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Count Your Blessings

Part 6

Blessings 15 - 43. THE BLESSINGS IN EPHESIANS - INTRODUCTION

In Ephesians we are informed that we are blessed

with every spiritual blessing in the upper-heavenly places in Christ,[Eph 1:3]

Ephesians mentions a large number of spiritual blessings. Some of these are, in their basic form, familiar to us from other parts of the Bible; others are specific to the dispensation (or administration) of God's grace which Paul reveals in Ephesians and Colossians - known as the mystery (Eph 3:3, Col 1:26).

In fact, the blessings in Ephesians are absolutely stupendous counterparts to Israel's earthly blessings, but on a far higher plane - an upper-heavenly plane at the highest possible level - at the right hand of God where Christ sits, and where we Gentiles (which includes Jewish believers in the current dispens┬Čation) are seated with Christ (Eph 2:6).

Paul is continually thankful for this - as we should be - but note that he writes that he is thankful that others (the Ephesian believers) have the blessings. See how he thinks of others rather than himself, although he himself has the same blessings, of course. He also wants the saints (i.e. the believers) to understand their blessings, and to know how great and powerful these blessings are. Here is what he says:

[I] do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you on the occasions of my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in acknowledgment of him, and give you eyes of your heart which have been enlightened, so that you may know what the hope of his calling is, and what the wealth of the glory of his inheritance in holy places is, and what the exceeding greatness of his power is in us who believe, according to the action of his strong might, which he exerted in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and seated him at his right hand in the upper-heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name which is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come, [Eph 1:16-21]

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