This is the last chapter of the book of Ephesians. Even though I’m taking a chapter a day this week, usually I stay in one chapter for three days or longer. I can’t absorb all of one chapter in one day, because there is so much to pounder on in any given chapter. It was about 2 years ago that I started to read the bible portions over and over, and more slowly, which helped me a lot. By reading it slowly, it stays in my thoughts, and I can concentrate on what I’ve read.
The armor of God,
Pray for Paul
Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. Ephesians 6:2-3.
Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:11
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:19, 20
Tychicus, a beloved brother, is sent by Paul to tell them all about how it goes with Paul. Tychicus comforts the Christian’s hearts (verse 22). Thank God for the christian friends that were a comfort to us over the years. That is the kind of friend I want to be.
We can’t pray for Paul anymore, but we can pray for people to want Jesus for their Saviour, and to understand their need for a Saviour. Most people don’t think they are sinners, and they don’t think they need Jesus Christ to clear them of sin. I think a lot of people are shocked and hurt when they die. We can’t bring them from the dead to tell us about it, but if a person isn’t trusting in Jesus to get them to heaven, then they are most likely, shocked and hurt when they leave this world.
The armor of God in this chapter (6:10-18) has always been very special to me. I had it all memorized at one time, but I don’t think I can get it word perfectly as I used to. The armor of God shows us a lot we need to know, like in verse 16. Satan hates christians and he wants to destroy a christian in any way he can. Satan wants to ruin a christian’s life. That is what I see in this verse. “Above all taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” Ephesians 6:16. The fiery darts of the wicked are meant to destroy a christen’s belief in God too.
“Above all taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” Ephesians 6:16.
I hope you get a lot of out the book of Ephesians as you read through it. Thank God for it! We don’t have to go on to eternity with stupidity. God left us his Word for understanding things.
(June 28, 2011). Search by Verse TM Bible King James Version: [Kindle Fire version]. Retrieved from Amazon.com.
Today, it’s about just 2 separate portions from this chapter that I learned from:
Let no man deceive you with vain words…. Ephesians 5:6a
What is the will of the Lord? Ephesians 5:17-21
Here’s what we get deceived about with vain words: all the things in Ephesians 5:5. A person can get led to think that the wrath of God doesn’t come upon whoremongers, unclean persons, covetous man, and idolaters, but God’s wrath can come upon the children of disobedience. It’s all right there, plain and simple. We can please God, or choose not to.
For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience (June 28, 2011). Search by Verse TM Bible King James Version: [Kindle Fire version].).
We don’t have to be a part of it, like the next verses in 5:7 says: “Be not ye therefore partakers with them”. But then, there is marriage. Your friends as couples, are the husbands choice usually. Who are his male friends? That is why marriage has the potential to be very trying. It’s not just you anymore who is inviting people to your home, and befriending, now it’s your husband’s choices too. He’s got to have edifying friends.
We can understand what the will of the LORD is.
Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the LORD is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord: Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our LORD Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God (Search by Verse TM Bible King James Version: [Kindle Fire version].)
We don’t need to drink liquor, but instead be filled with the Holy Spirit. We can fill our mind with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, to the Lord. Here comes the thankfulness part in verse 20; giving thanks always!
This works. Singing to the Lord and being thankful to Him makes a person’s heart lighter and pleases God. It does wonders for me. I’m glad my house isn’t so close to the neighbor’s that they hear me sing. I might bother them if our houses were closer!
These are all good things from Ephesians 5. This has been a good week reading this book every day. When I die I can take my last breath knowing that I read God’s Word. Many people are not prepared to die. How embarrassing to go to heaven and not have read God’s word here in this life.
Being in God’s Word is the right thing to do. Too many weird beliefs can crowd out what is the Truth. Get into God’s word on a regular basis. Get a kindle, the bright light is so great for old eyes. Don’t be embarrassed when you get to heaven and regret that you didn’t read God’s Word. He speaks to us through his Word (King James Bible).
(June 28, 2011). Search by Verse TM Bible King James Version: [Kindle Fire version]. Retrieved from Amazon.com.).
The do’s and don’ts of Ephesians are in this chapter.
