The happiness which it bestows is not in this world, but in heaven and everlasting life. Draw on your resources in Christ. Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Ephesians 1:2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. From our view the decrees are eternal, but when compared to God they might be a tad later. This should be our attitude, this should be our mind set, this should be our testimony, this should be our life. I have dealt with hundreds of people who have been deluded and disillusioned on this question. (2) The first part of the epistle, in which he handles all the parts of our salvation, setting forth the example of the Ephesians. Spirit and spiritual occur thirteen times. In very brief terms, we are baptized into His body when we are saved, we are in His body, which by the way is the church, and thus we are within Him and part of His being, the church. Read Introduction to Ephesians 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, There is a two-verse introduction and a two-verse conclusion to Ephesians. As the Greek word in both the New Testament and Septuagint is applied to God alone, so it signifies, . Éphésiens 1 3 Béni soit Dieu, le Père de notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ, qui nous a bénis de toutes sortes de bénédictions spirituelles dans les lieux célestes en Christ! 3-10 name God’s action, while vv. Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: You remember in 1 Corinthians 3:21-23, where Paul says "All things are yours.". Whether we understand the meaning to be, in heavenly Places, or in heavenly Benefits, is of little consequence. How does the apostle Paul define the ultimate cause of the Christian’s salvation in Ephesians 1:4a (printed below?) The matter of fact seems to have been, that Paul was uncommonly successful there among his own countrymen, and that his chief difficulty there arose, not from the Jews, but from the influence of the heathen; Acts 19:24. —Alford well says, that “God’s blessing is in facts, ours only in words.”, is not in the original, but is supplied by the translators, as is shown by the italics. who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: God is the author and giver of all blessings; and he blesses his people with them, as he is the God and Father of Christ, and as he is their covenant God and Father in Christ; and he only can bless; if he blesses not, none can; and if he blesses, they are blessed indeed: the "us" that are blessed, are such who deserve, according to the tenor of the law, to be cursed; and are not all men, but some distinct from others; and who are before described as saints, and faithful in Christ Jesus; and include both Jews and Gentiles, who belong to the election of grace. The verb is commonly omitted - blessed the God. Is it the spirit of adoption, enabling you to cry, "Abba, Father?" Ephesians 1:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ephesians 1:3, NIV: "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." The meaning is that the spiritual blessings of God are found in heaven and are brought thence to us. Paul therefore blesses God, because he hath blessed us, that is, hath enriched us with all blessing and grace. Is it pardon? Our Lord's blessings to the believer that were predestined before the creation of the material universe. God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ. II. The design of the apostle, therefore, in asserting the riches of divine grace toward the Ephesians, was to protect them against having their faith shaken by the false apostles, as if their calling were doubtful, or salvation were to be sought in some other way. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. He gains them at a bound, or rather, he dwells there always. Fact, not open for discussion. Here on earth he is, as the apostle says, in Ephesians 2:6, âin heavenly places.' These appertain not to nations, or to external privileges, or the mere offers of the gospel, but to true Christians; to persons who have been redeemed. Ephesians 1:3. Commentary on Ephesians 1:3-8 (Read Ephesians 1:3-8) Spiritual and heavenly blessings are the best blessings; with which we cannot be miserable, and without which we cannot but be so. I've given it to you. Now, that's the first one. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Now "our citizenship (Greek) is in heaven" (Php 3:20), where our High Priest is ever "blessing" us. Take, if you could takeâGod be praised it is beyond the reach of human hand!âbut take away that solemn fact, that God has blessed the Church with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, where would there be room for any blessing to rest upon our soul? Encompassing the body of Pauline theology, Ephesians (volumes 34 and 34A of the acclaimed Anchor Bible Series) has been called "the crown of St. Paul's writings," yet both its authorship and addressees are the subject of continuing dispute. As the apostle is speaking, however, of the mass of Christians on whom these things had been bestowed, I rather suppose that he refers to what are called Christian graces, than to the extraordinary endowments bestowed on the few. We are an integrated part of who He is. But that doesn't alter the fact that He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. See on 1 Peter 1:3. Ephesians 1 Resources. With all spiritual blessings. All that I need in my life I find in Christ. 