Daily Verse | September 30

1 Corinthians 6:20

​[20] For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

We were bought by a price. God has purchased us out of our slavery to sin, and brought us into His body, into His fold. We are now bondservants to Christ, just as Paul so often describes himself in the beginning of his letters. Our bodies are not our own, they are the temple of the Holy Spirit as said in verse 19, and we are here to glorify God with our body and spirit, which in the context of chapter 6 means to keep yourself pure in mind and body by setting ourselves apart from sexual immorality and other sexual sins. And to follow His will in everything we do. 

Application: its important for us to set lines for ourselves based on the warnings of Christ from the word, and make sure we stay far from those lines.  We have to pray about the things that we struggle with and actively flee from those things that tempt us.

Thanks for reading, love you all.

J. D. Sonnenberg 


Daily Verse |September 29

Phillipians 4:10-13

[10] ​But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. [11] Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: [12] I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. [13] I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Hey everyone,
I’m sorry for not posting sooner, or posting any more than just a passage. The one whom my heart adores, had her wisdom teeth removed today, so after work I went to tend to her. So I am just getting home and I remembered that I hadn’t posted anything. So once again I’ll ask your forgiveness.

Thank you for reading, love you all.

J. D. Sonnenberg 

Daily Verse | September 28

Hey all, it’s been another long day of work and school, and I’m about to start classes, so I only have one verse today and it’s not following my Ephesians study.

Phillipians 2:3

​[3] Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

Oftentimes we have a tendency to think ourselves as Christians, being better than unbelievers. Or we might just see ourselves as better than someone in a worldly sense. I personally struggle with both of these things.

Here Paul is telling the Christians in Philipi, not to do anything out of pride, κενοδοξίαν “groundless self-esteem”. But to do all things with humbleness, ταπεινοφροσύνῃ “modesty, humility”, and with the thought process that assumes everyone is better than you. Not to say that you should think yourself worthless and fall into crippling depression, that is not what Paul is saying. I’m having a terrible time wording Paul’s meaning, but I’m pretty sure you all understand, so I’ll just give you what I have; we should give others more grace than we feel that we ourselves even deserve.

Application: Do not be prideful, in thoughts or actions, but remain humble in all things and show others the Grace of Jesus through our lives.

Thanks for reading, love you all!

J. D. Sonnenberg

Daily Verse | September 27

Hi all,

A little late today, I’ve been really busy and I’m pretty beat up, worked a long day and then came home to work on an RV. So just a short passage today.

Ephesians 2:11-14, focus on 14

[14] For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us ;

Starting off we see that God is our Peace, if you are a Christian, you know exactly what this means, and it’s almost impossible to describe. He is our peace, our refuge from this world, the word here is  εἰρήνη, which means “a state of tranquility, exempt from rage, havoc, and and war”. God protects us from all the things that will destroy us, not to say that we don’t face trials, because God does allow those in order to teach us and help us grow.

Next we see that God has made us one. Who is this “us both” referred to here? I’m going to borrow an idea from a friend of mine who mentioned to me that it’s important to note the unity of gentiles and God’s people (v11), Jews and gentiles alike are made one in the body of Christ. As we see here, God has broken down the wall between us, μεσότοιχον “a partition wall, divider”, He removes everything that would stop us from joining together and gives us purpose as a part of His body. Of course we can still have our own issues which will separate us, such as the pride of the Jews in many passages, causing them to reject gentile believers.

Application: Let no petty thing, such as pride, come between you and the rest of the body of Christ.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this.

Love you all.

J. D. Sonnenberg

Daily Verse |September 26

Ephesians 2:8-16, focusing on 10-13

[10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. [11] Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; [12] That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: [13] But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Starting off, Paul reminds us of our origins as Christians, being created in Christ Jesus (see yesterday’s study). And I thought it would be cool to check out the Greek text here just to see what word created is here, and it is the word κτισθέντες, which means “to create, make, or found a people” and another meaning is “to completely change or transform something”. So we have been completely transformed, from our carnal selves (v11-12), into a new creation in Christ.