Things to do: walk worthy….forbear one another in love, endeavor to keep the unit of the spirit, put off former conversation, be renewed in the spirit of your mind…put on the new man…grieve not the holy spirit, be kind one to another…
The dont’s: darkened understanding, blindness of heart, lasciviousness, deceitful lusts, let not the sun go down upon your wrath, steal no more, corrupt communication, bitterness, wrath anger, clamor…
Ephesians 4: 18 shows what a person is if they are not in Christ. Their understanding is darkened because of their ignorance. Their heart/mind is blinded. They have no chance of spiritual understanding without wanting Jesus as their Saviour.
...walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated front the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart. Ephesians 4:17b-18
We can be renewed in the spirit of our mind as verse 23 shows, “and put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness”… as verse 24 says. I’m glad God gives us a choice.
(June 28, 2011). Search by Verse TM Bible King James Version: [Kindle Fire version]. Retrieved from Amazon.com.
Ephesians 3 has many sections in it that are dear to me and encourage my heart. I have been choosing just a few parts from each chapter to write about. Today what is on my mind are these two portions: strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man…, and the love of Christ passes all knowledge.
Another prayer of Paul’s for us Christians
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, …That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man:…(Ephesians 3:14, 3:16 (june 28th,2011). Search by Verse TM Bible King James Version: [Kindle Fire Version]. Retrieved fromAmazon.com).
Paul is our example on how to please God, so we can pray this too. Ephesians 3:19 is one of the most “stand out” parts of this chapter for me personally. It shows me that the love of Christ, passes all knowledge, and that we can be filled with the fulness of God. Does this sound nutty to some people? It would if a person isn’t in Christ, and doesn’t want God in his life. For the christian who wants God, it isn’t nutty, it is encouraging and brings a person closer to their Saviour.
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Ephesians 3:18-19
(June 28, 2011). Search by Verse TM Bible King James Version: [Kindle Fire version]. Retrieved from Amazon.com.
Phrases that come to mine when I think about this chapter are the following: quickened us together with Christ, magnificent kindness, by grace are ye saved, his workmanship, made nigh by the blood of Christ, he is our peace, a habitation of God through the Spirit.
This is a big chapter, with a lot of information in it. God speaks to us through his Word. My favorite verse from chapter 2 is Ephesians 2:7:
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
God will show us his kindness to us through Jesus in the ages to come! Jesus is kind, and will be kind to us all through eternity. The ages to come is eternity. Who can comprehend eternity? I’m looking forward to heaven when I read this verse.
Here is another wonderful truth “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works,” (June 28, 2011). Search by Verse TM Bible King James Version: [Kindle Fire version]. Retrieved from Amazon.com). As life goes on, we all have opportunities to do good works to please God.
I love reading Ephesians on my kindle. When I can’t sleep at night, I just turn it on, and the page is so bright that I don’t need a flashlight like I previously needed for nighttime reading. This kindle is great. I think I only paid four dollars for this bible version. The highlighter is especially neat, but why don’t they give the reader color choices? Oh well, yellow is nice.
A a week of reading the book of Ephesians – starting today. There are only 6 chapters in the book. Here is chapter 1.
Are you one of the faithful in Christ Jesus? Well, if you are, this book is written to you.
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 1:1
The verse I wrote yesterday, Ephesians 1: 21, should have the previous verses for some explanation. Paul’s praying for these Christians as he states in Eph. 1:16-17:
“Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 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:”…
He’s praying for the believers, and prays for these things for their lives, and now he’s describing Jesus in verse 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:”
“But also in that which is to come” is the part that caught my attention. In heaven Jesus will still be far above all principality, and power, because that which is to come is in heaven.
The older I get “that which is to come” fills my thoughts. Heaven is real, so we might as well get ready for it, even if we live a long life here on earth. I wonder what will be on your mind when you read Ephesians chapter 1? Read it slowly. Read a portion over and over, so you can crowd out other thoughts and just think about what you are reading.
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:
A week in Ephesians. It’ll be a good week.
When I read one chapter of Colossians, I am filled with a lot encouragement. This book gives me a good outlook on life. (flower below is a petunia)
Chapter 1- These four verses show us what Paul was praying for the Christians that he knew of, and it applies to us today. This encourages me!
- …”that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” (verse 9 b)
- …”that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work,”…
- “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness”
- “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:”
It’s all for us too. Walking worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, Strengthened with all might… unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness, and being thankful (verse 12) are all things we can pray for for ourselves and other Christians. Too good to be true, but it is for us, and it is true.
