What blessings do we have in Christ? There are certain blessings that all regenerate believers have in the spiritual realm. I’m part of a Facebook group that was just discussing how misused or misunderstood the words “anointed,” “favor,” and “blessings” are today. I think so many times we tend to think of blessings as immediate, physical, carnal, or temporal (in the here and now, which actually is temporary). But God’s idea of blessings are spiritual. We are rich and blessed precisely because of the spiritual blessings in Ephesians 1:3-14.
My husband and I are part of a small group at our church, where we are studying the book of Ephesians. I also started a women’s ministry on Facebook called, Tea & Scripture, where we are studying the Word. Since our small group is doing Ephesians, I decided to start with Ephesians with the ladies’ group, too. I had to share these spiritual blessings here as well!
Here is Ephesians 1:1-14 (ESV):
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Spiritual Blessings in Christ
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, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 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.
So what are our spiritual blessings?
1) He chose us;
2) He sees us as holy;
3) He loves us;
4) He adopted us;
5) He redeemed us;
6) He forgives us;
7) He lavishes His grace on us;
8) we have an inheritance; and
9) we are sealed with the Holy Spirit living in us.
By all this we can praise and glorify Him.
No matter what happens in our physical lives, those of us who are regenerated by grace through faith in Christ have the utmost spiritual blessings.
How awesome is our God! I hope this post meets you wherever you’re at today with a reminder that if you’re a believer, you have the biggest, richest blessings that ultimately count the most. Then go share the gospel that others might be spiritually blessed, too.