|1 Kings 4–5
|1 Kings 6
|1 Kings 7
|1 Kings 8
|1 Kings 9
|1 Kings 10
|1 Kings 11
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
The Apostle Paul wrote the letter to the Ephesians while he was imprisoned in Rome. Think about that. Remember John Bunyan who wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress while imprisoned for his faith in Christ. Imagine receiving a letter from someone you dearly loved. Someone who was in prison for their Christian faith. How much would you cherish that letter? For the saints, it’s truly always a win-win. Are you having a blessed day? Win. Are you in prison for your faith? Win. And it’s often our tribulations in particular which give us greater faith and contentment. For Christians, both our joys and our griefs in this temporal life help us wait eagerly for our future hope in heaven with our dear Lord and Savior.
Ephesians especially addresses Gentiles who had been converted to Christianity. The first half of the epistle addresses how the Ephesians were former idolatrous heathens, and who were now Christians. They had been received into the good Lord’s covenant. And yet, the life of a Christian does not stop simply at conversion. The second half of the epistle instructs them in the principal duties of religion, and exhorts them to greater faith and obedience to Christ.
We are taught about God’s redemptive and reconciling work through Christ. In the church, we have unity in Christ and unity among God’s people from all around the world and across all time. Finally, as Christians, we shall not go on living as though we were not. As Christians, we are taught how to conduct ourselves, how to obey our Lord, the way He would have us to obey. Ephesians is a wonderful letter to read and discuss with your family, as it addresses how family members are to relate with one another, as we seek to honor and obey the Lord.
VERSES TO MEDITATE ON
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
HOW TO PRAY
- Adoration – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Eph. 1:3)
- Confession – Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God! (Eph. 2:3)
- Thanksgiving – In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which he lavished on us. (Eph. 1:7)
- Supplication – Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love. (Eph. 6:23–24).