Monday

Scripture Reading:
Lev. 11:45; Zech. 3:2; Eph. 1:1-5

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”(Eph. 1:1-2)
blessed with every spiritual blessing

This week, we will talk about the first three chapters of the book of Ephesians. At the very beginning of this letter, the apostle Paul mentions two important items: grace and peace (1:2). What is grace? Grace is God Himself given to us freely in His Son.

In this series of the Daily Food, we learned that the truth of the gospel presented in Colossians (1:5) can be summarized as follows: God became a man to make man like Him in life and in nature, but not in the Godhead. As firebrands plucked from the fire (Zech. 3:2), we have been given the gift of God’s grace and are now being saturated with His divine life and nature. This word of the truth of the gospel, which reached us and the whole world, is now bearing fruit in our midst (Col. 1:9).

In order for this word to bear even more fruit in our lives, we need to pray to the Lord and ask Him to fill us with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding (v. 9), that we may comprehend what we read and hear, and have a living that is worthy of the Lord. For instance, when we read the Bible and do not understand it, we should go before the Lord and pray, “Lord, what do You want to reveal to me?”

Ephesians chapter 1 presents a summary of God’s New Testament economy, beginning with verse 3: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” Here we can say that “every spiritual blessing” encompasses everything that God is and has.

Verse 4 goes on to say that “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world.” Each one of us was chosen by God in Christ. Hallelujah! What a great blessing this is! While we do not know the criteria with which He chose us, we know that He did so before the foundation of the world. We were chosen to be without blemish and holy, just as our Father is holy (Lev. 11:45).

Finally, Ephesians 1:5 tells us that God predestinated us unto sonship. As we tread the path of the church life today, let us seek to grow in life and enjoy the fullness of the blessing God has reserved for us.

Key Point:
God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
Question:
What is included in “every spiritual blessing”?