Blessed With Every Spiritual Blessing

9 Dec

This morning I was reading through Ephesians 1. As I was thinking through this passage, it struck me that verse 3 is kind of a banner over the rest of the passage. In other words, verse 3 tells us God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ and then verses 4-13 go on to outline those blessings. Below is a diagram (admittedly imperfect) that shows the blessings I saw in thinking through the passage. I hope the alignment will be good when this posts. Maybe you will be able to see connections I didn’t see when you look through the layout of the passage. One thing is for sure. While I am unendingly grateful for my wife and family and church and friends and health and a thousand other things, these are the blessings I hope will make my heart sing above all others. I hope you are encouraged as you consider your riches in Christ.

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 as he chose us (BLESSING #1)

(how?)       in him

(when?)     before the foundation of the world,

(purpose?)       that we should be holy and blameless

(where?)   before him.

(how?)         In love

he predestined us (BLESSING #2)

(what?)    for adoption as sons

(how?)  through Jesus Christ,

(how?)   according to the purpose of his will,

(why?)  to the praise of his glorious grace,

↑   with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

(how?) In him

we have redemption = (BLESSING #3)

(how?) through his blood,

=the forgiveness of our trespasses,

(how?)  according to the riches of his grace,

↑    which he lavished upon us,

↑  in all wisdom and insight

making known to us the mystery of his will, (BLESSING #4)

(how?) according to his purpose,

↑  which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time,

(what is the plan?)   to unite all things in him,

things in heaven

and things on earth.

(how?)  In him

we have obtained an inheritance,  (BLESSING #5)

(how?)    having been predestined according to the purpose of him

↑   who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

(purpose?)             so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

In him you also,

when you heard the word of truth=,= the gospel of your salvation,

and believed in him,

were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, (BLESSING #6)

↑  who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,

to the praise of his glory.   (Ephesians 1:3-14 ESV)

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