Adopted - Day 2 - The Blessings of God
Ephesians 1:3-14 - 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.
In the Greek, Ephesians 1:3-14 is one very long, complicated sentence that sets the tone for the entire letter. The primary theme of the letter is found in v.3, which tells that God the Father “has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places...” Notice that we are blessed “in Christ.” This is very important because it reveals that Jesus is the source of God’s blessings. Also, notice that these blessings are “spiritual” blessings, which means they are of the Holy Spirit. Simply put, God the Father blesses us in God the Son (Jesus) through God the Holy Spirit. To be clear, without Jesus there is no blessing. Because of Jesus we can and do experience the blessings of God.
The entire letter of Ephesians expounds on the various ways in which we are blessed in Jesus. Notice the specific ways in which verses 3-14 speak of blessing: v.4 tells us we are chosen in Jesus to be holy and blameless before God, v.5 tells us that we are adopted into God’s family through Jesus, v.7 tells us that in Jesus we have redemption - the forgiveness of sins, v.9 tells us that the mystery of God’s will is revealed to us in Jesus, v.10 tells us that God is uniting all things to himself in Jesus, v.11 tells us that in Jesus we have been given an inheritance, v.12 tells us that in Jesus we have been given hope, and v.13 tells us that when we believed in Jesus we received the gift of salvation and were sealed with the Holy Spirit.
• How does being blessed (in Jesus) make you feel?
• What difference do the blessings of Jesus make in your life?
• Action - spend some time in prayer praising God for the spiritual blessings he gives us in Jesus.