Rich Spiritual Blessings In Christ


Spiritual Blessings in Christ



“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord JesusChrist , who has blessed us in heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his son through JesusChrist, in accordance with the pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he love. In him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”


Ephesians 1:3-8



The theme of the Book of Ephesians is about God’s glory revealed through what we believers have in Christ. This letter speaks about God’s glory revealed through the believer’s “having” and “being”. The introduction of the letter speaks about of the rich spiritual blessings we have in Christ. These spiritual blessings are the blessings that really matter. Believers are blessed in the heavenly realms or heavenly places. These blessings are not temporal but they are eternal. Some blessings are useful for this earthly life only in earthly places. Beyond that they are of no use anymore.


The riches the world gives has only temporal values and has no value anymore beyond the earthly life. The spiritual blessings the Christians have in Christ have lasting values that last for all eternity. What are these spiritual blessings : to be chosen by God; to be known by HIm; to be predestined before the foundation of the world; to be adopted as God’s children; to be redeedmed, saved and forgiven. These are rich blessings whose value go beyond the earthly life but for all eternity. These are great privileges in this life and we should always rejoice because of these blessings. To be chosen by God as His precious child is a great privilege in life which we cannot exchange for anything the world could offer. This is in fact the greatest blessing of all.


This letter to the Ephesians encourages us to look at our Christianity and salvation not as a product of our own decision, but as a great and wonderful blessing we have received from God through JesusChrist. God’s great gift of salvation to those who believe goes farther and greater and deeper than what we could comprehend. It goes back to before the creation of the world. It was accomplished by God with great wisdom and understanding. It is a mystery.


But many times thoughout the triviality of the daily affairs of life, Christians fail to realize this rich spiritual blessings in Christ. It was Paul’s fervent and persisitent prayer that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened , enabled to truly appreciate what we have in Christ. Many times we fail to appreciate these great spiritual blessings because we are sidetracked by the attractive things the world could offer. We tend to focus on the great things in this world and look at them as seemingly the greatest blessings in life. But we must be constantly reminded that these worldly things have no more value beyond our life here on earth. After our death, the only thing that matters is whether you are a child of God or not. For the answer to this question determine your eternal destiny.


You can be a child of God and possess this rich spiritual blessings in Christ. Accept JesusChrist as your personal Savior and Lord. You must accept Christ as your Savior to be a child of God. You must accept that Christ sacrifice on the cross is the only sufficient sacrifice for the atonement and forgiveness of your sins. For it is written without the shedding of the blood there is no remission of sin. You must accept that you have been a sinner and need the sacrifice of Christ as it is written in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We sin in many ways. We sin in our thoughts, words and deeds. Just merely thinking of evil against other people is a sin. Just a mere lie is a sin. We are born with a sinful nature and we are born to satisfy the cravings of our sinful nature.


After accepting Christ as Savior, you must accept Him as your Lord. You must surrender your life and your self to the Lordship of Christ. You must dethrone the SELF from your heart and must enthrone Christ there as Lord, Master and King. You must now live to serve Christ and give glory to His Name. By doing this you will be a child of God as it is written in John 1:12 “Yet to all who receive him, to those who believe in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

Once you become a child of God, all the rich spiritual blessings a believer have in Christ will now be yours also.


This hub is an excerpt from the Vesper Worship Service message as preached by Brother Benjie Baclagon on October 2, 2011 at Grace BIble Church - Manila, Philippines

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Comments 17 comments

Eddie-Perkins 5 years ago

Thank you Sister Maria Cristina for sharing this beautiful and useful message. I love the book of Ephesians and Colossians and… well, I love all of God’s Word. Your writing is easy to read, to the point and always has a clear message. Vote up beautiful and useful. Blessing to you


Eddie-Perkins 5 years ago

I clicked on useful and beautiful on my first visit but when I returned it doesn't appear that I clicked it so I did it again and just returned and it still doesn't show. If you're not seeing it you may want to contact someone. Blessings


Alice Mercader 5 years ago

Congratulations Cristy!You did it, very well said.Keep up Sis.You're note is a blessing to the one who read it.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

This is one of my favorite portions of scripture. You are right that we lose sight and appreciation sometimes in the ordinariness of life. This Word stirs a desire to comprehend with all the saints what is the width the length the depth and the height of His magnificent love.

