Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Identity - Spiritual Blessings in Christ

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, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
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, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 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, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:3-14
This past year I feel in many ways as if I have had an identity crisis with all of the transition and being uncertain about the future. The book of Ephesians is one that I continually come back to as a way to remember my identity in Christ and the spiritual blessings that I have in him. In my preparation to preach through this passage this weekend I continue to see a number of ways that we are blessed in Christ no matter our circumstances or situations we are currently facing. 
  • Blessed in Christ 1:3
  • Blessing of Holiness 1:4
  • Blessing of Predestination 1:5
  • Blessing of Adoption 1:5
  • Blessing of Redemption 1:7
  • Blessing of Forgiveness 1:7
  • Blessing of Grace 1:7
  • Blessing of Being Sealed with the Holy Spirit 1:13-14
In a season of difficulty where do you find your identity? On a hard day, is Christ Jesus enough?

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