3 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. Ephesians 1:3

We are often encouraged to count our blessings, to be thankful for what we do have rather than focusing on what we don’t have, but desire. This is a good spiritual practice and fosters a grateful spirit. Paul begins this letter to the believers in Ephesus reminding them that because of what Jesus has done we are blessed with every spiritual blessing. It is good and right that we should be thankful for all the tangible, temporal things we have, like our home, job, family, friends, etc. Now how about adding to those the immeasurable spiritual blessings accessible to us because we are united in Christ?

Paul begins this letter telling us we have access to every spiritual blessing. How many blessings are there? I don’t know. But as I look at God’s economy in creation – the number of planets and stars, the number and diversity of plants and animals – I’m thinking there are probably a whole lot of “spiritual blessings in the heavenly realms” – what do you think? What are some of your favorite blessings? We’ll look at some of those Paul mentions in the next few verses in the coming days, but in the meantime, what are some of the spiritual blessings that come to your mind? What spiritual blessings are you thankful for? Spend some alone time with God and thank him for these and others that come to your mind. Here are a few to get you started:
  • Forgiveness
  • Unconditional Love
  • The Holy Spirit
  • Fruit of the Spirit
  • Freedom in Christ

Because we are “united with Christ” we have been “blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms”! An amazing truth, worthy of great praise to our Lord! Ask God to continue to reveal this truth to you. Consider carving out some extended time in worship as a response to his many blessings!

Linda Waldo
Spiritual Formation Pastor| New Covenant Church