Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…~Ephesians 1:3
So I’ve been studying Ephesians again this month. It’s one of my favorite books, and it is often where I will go when I’m not sure what to read. So I thought I would walk through the book within this blog, not as some definitive study on all that is in Ephesians, but simply some of the verses and passages that pop out and teach me this month. Just as if we were sitting at the coffee shop going through it together and we would reflect on the truths as they apply in our lives as believers. It seems like this is going to be a several part blog posting that I’ll just send out for a few days, so it’s a little bit different from what I’ve written before but it’s where God has me today.
Ephesians chapter 1 is such an amazing, wordy, mildly confusing because it’s one long sentence listing of all the blessings that come with salvation. I cannot tell you how many times I have broken down the first 14 verses just to see them laid out, pulled out of all the clauses and phrases. I encourage you to grab a piece of paper and begin to just write one blessing on each line. It’s so important to understand what salvation really is – what are the blessings given to us when we are saved, redeemed and how the Gospel changes the filter through which we see our world.
I can see the world through the lens of performance and perfectionism, through the lens of self-gratification, or through the lens of practicality or realism. Or I can wear the most accurate glasses – the glasses of faith. If you read through Paul’s writings, there are SO many times where he basically says “I write this that you may know” This concept of knowing, not in your head so you can give a great rote answer, but truly knowing deep in the core of who you are that you are a changed, changing redeemed child of God, deeply loved, filled with His Spirit and moving in and through your world from that vantage point — that is knowing.
So what do we know? In Ephesians 1:1-14 we are chosen in Him, holy and blameless, adopted as sons. We are given his glorious grace, redemption through his blood, forgiveness of trespass, lavished with grace, making His will for salvation and unity known to us. We have obtained an inheritance and been sealed with the Holy Spirit.
And please note all the “according to” statements – none of them say according to how you receive it or how you respond or how you answer. None of the blessings are dependent on anything I do, they are all dependent on His will, His grace, and His purpose!
So I encourage you to sit and dwell with the truth of what He has done for you, according to His will replete with His grace for His purpose and His glory. You need to know.