Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14

“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.” (Ephesians 1:3)

Life can be overwhelming at times. We face disappointments, heartache, and pain. Some may experience great tragedies in their lives. We should not be surprised by these things. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). The problem is that when we focus on our troubles, we fail to see the enormous spiritual blessings that God has lavished upon us.

Paul begins his letter to the Ephesians with one long sentence in the Greek — from verse 3 to verse 11. In this sentence, he is contemplating all the spiritual blessings we have in Christ. He starts writing about them and he can’t seem to put down his pen. Look at what Paul says — God has blessed us with EVERY spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. He is overtaken with the way God has blessed him. He starts writing and he can’t even stop for a period in the sentence because these blessings are so enormous, so extravagant! We will be looking at these spiritual blessings in the days ahead.

Before we consider the details of these spiritual blessings, we must take note that the blessings are centered and dependent upon Jesus Christ. They are realized in Christ. They all come from our relationship with Christ. None of the blessings is possible apart from Him. Christ is central, vital, and necessary for us to receive these blessings.

The phrases “in Christ,” “in Him,” and “in the One He loves” are found nine times in these verses. Theologians call this “the mystical union.” So the phrase — “in Christ” — refers to the vital, intimate, and spiritual union between Christ and His people. This means that all these spiritual blessings to which Paul describe in this passage depend upon our union with Christ, our relationship with Him.

Stop for a moment and reflect upon the blessings you have experienced in Christ. Focus on the One who blesses and you will find incredible joy and peace!

“You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11)

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, You have blessed me in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. I cannot begin to comprehend the extent and magnitude of these blessings. I know that they are only possible through my Lord and Savior Jesus. Forgive me when I fail to recognize all the blessings You have bestowed upon me. Thank You for Your great love and forgiveness.


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