Let’s look now what God has saved us from. We were in the flesh, the word here is σαρκί, which has a lot of meanings but I believe here it is the definition “the human and earthly nature of man apart from God and prone to sin and destruction”. We also see that we are made by hands, χειροποιήτου meaning “made by the hands/skills of men”, which in my mind means that we are raised by and instructed by man in the way of man, therefore not even able to comprehend the way of God.

We were aliens and strangers, without God’s promise and without hope. I looked up hope just for fun and it is the word ἐλπίδα, meaning “a joyful and confident expectation”. So without Christ we literally did not have hope, we could never look forward and know for sure that anything good was coming, but with Christ we know that we can look forward to our eternal salvation with Him.

So Christ has taken us from what we were; earthly, destructive, built up by man, strangers, aliens, without hope, and far off from anything even remotely spiritual of God. He has taken us from these things and made us new, completely transformed us and brought us close to Him, into Him, into the body of Christ.

Lastly, how? How did God accomplish this feat of changing us all so radically? (Sunday school answer approaches) He did it by sacrificing the life of His son, our precious Christ, who died on that cross, to save each and every one of us, and bring us to Him.

Application: There is not a lot for direct application in this passage, but I think we could just remember where we have come from and remember to praise and thank God for his amazing grace, and remember to treat others with the same love and grace He has shown to us, in hopes that others might see Christ through us.

Thanks for reading, sorry for all the Greek this time, but it really helps me to understand sometimes. Anyway, hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed the study.

Love you all,

J. D. Sonnenberg

Daily Verse | September 25

Ephesians 2:1-9, focusing on 5-9.

[5] Even when we were dead in sins, He hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) [6] And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: [7] That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. [8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.

God has such great love for us that He, through Christ, has brought us to Him, even though we were/are sinners.

The words “quickened us together” make up the Greek word συζωοποιέω, which means “to make one alive with another”, and is usually used in relation to morality, which in my mind has the idea of recreating something in the image of something else. So God has brought us up together and made us new, and not just new in a random sort of way, but new like Christ. I mean, how cool, right?

I think it is worth noting that Paul appears to be putting some emphasis on “together”, and I think that he is trying to point out that we are all one body, the body of Christ, and as such all the parts are needed in order for the body to function. So what I’m saying is, don’t go it alone, seek out Godly fellowship and work with the body to further the gospel.

He brings us up, recreates us, and then He gives us a place in the body of Christ. Why, why is He doing all this, is it only for love? That’s what we see next, He does it so that the world, throughout all the ages to come, would see his exceedingly great love, grace, and kindness towards us, and will be drawn to what they see, so that Grace might abound even more.

And lastly we see that there is nothing that we could do to earn what God has given us and therefore cannot boast of our own achievements, it is purely a gift, with no partiality to whom might accept it. We are all saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

Application: Continue in fellowship with the body of Christ.

Thanks for reading!

J. D. Sonnenberg

Daily Verse | September 24

Hey all,

I decided that I wanted to challenge myself to post at least one Bible verse a day and then my brief commentary/Summary of that verse. I would exhort you to do the same.

By the way, just an update on The Prisoner story, I’m working on the next chapter, it’s just kinda slow going for me. Thanks for your patience!

Anyway enjoy!

Ephesians 1:13-23 is going to be my passage today, but I’m going to focus on the below verses.

[15] Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, [16] Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; [17] That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: [18] The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

In this passage, Paul is sharing his pleasure about the good reports he has received about the believers in Ephesus. Stating that he constantly gives thanks to God and prays for them, that God would continue to edify them in His wisdom and understanding (different from that of the world, 1 Corinthians 2:6-16), and that they would continue to grow in hope.

[Note. When studying,  it’s important to find some way to apply the passage to our lives, and to set goals for yourself to do those things.]
Paul provides an example for us of how to pray for our fellow believers, that is without ceasing and for understanding of God’s word and His will for us. It is also important to encourage your brethren and to lift them up so that they do not become discouraged or feel as if they need to fight the world on their own.

Thanks for reading, if you would like to share your own verses or reference a similar passage, please comment them below.

Love you guys,

J. D. Sonnenberg