Happy new Year. What will keep our heart and mind in this new year? The answer is the peace of God which passeth all understanding.
Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be make known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Our heart and our mind have to be kept from the wrong things such as concepts and beliefs that are against God. The peace of God goes beyond understanding… thank God we can have it! When I pray with supplication and have thanks to God, then good things happen- the peace of God will keep my heart and mind through Jesus Christ my one and only Lord. That’s a good way to start off the new year!
It’s Veterans Day this November 11th, but even more significant for me, it’s a great day since it is the day I understood things about going to heaven. I asked Jesus Christ to be my Saviour; finally understanding all he did for us on the cross. Our past sins, present sins and future ones are all forgiven.
This was in 1979 when that happened and something equally spectacular has happened since that day. I gained in more understanding of the Bible, especially Paul’s books which are written to us the gentiles. It was about 6 years ago that I started listening to Pastor Paulson who brought about a lot of understanding of the bible into my life. Paulson’s website on all of this. more of his site
I used to read Colossians or Romans or some other book that the apostle Paul wrote and I would get so much out of it, then I’d go to church and hear a sermon that didn’t have anything to do with what Paul was trying to get across to us. There are some nutty sermons and pastors out there because they have such a limited understanding of God’s Word.
Thank you Pastor Paulson for explaining how to rightly divide God’s Word.
Here are some good specifics to pray for other Believers in Christ from Colossians:
- pray that they’d be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.
- pray for fellow believers that they would walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, and that they’d be fruitful in their good works.
- pray that they’d increase in the knowledge of God.
- pray this for those close to you in Christ- that they’d be strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.
- pray that they would be thankful to God and understand that we are the partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.
- pray for them that they know they’ve been delivered from the power of darkness and are translated into the kingdom of his dear Son.
- (all this is in Colossians 1:9,10)
Heaven awaits everyone who puts their trust in Jesus Christ; it’s real. This life is so short compared to eternity which is why this is a very serious matter- where you go when you die.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8, 9
Print it out! Make a little booklet out of 1st and 2nd Timothy. Colossians you can fit on one page. Who says you have to carry the whole bible around? Fit a folded sheet in your purse and pull it out when you are waiting somewhere- dentist office for instance.
Having coffee in between errands around town? Pull out a sheet of paper from your purse and read a passage of Ephesians. Paul’s books are the ones to read a chapter at a time because they tell us how to live.
Read the old testament to see how God dealt with the Jews, so much rich history in there, but when you pull something out of your pocket or purse to read- have it be something that pertains to you! Paul’s epistles do just that.
1st and 2nd Thessalonians could fit on front and back of a sheet of paper. Put it on some pretty computer paper. Scrapbook it up with little things that they have for scrapbooking . You don’t have to carry a whole bible around. Those little tiny bibles are useless to my eyes with there fine print that folks over 40 can’t read!
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above,
where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
He died and rose again and conquered death for us, which can only be known by the King James Bible; took care of sin for us in a great way by forgiving past, current and future sins of ours.
page to find the sermon I’m talking about If you go to the link on the left, you’ll see the sermon on the Jan 23rd, pm one. “Questions for the gainsayer“ is the name of it. So many questions answered, so much explained. It’s the first message in a series of 4. The last one is in the February category.
Here were some highlights of the sermon for me. Acts 1-8 was written to the first great commission that happened in the time period of Acts. The faith of Jesus Christ is in Galatians 2;20 which is different from the faith the Old Testament people had to have.
Acts 8:37 is missing in other versions. Tithing is only in the old testament and the gospels whereby Paul says to lay up in store as God as prospered him. There’s much more in the message presented in audio or video.
Husband’s prayers being hindered passage- from 1st Peter 3:7
It isn’t to us today. Paul is our apostle, not Peter. Peter is to the Jewish people in the tribulation time period. I always thought it applied to us today, but it doesn’t.
Here’s one- How to be a child of God? Matthew 5:9 says to be a peacekeeper, but the gospels are written to the Jews. We need to go to Galatians 3:23 where it says being a child of God is based on your faith.
There’s more ground to cover in this series. I learned a lot from it.
I believe in the truth of the 1611 Bible because the truth that is in there isn’t in the rest of the polluted versions. The "blood" verses are left out in some of the other versions, besides other portions omitted, and some words are changed which matter a great deal. Thank God for a new year to be in the King James 1611 Bible.
