Blessed

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 August 2nd and 4th 2013

Blessed…that means “made holy” and a synonym of blessed : favored means “chosen”  “distinguished: enjoying the advantages of a particular thing”  and “privileged: enjoying advantages or privileges denied to others”. Those words pack of lot of punch if you consider them in scripture. We often think of the word blessed as meaning the good things God has given us: family, friends, home, food, clothing, cards, and beautiful day. Sure those are blessings, but do they really define being blessed by God? I hardly think so.

Ephesians 1

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us[b] for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known[c] to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee[d] of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,[e] to the praise of his glory.

I won’t go into trying to explain how God is blessed, but will try to explain how as believers we are blessed. “In Christ” I am blessed: favored, chosen, enjoying privileges denied to others”.  Those privileges: every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. Being blessed means being “chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world” that he picked me to be his child before creating the world! Blessed means he not only chose me, but blessed means “made holy” and blameless but only because of Christ. Blessed means chosen and he planned ahead of time to choose me through adoption through Jesus, because that was his will. I am blessed: favored, chosen, and enjoying advantages or privileges denied to others” because of God’s glorious grace in Jesus! The grace gives me the “privileges” of forgiveness of my sins because of the riches of his grace, which he planned according to his purpose to unite everything through Christ. Because of Christ, I have an inheritance because he chose me ahead of time according to his purpose and will so I might be “for the praise of his glory” and that’s a privilege! Through Christ’s redemptive work as the Truth, the good news that saved me, I was given the privilege to believe in him. Then, I was distinguished and given privileges through the Holy Spirit who is a seal and deposit of my inheritance as God’s child until I receive my full inheritance one day. So, if you’re God’s child just think about what being blessed really means!

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