Day 38: 2 Cor., Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1&2 Thess.

Forgiven and changed, forgiven and changed, given gifts by the Spirit of wisdom and communication, no computers or fast deliveries, yet Paul converts, encourages and loves gentiles for Jesus Christ.  Paul knows how to live by faith, not by sight.  He tries even with restrictions to be perfect in Christ to listen, and be of one mind, to live in peace.  Paul spent fifteen days in the company of Peter he saw no other apostles except Jesus’ brother James in Jerusalem.  After staying in Jerusalem he goes to Syria and Cilicia, while there he was accepted even though his reputation as a persecutor of Jesus and his followers, they  praised God for him.  Fourteen years later Paul goes back to Jerusalem taking along Barnabas and Titus, this time James, Peter and John reputed pillars of Christ’s teachings to the Jews gave their blessings on Paul’s mission to preach Jesus  Christ to the gentiles, always though to remember the poor, that  Paul was also eager to do.  However, there occurs a disagreement with Peter later on, the subject of faith or Jewish law.  Peter has a backward step it seems, and is listening to the Jews about observing the law, established after Moses received the commandments from God; the laws as set out by Jewish men in response to them many observations were established.  Peter who knew that the Spirit had been given to many after Christ’s crucifixion, he witnessed this.  Freedom, faith expressing itself through love, the fruits of the Spirit knowing that is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.  Even the head of Christ’s church having doubts!!  This letter to Galatians’ of Paul’s has so many serious noting’s i.e. “A man reaps what he sows”.  Standing up for your faith, living in this present time, we definitely need the Bibles scripture to hold onto.

Spiritual blessings Paul is writing again to the saints in Ephesus, great words to honor the Spirit of God.  He is reflective on his conversion to Jesus and this humbled him, it drove him to think his work for Jesus was to preach the good news the Gentiles and all messianic Jews who now follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.  Paul prays for the Ephesians to be established in love, speaking the truth in love, living a life in love, shining for Jesus Christ.  He prays for himself asking that whenever he opens his mouth, wherever he might be that he Paul will fearlessly declare the gospel and be able to help people come to know Jesus without mystery, but with understanding.  Paul again is passionate for Christ and leaves the Ephesians with Tychicus who is another convert and servant for the Lord who will be their encourager in the faith.  Those who are passionate often get noticed and Paul has found himself incarcerated and in chains when he writes letters to the Philippians and Colossians.  In chains he is still proclaiming the greatness of Jesus, and gains new followers for Jesus, even in Caesar’s household, both men and women, new workers for the glory of Christ to spread and show the power of Jesus.  Paul’s thorn in his side troubles him, but he continues in the strength of Christ his Lord to proclaim the glorious riches in Jesus Christ.  He has the means to write letters of Salvation by Jesus Christ, so encouragement and thankfulness abound in his letters with the wisdom of Jesus.  He uses faithful people who trust and are devoted to the gospel of grace in Jesus Christ to carryout the letter reading.  Here in this letter to the faithful brothers and workers at close, Paul vouches for Luke the doctor as a dear friend in Christ.

Paul attributes all hindrance of the spreading of the teachings of Jesus to Satan, how often in our busy world is the devil overlooked and even God himself is given the blame fore bad happenings and event?  People are and feel the need to resort to apportion blame, it could never be them.  The two letters written to the church of the Thessalonians are relevant pointers as much to the church today as when it was written.  How wonderful when there is growth in love and more people come to worship in our congregations, the Spirit is moving and miracles happen?  But and it’s a big but, its then often that Satan arrives, and are we watchful, are we steeped in standing firm holding to the Cross of Christ Jesus?  May we always abound in the peace and grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Lesley Pearce

 

Read the Bible on line at Bible Study Tools. Today’s passage (NRSV) is here: http://www.biblestudytools.com/nrs/2-corinthians/1.html

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