Daily Bread Devotional Bible Study
The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians
Christian Blessing Bible Study
Biblical Blessing in the Bible
Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is our Christian Blessing Bible study looking at the Biblical Blessing in the Bible. The message will truly bring a smile to the lips and heart and shine the LIGHT of Truth upon your be-YOU-tiful Christian walk path.
Christian Blessing Bible Study Lesson
Biblical Blessing in the Bible Explained
So glad you're here to share another study from the New Testament.
This time we have Paul's letter to the Ephesians. The Ephesians, of
course, are the people from Ephesus, which was a city near the
western coast of Asia, which is today called Turkey. The church at
Ephesus is also one of the Seven Churches of Asia from Revelation
Paul visited Ephesus during his second and third missionary journeys
and you can refresh your memory about these visits in Acts
18:19 - 19:41.
In this first chapter of Paul's letter, he points out the many
blessings we have from God. So often we think of blessings as
tangible things, but spiritual blessings are what really count. As
you read, know that the blessings that Paul is talking about are
spiritual blessings that we possess as well as the people of Ephesus,
as you'll see in a Paul's greeting.
Christian Blessing Bible Study Truth
Biblical Blessing in the Bible Quest
[From] Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the
saints [believers] which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in
Christ Jesus [that's us!]:
So, you see, this letter is indeed written to us too! Let's read it
as it appears in the Bible, then figure out what it means in our
lives right now.
2 Grace be to
you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Heavenly places
4 According as He hath chosen us in Him before the
foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame
before Him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by
Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
6 To the praise of the glory of His Grace, wherein He hath
made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through His blood, the
forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace;
8 Wherein He hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of His will,
according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He
might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in
Heaven, and which are on Earth; even in Him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being
predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things
after the counsel of His own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of His glory, who first
trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the Word
of Truth, the Gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye
believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the
redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.
Friends, those are some special blessings. Let's look at them one by one.
- With Christ God has given us every blessing in the Heavenly world.
- Even before the world was made, God chose us to be His through Christ.
- He gave us the gift of Jesus by whom we are redeemed by His blood.
- The hope of being all gathered together with Christ as King.
- The Holy Spirit, which is the guarantee of eternal life with Him.
True Christian Blessing Bible Study
Biblical Blessing in the Bible Hope
Now Paul tells of the blessings that he prays for, on our behalf.
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the
Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you
in my prayers;
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the
knowledge of Him:
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that
ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of
the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to
us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power,
20 Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the
dead, and set him at His own right hand in the Heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and
dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but
also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to
be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all
Christian Blessing Bible Study Summary
Biblical Blessing in the Bible Conclusion
In some of the epistles coming up, you'll find that Paul encourages
prayer with thanksgiving. Why not have a special prayer time of only
thanksgiving? Often times when we pray, we rattle off our list of
complaints and requests and suggestions, and we forget to thank our
Father for all the blessings that He bestows upon us. Has a child
ever thanked you for something? Do you know how good it would make
God feel for you, His child to thank Him for His spiritual blessings,
from your heart? Go on, give it a try!
Next time we'll find out what else Paul has to say to the Ephesians
... And to us, right here at Daily Bread. Don't miss it!
New Testament Daily Bread
There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.
How to Prepare for Spiritual Warfare