Philippians 1,2 – Prayer, Emptying Oneself.

Philippians 1 – Paul is thanking God for the Philippians, because when the gospel was preached among them, they began to live like Christ.
vs.3-11 – That good work begun in you, God will perform until the day of Jesus Christ.
vs.12-18 – Paul explains why he is going to Rome as a prisoner. It was to preach the gospel to Nero and his court.
vs.19-26 – “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” The work on earth is needful for the saints, by his heart’s desire, to be with Christ.
Philippians 2 – The Kenosis Passage.-emptying one self. What we can do. Vs.1-4 “If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
What Christ does. vs.5-11 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Crain Blanchard.

Philippians – Looking for Jesus in everything.

Philippi – city in Macedonia, named after Philip of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great.
Personal love of Paul to the Philippians, more than other epistles.
Prison Epistle.
One Admonition – 4:2.
Philippians-the only church that supported Paul’s ministry.4:15
Konosis passage – made himself of no reputation. 2:5-9.
Emptied himself of his glory – John 17:1-9.
Had no form or comeliness – Isaiah 53:1.
Most joyful epistle in Bible – rejoice in the Lord – 16 times.
Paul was imprisoned in Philippi for preaching the gospel.Acts 16:25-31

Ch.1 - Prayer for the Philippians, Paul’s imprisonment, Trials.
Ch.2 - The Konosis Passage.
Ch.3 - Obtaining our Heavenly Goal.
Ch.4 - How to maintain Joy in our Christian Life. 

Crain Blanchard.

Ephesians 6- Practical Walk.

Ephesians 6- vs.10-18 – The Whole Armour of God.

  1. Loins girded with the Truth.
  2. Breastplate of Righteousness.
  3. Feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace.
  4. Shield of Faith.
  5. Helmet of Salvation.
  6. Sword of the Spirit.
  7. Praying Always.
  8. vs.19 Paul asking for prayer.
  9. vs.20 Paul saying he is in prison for Jesus.
  10. vs.21-22 Paul writes so that they wouldn’t be upset in his imprisonment. Crain Blanchard.

Right before our Eyes.

Sometimes I just can’t believe what I see. I was raised the right way. I was taught not to lie, cheat or steal. And when I did there were consequences. I have always asked God to see through His eyes. Now that I do, it grieves me. I see the world for who there are. I pray without ceasing. I understand how God feels about man. But because I love like God does, it hurts. I see people lying, cheating and stealing whenever they please. The darkness sometimes seems to be overwhelming. In Ecclesiastes, it says that there is nothing new under the sun. What was before shall be again. This is the truth. And that was written 4000 years ago. I thank God that He conquered death and hell and brought captivity captive. He gave us His sight so we could pray and bring His will to earth (The Lord’s Prayer). So when I see darkness, I pray. And it encourages me.

Crain Blanchard.

Ephesians 5 – Practical Walk.

Ephesians 5 – vs.1,2 – Walk in love, as Christ. Rom.12:1 – Living Sacrifice.
vs.3-7 – Those who have no part in the kingdom of God:
1) whoremonger.
2) unclean person – lewd, demoniac, obscene.
3) covetous.
4) idolater.
5) speaking with filthiness.
6) foolish talking – spiritual, jousting, witticism.
7) jesting – silly talk, buffoonery, witless person given to coarse jokes.
vs.7 – Don’t partake with any of this. Matt.12:36,37.
vs.8 – Walk as Children of Light. 2 Cor.6:14-16. We are to prove what is good and acceptable to the Lord, by being separate from the world. When we do the will of the Father, we reprove the world of sin, thus bringing sin to light.

Crain Blanchard.

Ephesians – Practical Walk.

