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I am blessed. Are you?

June 22, 2017

Don’t panic. It’s not November. Thanksgiving is still five months away.

But have you thought lately about your blessings?

What were the first five blessings that came to your mind?

Family. Health. Job you like. A place to call home. Freedom.

Those are indeed blessings for which we should be thankful. But how often do we stop to remember the spiritual blessings that we have?

After the greeting, Paul starts his letter to the Ephesian church with praise to God for the spiritual blessings He has bestowed on them:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined usfor adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:3-14).

Let’s list off some of the blessings in these paragraphs:

  • EVERY spiritual blessing – we already have them all; we’re not missing any
  • Blessed in Christ – a lot to unpack, but it’s in Christ, not in our goodness, that we have the blessings
  • in the heavenly places – set aside and secure
  • chosen before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence – it’s going to happen, because it’s God’s plan!
  • adopted to God as sons through Jesus Christ – not slaves, not friends, but sons
  • redemption through His blood – purchased and set free from the slave market of sin through the payment of Christ
  • forgiveness of our trespasses – they’re forgiven, all of them; no need to worry that we’ve forgotten to ask for forgiveness the right way at the right time
  • grace lavished upon us – not just a little bit, or just enough grace, poured out and overflowing
  • knowledge of His will – we don’t know every detail, but we know a lot from the study of His word
  • an inheritance – something great is coming
  • sealed with the promised Holy Spirit – nothing is going to break that seal

All because of God’s plan, through God’s strength and for His glory!

Nothing we’ve done. Nothing we’ve earned. Nothing we’ve deserved.

And that’s the greatest blessing. It’s all because of God and for His glory – no matter how I feel, what I’ve done, or what others think of me.

I am blessed because of God’s work in me on my behalf.

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From → Ephesians

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