Blessings

 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,
just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world,
that we would be holy and blameless before Him.
Ephesians 1:3-4

He chose us – we chose Him.  Both aspects are part of our becoming Christians, being declared His.  His choosing isn’t random choice.  He chooses with a purpose in mind that isn’t just so we can have the label of “Christian.”  He chose us so “we would be holy and blameless before Him.” He chose us and has a purpose for us, “according to the kind intention of His will.” (v.5)

Because of His kind will He has “freely bestowed on us” grace (v.6).  He redeemed us and provided us an inheritance (vs 7 and 11).  He revealed His will to us (v. 9).  God did this because of “His grace which He lavished on us” (vs.7-8).

These verses give us a picture of a great loving God who gives lavishly more upon more.  All of this provides us what we need to accomplish His purpose for us.  That purpose is to “be holy and blameless before Him.”

When you read Ephesians 1, you will notice a repetition – in Christ, in Him, through Jesus Christ, in the beloved, in the Lord Jesus.  Jesus is the key to these blessings.  Because Jesus chose to obey His Father and to died on the cross for our sins, these blessing are possible for us.  When we accept Jesus’ death on the cross as payment for our sins then these blessings are ours.

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
Ephesians 1:3

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