“Blessed…..with all spiritual blessings” [Eph. 1:3]
Writers are encouraged these days to write in short sentences so their productions will be concise and to the point. Paul, in his epistles, was not concerned about the niceties of modern writing, but about getting his message out. That Gospel message was so great that often Paul’s heart overflowed.
In Ephesians chapter 1 Paul begins to list the spiritual blessings the Christian enjoys in Christ Jesus and is so taken up with the subject that he cannot bring himself to close the sentence. From the third to the fourteenth verse is one unbroken sentence of 269 words in English (205 in Greek). Periods have been placed after the sixth and twelfth verses, but in reality, they are not necessary.
That enormous sentence is crammed with the immense spiritual blessings the believer enjoys in Christ Jesus – election, pre-destination, adoption, redemption through the blood, the forgiveness of sins, the revelation of God’s will, and the sealing of the Spirit, to name the most obvious ones.
These blessings come to us, not because we have earned them but because God, through the riches of His grace, has given them to us according to the good pleasure of His will. A sovereign God dispenses sovereign blessings.
Faced with such great spiritual privileges, we should learn each day to count our blessings. So often we focus on what we have not, and become depressed and despondent. Centre rather on the things you do have in Christ, and you will enter each day with a song. This new day holds great promise. Commence it, not with grumbling and complaining, but with prayer and rejoicing.