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Ephesians 1:3: Every Spiritual Blessing


Ephesians 1:3

[3] 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, (ESV)

Have you ever felt like every one else gets blessed by God and somehow you got passed by?  Do you wonder if there are some "super Christians" and then there is you?  I think the enemy of our souls would like us to think that way.  But, in this verse Paul is telling us that God is supremely worthy of being blessed because of the fact that, in Christ, he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.  Can you wrap your head around that?  He has not been stingy in pouring out his blessings.  He has not given them to a select few.  Paul encourages all of us with the reality that all of God's spiritual blessings are given to all believers.

It is important that, as believers in Jesus Christ, we don't create levels that separate us from each other.  We all have the same access to God the Father through Jesus Christ.  While a person might be given a different task in the Kingdom of God, it doesn't mean that God has blessed them more than someone who has been given a different task.  We might have a different gift, but we all have the same spiritual blessings. I love how James to this:

James 5:17–18

[17] Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. [18] Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit. (ESV)

Did you catch that?  Elijah is one of the great prophets of all of Scripture.  He prays and God miraculously answers him.  But, James describes him as a man with a nature like ours.  One translation says, "He was a man just like us."  Same spiritual blessings.

Do you wrestle with feeling like God has blessed others more than you?  Are you jealous of other believers in Jesus?  Ask the Lord to remind you of his great love for you.  Ask him to show you the spiritual blessings he has given to you in Christ Jesus.  Bless God today as a result of receiving his blessings. 

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