‘The Big Picture’ Daily Notes

Thursday 29th September 2022

PHILIPPIANS 1 “From Rome with love”.  This is Paul’s email (using the technology of his day) to the household churches in the province of Philippi, a prosperous Roman colony in Macedonia.  Any citizen of Philippi was automatically given Roman citizenship and they were immensely proud of this.  They acted as more ‘Roman’ than the peopleContinue reading “Thursday 29th September 2022”

Tuesday 27th September 2022

EPHESIANS 5 Under the old covenant, the burnt offering was described as producing a ‘pleasing aroma’ to the Lord – an acceptable sacrifice (Genesis 8:21;  Exodus 29:18 etc.).  The death and resurrection of Christ later produced an offering to God that was completely acceptable for all time – this sacrifice was borne out of aContinue reading “Tuesday 27th September 2022”

Sunday 25th September 2022

EPHESIANS 4 (continued from yesterday)…Or else Paul might have continued his interrupted train of thought in verse one of this chapter.  “As a prisoner for the Lord…” he begins.  Remember that the first verse of chapter 3 was a reference to Paul as a prisoner too – and then Paul changed the subject!  Ephesians isContinue reading “Sunday 25th September 2022”

Friday 23rd September 2022

EPHESIANS 2 This is a chapter in two parts:  The first ten verses describe our personal reconciliation to God and our resulting unity with him, whilst the remainder of the chapter describes the reconciliation between Jews and Gentiles in Christ and the resulting unity of Christ’s Body on earth. The first ten verses, then, tellContinue reading “Friday 23rd September 2022”

Wednesday 21st September 2022

GALATIANS 6 “Carry each other’s burdens and, in this way, you will fulfil the law of Christ” (v2).  Now consider: “…for each one should carry their own load” (v5).  How do we explain these two potentially contradictory verses?  How does it explain a great deal of this chapter? The subtle balance between corporate and individualContinue reading “Wednesday 21st September 2022”

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