See you in this new year when my computer comes back from the shop. Made some more curtains out of Wal-Mart tablecloths.
Back in 1979 on Veterans Day I understood how Jesus died for my sins and from then on could call myself a believer in Jesus Christ. To commemorate that big thing, here’s a message from Pastor Paulson I’d like to shine the light on.
sun nov 7th am message- Readers Questions lll It’s about baptism questions. We don’t need to be baptized with water. Are you surprised?
That is the name of this sermon- questions answered by the KJB part 2. I’ve been taught so much from Pastor Paulson. This one includes these questions and more: Tithing and the one about the unpardonable sin. So much church preaching is out of the gospels and old testament in hopes of applying it to us in our day and it wasn’t ever meant to be . Listen in and see what you think.
Here are the 11 points in the outline . It was a good message on what is manifested to us today through Gods Word, the King James Version. There is a quarter of a page of introduction before you get to the 11 points of Pastor Paulson’s message. You can find the video and audio message on his site that accompany these notes.
Look at the intro section where the sub heading is: “You cannot use these verses today”. It made sense. You don’t have to read these verses and be confused when you read your bible. These don’t pertain to us today. Have you learned to understand your bible better by these sermons of his? I have. He’s always changing the photos on his website, neat to see a lot of South Dakota.
I found this old black and white photo of what looks like a Dad, daughter and brother- all holding snakes. Are they rattle snakes? I don’t know , but they don’t look dead yet! Even the boy and girl have one! South Dakota where Pastor Paulson is from has a lot of snakes.
Here’s the 2 messages on Jeremiah from April on the link below, and there are about 4 other ones prior to these two from the March page on Mike Paulson’s website. Jeremiah is about the judgment of God that they had to go through, compared to the apostle Paul’s message of the Goodness of God, which isn’t the same. I like the way there is so much scripture on the note pages to go along with the video/ audio message. Thank God we won’t be around for the tribulation 7 yr period that will be even worse than the captivity they had to go through back then.
the introductory Jeremiah message is on the March page. The link above is the April page where the next 3 Jeremiah messages are located.
There are just so many good points in this Wednesday message from Pastor Paulson that I don’t know where to start to talk about… Listen to it and see what you think.
Here’s a good message on verses from the bible that are misunderstood all the time.
here are the notes to see while you listen to the video Each verse is listed for you to turn to.
Here’s a crystal clear under water photo. Understanding “the more excellent way” that Paul talks about in the bible has just been made crystal clear to me from listening to Pastor Paulson’s 2 hour message on rightly dividing the Word of God. notes to pauls Greater Commission presentation (1st one on top of page, sunday school the 2nd)
He made it clear! got questions? Listen to this specific audio piece that took place in Ohio the last week of July. It’s too much of a big thing to ignore. You’ll gain understanding by listening to this, especially if you’ve been lied to all these years from Pastors who don’t understand what they are saying. Wish I could articulate the whole issue of rightly dividing the Word of God like he does, nevertheless, at least I can direct you to an audio message on it. The books of the bible are not in chronological order, but are in dispensational order. This is such a clear presentation, it’s crystal clear.
I can’t go back to a church where the Pastor says to write down all your sins (as the ushers pass out little homemade booklets for just that very thing.) I’m learning so much though Pastor Paulson’s online sermons along with the notes that there is no need to go somewhere else and hear how to live out the 4 gospels which God never intended us to do.
All’s I can say is thank you to Pastor Paulson for his online sermons that help me have joy and help me understand the Word of God more. It’s refreshing to rightly divide the Bible. I have to listen along with the notes. There is so much to learn in one given message of his that you sometimes have to go back and hear it again.
Here’s his page of April sermons.
You got to hear this one. It’s the best message I’ve ever heard on the Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon on the Mount / Beatitudes, was written to the Jews and not us the Gentiles. It’s a series on the Sermon on the Mount by Pastor Paulson. 3 sermons (end of page) on the Sermon on the Mount
Our murky understanding can be helped, murky thinking on the bible. Here’s a good sermon on video about understanding Pauls’s epistles. He makes these books of the bible clear, Pastor Paulson from Touchet WA. He makes sense and gave me a love for the Word of God that surpasses what I had before. Why do we struggle so? is the name of the sermon. Sunday Am 3/15/09 video it\’s on this page