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“having blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ”
August 15, 2010, 2:24 pm
Filed under: P Letter to the Ephesians

I have been mulling over the letter that Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus for a few days now. What an amazing letter! As I mentioned in an earlier blog (https://johnswilson3.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/thoughts-about-colossians-ephesians-philemon/) this letter along with Colossians describes the supremacy and centrality of Jesus Christ specifically to the Gentile Christians while Hebrews describes the supremacy and centrality of Jesus Christ to the Jewish Christians. Together all three give us a “Jesus Manifesto” a compelling look at the majesty of Jesus Christ and His “church, which is his body”!

As I read the first part of the first chapter of Ephesians I am struck at how Paul strings much of the themes of Christ from his other letters, one after the other, phrase upon phrase of the wonderful glories of Christ! They just seem to leap off of the page! No wonder this one letter finds an amazing place in the New Testament, an enigma to all others.

With the many different types of people who made up this church, the various religions of this region, especially of that of the female cult of Artemis, and the diverse cultural makeup of the household (see another previous blog: https://johnswilson3.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/some-thoughts-on-greco-roman-households/) in that day and age for Paul to write such a glorious picture of the church would be vitally important to living by Christ as head over the body as they gathered together and seeing themselves as the Lord did. It seems that Paul’s purpose for writing Colossians was the same also for Ephesians and perhaps the reason for the similarity of the two letters. How easy for Satan to come and cause confusion and deception, dividing the body of Christ by having them focus on other things than on Christ unless they were built solidly on the foundation of Jesus Christ and built up and strengthened in the faith as they lived by His life. How we need to read the letters in this light, by faith how to put off the old man, our flesh, and put on the new man, Jesus Christ as we live together in face-to-face community in an organic way.

“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints in Ephesus the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” It is the church planter’s responsibility, after having lived by Christ’s life in an organic way in deep relational community, to see God’s will in their calling. A calling of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to unbelievers, then bring those who believe the message together to learn to share His life with one another, and to encourage them to continue to love the Lord and each other more and more. The church planter then moved on and continued to form churches, finding places where Christ would find a place of rest, a home to dwell. (as Frank Viola would describe it!) On occasion they would return for a short time and encourage the church and help the church as necessary to move forward in the Lord. If we have received Christ Jesus as Lord we are holy in His eyes, by faith in Him we have been given the grace of His life and are now at peace with God! We now live a life of faith, learning to live by His life with other brothers and sisters.

This next statement of Paul’s seems to be the main point of the entire letter! “Praise (literally – Blessed) 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…” This sentence doesn’t end here in the Greek, but continues in one string of awesome statements until verse 14! It seems that Paul’s intent in this letter is in a wonderful way describe some of the great spiritual blessings that we have in Christ. It has been said that if we count our blessings they would outweigh what we think are the many troubles in our lives, for the follower of the Lord Jesus Christ it is absolutely true!

How we need to bless “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”! He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus, and these blessings are not just true for us here but they are true at the same time in the heavenly realms! It is as if Christ sees us not just here on this earth but at the same time in the heavenlies with Him! Let us put our arms around that one! The reason why the Lord sees us in that light is because “…as he chose us in him before the creation (or foundation) of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight in love…” Before creation, in eternity past, we were chosen in Christ. We were in God’s thoughts, we were on His mind, we were seen as His already before he even created the world! Amazing! But there is something more. Because of the fall, when sin entered the world, we have lived in condemnation, without God. But having repented and believed the good news of Jesus Christ, we received Christ Jesus as Lord we were “rescued from the dominion of darkness and brought into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins”!

Because of Christ, who is holy and blameless, we are now to express His life. And that life is expressed “in love.” Love that is sacrificial, love that is “sincere,” is “patient, kind, does not envy, does not boast, is not proud, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered (provoked), keeps no record of wrongs, does not delight in evil but rejoice with the truth, always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres, never fails.” We know we are living by the Spirit of Christ when we love one another as He loved us. That is the life God has called us to live, to express to one another and to this world, His life, because He is our life! His life is His spiritual blessing that we have been blessed with, both here on this earth and at the same time in the heavenlies! But He blessed “us.” We learn to live by His spiritual life when we live a shared life together, sharing His life in face-to-face community!

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My brother,

I am left speechless within the depths of your words there is His love. I could see Father’s heart in your words. Beautiful my brother, a masterpiece of Love! It is always Love. It has always been Love.

Amen, bro!

Comment by Kathy

Thank you Kat, I just try to share what the Father teaches me at the moment. Yes, it is all about His love!

Your brother, John

Comment by John Wilson




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