1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1:1-14 (ESV)

The spiritual blessings we have received are better than any earthly gift we could ever ask for. God has the final say over who we are. He gives us what we need to be alive, now and forever. We have the opportunity to live life abundantly and we don’t need to wait for heaven for it to unfold.  

He chose you. He went looking for you when you weren’t looking for Him. He initiated work in your life because He wanted you. Not because you were a solid draft pick, or a good poster girl, but because of His great love. He chose you with good purpose. He set you aside for a particular purpose: to be holy and blameless, meaning, to be set apart and significant and free from anything that would make you unacceptable before Him. He adopted you. He decided ahead of time you’d be His. He planned on giving you a position of dignity as His child despite the fact that you didn’t naturally belong.  

You are redeemed and forgiven. That means you are never too far out of His reach. He’s never ready to write you off or surprised by your behaviour. When He chose you, He knew everything there was to know about you. Nothing that you’ve done can’t be woven into the masterpiece of your life by the master Artist Himself.  Sometimes we just want to forget the past and not dig into it or seek healing. However, God can redeem in the present, something that has happened in the past, and use it in the future if we will allow Him to do His work.  

Redemption and forgiveness are not rationed out to us. We have been given them according to the riches of His grace. As in, more abundantly than abundant bacon! There was no running out at that buffet and we will never exhaust God’s ability to redeem and forgive.  
We don’t have to guess what His big plan is. He clearly reveals it to us: “ To unite all things to Him. ” His plan was always to bring us home. And He went to serious lengths to make this possible: the Cross.  

Please don’t miss how this was made possible. Several times in this first chapter you have seen the phrases, “through Jesus” and “in Christ.” Our identity was sealed with the Holy Spirit the moment we heard the word of truth, the gospel of salvation, and believed in Jesus.  
When we are looking at earthly circumstances through an earthly perspective, it’s easy to fall into the temptation to believe there is much we haven’t received. It’s easy to think we are somehow lacking and good things have been withheld from us.  

But when we start to understand we are not merely physical beings but we live within an invisible but very real spiritual reality, we see that everything we would ever need has already been provided.  

What's your story? 

When did you first hear the gospel and believe in Jesus? What are your memories surrounding the moment that identity change took place. What changed that day? 

What hindrances stand between you and believing and living as though you have every spiritual blessing?   

Tony Evans describes faith this way: “Acting like it is so, even when it is not so, so that it might be so, simply because God said so.”  What would change in your present circumstances if you were to live in a way that reflects the truth of these realities? 

Currently, what spiritual blessings are you most grateful for and why? 

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This excerpt is taken from Walk in Love Through Ephesians. To sign up for this Bible study, or to learn more, click HERE.