9 July 2021 – Ephesians 1:3-4 (NIV)
3 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. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. (…)
In Christ, we are blessed with every spiritual blessing. But what does it mean? Spiritual blessing is a term that expresses the fullness of blessing in God’s gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ. In the following verses (v. 5-14), Paul lists out a number of those spiritual blessings we receive through Jesus: our adoption as God’s sons and daughters, our acceptance, our redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our sins, the revelation of His will, a godly purpose, the promised Holy Spirit in us, and so on.
In Him, nothing is by chance. It’s by choice. He chose us to be holy and blameless in his sight. There is a beautiful assurance in knowing He chose us and blessed us abundantly. We count our blessings, remembering that the greatest blessing of all is Jesus Christ Himself.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in your current situation
What are the characteristics and compulsions of my false self? What masks do I hide behind? What behaviors do I use to avoid God’s presence and to protect myself from change? I confess these defenses and avoidance strategies to Jesus now.