Week Thirty-Seven

PAUL’S LETTER FROM ROME

·        After the journey to Rome described in Acts 27-28, the Apostle Paul wrote further letters (epistles) to some of the ‘ecclesias’ he had visited on earlier journeys. (See map Week 27).

 THE EPISTLE TO THE EPHESIANS

·        This contains the wonderful theme of the Church as the Body of Christ.

·        It calls believers to a united and exalted life in Him.

 THE EPISTLE TO THE PHILIPPIANS

·        This also speaks of the need for unity in Christ in our spiritual warfare. The letter is full of joy.

·        References to soldiers, weapons etc are interesting, since Philippi was a Roman outpost or colony, just as the true Church is a ‘colony of heaven’ (Philippians 3:20).

 DAILY READINGS AND NOTES – WEEK THIRTY-SEVEN

Day 1: Ephesians 4 Those who have ONE FAITH (verse 4-6) and the new outlook (verses 22-24), together become the ‘Body of Christ’ (verses13-16).
Day 2: Ephesians 5 Christ is the Head of the Body (the true Church) (verse 23) and he is the heavenly Bridegroom (verses 25-27). Note the principles of a good marriage (verses 22-29).
Day 3: Ephesians 6 Discipleship is possible for all kinds of people (verses 1,4,5,9). The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God (verse 17) to be used in being valiant for truth.
Day 4: Philippians 1 Be valiant for what is true, like a good soldier of Jesus Christ (verses 27-18).
Day 5: Philippians 2 Christ gave up all (verses 7-8). So God later exalted him to be Lord of all (verses 9-11).
Day 6: Philippians 3 It is worth us giving up all to be associated with Christ (verses 7-14). He will return to earth (verses 20-21) and we then may be exalted to share his rule.
Day 7: Philippians 4 God can give us victory and peace through Jesus Christ (verse 7). Pure thoughts make men pure (verses 8-9).