by Jesse Hendley

Our Spiritual Blessing
Jesse M. Hendley
Ephesians 1:3

The Book of Ephesians, friends, is a marvelous, tremendous Book that unfolds God's Mind and His Blessings for the individual saint, for the Church and for the entire world. When you read what is in Ephesians, your soul is amazed.

Verse 3 says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places,in Christ." That word BLESSED ("Blessed be God") means PRAISED, HONORED, ACKNOWLEDGED. We should praise God, honor God, acknowledge God, because He has blessed us in such a marvelous way! In the preceding words we read of receiving Grace and Peace from God, not judgment, not condemnation, but the favor of God, with a smile on His face, nothing between us and God now because of Christ's sacrifice for our sins.

Because of this we ought to praise God. We ought to be CONTINUALLY praising God, and not be against Him, thinking wrong thoughts about Him, speaking wrong words about Him, but in all our thoughts and words and acts to PRAISE God because He is the Source of all our BLESSINGS.

Notice here, saints bless God because He has blessed us. "Blessed us" is in the past tense. But it means that He did bless us from the council chambers of eternity, and they are constantly being unfolded in our lives and will be, through the ages of eternity. Saints bless God because He has blessed US.

God's blessings come to us in Grace. In Grace, because they are all free! They do not come to us because of any merit of our own. We don't deserve them. In fact, we deserve the opposite; we deserve condemnation.

We are sinners, and he that breaks one commandment is guilty of all and God will by no means clear the guilty. That is, if the person does not repent and receive Jesus. Thank God, Jesus has paid for all of our sins. Notice the word BLESSINGS. God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings. The word means "to speak well of." Saints speak well of ...

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