To bless God and be thankful for our Lord Jesus Christ is not so we can gain anything from God, but because He has already blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 1:3, blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
In Paul’s day, when this was written, to speak a blessing over a person was either because of your extreme love for that person, (like a father would a son), or the person had done something for you or your family that changed your life immeasurably for the better. Speaking the blessing over them was to ask God’s favor for them. Another reason blessings were spoken over people in the Old Testament was when God was recognizing a person’s heart and that person was being called out as a prophet or a king as in David’s case when he was anointed King by the prophet Samuel. In verse 3 we see that Paul has recognized something has been done by God that has blessed our lives immeasurably and he is publicly praising Him for it.
God and Jesus do not need our blessings. However, to bless someone in Old Testament terms is to give that person the highest possible honor. Paul is recognizing that God and Jesus have done something that deserves the highest honor we can give them. To just receive salvation and restoration from God in itself is enough for man because for those who believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior they will no longer be condemned in the Day of Judgment. But our God is not a God of just enough. He is a God of overflowing abundance. He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places, as seen in last half of the verse. That is His will, to bless us!
We know that God is spirit (John 4:2) and God is love (1John 4:8). He created the world with His spoken word, (Genesis 1:1-3). These are just three verses that establish He existed before matter was formed. People are conceived in the womb, but their spirit, their actual being, was given to them at the same time of conception, by God. Jeremiah 1:5 and Psalms 139:16 are just two verses that tell us God knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb. I mention this as proof that our spirit existed, before we are even formed in the womb. We also know that when our natural body dies our spirit will live forever. We will either be in the presence of God or in Hell and completely absent from God, Luke 16:20-24. All of these verses together bring about a single truth. The only true and permanent aspect of life is the spirit, not our physical existence. What happens in the natural is temporary. Although we may live to be over 100 years old before our bodies give out, 100 years in the face of eternity is quite small. 2 Peter 3:8 confirms Psalms 90:4, that to God a day is as a thousand years. This is God’s way of telling us that time as we know it here on earth is relevant only to life on earth. Once we understand that our spirits are the only true and permanent part of our existence, realizing we are blessed with EVERY spiritual blessing in heavenly places takes on a whole new meaning. The only reason Christians stay sick is that we do not see ourselves spiritually healed by the stripes of Jesus, Isaiah 53:5 & 1 Peter 2:24. This is a hard truth that many people have difficulty with from time to time, but the word is true. God does not choose to heal one person and not the other. In my book God is Not Made at You I spend the better part of a chapter showing through scripture how doubt, not sin keeps us from receiving the promises of God. The only reason we suffer any lack is if we do not see ourselves spiritually as sons of God, 2 Corinthians 6:18. Since we truly are sons of God then we are joint heirs with Jesus, Romans 8:17. The word is clear that those who believe and confess that Jesus died for our sins, rose again, and now sits at the right hand of God, are with Jesus in the spirit and also spiritually in the presence of God, Romans 5:17 & 21, 6:11&23.
We have been given every spiritual blessing in heavenly places.
We must purpose to see this with our spiritual eyes and then pull this truth into our natural life through our words of confession. This is what Paul is telling us in Romans 8:5-6.
5 “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” 6 “for to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
Being spiritually minded can only happen by studying the word of God and allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal this to our spirit. We also need to fellowship with like-minded believers. Our God is a God of abundance and He did not leave our salvation to stand alone, which is enough in itself. He has blessed us with good health and to prosper in our finances. Most of all He wants us to receive those blessings while we are still here on earth. Read the very words of Jesus in Matthew 6:10, Luke 11:2.
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