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Thank God for Christ’s Intercession

Thanksgiving 4.23 | NIV

For the intercession which he ever lives to make in the virtue of his satisfaction.

I thank you that having bore the sin of many, Christ makes intercession for the transgressors, Isaiah 53:12(NIV) and prays, not only for those given to him while he was upon earth, but also for all who will believe in him through their message; that all of them may be one. John 17:20-21(NIV)

That I have one who speaks to the Father in my defense – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, 1 John 2:1(NIV) who is therefore able to save completely all those who come to God as a Father, through him as a Mediator, because he always lives to intercede for them. Hebrews 7:25(NIV)

That I have a High Priest selected from among men and appointed to represent them in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifice for sin, who is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray; Hebrews 5:1-2(NIV) and that he has become the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him. Hebrews 5:9(NIV)

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Thank God for Christ’s Ascension into Heaven

Thanksgiving 4.22 | NIV

For his ascension into heaven, and his sitting at God’s right hand there.

I bless you that my Lord Jesus has returned to his Father and my Father, to his God and my God; John 20:17(NIV) has ascended on high, having led captives in his train and received gifts from men, even from the rebellious – that you, O LORD God, may dwell there. Psalm 68:18(NIV)

That he who went before me has entered heaven itself, now to appear for me in God’s presence: Hebrews 9:24(NIV) a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne. Revelation 5:6(NIV)

That he has sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, Hebrews 8:1(NIV) with angels, authorities, and powers in submission to him. 1 Peter 3:22(NIV)

That he has gone before, to prepare a place for me in his Father’s house, where there are many rooms; John 14:2-3(NIV) and though where he has gone I cannot follow now, yet I hope to follow later, John 13:36(NIV) when he shall come back to take me to be with himself, that I also may be where he is. John 14:3(NIV)

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Thank God for Christ’s Resurrection

Thanksgiving 4.21 | NIV

For his resurrection from the dead on the third day.

I thank you that as he was delivered over to death for my sins, so he was raised to life for my justification, Romans 4:25(NIV) and was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead. Romans 1:4(NIV)

That though he was dead, yet he is alive and lives for ever and ever, and holds the keys of death and Hades; Revelation 1:18(NIV) and since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. Romans 6:9(NIV)

That Christ has indeed been raised from the dead and is the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep; 1 Corinthians 15:20(NIV) that as in Adam all died, so in Christ all might be made alive, and each in his own turn. 1 Corinthians 15:22-23(NIV)

That God would not let his Holy One see decay, Acts 2:27(NIV) but freed him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him, Acts 2:24(NIV) and so declared to all the house of Israel that God has made this Jesus, whom they crucified, both Lord and Christ. Acts 2:36(NIV)

And that for this very reason Christ died and returned to life, so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living, Romans 14:9(NIV) and that whether I am awake or asleep, I might live together with him. 1 Thessalonians 5:10(NIV)

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Thank God for the Cross of Christ and All Its Benefits (continued)

Thanksgiving 4.20 | NIV

That appearing to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself, Hebrews 9:26(NIV) Christ did by the eternal Spirit offer himself unblemished to God, Hebrews 9:14(NIV) and entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. Hebrews 9:12(NIV)

That he has disarmed the powers and authorities, and made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross, and has cancelled the written code, with its regulations, that was against me and that stood opposed to me, taking it away, nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:14-15(NIV)

That he himself is my peace, who, having destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility between Jew and Gentile, has created in himself one new man out of the two, and in this one body has reconciled both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. Ephesians 2:14-16(NIV)

That he has loved me and has freed me from my sins by his blood, and has made his people to be a kingdom and priests to serve God. Revelation 1:5-6(NIV)

O how high and deep and long and wide is that love of Christ that surpasses knowledge! Ephesians 3:18-19(NIV) O that great love of God for me! Ephesians 2:4(NIV)

Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise; Revelation 5:12(NIV) because he was slain, and with his blood he purchased men for God. Revelation 5:9(NIV)

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Thank God for the Cross of Christ and All Its Benefits

Thanksgiving 4.19 | NIV

For the full satisfaction which Christ made to the justice of God for the sin of man by the blood of his cross, for the purchases, victories, and triumphs of the cross, and for all the precious benefits which flow to me from the dying of the Lord Jesus.

Herein indeed God demonstrates his own love for me: while I was still a sinner, Christ died for me, Romans 5:8(NIV) that I might be reconciled to God through the death of his Son. Romans 5:10(NIV) This is love: not that I loved God, but that he loved me and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for my sins, 1 John 4:10(NIV) and not only for mine but also for the sins of the whole world; 1 John 2:2(NIV) that he tasted death for everyone, Hebrews 2:9(NIV) so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil. Hebrews 2:14(NIV)

I bless you that by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy; Hebrews 10:14(NIV) that he has finished transgression, put an end to sin, atoned for wickedness, and brought in everlasting righteousness. Daniel 9:24(NIV)

That he has redeemed me from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for me. Galatians 3:13(NIV)

That what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God has done by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man, who by a sacrifice for sin, condemned sin in sinful man. Romans 8:3(NIV)

That he was pierced for my transgressions and crushed for my iniquities; that the punishment that brought me peace was upon him, and by his wounds I am healed; and that the LORD having laid on him the iniquity of all his people, Isaiah 53:5-6(NIV) it was his will to crush him and cause him to suffer. Isaiah 53:10(NIV)

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Thank God for the Great Encouragement Christ Gave to Poor Sinners to Come to Him

Thanksgiving 4.18 | NIV

For the great encouragement Christ gave to poor sinners to come to him.

