Ephesians 3:14-21- Blessed Be… Blessed Us

Posted: January 3, 2012 in Love

Paul says some  remarkable words—“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ . . .”—he spends the next two chapters expounding on what those riches are. He talks about how the Father has chosen me to a sure and certain calling—having predestined me for heavenly glory in Christ, and having made me acceptable to Himself through Him. He talks about how i have been redeemed from my sins and washed completely clean by the blood of Jesus; and how i have, by faith in Him, obtained an eternal inheritance that is as sure for me as if it were already in my hands. He talks about how the Holy Spirit is placed in me as a guarantee—sealing me for the day of full redemption. He talks about the greatness of God’s power that is at work in me—the very same power that raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him at the right hand of glory; and he talks about how, from God’s perspective, i have already been raised from the dead with Christ, and seated at the right hand of glory with Him. He talks about how—right now—i stand positionally before God as those who have been brought near to Him and made partakers of all of His glorious covenant promises. He talks about how i have been given a full citizenship into heaven; and are, right now, being built together as a holy habitation for Christ on earth.

I read not long ago about a man who had been a poor beggar for nearly twenty years—standing out in the streets of some major city day after day, panhandling for dimes. A wealthy man came by; and when the beggar asked the man for a dime, the man turned to look intensely at him. The rich man soon realized, to his joy, that the beggar was his long-lost son; and that the wealthy man was his father. They had been separated those many years ago, and the father had been searching for him ever since. And now that he found him, the wealthy man told him that he would not only give him a dime . . . but that, as his son, all the riches of his great wealth were already his!

Spiritually speaking, I tend to live like that poor beggar. i’m going through life panhandling for the world’s meager dimes; when, the whole time long, my heavenly Father is trying to tell me that He has already blessed me with the indescribable wealth of every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ! It is all mine already because of my relationship with Him through His Son Jesus. It was “for this reason” that Paul prayed the prayer he prayed—that i the believer to whom he wrote would realize what is already mine in Christ; and that the truths that he laid out for me in chapters one and two would sink into my heart and mind so that i would grasp hold of them fully.

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