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


Monody: A lament sung by a single voice.

Here is a beautiful Monody that I’ve heard that I enjoy no matter how many times I hear it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Love you all!

J. D. Sonnenberg


Summer in the hills
Those hazy days I do remember
We were running still
Had the whole world at our feet
Watching seasons change
Our roads were lined with adventure
Mountains in the way
Couldn't keep us from the sea

Here we stand open arms
This is home where we are
Ever strong in the world that we made
I still hear you in the breeze
See your shadows in the trees
Holding on, memories never change

-The Fat Rat, Monody

The Prisoner, Chapter 3

Hey everyone! It’s been a little while since my last post, I’ve finished the third chapter to my short story, I hope you have been enjoying it so far. Love you guys!

J. D. Sonnenberg

Chapter 3: The Judge

He turned to see another man who had just stepped through the door, which was promptly locked behind him. The man looked familiar, he was much older, he had large muscled frame, a serious yet not unkind face, and silvery-gray hair that was trimmed close. It was his eyes though that caught the attention of the younger man, his eyes, a pale and icy blue, were those of someone who knew far more than their years and someone who was no stranger to grief.

It was obvious to the younger man that he knew this stranger, but he did not know how and from where he knew him, he stared dully towards the man trying to recover any memories that might be available to him. The older man was the first to break the silence, “Good morning Adam, how are you feeling?”. The man’s voice, just like his features, was deep and powerful, yet he spoke with a gentle tone. After recovering from the shock at hearing another voice for what felt like the first time in eons, and the surprise at hearing his own name, Adam attempted to form a response. He was tired, sore, and now that he thought about it, quite hungry. “As well as I can be. I am very hungry though… s-sir.” He answered, beginning to stutter.

The older man responded with a quick smile, and by returning to the door and knocking once. The door opened and a bowl was handed through the opening to the man. Adam had tried to see through the doorway so that he might at least have an idea where he was, but the light from outside was blinding in contrast to the darkness of his cell.

The door was locked once again and the man stretched his right hand with the bowl towards Adam, it was meat and potato stew. Adam snatched the plate abruptly and started gorging himself on the food that might otherwise be bland and unappetizing, with no hint of salt or seasoning to be found. As he finished, he felt just a little ashamed by his action of grabbing the food from the older man, he looked up and nodded appreciatively at him, and handing him the bowl. The older man responded in kind, nodding back and smiled, both in amusement at Adam’s actions and in gladness to satiated at least one of the younger man’s needs.

Taking the bowl, setting it on the floor next to the door and turning back to Adam. Adam looked up at him now, and the older man could see the question in his eyes; “why am I here?”. The older man’s mood changed, and his smile faded as he took on a more impassible demeanor. After standing there for a moment, thinking of the words he would use, he looked at Adam then began to speak. “I am to be your judge during the upcoming trial.”, he gestured to the bookshelves, “These are your crimes. The sentence you face is death”.

To be Continued…


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I Miss You

Hey all,

Here’s something I wrote briefly this last week. Like most of my writing it’s not fantastic, but I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for reading, love you guys!

J. D. Sonnenberg

I Miss You