What Does the Bible Say About Thanksgiving?

In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise.  Give thanks to Him; bless His  name.  For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting, and His faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100:4-5).

When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you. (Deuteronomy 8:10).

For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. (1 Timothy 4:4-5, NIV).

Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:19-20, NIV).

It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Thy name, O Most High. (Psalm 92:1).

Contrast Luke 17:17-18, Romans 1:21, 2 Timothy 3:2.

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  • What is the relationship between Jesus’ sacrifice and our redemption, forgiveness and receiving an inheritance per the terms of the covenant / will that was effected by His death?
  • From what, and to what, are we saved? Is it Jesus’ death alone that saves us? What part does His resurrection have in our salvation?
  • Does the justice of God demand the satisfaction of blood before He will forgive, similar to what pagans throughout history have believed?
  • What was the purpose of the Old Testament sacrifices?
  • Does blood alone atone for sin?
  • How does Christ’s death render powerless the devil?
  • To whom was Christ’s life given as a ransom? From what are we ransomed?
  • Why did Jesus not only die, but suffer and die? If all that was necessary was His shed blood, why didn’t God sovereignly ordain a more merciful death for His own dear Son?
  • What is the relationship between a will or testament, and a covenant? What was willed to Jesus as an inheritance from His Father, and what was willed to us through the new testament in His blood?


3 thoughts on “What Does the Bible Say About Thanksgiving?

    • Hello Thomas, whereas a characteristic of the wicked is their ingratitude for all things pertaining to their life that comes from God, a characteristic of the righteous are their grateful hearts to God in recognition that even their trials are used by Him for their good. Here are a few more passages about thanksgiving you may find helpful. If you search for thanks and thanksgiving in a Bible concordance you will find many more. God bless you.

      Psalm 50:14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, And pay your vows to the Most High;
      Psalm 50:23 He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God.
      Psalm 86:12 I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And will glorify Thy name forever.

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