Day 29 – Deserving God’s Wrath

Verse for today – “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 (Eph. 2:3).” Mankind faces a fundamental question; who will decide right from wrong? Is there really any…

Day 28 – Enticed to Sin

Verse for today – “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience (Eph. 2:1-2).” The spiritual realm is difficult for…

Day 27 – Sin Lived Out

Verse for today – “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world… (Eph. 2:1-2).” Please begin by noting that these verses are written in the past tense. Paul is writing to people who already belong to Christ and he is trying to…

Day 26 – A World Filled with Sin

Verse for today – “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1).” I am sure you would agree that our world is broken. This verse begins to describe the condition of every human being before he/she chooses Christ and is changed by Him! Here, the word “dead” refers to being spiritually dead…

Day 25 – Who is in Charge?

Verse for today – “And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all (Eph. 1:22-23).” According to this verse, and others, Jesus Christ is in charge of all things. So…

Day 23 – God’s Power

Verse for today – “and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ when He raised Him from the dead… (Eph. 1:19-20).” About 22 years ago I was working at Herb Gordon…

Day 22 – A Shared Inheritance

Verse for today – “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints (Eph. 1:18).” I am certain I do not understand everything God is communicating in this…

Day 18 – A Praying Friend

Verse for today – “For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers (Ephesians 1:15-16).” Paul seems like a pretty good friend. After a…

Day 12 – A Note About God’s Word!

Before we continue our study in the book of Ephesians, please allow me a side note. If you have read the Bible for long, you know that some parts of it are difficult to understand. Even the apostle Peter made this same observation about some of Paul’s writings (see 2 Peter 3:15-16). This, however, does…

Day 10 – Blessing # 6 – Forgiven!

Verse for today – “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 in all wisdom and insight (Ephesians 1:7-8).” When I was in my early teenage years, I stole a $20.00 item from a local hardware store. It…

Day 9 – Blessing # 5 – Redeemed!

Verse for today – “In Him we have redemption through His blood… (Ephesians 1:7).” The word redemption means to free from captivity by payment of a ransom. Christian, do you know that God redeemed you? Do you know that He loves you so much He paid the price to buy you back for Himself? Think…

Day 7 – Blessing # 3 – Adopted!

Verse for today – “He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will (Ephesians 1:5).” Blessing number 3, only for those who are in Christ, is that He determined long ago to adopt them as His very own sons and daughters. The word predestined…

Day 5 – Blessing # 1 – Chosen!

Verse for today – “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world… (Ephesians 1:4).” Did you know that the world, the galaxies, and the universe are not a large science experiment? Did you know that you are not an afterthought? The only reason God made this universe is because He…

Day 4 – Great Benefits!

Verse for today – “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 (Ephesians 1:3).” We have physical eyes. We live in a physical world. Every day our eyes see this world’s attractions. We see the sky, the earth,…

Day 3 – A Greeting with a Message

Verse for today – “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:2).” This is how Paul begins almost every letter he writes to the churches. Peter and John sometimes send the same greeting when they write. It is a consistent message, and a very encouraging message God…

Day 2 – The Audience

Verse for today – “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:1).” In the second half of verse 1 Paul identifies his audience. Paul describes them as the saints who are at Ephesus. There is a…