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Theology in Practice (4 of 9)
Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Introduction: My aunt loved putting together jigsaw puzzles. She would always have a card table out with a puzzle on it she was working on. If the box top was not around it was impossible to make out what the puzzle was supposed to look like. When you start putting a puzzle together you might get a few pieces that fit together and you see a dolphin. But when the puzzle is finished you see a beautiful picture of an ocean teeming with plant life, coral, tropical fish bursting with colors, and other fantastic sea creatures.
This little letter in the New Testament is one of the deepest theological works in all the Bible. Yet it is also one of the most practical works in all the Bible. The passage chosen starts with the word, ''therefore''. As I've said before, when you are studying your Bible you have to pay attention to words like ''therefore'', asking the questions what is the therefore there for? So in preparing this I went back and read the whole letter from the beginning. (This is something I strongly encourage you to do from time to time). When you read through an entire book of the Bible at one sitting you get the full picture, not just one piece of the puzzle.
This is a great way to mix up your devotional life every once in a while, pick a book and read it through. (I don't suggest one of the major prophets, start with one of the letters in the New Testament and if you are really ambitious read through one of the gospels in one sitting. I really believe you will be amazed at how it all fits together. One more idea, listen to a book of the Bible in one sitting.
As I read through the letter to the Ephesians I began to see themes and words that were building upon each other and building up to this passage. Wo ...
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