I bless you that Jesus Christ did not come to call the righteous, but sinners (such as myself) to repentance, Matthew 9:13(NIV) and that he had authority on earth to forgive sins; Matthew 9:6(NIV) that he came to save his people from their sins, Matthew 1:21(NIV) and is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world; John 1:29(NIV) and that he is (to his honor, not to his reproach) a friend to tax collectors and sinners. Matthew 11:19(NIV)

I thank you for the gracious invitation he gave to those who are weary and burdened to come to him for rest: Matthew 11:28(NIV) And for the assurance he has given that whoever comes to him, he will never drive away. John 6:37(NIV)

That he made a gracious offer, that if anyone is thirsty they might come to him and drink. John 7:37(NIV)

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Thank God for Christ’s Holy Life, Excellent Doctrine, and Glorious Miracles

Thanksgiving 4.17 | NIV

For his holy life, his excellent doctrine, and the glorious miracles he wrought to confirm his doctrine.

I bless you for the assurance I have that he is a teacher who has come from God, for no one could perform the miraculous signs that he did if God were not with him. John 3:2(NIV)

That in these last days you have spoken by your Son, Hebrews 1:2(NIV) whose teaching was not his own; it came from him who sent him, John 7:16(NIV) and he spoke as one who had authority; Matthew 7:29(NIV) and that I am encouraged to come and learn from him, because he is gentle and humble in heart, and in learning of him I shall find rest for my soul. Matthew 11:29(NIV)

I bless you that he has left me an example, that I should follow his steps, in that he committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth; and when they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; 1 Peter 2:21-23(NIV) and his food and drink was to do the will of his Father, John 4:34(NIV) in that he was holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners. Hebrews 7:26(NIV) O that I may be armed with the same attitude; 1 Peter 4:1(NIV) and that I may be like him in this world, 1 John 4:17(NIV) and that I may walk as he did. 1 John 2:6(NIV)

I bless you that the very work that he did testifies that the Father has sent him; John 5:36(NIV) that by his power the blind received sight, the lame walked, those who had leprosy were cured, the deaf heard, the dead were raised, and the good news was preached to the poor, Matthew 11:5(NIV) and even the winds and the waves obeyed him, Matthew 8:27(NIV) for which I praise the God of Israel. Matthew 15:31(NIV) Surely he was the Son of God! Matthew 27:54(NIV)

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Thank God for His Gracious Owning of Christ in His Undertaking

Thanksgiving 4.16 | NIV

For God’s gracious owning of him in his undertaking, and in the carrying of it out.

I bless you that you were reconciling the world to yourself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them, and that you have committed to your people the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:19(NIV)

That you have yourself made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander of the peoples; Isaiah 55:4(NIV) that he was set apart and sealed, John 6:27(NIV) and sent into the world; John 10:36(NIV) and that the Father who sent him did not leave him alone, for he always did those things that pleased him. John 8:29(NIV)

Glory be to God in the highest, for in and through Jesus Christ there is on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests. Luke 2:14(NIV)

This is how God showed his love among men: He sent his one and only Son into the world that they might live through him. 1 John 4:9(NIV)

I thank you for the authority you have granted him over all people, that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. John 17:2(NIV)

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Thank God for the Wonderful Incarnation of the Son of God

Thanksgiving 4.15 | NIV

For the wonderful and mysterious incarnation of the Son of God and his coming into the world.

I bless you that when the time had fully come, you sent your Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that your people might receive the full rights of sons. Galatians 4:4-5(NIV)

That the eternal Word became flesh and made his dwelling among men, and there were those who saw his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14(NIV) Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great, that God appeared in a body. 1 Timothy 3:16(NIV)

I bless you that for this reason he was born and for this he came into the world, to testify to the truth; John 18:37(NIV) and I believe and am sure that he is the Holy One of God; John 6:69(NIV) that it is he who should come, and I am to look for no other.

I bless you that the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost; Luke 19:10(NIV) that he has come that I may have life, and have it to the full; John 10:10(NIV) and that the reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 1 John 3:8(NIV)

Lord, I receive it as a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – even the worst. 1 Timothy 1:15(NIV)

I bless you that since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity: Hebrews 2:14(NIV) That it is not angels he helps, but his people, and was made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful High Priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people; Hebrews 2:16-17(NIV) and that he is not ashamed to call them brothers. Hebrews 2:11(NIV)

And that the firstborn was brought into the world with a charge given to all God’s angels to worship him. Hebrews 1:6(NIV)

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Thank God for the Many Glorious Instances of His Favor to the Old Testament Church

Thanksgiving 4.14 | NIV

For the many glorious instances of God’s favor to the Old Testament church.

I adore that wisdom, peace, and goodness with which you brought the vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it; you cleared the ground for it, and it took root and filled the land. Psalm 80:8-9(NIV)

And it was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them. Psalm 44:3(NIV)

I bless you that the Jews were entrusted with the very words of God; Romans 3:2(NIV) that they had the adoption as sons, the divine glory, and the covenant, the receiving of the law, the temple worship, and the promises: Romans 9:4(NIV) And that not one word has failed of all the good promises you gave through your servant Moses. 1 Kings 8:56(NIV)

I bless you for all that which you did, at many times and in various ways, speak to the forefathers through the prophets, Hebrews 1:1(NIV) those men who spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit, 2 Peter 1:21(NIV) and prophesied of the grace that was to come to your people, predicting the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow; and that they were not serving themselves but all believers, when they spoke of those great things – things that even angels long to look into. 1 Peter 1:10-12(NIV)

And especially, I bless you that you have planned something better for believers alive today, so that only together with us would they be made perfect. Hebrews 11:40(NIV)