God’s Best

Jun 10, 2011

…who had blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places… (Eph. 1:3, emp. mine)

I’ve read this phrase at the beginning of Ephesians many times, but when I read it yesterday I saw it anew. It hit me that in giving Christ , God gave the very best of heaven. He held nothing back.

After this phrase, Paul goes on to list the specific blessings we receive:

  • We become holy and blameless (v. 4)
  • We are adopted as God’s children (v. 5)
  • We are blessed with his grace (v. 6)
  • We have “redemption through his blood” (v. 7)
  • We have “forgiveness of our sins” (v. 7)
  • We know the “mystery of his will” (v. 9)
  • We have an inheritance in heaven (v. 11)
  • We are “sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance” (v. 13-14)

One only has to read through the Old Testament, especially the prophets, the get a glimpse of what God’s gift in Christ has saved us from. Some of the punishments dealt out in Isaiah are more frightening to me than the latest Spielberg/Abrams movie.

The amazing thing is God gives his best knowing exactly who we are (Eph. 1:8). He was never a star crossed lover who didn’t know what he was getting into. His knows us intimately, and yet he still chooses to give the best of heaven to us.

Do you find it hard to study the Bible?

It doesn’t have to be.

Let me help you learn a technique for studying that makes it simple. Join me as we study one chapter each week and memorize two verses of scripture each month.

You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in your life.

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