Monday, August 1

In Christ

today's reading.
Ephesians 1:1  Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus...

think about it.
What has God blessed us with (1:3-4)? Go through 1:5-14 and list what you have "in Christ" or "in Him"; how does this influence your view of your salvation? What do you learn about redemption (1:7-10)? What will you do with these spiritual blessings today?

the blog.
As I read Ephesians 1:1-14 all I could think was Wow, there's so much here to consider. Paul certainly doesn't waste any time jumping right in and telling us about salvation through Christ. Almost immediately he writes how God has "blessed us in Christ" (vs. 3). Then he spends the next eleven verses laying out all those blessings.

So what from this passage spoke to your heart today? And how will you use it going forward? For me it was "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us. . ." (vs. 7-8). These verses will help me be more tuned in and thankful about the incredible privilege of being "in Christ." I'll also use them as a prompter to share Christ whenever and wherever. OK, now it's your turn!Tami W. 

P.S. We're beginning a two week series on Ephesians today on Back to the Bible. Join in the daily studies via radio, or listen online whenever you want at www.backtothebible.org.

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