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Ephesians Devotional—Week One, Day One (11/30/09)

Ephesians 1:1-3

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: {2} Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. {3} Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

At the very beginning of the epistle the Holy Spirit twice uses the phrase in Christ. Everything that belongs to the true believer is in Christ. For the believer, it’s the most important prepositional phrase in all of God’s Word. Being in Christ means to have believed in Him, to have welcomed Him personally into your life as Savior and Lord.

Those who are in Christ possess every spiritual blessing … the best kind of blessing. Nothing is withheld. Whereas in the earthly realm not everyone will be wealthy or healthy, in the heavenly realm we are given everything. To whom God gives one blessing in Christ, He gives all blessings in Christ.

Paul will go on to list some of these blessings for our specific understanding, but at this moment it’s important to know that our Father has blessed us with these things. They belong to us already. His intention from all of eternity was to bless us, and His intention in the present and future will be the same. God loves His people, therefore He has blessed them with everything spiritual, and will continue to do so.

  1. Are you in Christ? Have you believed in Him, and received Him? Jot down the evidence that makes you believe you are in Christ.
  2. If you answered “no” to question #1, what is keeping you back?
  3. Read through the rest of Ephesians 1 right now, and name the spiritual blessings that are listed just in this chapter. Rejoice and worship the Lord that these blessings already belong to you!
  4. Of the blessings you listed, which is the most important to you right now, at this moment? How will your experience of Christ change as a result of believing that this blessing is yours today?
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