April 26, 2018
Ephesians 1:3… 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.
I used to not like the first part of Ephesians because it is all about what God has done for us and I have been interested in what we can do for Him. The past couple of years have been a wake up call for me. There is actually nothing I can do for God; He can do all things Himself. Except one… I can believe in Him. So, can I believe Him for the blessings in today’s verse? I must. God has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places.
First I note: God blesses us in Christ. Christ is not a rest area where we stop and get refreshed; He is our dwelling place where we live. I feel like I should stop here and let that sink in. How do I do that when I am writing? I guess I have to leave it up to you, the reader.
Christ is not a rest area. I have stopped at many rest areas when travelling. It is refreshing to get out of the car and back in again. That is not how we relate to Jesus. We don’t ‘get refreshed’ at church, and then go back into the real world. Jesus is always with us… in the real world. So, why do we ‘go to church’? We go to church, if you want to call it that, to celebrate, with other like minded people, the greatness of God. “Blessings in heavenly places” means very little to worldly minded people. We look forward to gathering with people who appreciate heavenly things. And that is the next part of today’s verse: He has blessed us in Christ, in heavenly places.
Some people have looked for blessings on earth to express God’s power and love. That is suspect. I have known people who have been blessed in worldly blessings without loving God at all. If we are watching worldly blessings, we can get confused by such things. The blessings of God are in heavenly places, in Christ. Keep your eyes on the real prize. Joy and peace are from God. Joy and peace can’t always be seen in tangible things. They are internal blessings that God gives. They abide in the person who lives in Christ. In John, chapter 15, we learn that fruit is always evident in the person who abides in Christ. Joy and peace are fruit of the Spirit. The Spirit produces fruit.