For the next 6 weeks, we’ll be walking through the book of Ephesians. Ephesians is one of the 4 books (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon) often referred to as the “Prison Epistles”. They are called this because the author, Paul, wrote these 4 books while imprisoned in Rome under house arrest. I know we’ve been quarantined for a few weeks now, but can you imagine being stuck in your house for 2 years? While this was the situation Paul found himself in, he didn’t use it as an excuse to pause his ministry. In fact, Acts 28:30-31 tells us “30 He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, 31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.”
My hope for us is that we can follow Paul’s lead when it comes to this quarantine. Don’t let this time at home keep you from growing in your walk with God. Instead, lets use it to pursue Christ, and to proclaim Him with all boldness and without hindrance.
A new blog will be posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. These blogs will include scripture from Ephesians and questions to reflect on. As we go through the book of Ephesians together, share with one another what God is teaching you through His word. If you have any questions about the scripture, write them down and reach out to me. I look forward to going through this with you, and look forward to a time where we are able to gather together again.
As you read through the scripture, be sure to take notes about anything that sticks out to you. Feel free to keep a journal handy for these devotionals to help you reflect on God’s word!
1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithfulin Christ Jesus:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined usfor adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making knownto us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
Before we were ever born, God knew us. Not only did He know us, but He loved us. It’s because of this love that He sent His son to die for us. Because of what Jesus did, we are able to come before the Father “holy and blameless before him”. Through Jesus, God “predestined usfor adoption to himself”. If you’re a Christian you have “obtained an inheritance” from the God of the universe. His love is our hope in this broken world. We know that in the end, God wins.
What does Jesus’ death and resurrection mean for us today?
What does it mean to be “holy and blameless” before the Lord?
How can we practically show God’s love while under quarantine?