“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in the heavenly realms
with every spiritual blessing in Christ”
Paul is almost in raptures as he begins his letter to the Ephesians.
In thinking of all the blessings that are available to Christians Paul identifies for us that each and every one has its source in God the Father. For it is He who has
- Blessed us (v3)
- Chosen us (v4)
- Destined us … to be His sons and daughters (v5)
- Freely given us His grace (v6)
- Lavished His grace upon us (v8)
- Made known to us His will and His purpose (v10)
- And will work out everything in conformity with His will and purpose (v11)
It is a wonderfully uplifting and re-assuring list and filled with present and eternal significance. Paul stresses the fact that these particular blessings are spiritual. That is they are not material and for our present and bodily pleasures but are of the Holy Spirit Himself and with both a present and an eternal significance. Their source is God and their focus is love, intimacy of relationship and the building of faith and purpose.
Therefore we are not insignificant nobodies. As a Christian and an adopted daughter or son of God you are blessed, chosen, destined for glory, a recipient of His lavish and freely given grace and a part of His will and purpose which He is working out to His satisfaction. And as such we know with absolute certainty that no matter what the state of the world in general, or our particular world, at the moment
- His name is and will be hallowed
- His Kingdom has and will come
- His will has and will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Receive the word on which to feed to day – own it – and ask God to make it live within you
Father thank You so much for Your wonderful blessings, and particularly for the sacrificial gift of Your Son Jesus. Please let Your Word live within me and bear abundant and glorious fruit to Your honour. Amen.