In Ephesians 1:3, Paul tells us that, “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ”. There are four powerful truths in this verse that you need to notice:
- WHO it is that is behind all these blessings? The declaration of goodness comes from “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”. What this reveals is that these blessings are in no way brought about by the activity of men. There is no demand or conditions placed upon these blessings; only the direction for obtaining them “in Christ”! The emphasis here is not on what He gives as much as it is on the fact that He has given all of Himself!
- WHEN it is that we will get these blessings? Look at those words “has blessed us” and it suggests that these are not some sort of points you obtain as you do better works or obey more perfectly. This is not some future promise; it is a reminder that He has already given you all of Himself and you have had Him all along! Everything in our lives in Christ is about what He has done for us, not about what I’ll do for Him!
- HOW MUCH of them will we receive? Paul says, “every spiritual blessing”. Not MOST spiritual blessings, not SOME spiritual blessings, but rather EVERY spiritual blessing! These blessings are spiritual in nature – not material – as the material is passing away and the spiritual lasts forever. There will be times in this life that we may not appreciate His blessings nor understand how what we have gone through will be a blessing but one day we will marvel at how in “all things He works together for good to those who love Him, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)
- HOW do we obtain them? We are told that they are “in heavenly places in Christ”. We can only obtain them “in Christ” which is not a problem seeing that we are “in Christ”. Also we see that these blessings are in “heavenly places” which does not speak as being “out of reach” but rather not bound by earthly limits. Five times in the first three chapters, Paul mentions our riches in Christ. How glorious it is that we can come to our spiritual bank any time and withdraw more of His Love without fear of theft! We can tap into these blessings any time we want no matter what the circumstance or need.