Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. ~ Ephesians 1:3
In today’s Bible verse, the apostle Paul tells the church in Ephesus that believers in Jesus Christ have been blessed with “every spiritual blessing.” Here are some of the blessings we have through Jesus:
- We have been forgiven of all disobedience against God through the sacrifice of his Son.
- The perfect obedience of Jesus Christ has been credited to us. God considers us to be holy and worthy to stand in his presence.
- In Holy Baptism, we have been given a new life and a new identity. Adopted as God’s children, we can approach the Creator of all things as our loving Father.
- We can be confident that God will patiently listen to all of our prayers and will respond in a way which shows his rich love for us.
- In Holy Communion, together with bread and wine Jesus Christ gives us his very body and blood to eat and drink along with the assurance that we are one with him.
- The Holy Spirit has taken up residence in our hearts, daily giving us hope and peace.
- In the Holy Scriptures, we find strength to resist temptation and guidance for doing what is pleasing to God.
- United with Christ, the true and living Vine, we are branches which produce fruits of faith such as love for God and for others.
- Our hearts respond to God’s word with generosity and grace. In Christ, we can find joy in service and contentment in any situation.
- All believers are united with each other through their union with Christ. We are members of the biggest family, the Holy Christian Church, which includes all believers here on earth and those who have already died and gone to be with the Lord.
- Christ’s resurrection from the dead guarantees that we will not remain in our graves. He will raise our bodies on the Last Day.
- Our time here on earth is short and full of troubles, but God has promised that we will live with him in Paradise for all of eternity.
Truthfully, there is not a single spiritual blessing lacking for believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, comfort and quiet my uneasy soul with your many gospel promises. Thank you for providing for my every spiritual need in your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.