What a wonderful survey by James R. White of all the times that both the verb and noun for “thanksgiving” is used in the New Testament. For years, I have appreciated Dr. White’s emphasizing God as Creator and we are creatures. We must remember that. The emphasis on the NT of giving thanks to God for our food is a wonderful reminder and really grabbed me afresh by this presentation.The secular world / atheists / evolutionists / skeptics do not give thanks to God for creation, existence, breath, food, the blessings of family, marriage, children, etc. – They have no reason for this great American holiday, which is Thanksgiving to God. (see the Prager U video below on Thanksgiving by Michael Medved) Unfortunately, God gets replaced by football and calling it “Turkey Day” and getting ready for “Black Friday” – emphasis on materialism and buying and consumerism. The first step in society toward paganism / idolatry / and the result of the corruption of society in sexual sins – the downgrade to adultery and then the current LGBTQ and Transgender political agenda – the first step a long ago was “not giving thanks to God and not honoring God / not giving glory to God. (Romans 1:18-26) The secularists and atheists and one political party is busy constantly pushing down / suppressing the knowledge of the one true creator God by their busy-ness in unrighteousness and philosophy of promoting wickedness. (Atheism, Evolution, paganism, LGBTQ agenda, abortion/ murder of babies, etc.) Romans 1:18-26 – “suppressing the truth in unrighteousness” – God’s wrath is being poured out on us for demanding our sinful and selfish and prideful ways. Like Israel when they demanded a human king that was like the nations, God gave them what they wanted. 1 Samuel 8:7 Romans 1:18-26 – “God gave them over to their lusts” – 3 times repeated.
Take the time to walk through all the instances of thanksgiving and giving thanks in the New Testament. Here are just a few of them. There are many more.
The one who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and the one who eats, does so with regard to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and the one who does not eat, it is for the Lord that he does not eat, and he gives thanks to God. 7 For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; 8 for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.