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Spiritual Blessings in Christ

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spiritual blessings in ChristWe all love blessings, right? The more the better, I think. A blessing is a favor of God and a life full of blessings is the best kind of life, isn’t it? But don’t fool yourself. God’s blessings are most often not materialistic and temporal but spiritual and eternal. Somehow, that diminishes the ranks of people who want them. We’d like to have a new car and money enough to control our destiny. But that’s not how it works. Spiritual blessings in Christ are better than any fancy car or a huge bank account could ever be. How so? Let me explain.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. 

He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. (Eph.1:3-11, NLT, empahsis added,*)

What are spiritual blessings in Christ?

Simply, they are God’s gifts to everyone who is one with Christ. They are gifts to the children of God. And they give us more than any temporary benefit could ever do. Because this life is not all there is. This life is only an entrance to eternity. And for eternity we need spiritual blessings in Christ. Without them, we can’t even get into heaven. Hence, the biggest spiritual blessing is salvation. Long before our time, God already loved us and chose us in Christ to be his adoptive family. Because of Jesus, we can now be holy and without fault in God’s eyes. What an amazing blessing for sure.

God loves to bless us richly

God loves to pour all kinds of spiritual blessings in Christ on us like love, grace, forgiveness, and acceptance. Spiritual blessings in Christ are God’s favor for us. He wants to give everything we need to live victoriously. When we are united with Jesus, everything that is Christ’s is ours. Talk about spiritual blessings: his peace, joy, power, wisdom, and grace. Yet, only people who are spiritually alive value spiritual blessings in Christ. But for us, these are priceless, better than rubies, greater than anything we could ever desire.

 

Gracious God,
Your generosity stuns us,
you are so good to us.
Thank you for loving us without measure.
Forgive us for not valuing eternal things more.
Help us to see what is real and what is not.
Instill in us a deep desire for all things eternal.
Pour out all the spiritual blessings in Christ on us.
Become our everything, Lord.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you value spiritual blessings in Christ? Do you see them at work in your life? How many blessings could you find in the Bible passage?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you * [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

Image courtesies of Henry Be via Unsplash.com, design by Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Dance with JesusFive-minute Friday.

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  • Jamie Sumner

    I love how you share the different translations! It’s amazing what a turn of phrase can do for interpretation and opening the heart. Thank you for sharing this with me on the #sundaythoughts link up.

    • Yes, it is a huge blessing to have different translations. Great to meet you Jamie! Thanks for stopping by. Abundant blessings to you!

  • Liz

    Amen! Beautiful and encouraging words. Too often Christians think they should have everything they want in this life because God loves them, but His Word doesn’t promise us that!

    • Exactly! It’s because God loves us so much he doesn’t give us everything we want. Thanks, Liz for your input. Blessings upon blessings!

  • Encouraging words! Thank you. I’m at #13 this week over at #FMF. Have a blessed and beautiful weekend.

  • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    Great post, Mari-Anna, and I love the prayer!

    I’ve found rich blessing in terminal illness, for I have been taught how to really live, and how to truly love.

    #1 at FMF this week.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2017/06/your-dying-spouse-330-this-is-how-you.html

    • Great to see you, Andrew! And thank you for sharing your testimony. You shine so brightly! May God continue to bless you richly!