Summary: At a Christian’s funeral we say they have gone on to heaven. In truth, their heart had already been there for years, and the rest of their person is now rejoining their heart!
In the Heavenlies
v. 3 is the key verse of this book. It is summarized in three words: "all spiritual blessings". Then vv. 4-14 give the detail of what ’all’ means.
We are rich and famous in things that really matter. Rich as joint heirs w/ Christ, and famous for having our names written in heaven, and being cheered on by the heavenly host. Rich in things that matter, not to this world, but to the next!
1. The Source of all spiritual blessings.
v. 3 God the Father. He is not a miser, playing keep a way with blessings. Don’t get the mistaken idea that the Father is the mean judge who demands a payment for sin and Jesus is the loving Savior who talked Him into letting Him come down to die for us. In truth, the salvation plan was born in the heart of the Father, who loves and longs for the return of His created children.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
We are fortunate that our Father is wealthy in the things we need most.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
In Christ, our Father has deposited unbelievable wealth on our account. And so I love preaching, because I get to help ’disperse’ the riches all around, from the Word of God!
Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
The Father is the source of all spiritual blessings!
2. The Scope of all spiritual blessings.
v. 3 says ’all’ spiritual blessings...no limits.
3:8 says ’unsearchable riches’
They are truly a well which will never run dry. An ocean that can never be emptied. To attempt to exhaust the riches of God would be like trying to count the grains of sand on the beaches of the world.
ill.--in the Great Depression banks would actually regulate the dispersal of funds [YOUR MONEY!] I’m so glad that there’s never a recession in heaven, no economic downturns, and no fiscal cliff! You can make a withdrawal of ’all’ spiritual blessings and unsearchable riches anytime you want...as much as you want!
Notice it doesn’t say He IS GOING to give us all things, but that He ALREADY HAS!
ill.--a tongue tied preacher with a lisp always talked about the ’thecond blething’ [2nd blessing!] He believed you don’t get all God’s blessings at salvation, but that there’s a second work of grace to pursue. Another pastor criticized and said, "I’m tired of hearing about your thecond blething, thecond blething. I’ve had 3rd, 4th, 5th, even hundreds of blessings!" The lisping preacher said, "Thir, if you’ve had that many you thouldn’t mind me having two!"
Scope? Innumerable! Source? The Father!