Work your way back through verses Look back at your list. This is why Paul got so excited.
Or jump up and down?! We are chosen, adopted, redeemed, and forgiven! God has lavished His grace on us love this! Amen and amen! Verses are a beautiful description of what God does when He saves us. Before salvation, we are separated from God because of our sin.
To establish the church. In Christ, God has given us every spiritual blessing in heaven. More specifically God's grace. Let us bless God, the father of our Lord Jesus, the king! What a beautiful insight to what God has blessed us with in Ephesians Reply. Recently Popular Media x. As it says in Matthew 7: 7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
But then God intervenes! Our salvation is based solely on the character and action of God. The Father initiates our salvation. He chooses us in love and calls us to hope in Christ. Jesus paid our debt with His own blood. He restores our spiritual life.
The Spirit protects us and guarantees our eternal life to come! You may have really had to dig to answer that last question because there are so many treasures hidden in that passage. So, to summarize, God saved us and lavished His blessings on us because:. Oh, there is so much more in these verses we could dig out! Think about your current life circumstances — physical, relational, and spiritual.
What circumstance in your life needs to be affected by His blessings today? Share insights, ask questions, or simply praise our God. Each week, in addition to the weekly lesson, I will provide an opportunity — for those who have the time and desire — to go a little deeper. This week I challenge you to memorize Ephesians What a timely lesson for me!
This past week, my 86 year old mother-in-law was hospitalized. I was able to interact with the doctors and medical staff. She was insisting on going home but lives alone. She became confused in the hospital so I stayed overnight at her home to help out. I prayed for her at her bedside and reminded her that God is in control.
I was able to redirect her to what she could be thankful for now, instead of dwelling on the unpleasantness of the past week. We sat at her table and thanked God that she was home in her own house. We thanked God that she was beginning to feel better, etc. I know that God has blessed me with spiritual blessings despite many material losses. As I view my circumstances through a spiritual lens, I can see how He is using these times for my good and His glory.
Debbie, thank you for that testimony! What a beautiful example of how God does indeed give us the blessings we need maybe not what we expect or think we want. It was to a friend who is pregnant and just needed a last trimester pick me up. I put her favorite drink, a book, and a grabber in the package. I have a husband who works all the time and 2 young children.
I guess I need to not focus on the mundane day to day annoyances but keep my eye on the eternal and know that the Holy Spirit is leading me through it all day to day. He is Founder of SmallGroupChurches. Andrew resides in Minnesota with his wife Camille and their two sons. Devotion , Ephesians , Identity in Christ. Yes I am blessed!
Amazing that there are 15 different spiritual blessings loaded in that one verse, wow!! Thank you, Pastor Andrew, for reminding us about how truly blessed we are in the Lord. We have so much potential and all we need do is go after God and He will unlock mysteries to us that He wants to show us.
New International Version 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 . 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, even.
To God be the glory! We really do need to remind ourselves, and one another, of these spiritual blessing we have because we are in Christ! How cool would it be for a small group member to get a phone call or visit from a leader or core team member just to remind them of a specific spiritual blessing! This is a great post because you distinguished each one separately via numbering and your explanation; so it makes it clear and easy to understand.
Yes, awesome message thank you, I love Eph1 … just a thought, does Eph count as a spiritual blessing? You must be logged in to post a comment.
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Rexson Vincent Eval says:. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups.
And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus. I am suffering for you, so you should feel honored. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
Remember, he has identified you as his own, [ r ] guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. He loved us [ s ] and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. So live as people of light! This is why it is said,.