Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Ephesians 1:3-14

Paul opens his letter to the Ephesians with the following statement, "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." (v. 3) This opening intrigues me. Has God really given us "every spiritual blessing"? I do not know about you, but I do not always feel that I am particularly blessed. What are these spiritual blessings to which Paul is speaking? To make sure we do not misunderstand what Paul means, he spells out the three spiritual blessings in the subsequent verses. As there are three spiritual blessings it makes sense that one comes from each of the Trinity.

The first spiritual blessing is being seen by God as "holy and blameless". We are seen this way because we believe in Jesus and accept Him as our savior. Of course we are not without sin, but we are seen by God as holy and blameless because of what Jesus did for us.

The second spiritual blessing is given to us through Jesus Christ. In Christ we are redeemed, forgiven, enlightened, and enriched. Redemption means we are freed from sin. Hand-in-hand with redemption is forgiveness - forgiveness of our sins. Enlightenment comes from the knowledge we have that at the end Christ will be the ruler of all. Enrichment signifies the eternal life we will inherit.

The third spiritual blessing is being made spiritually secure. We are sealed with the Holy Spirit indicating we are His and under His protection. To be marked in this way indicates authority, authenticity, and security.

Three spiritual blessings that sometimes are easy to forget in this hectic world in which we live. But these blessings are so important. When life gets us down, think about these blessings and realize how great it is.

Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ,
Richard Leach

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