Summary: We will begin our study of Ephesians by looking into the blessings that God provides us.
“God’s Faithful Blessings 1" Ephesians 1:3-6
Has made us His Children
F.E. Marsh has spoken of some of God’s blessings:
An acceptance that can never be questioned. (Eph.1:6). An inheritance that can never be lost (I Peter 1:3-5). A deliverance that can never be excelled (2 Cor. l:10).
A grace that can never be limited (2 Cor. 12:9).
A hope that can never be disappointed. (Heb. 6:18, 19).
A bounty that can never be withdrawn. (I Cor. 3:21-23).
A joy that need never be diminished (John 15:11).
A nearness to God that can never be reversed (Eph. 2:13).
A peace that can never be disturbed (John 14:27).
A righteousness that can never be tarnished (2 Cor. 5:21).
A salvation that can never be canceled (Hebrews 5:9).
Let’s start to examine this issue of blessings today…
Ephes. 1:3 (NIV)
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
As heirs of Christ we have heavenly and pneumatikos, Gk; not of the flesh but of the spirit blessings, not those material blessings that the world seeks after.
Man has often found themselves at odds between God and the material around them..
The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. Genesis 12:1
The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, "Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. Genesis 13:14
You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. John 4:22
We need understand the following:
Spiritual blessings are of the Spirit.
Spiritual blessings are the opposite of temporal blessings.
Spiritual blessings are vastly superior to material blessings.
Spiritual blessings are found only in Christ.
As the children of God we should desire our spiritual blessings above the material things of this world.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1 Tim. 2:5-6).
Ephes. 1:4 (NIV)
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
God has indeed chosen us to be hagios, Gk, sacred--physical pure, morally blameless, holy, a saint or saintly.
Holy and amomos, Gk., unblemished (literal or figurative) :- without blame (blemish, fault, spot), faultless, and to hold ourselves blameless before this world we serve.
Imagine! God determined before the world was ever created that He would have a people...
·who would be “in Him,”; in His Son, Jesus Christ.
·who would be “holy and without blame.”
·who would live “before Him in love”—forever and ever.
The word “holy” hagios means to be “set apart” and “consecrated” to God.