DECEMBER 26

So Incredibly Blessed!

Bible Reading: Ephesians 1

Ephesians 1:3, “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.”

You’ve no doubt seen the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  Recall in the plot how George Bailey has so many problems that he is thinking of ending it all—at Christmas time, no less!  As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence – who then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years.  In the end, George is incredibly blessed in the discovery that he has so many friends who are more than willing to come to his aid.  It’s a feel-good story with a happy ending!  It likely brought tears to your eyes.  And while the theology is suspect, there is a lesson we can draw from the story.  It’s possible for any of us, like fictional George, to walk unawares of the blessings we possess! And the resources God has provisioned to us in Christ.

Our passage speaks of how the believer is immeasurably blessed in Christ.  These blessings are possessed by every believer, whether he feels so or not.  They have come his way totally undeserved as a result of his being “in Christ.”  They are his in his good times and bad, in his poverty or wealth, and in his sickness or health.  Life can be very challenging.  It’s possible for any of us to meet with hard times.  But no matter our situation, the fact is that we incredibly blessed!

In his Systematic Theology, Lewis Sperry Chafer writes of the blessings possessed by every believer in Christ, saying: “The Scriptures reveal 33 stupendous works of God which together comprise the salvation of the soul. They are wrought by God instantaneously, are grounded on the merit of Christ, and are eternal. Accordingly, each member of the human family is either perfectly saved or entirely lost. All 33 elements comprise the riches of grace which a Christian receives in salvation.”

Ephesians 1:3 speaks to this, and the rest of the chapter proceeds to describe many of these blessings.  All three persons of the Triune God have a part in bestowing them.  Each is acknowledged, noting that the work is to “the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14).  The believer in Christ has been chosen and adopted by the Father (Ephesians 1:4-6).  He has been redeemed, forgiven, enlightened, and enriched by the Son (Ephesians 1:7-12).  He has been sealed and secured by the Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14). 

If you are a believer in Christ, then you possess the “unsearchable riches” Paul risked his life to speak about (Ephesians 3:8).  You received them the instant you trusted in Jesus, and you’ve possessed them ever since.  In Jesus, you possess them all, overflowing your earthen vessel in your relationship with Him (2 Corinthians 4:7).  Jesus impoverished Himself, so that you might be enriched this way (2 Corinthians 8:9)!  It’s all come your way by grace.  Because God is a God who is rich in grace and mercy, and it is all to the “praise of the glory of His grace” (Ephesians 1:6)!  Your glass is more than half full. In lavishing His grace upon you, it is overflowing (Ephesians 1:8; Romans 5:5; Psalm 23:5b)!  Like fictional George, you will undoubtedly face unexpected hardships, but amidst them all, don’t lose sight of how incredibly blessed you are in Christ!

A CHILD OF THE KING

My Father is rich in houses and land,
He holdeth the wealth of the world in His hands!
Of rubies and diamonds, of silver and gold,
His coffers are full, He has riches untold.

Refrain:
I’m a child of the King,
A child of the King,
With Jesus my Savior,
I’m a child of the King.

My Father’s own Son, the Savior of men,
Once wandered on earth as the poorest of them;
But now He is reigning for ever on high,
And will give me a home in heav’n by and by. [Refrain]

I once was an outcast stranger on earth,
A sinner by choice and an alien by birth;
But I’ve been adopted, my name’s written down,
An heir to a mansion, a robe and a crown. [Refrain]

A tent or a cottage, why should I care?
They’re building a palace for me over there;
Though exiled from home, yet still may I sing:
All glory to God, I’m a child of the King. [Refrain]

Author: looking2jesus13

Having served as pastor at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, in Astoria, Oregon, for almost three decades, my wife’s cancer diagnosis led to my retirement and subsequent move to Heppner to be near our two grandchildren. I divide my time between caring for Laura and working as a part time hospice chaplain and spending time with family and spoiling my chocolate lab.

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