Spiritual Blessings In Christ

SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS IN CHRIST
 
Ephesians 1:3
 
INTRO: Much has been said about these “spiritual blessings.” It is a wonderful theme. Ephesians chapter one is not a series of disconnected thoughts, but after stating that God has given these blessings, Paul then enumerates them. “Blessing” (noun) is from eulogia, and literally means “good speaking.” Our word “eulogy” is from this word. In our text it is a “benefit bestowed” (Vine). What are these blessings?
 
I. GOD HAS CHOSEN US (v. 4)
    A. “ Chosen ” from eklego.
        1. To “pick out, select, choose for oneself” (Vine).
    B. Unconditional election not being taught.
        1. Note – “chosen us in him …”
        2. God’s chosen are in him, but all men can be in him
            (1 John 2:2; Heb. 2:9).
        3. Described in v. 4 – “holy and without blame.”
 
II. GOD HAS PREDESTINATED US (v. 5)
    A. Greek is interesting – proorizo.
        1. Means “beforehand, denotes to mark out before hand, to
            determine before, foreordain” (Vine).
    B. Again, unconditional salvation or condemnation not being taught.
        1. Note Paul further (Rom. ).
        2. God determined ahead of time what kind of people his must   
            be – “conformed to the image of his Son.”
 
III. GOD HAS ADOPTED US (v. 5)
    A. What does “adoption” mean?
        1. From huios, a son; thesis, a placing.
        2. Hence, the “placing of a son.”
    B. Places us into God’s family.
        1. The right then to call him “Father” (Rom. -17).
 
IV. GOD HAS ACCEPTED US (v. 6)
    A. A better rendering:
        1. “… to the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely bestowed   
          on us in the Beloved” (NASB).
        2. Thought is that in Christ, we have access to the grace of God.
        3. Outside of Christ, God’s grace will not benefit man (Gal. ; Eph. 1:3).
 
V. GOD HAS REDEEMED US (v. 7)
    A. What is “redemption?”
        1. Literally, “a releasing, for a ransom” (Vine).
        2. Example of money paid to free a kidnap victim.
    B. By what was man bound?
        1. Sin (Rom. ).
        2. Christ’s the redemptive source (1 Pet. ).
 
VI. GOD HAS REVEALED HIS WILL TO US (v. 9)
    A. Note the term “mystery.”
        1. Hidden in ages past; now revealed (Eph. 3:3-5).
        2. Not revealed in the past; now is to God’s peoplke (1 Pet. 1:10f).
 
VII. GOD HAS GATHERED ALL THINGS IN CHRIST (v. 10)
    A. Man’s condition before Christ came.
        1. In sin; no saving covenant given.
        2. Note especially the gentiles (Eph. -12).
    B. At a given time, God remedied this.
        1. “The dispensation of the fullness of times” (cf. Gal. 4:4).
            i. I.e. when God saw fit to send his Son.
        2. At this time, all things were to center in him; brought into one
            (Eph. -22).
 
VIII. GOD HAS GIVEN US AN INHERITANCE (v. 11)
    A. “In whom;” i.e. in Christ.
    1. Literal thought is not that we shall receive an inheritance, although
        that is true.
    2. Rather, “even in him … in whom we were also made his inheritance”
        (Pulpit Commentary).
    3. So God has taken his people for his own heritage (cf. 1 Pet. 2:9, ASV).
    4. Result of being predestinated that we should be like his Son.
 
IX. GOD HAS SEALED US (v. 13)
    A. A seal is a sign of ownership (Rev. 7:2-8).
        1. A stamp of validity; mark of protection.
    B. Holy Spirit with which believers are sealed.
        1. In New Testament days, a miraculous thing.
        2. Today, by receiving the word of God, the Spirit becomes the
            controlling agent in our lives (Psa. 119:11; 1 John 3:9).
        3. Such a one bears spiritual fruit (Gal. -24).
        4. Referred to as the “Spirit of promise” because he was promised 
            to believers.
    C. The earnest of our inheritance.
        1. Or, the “pledge” (NASB).
        2. The “down payment” or security that the full amount promised
            will be paid.
        3. Thus we are assured that God’s promise concerning his purchased
            possession will not fail.
 
CONCLUSION: Here are some of the wonderful spiritual blessings the Christian has in Christ. We should all appreciate them; enjoy them and thank God daily for them.