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The Letter of Paul to the Ephesians (Part 3 of 155)

September 16, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Ephesians 1.3: 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…

In today’s verse, Paul breaks out in praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, calling him blessed. I am used to hearing people say that they are blessed, or that God has blessed them somehow, but here Paul has called God himself blessed! But how could man bless God? Or how could God, the one responsible for all blessings, himself be blessed? Perhaps something Trinitarian is at work here: the Father is blessed to have and cherish the Son, and likewise the Son the Father, and the Holy Spirit together; all are blessed by one another. But this is just a guess. Perhaps it only means that, whatever the state of being of blessedness is, God has this in spades.

What is a blessing though, in terms of what man can receive? I’m thinking of it as a holy and beautiful gift from God. And certainly, God has blessed us in Christ. In Christ we have been blessed with “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” This means, I think, that we have amazing gifts in God’s realm (the heavenly places) that we do not even see yet, that we do not know about because a gulf still exists between the Kingdom of God in Heaven and the Kingdom of God on earth. This is why we pray “thy kingdom come and thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Having every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places means that, in Christ, God already sees us as we are to be. Imagine that! When God looks at us, he sees, because of Christ, the image of his Son. The reconciliation and restoration is already complete in his sight; all that remains is for what God has spoken into being–spoken when he spoke the Word of his Son into our world and our lives–to become fully actualized.

This is a wonderful grace, the grace we spoke of yesterday. Tomorrow’s verse will give us an even greater depth of appreciation for what it means, in terms of what God has done and what we receive:

1.4: …just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.

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