansThe book of Ephesians is perhaps the most lofty book in the Bible. In a grand sweep, it tells us that the purpose of everything is somehow found in Christ from eternity to eternity (1:10). The purpose of all things throughout all of time explained in one book (Ephesians) and in one word (Christ). Lofty to say the least. After a read of the first chapter it almost seems impossible to comprehend. Peter O’Brien in his commentary on it wrote that Samuel T. Coleridge called it, “the divinest composition of man.” So, I want to move through it in a number of posts and just highlight some things that have really gripped me, and I pray anyone who reads it is helped and comes to understand this book of the Bible just a little more. The first thing that strikes me is that one of God’s promises is that through Christ he has given his children “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” Continue reading “Spiritual Blessings”

How Should I Pray for Others?

coffeeHave you ever wondered how you can pray for the people you love? In this amazing prayer, Paul continues to remind the Colossians that he himself is praying for them with heartfelt consistency (1:3; 1:9). But he doesn’t just tell them he is praying for them; he explains what he is asking God to do for them:

  • To be filled with all the knowledge of God’s will (1:9-10).
  • To be strengthened with all the power of God’s might (1:11-14).

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