Ephesians 4 – vs.1-3 – “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation wherewith you are called.”
How do you walk worthy?
1) All lowliness – humility – Mark 10:42-44.
2) All meekness – gentleness – Psalms 18:35.
3) With long-suffering – forbearance in love – Num.14:14,18.
vs.4-6 – One Body – 1 Tim.2:5. One Spirit – John 10:30.
One Hope of your Calling – John 17:21.
One Lord. One Faith. One Baptism.
One God and Father, who is above, through and in all.
vs.7 – Given grace (salvation) according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Luke 6:38 “With the same measure that you mete, withal it shall be measured to you again.” God spared nothing to give us the kingdom. God is standing in faith, believing for the return on his gifts.
vs.8-10 – Jesus descended into the lower parts of hell and led captivity captive, then ascended into heaven, at the right hand of God.
Rev.1:18; Col.2:14,15; 1 Cor.15:55-57; Hos.13:14; Isa.25:8.
vs.11-13 – God gave us Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers for the perfecting (maturing) of the saints.
1) Unity of the Faith. Ps.133:1-3.
2) To obtain knowledge of the Son of God. Col.2:2.
3) Unto the measure of the statue of the fulness of Christ. 1Cor.14:20.
vs.14-16 – “…carried about by every wind of doctrine…”
Matt.11:7-9 “What went ye out into the wilderness to see?” The people had different reasons for going out to see John the Baptist.
vs.15 – Speaking the truth in love in how we grow to maturity in Christ.
vs.16 – The whole body joined together works together, building up the body in Love.
vs.17-19 – “Walk not as other Gentiles walk…” Rom.1:20-22.
vs.21 – “If so be that ye have heard him and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus.”
Rom.10:17 – Faith comes.
John 16:13 – Spirit of Truth.
Acts 1:2 – Jesus through Holy Spirit.
vs.22-32 – Exhortation to the Body.
1) Put off the old man.
2) Renew your mind by the Word.
3) Speak the Truth.
4) Get angry with the devil and sin not.
5) Don’t let the sun go down on your anger toward man or God.
6) Give no place to the devil.
7) Let each man labor, so that he can supply the needy.
8) Let no corrupt communication come out of your mouth.
9) Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit.
10) Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil speaking and malice be put away from you.
Bitterness – (4085) – ‘press down’ feelings inside.
Anger – (3709) – violent passion, vengeance.
Malice – (2549) – depavity.
Wrath – (2372) – indignation, fierceness.

Crain Blanchard.

Ephesians 3 – Believer’s Inheritance.

Ephesians 3 – vs.1-6 – By revelation of God through His apostles and prophets, the mysteries of Christ are being revealed to the Gentiles. “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.” We receive all the gifts of God by the gospel.
vs.7-13 – We are made ministers of the gospel by the grace of God. We preach the unsearchable riches of Christ, that all men may partake, having fellowship with Jesus in his kingdom.
vs.11 – “According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The plans of salvation were from the beginning, Jesus always knew what he was going to do, to die for us.
vs.12 – “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.” In the old covenant only the High Priest could come before God once a year and only if he had made a sacrifice and repented of his sins. But we have a High Priest that has made it possible for each of us to go before God at any time.
vs.14-21 – Second Prayer – Rev.2:1-7.

Crain Blanchard.

Ephesians 2 – Believer’s Inheritance

Ephesians 2 – vs.1-6 – God took us and raised us from the dead. We were dead in sin, but God had placed us with Christ in heavenly places.
vs.7-9 – God raised us up to show his mercy toward us. We are saved by grace through faith, because no man can earn his way to heaven.
vs.10 – “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.” Rom.9:21-23.
vs.11,12 – We were aliens and strangers from God, because the Jews had the promises.
vs.13 – “But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”
vs.14-21 – Jesus made peace between God and man by his sacrifice and made us joint heirs in the kingdom of God. Matt.27:5-53.
vs.22 – “In whom you also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” 1 Cor.3:16,17.

Crain Blanchard.


Paul, Silas and Timothy went to Ephesus. They preached the gospel, thrown into prison and almost killed. But God had plans for this city. It became the center of Christianity in the 1st century. Paul wrote back to them to encourage and correct doctrine. The letter is about being in Christ Jesus and staying there.
Prison Epistle.
Key Phrase – In Christ (36 times).
The Church – main theme.
Ephesus – The Center of Christianity in the 1st Century.
Relationship – Husbands and Wives. Masters and Servants. Fathers and Sons.
Revelation of God’s eternal plan of the ages.Ch.1:4,10,11; 2:7; 3:11.
Prayers – Ch.1:13-23; 3:14-21.
Ch.1-3 – Believer’s Inheritance (doctrinal). What you are in Christ.
Ch.4-6 – Practical Walk – How To – 5 times – What you are to do because you are in Christ.
Ch.5 – Church responsibility – Husband – Wife. Wife – Husband.
Children – Parent. Parent – Children. Slaves – Masters. Masters – Slaves.

Crain Blanchard.

Looking for the Dead among us.

God ask me this question for my last bible study. His actual question was, Who is dead in Christ Jesus? When I asked the question, I raised my hand. But no one else did. Then I said, Am I going to have to preach on salvation again? The word of God is specific. The Old Testament or the law taught us that we were sinners separated from God. And the we needed to seek God to repent of our sins and ask for forgiveness. Because we were dead in sin. God’s redemption required that we would die to ourselves and come alive to Jesus. But when we did, we were also required to stay dead to ourselves so that Jesus could live through us. Gal.2;20 “I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” I am dead to sin and I am dead to self. But I am alive to Jesus. I am dead to this world, so I can let Jesus live through me. It has been one of the hardest thing spiritually I had to do. And I have had to start again and again. It is because I am not perfect, I am walking through this world to reach the other side. But I know that if I stay in Christ Jesus, I will reach mine goal. Which is living in the presence of God forever. So the goal of my death is living in Christ Jesus. So, I die daily.

Crain Blanchard.