Blessed meditation.


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RevLady 5 years ago from Lantana, Florida

An excellent and highly valuable exposition on spiritual blessings. All glory to God for the manifold blessings He showers upon His children in His loving mercy!

Forever His


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Brother Eddie Perkins thank you for gracing and appreciating this hub. Thank you also for the vote. Your visit and comments are always great source of encouragement for me. I also love the Book of Ephesians for this book contains great exhortations for the believers. The rich spiritual blessings we have in Christ are sufficient reason to remain steadfast in our christian walk. Blessings to you always. Best regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

HI ate Alice thank you for the visit. I am greatly encouraged by your comment. Remain blessed always. Best regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Tamarajo thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your visit is a great encouragement to me. Yes throughout the triviality of our daily affairs we tend not to appreciate these rich spiritual blessings we have in Christ. Truly someday in heaven we can fully appreciate these spiritual blessings. To be chosen and loved by God indeed is the greatest blessing in this life. Blessings to you and your family Tamarajo. Best regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

HI RevLady I am glad to hear from you again. Your visit and comment is a blessing to me. I am greatly encouraged by your visit and comments. All glory and praises to our Loving God for His abounding mercy for the life of each of His precious children. Thank you for appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments means a lot for me. May you be blessed today and always. Best regards.


Patrick Teng 5 years ago

Like!


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Thank s Patrick for paying a visit. Blessings to you and best regards.


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ThePastor 5 years ago from California

The Book of Ephesians is my favorite. I love the topic of the blessings we are blessed with. I think we sometimes miss the power of what is being said because of our English usage of the word blessed.

We tell each other "bless you" in the same manner as we would say "have a good day." When someone sneezes we say, "Bless you!" or "God bless you!"

But when we truly study our Bible, every time God "blesses" He empowers. The very first act of God after giving life to Adam was that He "blessed him." What an awesome thing that we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings!


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi ThePastor I am glad to hear from you. Thank you for paying a visit. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Thank you also for posting an additional input, it is appreciated.Yes as christians and children of God we are so much blessed. Remain blessed always. Best regards.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for this wonderful Hub. Brother Benjie Baclagon is surely a God inspired preacher.

I especially love this part:

"The riches the world gives has only temporal values and has no value anymore beyond the earthly life. The spiritual blessings the Christians have in Christ have lasting values that last for all eternity."

Amen!

And then this section is awesome:

"After our death, the only thing that matters is whether you are a child of God or not. For the answer to this question determine your eternal destiny."

Yes indeed. God Bless You Sister.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Cristina, Wonderfully expressed spiritual wisdom! Ephesians is a marvelous book that enlightens us to the Awesomeness of God!

Thank you for sharing this great message by Brother Benjie Baclagon!

As you well stated: "This letter to the Ephesians encourages us to look at our Christianity and salvation not as a product of our own decision, but as a great and wonderful blessing we have received from God through Jesus Christ. God’s great gift of salvation to those who believe goes farther and greater and deeper than what we could comprehend. It goes back to before the creation of the world. It was accomplished by God with great wisdom and understanding. It is a mystery." Amen! Jesus Christ death on The Cross atoned for the sins of the world! One just needs to accept Him into their heart to discover the TRUE meaning of life and living! THANK GOD for HIS precious GIft of ETERNAL LIFE through JESUS CHRIST!

Thank you for sharing these vitally important Truths that will help us grow and mature in The Faith! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi James Watkins I am blessed by your presence in this hub. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your visit is a great source of encouragements to me. Yes as children of God we are so privileged to receive the eternal blessings of Heaven whose value goes beyond death but last for all eternity.This is indeed the greatest blessing of life. Remain blessed always. Best regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi DeBorrah K. Ogans I am blessed to read your comment for this hub.Your visit is always a great source of encouragement for me. May you be blessed today and always. Best regards.

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