All Spiritual Blessings (Ephesians 1:1-6)Ken Miller, June 28, 2015
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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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
God continues to extend His grace to us. Grace is unmerited favor of God. Where we are and what we have is all because of God’s grace toward us. It is nothing we have done ourselves.
Blessing #1: Chosen in him to be holy and without blame. (1:4) This give the believer purpose.
Blessing #2: Adoption by the Father through Jesus. (1:5) This gives the believer identity and security.
Blessing #3: Accepted in the beloved. (1:6) This gives the believer infinite acceptance.
Answers to some of life’s biggest questions are found right here:
1. Who am I? (v. 5) I am God’s adopted child!
2. Why am I here? (v. 4) God chose me to be holy and without blame in love!
3. Where do I belong ? (v. 6) I am accepted in the beloved!
Two causes of dull spiritual understanding/experience are bad thought patterns and dominant flesh.
Overcoming spiritual dullness
1. Help overcome negative thought patterns by meditating on the spiritual blessings found in Ephesians.
2. Examine yourself before God and identify areas where the flesh is most active.
3. Put the flesh to death by confession before God and other people.
1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (KJV)