Just Sayin’ (Part 2)

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3, KJV.

“Thou wilt show me the path of life; in Thy presence is fullness of joy, at Thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11, KJV.

Let's look further at the promise given in Ephesians 1:3.

Who gives the promise?

The word “Who” from this gracious promise in Ephesians 1:3 implies that we are the recipients of the Trinitarian blessing of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I don’t know how much more of a blessing that could be, for each Member of the Godhead is intentionally committed to blessing you and me!

We are positioned in heaven
 
The first aspect of that blessing is where we “positionally” are located. The tense of the verb “blessed” implies that this is a done deal! We are already in one sense “seated” in the heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6).

I cannot begin to explain this, but I can embrace it as a promise from the Father and encourage you to do the same. I also believe that if we seek the Lord, this “blessing of heavenly places” may provide you and me with some insights to God’s point of view about what is happening in our lives and the world around us.

I may have mentioned before what my mentor Bob Mumford told me when I was a young hungry-for-righteousness pastor. He said “When someone says to you, 'I’m alright considering the circumstances I’m under'” my reply to them was to be “What are you doing under there?”

I realize that sometimes the circumstances of our daily lives may be heavy and debilitating, but they can never change or stop this blessing from the Father. Climb as high as you can through praise, prayer, and the encouragement of others until you know in your spirit that God has got this!

We are “in Christ”

I’ll end today’s post with the final part of verse three, and then Lord-willing, tie in the verse from Psalm 16:11 tomorrow.

The phrase “in Christ” is a re-occurring phrase in much of Paul’s epistles. Sometimes he uses the phrase “in Him,” for he wants you and me to know how much of a magnificent source of blessing Jesus is to every child of God.

Let me encourage you to take some time to search through Bible Gateway’s site and see just how many times the two phrases occur. I’m sure it will both bless and astound you.

May you realize we have become rich in blessings, from Him who for our sake's became poor. And just to emphasize this, let me quote a verse from my journal today. “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it.” Proverbs 10:22.

Blessings and Prayers,
Pastor Gene

2 Comments


Ruth Sherick - March 23rd, 2020 at 8:10am

Amen! Encouraging word!

SHARON - March 23rd, 2020 at 7:18pm

Thank you 😊

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