From the Pastor’s Pen

Final Thoughts on Ephesians 1:3

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,                 NKJV
No matter how the old year ends; no matter what circumstances we may find ourselves in; let us remember Christians, as we begin the new year, that God has blessed us every spiritual blessing in Christ.  The truth of our text is so beautifully summarized by Charles H. Spurgeon, who wrote, “All the goodness of the past, the present, and the future, Christ gives to His people.  In the mysterious ages of the past the Lord Jesus was His Father’s first elect, and in His election He gave us an interest, for we were chosen in Him from before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4).  He had from all eternity the prerogatives of Sonship, as His Father’s only-begotten and well-beloved Son, and He has, in the riches of His grace, by adoption and regeneration, elevated us to sonship also, so that to us He has given “the right to become the sons of God (John 1:12).  The eternal covenant, based upon suretyship and confirmed by oath, is ours, for our strong consolation and security.  In the everlasting settlements of predestinating wisdom and omnipotent decree, the eye of the Lord Jesus was ever fixed on us; and we may rest assured that in the whole roll of destiny there is not a line which militates against the interests of His redeemed.  The great betrothal of the Prince of Glory is ours, for it is to us that He is betrothed, as the sacred nuptials shall before long declare to an assembled universe.  The marvelous incarnation of the God of heaven, with all the amazing condescension and humiliation which attended it, is ours.  The bloody sweat, the scourge, the cross, are ours forever.  Whatever blissful consequences flow from perfect obedience, finished atonement, resurrection, ascension, or intercession, all are ours by His own gift.  Upon His breastplate He is now bearing our names; and in His authoritative pleadings at the throne He remembers our persons and pleads our cause.  His dominion over principalities and powers, and His absolute majesty in heaven, He employs for the benefit of those who trust in Him.  His high estate is as much at our service as was His condition of abasement.  He who gave himself for us in the depths of woe and death, does not withdraw the grant now that He is enthroned in the highest heavens.”

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