Summary: God has lavished upon His children wonderful gifts of grace, simply because He wanted to.
Because He Wanted To
Based on a fictional story about the former pro golfer Arnold Palmer, Palmer once played a series of exhibition matches in Saudi Arabia. The king was so impressed that he proposed to give Palmer a gift. Palmer demurred; "It really isn't necessary, Your Highness. I'm honored to have been invited."
"I would be deeply upset," replied the king, "if you would not allow me to give you a gift."
Palmer thought for a moment and said, "All right. How about a golf club? That would be a beautiful momento of my visit to your country."
The next day, delivered to Palmer's hotel, was the title to a golf club. Thousands of acres, trees, lakes, clubhouse, and so forth.
Intro: Verse 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…”
How do we bless God? Make Him Happy? Receiving His gifts of blessings.
We praise Him because He has blessed us. God has blessed us with Gifts. He is happy because He has purchased a way to save you and bless you with all spiritual blessings.
“has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ”
Notice it says, “in heavenly places.” The key to that is “in Christ”. If you are saved, you are “in Christ.”
There are two ways to treat these blessings.
News story: Chicago Tribune, 1938, “The flophouses and Chicago’s Skid Row were searched today for one Stanley William McKenna Walker, age 50, an Oxford graduate and heir to an 8 million dollar English Estate. The missing person detail hoped that somewhere among the down-and-outers who lined the curbs and sleep off wine binges in cheap hotels, they would find Walker, son of the wealthy British shipbuilder, W.H. Walker, who had just died.”
By the way, they found him dead in a doorway on a cold night a few days later. He could have lay hold of the blessing, cleaned up, went home to a mansion. But he died not knowing.
Don’t be confused by the passage. Words like chosen and predestined shouldn’t confuse. As a previous pastor stated, there is a sign above Heaven’s Gate that says, “Whosoever will.” When you pass through the gate and look back, it says, “You were chosen.”
For many years, since my college days, I find myself in a conversation as to whether we should accept Predestination as the ultimate truth, or the free will of man. I say I believe in both. I am often told, you can’t believe in Predestination and Free will of man as equal truth. I respond, “I can, I just believe in a bigger God. He can do it.”
I am not saying that I understand it all. But I ask, “Do you want a God you can understand or one who can save you? You can’t have both.”
Let’s look at what Christ has done for us in this passage.
I. Relegated us to be Pure, Verse 4. “chose us… that we should be holy and without blame”