Ephesians 1:3 - Two-Realm Living.
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.
Ephesians 1:3 (NLT) 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 (AMP) May blessing (praise,
laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has blessed
us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the
Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm!
"Who has blessed us with every spiritual
blessing in the heavenly realms" means that in Christ
we have all the benefits of knowing God - being
chosen for salvation, being adopted as his
children, forgiveness, insight, the gifts of the
Spirit, power to do God's will, the hope of living
forever with Christ. Because we have an intimate
relationship with Christ, we can enjoy these blessings
now. The "heavenly realms" means that these
blessings are eternal, not temporal. The blessings
come from Christ's spiritual realm, not the
earthly realm of the goddess Artemis. Other
references to the heavenly realms in this letter
include 1:20; 2:6; 3:10. Such passages reveal Christ
in his victorious, exalted role as ruler of
all. [Life Application SB]
A Christian is someone who lives in two
dimensions. There is the spiritual dimension, and as we
walk in the Spirit, we know God in the Spirit.
Yet we live on the earth. And we need to
transfer what we have in the spiritual realm to the
The apostle Paul wanted believers to know
what was waiting for them in the spiritual realm.
He wrote, 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
When Paul spoke of the heavenly realms,
he wasnt talking about something that is
merely waiting for us in Heaven. He was talking
about the supernatural realm.
For example, when I travel outside the
United States, I still maintain my citizenship as
an American, but I am living in the culture of
the country Im visiting. There are things
that I need to adapt to. I need to exchange
dollars for the currency of that nation. And I need
to be aware of the exchange rate so that I know
how much Im spending.
Spiritual resources are waiting for the
believer who is walking with God. Although there are
treasures in the heavenly realms, there are resources
that God wants us to start using here.
As Christians, we often dont know all
that God has given to us. We dont know the
resources that He has placed into our spiritual bank
For example, we sometimes pray for things
that God has already given to us. We might say,
Lord, give me more love, when the Bible says
that God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill
our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5 NLT).
We might pray for more power, yet 2 Peter
1:3 tells us that by his divine power, God
has given us everything we need for living a
godly life (NLT).
Maybe we have prayed for peace, but Jesus
already has said, I am leaving you with a gift -
peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a
gift the world cannot give. So dont be
troubled or afraid (John 14:27 NLT).
It is not a matter of needing more; we
need to use what we already have. We need to stop
living like spiritual paupers and start laying hold
of what God has given to us. When we put our
faith in Jesus Christ, we have Gods approval.
He has adopted us, loves us, has chosen us, and
has called us.
Therefore, we dont have to sit around
doubting our salvation every other day, feeling
defeated and unworthy. We never were worthy and never
will be worthy. It is not about worthiness; it is
about Jesus and what He has done for us.
You and I dont have to do X, Y, and Z
to gain the approval of God. Rather, we need to
understand what God has done for us and let it impact
the way that we live. [Greg Laurie from Harvest
When a particular trouble intrudes into
our life, it has a way of taking over. It
dominates our thoughts, controls our emotions, saps
our will, and drains our energy. Eventually, it
crowds and bullies every good thing out of our day.
As God's children, we can't let that happen.
Today's Scripture tells us God has blessed us in the
heavenly realms. He's given us peace of heart and
mind - something the world craves but can't find.
He's given us faith to pass through deep waters.
He's given us the grace to give and to let go.
He's given us the sweet knowledge that we have an
eternal home in heaven, waiting for us just around
the bend. He's given us His own Spirit as
Counselor and Comforter. He's washed away our sins and
forgotten our evil deeds. We have more going for us
than His own angels, who have never tasted such
God, there are times when I give in to my
pain or surrender to my anxiety, allowing these
troubles to fill my heart with dread or fear. In such
times, I ask You to remind me of all the gifts You
have given me. Help me to wash away the dark
thoughts with fresh gratitude and heartfelt praise.
[A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada
and Larry Libby]
LINKS FOR FURTHER STUDY
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 - Focus on What Will
James 1:17 - Every Good and Perfect Gift
Comes From God.
Psalm 103:2 - Fully Praise The Lord And
Remember All The Good Things He Has Done.
Psalm 16:11 - Fullness of Joy is in Gods
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT