“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” Eph. 1:3.
Circumstances do not dictate our blessedness. One can have abundant riches and not be blessed. In reality our lack becomes the avenue of blessing. Our position in Christ dictates our state of blessing.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt. 5:3.
The blessed are those who have received God’s highest good. His highest good is not material wealth, worldly success or power. His highest good bestowed upon us is “all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” It is the kingdom of heaven found in Christ Jesus.
We are blessed: “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world…”Eph. 1:4. What does it mean to you to be chosen by the Creator of the universe, Almighty God? What has He chosen you for?
An Inheritance: “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Matt. 25:34.
He has chosen: “…that we should be holy and without blame before him in love… And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness…But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him” (Eph. 4:23,24;Ps. 4:3).
He has chosen: “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself…But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying Abba, Father… But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man but of God.” (Gal. 4:4-6; John 1:12,13).
The Father has bestowed upon us His highest good:
- In Christ Jesus
- An inheritance
- Choosing us to be holy and without blame, a new man
- Adoption in birth into His family, whereas He is our heavenly Father and we are his sons and daughters
Chapter 1 of Ephesians also lists the following spiritual blessings.
- redemption through His blood
- forgiveness of sins
- the knowledge of His will
- the fullness of Christ
What is the purpose of these heavenly blessings? “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trust in Christ.” Eph. 1:12.
The following quote of Charles Spurgeon, taken from the Blue Letter Bible, Commentary by David Guzik, sums up the riches of God’s bestowed blessings.
“Our thanks are due to God for all temporal blessings; they are more than we deserve. But our thanks ought to go to God in thunders of hallelujahs for spiritual blessings. A new heart is better than a new coat. To feed on Christ is better than to have the best earthly food. To be an heir of God is better than being the heir of the greatest nobleman. To have God for our portion is blessed, infinitely more blessed than to own broad acres of land. God hath blessed us with spiritual blessings. These are the rarest, the richest, the most enduring of all blessings; they are priceless in value.” (Spurgeon)
Which of God’s blessings listed above mean the most to you? Why?
Father, may we walk in the spiritual blessedness that is our in Jesus Christ , that we bring you praise and glory. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.