I have been relishing every moment of studying the first chapter of Ephesians. I’ve been drinking from the cup of God’s glorious grace and learning what it means to be blessed with “every spiritual blessing in Christ.” That is a monumental undertaking isn’t it? We are not talking about simply being given a gift. We are talking about “every spiritual blessing in Christ.” To try and discover what it means to be blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ is not something you learn from a quick glance or from listening to someone recite a verse or two. To truly discover the magnitude to which we have been blessed by God takes time, it takes extended periods of quiet, prayer, and reflection.
Just last week we learned that we “have redemption through His blood.” We have been freed from the shackles of captivity to sin and leading a life opposed to God’s purpose for us. God’s act of redeeming us, freeing us, buying us off the slave block of servitude to our self-centered and sinful ways is the key that leads to even greater blessings. I have been thinking this past week about the “redemption” that takes place in the life of a believer when he or she cries out to Jesus in repentance and surrender. God holds the key that unlocks the possibility for the great future He desires for us. Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, can happen until He places the key in the lock and the chains fall away. Let me give you an example. Read more