The Apostle Paul and Thanksgiving

Posted: November 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

The word “thanksgiving” occurs ten times in Paul’s writings (as found in the ESV). I have found surveying Paul’s usage of the word to be an edifying way to begin Thanksgiving Day.

  • 1 Corinthians 14:16  Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying?
  • 2 Corinthians 4:15  For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
  • 2 Corinthians 9:11  You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
  • Ephesians 5:4  Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.
  • Philippians 4:6  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
  • Colossians 2:7  rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
  • Colossians 4:2  Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:9  For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God…
  • 1 Timothy 4:3  who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
  • 1 Timothy 4:4  For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving…
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