Who is the richest person in the world? Ephesians 1:3 says that each Christian is blessed in the heavenly realms with EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING IN CHRIST!
God’s riches come based on our faith in Him. The moment we put our trust in Him, the riches are poured out on our lives.
“Every” means “every,” not some.
“In the heavenly realms” refers to the part of reality that God sees, and we don’t. Things that may look unsettled to us on earth are already settled in heaven. God already looks at us as holy. God’s inheritance is already ours. It may not feel that way but it is that way, based on the power of God’s person and promise.
There are Seven specific blessings:
- God chose me to be holy and blameless (Ephesians 1:4). God sees me in light of where I am today. The Christian life is not about trying to become something you are not; it is living up to what God has made you to be.
- God adopted you into His family (Ephesians 1:5-6). God doesn’t force anyone into His family. Even though we are a part of God’s creation and because of that treat everyone with love and dignity, you have to accept His choice of you to be adopted into His family (Romans 8:15). “God’s will” means He wants to do it. “God’s pleasure” means it makes Him happy to do it. For God, it’s not just the right thing to do, it makes Him joyful. He wants you in His family.
- We are redeemed and forgiven (Ephesians 1:7-8). Redeemed: ransomed to deliver those incapable of freeing themselves. Forgiveness: our sins were atoned for by the blood of Jesus. Forgiveness comes from the blood payment. This comes from grace lavished on us.
- God has shown us the mystery of His will (Ephesians 1:9-10). The mystery Paul is talking about here is the culminating, unifying, and sanctifying event in all of history. It is the bringing together of all things in heaven and earth under one head, Jesus Christ. The mystery revealed is Jesus! When life gets confusing, that’s the answer to the mystery of life.
- We have been chosen to bring praise to God (Ephesians 1:11-12). Our choice and God’s choice are both involved in these verses. We choose to look to Christ for hope than other enticing things. We choose to believe. God chooses us. He sent Jesus Christ into the world to choose us. He sent His Spirit into the world to let us know we are chosen. We wouldn’t have a choice without God’s choice. Predestination versus free will is a straw man argument. They are two sides of the same coin. If you lean too far into predestination, it leads to fatalism and robotics. If you lean to far into human choice it leads to humanism. In these verses, the ultimate fulfillment in life is to bring praise to your Creator. We give Him our choice to love Him. That brings Him praise because it all started with God choosing to love us.
- We are blessed with a guarantee of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). We have been marked in Him with a seal. Like an envelope, God’s Spirit sealed us until we reach heaven. Sealing implies two things: ownership and protection. The seal of His Spirit proclaims that I’m not mine anymore. I’ve been bought with a price. The seal also protected the document from being opened or tampered with. God has put a spiritual protection over us.
- God’s guarantee of our inheritance (Ephesians 1:14). So not only is the Holy Spirit a seal but is the deposit that guarantees our inheritance. The Holy Spirit is God’s down payment in our lives. He gives us Himself as a guarantee of our future. It’s earnest money guaranteeing that He’ll keep His promise. If the promise isn’t kept, the earnest money is lost. God is guaranteeing our eternal salvation with no less than His own Spirit, His very Self. That is how deeply He assures us that He intends for us to be with Him for eternity.