428-page 6x9 paperback commentary and 54 audio lectures in MP3. We can âblessâ God only in thanksgiving of heart and voice, with which He deigns to be pleased, as He ârejoices over the works of His hands.â God blesses us in real and life-giving âspiritual blessing,â i.e., blessing of the gift of the Spirit, for which we can return nothing except thanksgiving. In the heavenly places (ἐν τοῖς ἐπουρανίοις). God’ of’ Christ—Ellicott decides that most probably Father is only applied to Christ, and not God’ God and the Father of, etc. All that He is and all that He has are ours. We can believe Satan"s lies with great readiness; we can give an open, willing ear to anything which our evil heart suggests. And so people try to get the same experience and some don't. ], [Note: W. Hall Harris, ""The Heavenlies" Reconsidered: Ouranos and Epouranios in, "Paul"s letter to the Ephesians is as carefully structured as that great temple of Diana, and it contains greater beauty and wealth! Placed first in the clause for emphasis, as always in the corresponding Hebrew in the Old Testament. In short you can also say, because it is and it will always be - it was also part of God"s eternal, overall plan for the ages. God has chosen us not only that we may be saved from eternal destruction, not only that we may be happy for ever in heaven, but He has chosen us for this special purpose: that we should be holy and without blame before Him. PREVIOUS NEXT. In the Epistle to The Ephesians, Paul especially teaches and emphasizes \u0003the Doctrines of Grace. Thank God for the blessings you've had; and, as you walk with God in His wonderful sovereign way, He will give you more blessings and the experiences He thinks you should have. Is it deliverance from every doubt and fear? I suspect this is one of those doctrines that were included in the "Ephesians is the Waterloo of commentators" line of thought, but it is a doctrine that is in the Word and I think we can understand it fairly well if we take a serious look at it. And you'll notice as you read verses three to six, there are four great things that God the Father does for us in our redemption. In Christâi.e., in the unity with Christ, which is âthe life eternal,â ordained for us in the foreknowledge of God, and viewed as already existing. Christ's ascension is the means of introducing us into the heavenly places, which by our sin were barred against us. MacLaren's Expositions. We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies. (4) The next final cause, and in respect of us, is our salvation, all things being bestowed upon us which are necessary to our salvation, which type of blessings is heavenly and proper to the elect. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every blessing of the Spirit, in heavenly places in Christ. But to confirm the matter more fully, he rises to the first cause, to the fountain, â the eternal election of God, by which, ere we are born, (Romans 9:11,) we are adopted as sons. Preachers should not get lost in the weeds grappling with its structure but focus on the big picture of the message, replete with rich liturgical function and rhetorical elements. See Ephesians 1:20; Ephesians 2:6; Ephesians 3:10; Ephesians 6:12, which therefore should be preferred here. Ephesians 1:3English Standard Version (ESV) Spiritual Blessings in Christ 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ … For surely it was not in supermundane localities that the Ephesians enjoyed their spiritual blessings. Another leading word. . There is no accusation that will stand before that answer. And I note, first of all, the character and the extent of these blessings which are the constituents of the Christian life. In this verse it means clearly things on earth which are, in quality. He hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ. "When you were born again into God"s family, you were born rich. In Ephesians 1:20, the word "places" seems to be inserted with more propriety. It further is an example to man that there is always a subservience of some to others, and that this relationship is good. . who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings.âThe frequent phrase âBlessed be Godâ (Luke 1:68; Romans 1:25; Romans 9:5; 2Corinthians 1:3; 2Corinthians 11:31; 1Peter 1:3) is here used with an unique antithesis. "Our Need, His Grace" is The Bible Teaching Commentary based on Ephesians 2:1-3. Look at the words; examine them again and again; think over in your mind, one by one, the spiritual blessings that you most covet. 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