If you are a Christian living in spiritual poverty right now, it’s because you don’t realise what is already yours in Christ. You have never discovered the contents of the heavenly treasure house – Michael Youssef
I know it’s not the most positive quote that I could have chosen, and I realise that these words are not true for everyone. But I reckon there are many Christians out there that have no idea what is already theirs in Christ. A mixture of their church community isn’t teaching it, they have no interest in this kind of “airy fairy stuff” or it has simply never occurred to them. Either way, not knowing and living in these spiritual truths will cause you to move nowhere fast. To avoid spiritual amnesia its important that we are reminded.
In a previous post I wrote about how an addiction I had got in the way of me really seeing the power of my new identity in Christ. Now free from that addiction and recently starting a study of the book of Ephesians, its like I am understanding it all for the first time. In a way I think that is the way it should be for all of us who are new creations in Christ. Seeing it for the first time daily.
Ephesians 1;3 Praise be to the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
No doubt you have read and heard this scripture before, but that’s ok here it is again. WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN BLESSED IN THE HEAVENLY REALMS WITH EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING IN CHRIST. This is good news!!! In the next few verses in Ephesians 1 it tells us what those spiritual blessings are. I wont list them all here because I think you would really benefit from reading the first chapter few times and making a list for yourself so it really sinks in.
- God chose us from the beginning
- We are adopted by him through Christ
- We have redemption through Christ’s blood
- God has made known to us the mystery of his will (to be his children, to be like Christ)
All of our stories are different so these truths will means different things for each of us. It is our responsibility as new creations in Christ to learn about our new positions, and to walk in the freedom that has been given to us. If you are passionate about this stuff and know Christians who really have no idea about the new life they have in Christ, then I really encourage you to come along side them and help them grow in their understanding.
Thanks for reading. Which spiritual blessing mentioned in chapter 1 of Ephesians have you found most significant for you and why?