Let’s again look to the scripture Ephesians 1:1-14
1. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2. Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4. According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8. Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
9. Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10. That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12. That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,
14. Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
The real blessings of the Lord are not only material or physical, as much as some would think, they are spiritual in nature, and these spiritual blessings will never be taken away from us!
Notice how the book of Ephesians begins.
It begins with a note of praise for the Lord!
Paul exalts the Lord for his greatness.
Well, if we have these great blessings, let’s learn more about them.
We first need to look at the quanity of the God blessings. It can be summed up in one little word found in verse three. It is the word “ALL”. That word tells us that in the Lord, we find every single thing we need to live the Christian life. God holds nothing back from His children. When He saved us, He gave us everything we needed to serve Him. We have everything we need right now to be content, to be successful, to be obedient, to be useful to the Kingdom and to be happy in Jesus!
When you and I got saved, we got everything Jesus had to offer us!
The next thing we need to look at is the qualtiy of God’s blessings in our lives. Paul describes these things as “blessings in heavenly places,” not earthly places. In the most literal sense, they are “Heavenly Things!” Verses four through fourteen, tells us about this Heavenly Things.He Speaks Of Foreknowledge (Verse 4) This verse deals with the matter of election. God, in His wisdom, chose me before the world was formed. He knew me before He formed me in my mother’s womb. One of the greatest spiritual blessings we enjoy as saved people is the fact that we were chosen in Christ by the grace of God, He loved me even though He knew all about me. What a blessing!
He Speaks Of Family (Verse 5) This verse tells us that we were adopted into the family of God at the moment of salvation. We are His sons and daughters with all the rights and privileges that come to any child born in to the family The Father brought me into His family and made me His child. What a blessing!
He Speaks of Favor (Verse 6) This verse reminds us that we are “accepted” by the Father and reconciled to the Lord! There was a time when we were all outcasts and aliens, but now, in Jesus, we are approved by the Father! The Father is pleased with me, because I wear the righteousness of Christ. What a blessing!
He Speaks of Freedom (Verse 7a) This verse tells us that we have been “redeemed”. There are three Greek words in the New Testament that are translated “redeemed.” This particular one means to “release a captive after the payment of a ransom price.” This is what Jesus did for us! He paid the price. Jesus died for me, saved me by His grace and delivered me from the captivity of sin. What a blessing!
He Speaks of Forgiveness (Verse 7b) This verse goes on to tell us that we have received forgiveness of our sins, past, present and future. We have been forgiven of all our sins! What a blessing!
He Speaks of the Future (Verses 11-14)
speak of three more spiritual blessings that manifest themselves as we go through life
1. Our Destination (Verse 11) This verse speaks of our heavenly home! Every child of God has a home awaiting them in Heaven
2. Our Consecration (Verse 12) This verse refers to the new manner in which we are to live our lives after we come to know
the Lord Jesus as our Savior. The fact is, we are changed by salvation, both inwardly and outwardly Once saved, He
begins the process of making us more like Him!
3. Our Preservation (Verse 13-14) These verses remind us that when we were saved, we were sealed with the Holy Spirit . The
Holy Spirit is the Lord’s promise that what He began at the moment of salvation, He will continue until we are home in
Third, we have to look at the qualifications of God’s blessings…
The last two words of verse 3 tell us what a person must do to enjoy all of these spiritual blessings. “In Christ!”
The only way for anyone to enjoy the spiritual blessings of the Lord is for that person to be saved by the grace of God. Are you in Jesus and enjoying His blessings? If not, you can be saved by coming to Jesus by faith and by obeying the plan of salvation according to Acts 2:38-39. Then, you can begin to enjoy all the Lord has to offer.
I think we would all have to say that we are indeed blessed! God has provided us with blessings that are beyond description and beyond measure as to their value. I think we just need to learn to praise the Lord for His blessings and go deeper in our relationship with God. Th deeper the relationship the deeper the blessings.
What are you at u=in your relationship with God? Is your relationship with God bringing the blessings of God in your life?