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Our Position in Christ – Every Spiritual Blessing is Already Ours – Pt. 1

There are few things more important than knowing who we are in Christ. In this series my aim will be to point to the positional truths mostly shown in the book of Ephesians. The first positional truth is that God has freely given us all things through Jesus Christ. The spiritual blessings are not something we must somehow obtain – they are already ours. To start we must first rightly recognize this.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” (v.3)

“…who HAS blessed us.” Not WILL but HAS. Isn’t that great news?

God has not withheld anything from us. He has gives us His very best, namely His Son Jesus Christ. All spiritual blessings are ours for the receiving.

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32)

Now we turn to the well known parable of the Prodigal Son. Instead of focusing on the younger, wasteful son we will put our attention on the older son. When his brother came home and was received with great joy the older son was jealous and angry. He said to his father “Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.” (Luke 15:29-30)

Now hear the response of the father: “Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.” (v.31) We tend to put our disdain on the younger son for his “prodigal” living but what about the older son? He had his father with him and all his resources but failed to make use of his position. In my eyes this is the greater tragedy.

If you look at the whole of Ephesians 1 the main point of it is to remind the believer of their wonderful position in Christ. The first position – if you will – is that God has not held anything back from us. He has given us His very own Son and all things that flow through our union with Him. So let us not be like the older son who has been given all but does nothing with it. It is time to live out of all that God has freely given us.

Father, thank you for freely giving us every spiritual blessings. Thank you for not holding anything back from us. I ask that you would help be better understand and appreciate all that You have freely given me. In Jesus’ name.

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