I have been working on Ephesians 1 – and I am still working on Ephesians 1 which is ok with me.
I have really loved the focus on Ephesians 1 this month.
This chapter is filled with wonderful words – rich words – to mull over – to meditate upon – to say aloud.
This little online gadget makes memorizing much easier and it is more satisfying for my competitive side when I get a hint by a letter rather than looking at the whole word.
I’ll continue on memorizing – the eventual goal is the book of Ephesians. I don’t know when I’ll finish. I’m not setting a date. In fact, I have this funny little picture of standing before the Lord and saying “Well, I was working on Ephesians…” 🙂
So here’s my memory work – Ephesians 1:1-17
The little * means I had to glance at the beginning letter. ** means I had to look at a word. Mistakes are crossed out and corrected in red.
Ephesians 1: 1- 17
“Paul an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in Him from before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love, He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ * in accordance with His pleasure and purpose will – to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And He made known to us the mystery of His will, * according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect * when the times will have reached their fulfillment – to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
*In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of His glory.
** For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stop giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.”
I’m looking forward to the final verses of the chapter – it’s a wonderful prayer. I’ve prayed it for myself and others many times by reading it. I’ll be glad to have it memorized so that I can pray it as I go about my daily routine.
Thanks Ann – you’ve been an inspiration!