Daily Study | January 22

Hi everyone,

I’m trying to get myself motivated once again to get back in the scriptures on a regular basis, and I thought what better way than to continue my study of Ephesians that I’ve been sharing with you.

Today im going to look at Ephesians 2:19-22.

Ephesians 2

19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,
21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,
22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

As we looked at last time in v15-18, we have all been brought together through Christ’s death, into His body and into His people. That same theme continues here in v19, Paul reiterates that we are no longer a scattered people, but part of the the household of God, His body, the church.

We see in v20 that the foundation of the church is the work of the apostles and prophets, but they don’t get the glory, because they are built off of Christ, who we see here is the chief cornerstone. Now for those who might not know what a chief cornerstone is, let me try to explain.

When constructing a building of stone, the first thing the builders need is a good cornerstone, a stone that will act not only as a foundation but also as a reference and alignment point for all the other stones in the structure. Usually the cornerstone is much larger, and if possible, made of a harder stone than the other stones built upon it.

So what Paul tells us her, is that everything about our faith is founded in and aligned to Christ and his works. We see in v21 that we also are a part of this building, we are all important peices in the construction of God’s holy temple, and even though we might feel that we are small and insignificant, we need to remember that even the smallest stones, just tiny grains of sand, are needed for the mortar that holds the larger stones in place.

And finally in v22, we read that we are being built together in and aligned to Christ, and that we are the dwelling place of the holy Spirit. And that’s tremendously encouraging to me, to know that as a Christian, as a part of the body and structure of Christ, He indwells within us in His Spirit, so that we are never alone, never separated from Him.

I hope you all enjoyed this passage. Thank you for reading, I love you all.

God bless!

J. D. Sonnenberg


Update | January 21

Hey everyone,

I apologize yet again for the great stretch of time between posts.

Let’s see, what has happened since my last post… Well, I finished up the class I was taking then got caught up in work before Christmas, and then had a very busy week during Christmas because of planning and all the traveling. New years was pretty spectacular though, I worked up the courage to propose to my now fiancé, that should be a prayer request, the poor girl has a lot to deal with (me). And it has been a long few weeks of trying to plan a wedding since then.

So anyway, I really just wanted to let anyone who reads this know that I am still alive, and I wanted to share a verse that I heard quoted today.

Phillipians 1:6

6. being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

I thought it was tremendously encouraging, to remember that God is always working in us and is never going to stop working in us until He comes back. And I think it’s important to not that “will complete” is the Greek word ἐπιτελέω, meaning to finish, accomplish, perfect, execute, complete. So God is not just working on us to no end, but He is perfecting us and making us complete.

Music Playlist – Finals Mix

Hey everyone,

We’re getting close to the end of the semester, and as such the studying and cramming will begin, and to go along with it, our favorite study music. I put together a short list here of some of my personal favorites for studying, there are many more that I would like to include, but I was trying to keep things brief and only choose one song per artist. Anyway, I’ve found that these songs help me to both remain focused and remain de-stressed.

Hope you enjoy, thanks for reading!

J. D. Sonnenberg

Finals Mix

Daily Study | November 6

Hey everyone, it’s been a while since I posted anything, and I’ve been wanting to get back into Ephesians again, so I thought I’d share my findings with you. Enjoy!

Ephesians 2:13-19, focusing on 15-18

15. having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,
16. and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.
17. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.
18. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

As we looked at previously in v14, God has removed the separations between Jews  and gentiles. Continuing here in v15-16 we see that God has abolished the enmity, the law of commandments, through His flesh. Through Christ’s death, the need for the law has been removed, not to say that we should not keep the 10 commandments, but rather there is no longer a need for blood sacrifices or an intermediary before God. Through Christ’s death, God tore the veil and gave everyone  who would believe, Jew or gentile, direct access to Him. And through their belief they are made alike, it no longer matters whether we are Jew or gentile, for we are all adopted into the body of Christ and inheritors of His kingdom.

In v17 we see that the gospel has been delivered to those both near and far, which I believe is to say that it has been given to those who are familiar with it (Jews) and those who are foreign to it (gentiles).

And in v18 we again see that everyone who believes has been given access to the Father, through the spirit which now dwells in us.

Thank you for reading, hopefully this made sense to all of you.

God bless!

J. D. Sonnenberg

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