“To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Ephesians 1:6 KJV
In this capsule we would consider what it means to be 'BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVOURED'. You see we are not just blessed, but Blessed and Highly favoured, and that is not just a Pentecostal cliche. With all the blessings come high favour, and there is a spiritual reason and logic to this which I will show you. A quick recap of our study so far show we are already blessed, and based on the perfect sacrifice and our inheritance is eternal. We have also considered what a blessing is and the purpose, that is, God qualifies the called and does not call the qualified. Let me show you an OT example, in Exodus chapter 4 when God commissioned Moses, He started with the rod of Moses in verse 2, by verse 20 it had become THE ROD OF GOD , in addition God had given him a 'HAND, a MOUTH and made him god (read the whole of Exodus chapter 4). God qualifies the called!
“To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”
Luke 1:27-28 KJV
In Luke chapter 1 above when Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, he demonstrated what we have and are about to discuss. Again the grammatical tense is in the past tense. The Angel called her Blessed and highly Favoured, even though Mary was not aware of it yet, this is keeping with what we have learned so far. There is so much in these two verses. The word translated from Greek to highly favoured is the word 'charitoo' (strong' concordance 5487). This word appears in only one other place in the New Testament, translated as 'made us accepted ' as found in Ephesians 1:6. For clarity we could rephrase Ephesians 1:6 as
“To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath 'highly favoured' us in the beloved.”
Now don't forget that in Ephesians 1:3, we already know that we are blessed with all spiritual blessings, so when you put these two together, not only are we blessed, we are highly favoured and loved. The day I saw this and understood what this means, I drew a line in the sand and promised myself that from henceforth, no matter what it takes sickness and disease, demonic oppression, poverty and sin will never win in my life again, never ! I don't care what any other person say or do. The truth is that you can do the same! It is one thing to suffer when you are ignorant, but the day you come into the reality of this knowledge, you have no excuse anymore. Before we end this capsule, I will like to show you something in that same verse. Did you notice that it says that God is the one who initiated the whole process and accepted us. Do you know what this means? It means God, He did it with pleasure, it pleased Him. He is not just tolerating us. He is actually excited to bless and highly favour us. This was His plan from the beginning and He succeeded in doing it. This should cure you of all inferiority complex and timidity, the Creator of heaven and earth has accepted you in the beloved, you're blessed and highly favoured, there is absolutely no reason to settle for less (Hebrews 4:16, 2 Timothy 1:7).
WE ARE BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVOURED.
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