Thursday, 7 January 2016

GOD'S PILLS 2016 : CAPSULE 1

THE BLESSING OF THE LORD: TRULY BLESSED

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I believe with all my heart that we would do great things together this year. Three things are needed 'Steadfast, unmovable, always abounding' (1 Corinthians 15:58). At the end of this year you will look back and be amazed how far and deep you've gone in the things of the Lord, Amen in Jesus, name. I would like in the next few capsules to look at THE BLESSING OF THE LORD! To do this I would like to approach it under 3 equally important operative headings.

1. TRULY BLESSED
2. BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVOURED
3. BLESSED BEYOND A CURSE

Every Christian I know have a common desire to be blessed, but few have a scriptural grasp of what it means and that is what we would tackle and untangle. Our index scripture is '“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” An examination of this passage exposes three operative components that needs to be properly understood and appreciated in the New Testament concept if you are to actualise this.

The first is (a) The Grammatical Tense (b) The extent or scope of the blessing, and lastly (c) The qualifying Factor. Ephesians 1:3 says, we are already blessed. It is important that you realised that it is a done deal, it has already happened. The day you became born again, God blessed you! In fact the whole of Ephesians chapter 1 goes ahead to validate this. Everything is written in past tense to correct your focus. The reason why a lot of Christians struggle with this truth is based on misunderstanding of what a blessing is (we would deal with that in subsequent capsules). Ephesians 1:16-19, on a personal note is the most important prayer for any New Testament believer. Paraphrased, it's asking God to show us what He has already done, to show us that we are already blessed.

If you understand that we are already blessed, then you need to know that we are blessed with ALL blessings, all means all, nothing has been left out. A study of the Old Testament will help you understand that there are different blessings, in other words the extent and scope differs. Genesis 1:28 describes the extent and scope of the blessing of Adam. Abraham, in Genesis 12, this was redefined and re-emphasised in chapters 15 and 22 respectively. Jacob in Genesis 27, you will see this pattern through out the OT. In fact the blessing tells you the limit and scope of what you are empowered to do. For example Genesis 1:28 describes the scope and sphere of influence of the blessing of the first Adam as the earth. Not so for the Last Adam/Christ (Philippians 2:9-11), This has a far reaching implication for us.

The last part of that passage tells you what qualifies us to be blessed with all spiritual blessings. When you are born of the spirit, spiritually you are identical with Christ, molecule for molecule (1John 4:17). It is the sacrifice that qualifies the sinner, not the other way round and Christ is the perfect sacrifice that qualifies us, that is the reason you end every New Testament prayer in His name. That is why phrases like 'in Him', 'through Him', 'in whom' etc are found all over the NT to describe our inheritance. We are joint heirs with Him, that is, it belongs to both of us (Romans 8):17, 32). We are complete and completely in Him (Colossians 2:10, 2 Corinthians 5:17)

In closing Ephesians 1:3, says we are already blessed in every way possible through the perfect sacrifice, it is important that you understand this otherwise you will be looking and asking for what you have already.

CONCLUSION
IF YOU ARE IN CHRIST, THEN YOU ARE ALREADY BLESSED WITH ALL BLESSING

PS
Please go through all the scriptural references and validate these truths yourself (Acts 17:11).
In the next few capsules we would consider what a blessing really means and how to walk in it. This is going to be good, so buckle up.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk