“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3
I love this verse and the straightforward message that I have every spiritual blessing that is possible through Christ. Yesterday, I wrote about fruit that God desires to produce in and through us as we strive to live for Him in Christ. That fruit is made possible because of Christ’s work on the cross and our dependence upon His Holy Spirit living within us. This is a privileged position to be blessed and used by God. Have you considered the spiritual blessings you have in Christ? The list is long and awesomely impressive if that is a word. We have our salvation in Christ when we believe. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 and “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Acts 2:22 Salvation begins when we believe and is ours for eternity! Another blessing we have in Christ is our citizenship in heaven. “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Philippians 3:20-21 Not only do we have an eternal place in heaven where we will belong forever but we will have a new glorious body for dwelling there. The last blessing I’ll mention today is our guarantee that these blessings and so many more are true in Christ. “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession -to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14 The Holy Spirit that lives within us, when we accept Jesus as our Savior, guarantees the blessings we have in Christ. Knowing Christ as Savior, brings His living Spirit to dwell within us and give us hope, security, assurance and peace that what we have in Christ is real and true. When I think about these blessings, eternal salvation, citizenship in heaven, a new a glorious body in heaven, and the indwelling guaranteeing Holy Sprit, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and praise. How about you? Will you thank Him today?
Living blessed in Christ,