You're Richer Than You Think by Jonathan McLeod

You're Richer Than You Think
Jonathan McLeod
Ephesians 1:3-14

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

SCRIPTURE INTRODUCTION

The apostle Paul is the author of Ephesians. He usually begins his letters by thanking his readers, but in his letter to the Ephesians he starts by praising God (1:3-14).

In the original Greek 1:3-14 is one long sentence of 202 words. Scholars refer to this sentence of praise as a eulogy. (A eulogy is a speech or writing in praise of a person or thing.) Paul's eulogy praises all three persons of the Trinity: Father (vv. 4-6), Son (vv. 7-12), and Holy Spirit (vv. 13-14).

[Read Ephesians 1:3-14.]

RICHER THAN YOU THINK?

Scotiabank's slogan is ''You're richer than you think.'' (Scotiabank's net income in 2013 was $6.7 billion. Perhaps their slogan should be ''We're richer than you think.'')

A poor rancher in West Texas named Ira Yates became a millionaire when a giant oil field was discovered on his property. The Yates Oil Field has produced more than one billion barrels of oil. Before the oil was discovered, Yates was having trouble paying the mortgage and taxes on his ranch. He was richer than he thought!

We'd all like to believe that we are richer financially than we think. But if you're a Christian, you're richer spiritually than you think.

RICH BECAUSE OF GOD

In verse 3, there are three words that contain the root word ''bless'': the adjective ''blessed'' (eulogetos), the verb ''blessed'' (eulogesas), and the noun ''blessing'' (eulogia).

1. God is to be BLESSED.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (1:3a).

''Blessed'' means ''praised.'' ''The concept of blessing with reference to God is not expressing a wish, 'blessed be God,' but rather a declaration, 'blessed is God.''' Two other NT eulogies begin the same way (2 Cor. 1:3; 2 Peter 1:3). In the NT eulogetos (''blessed'') is used ...


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