It is a steady light set by the hand of God in the Scriptures, as he set of old lights in the skies of the heavens to give light upon the earth. Compare, also, 1 Corinthians 3:23; and the phrase is undoubted in Ephesians 1:17. We can “bless” God only in thanksgiving of heart and voice, with which He deigns to be pleased, as He “rejoices over the works of His hands.” God blesses us in real and life-giving “spiritual blessing,” i.e., blessing of the gift of the Spirit, for which we can return nothing except thanksgiving. But to confirm the matter more fully, he rises to the first cause, to the fountain, — the eternal election of God, by which, ere we are born, (Romans 9:11,) we are adopted as sons. The heavenly realms are where Paul spoke of the believer as being presently in his or her spiritual life. iii, p. 349. Here on earth he is, as the apostle says, in Ephesians 2:6, ‘in heavenly places.' (See the whole of John 17, especially Ephesians 1:21-23.). Ephesians 1:3. Why? While Christ in the flesh was in the form of a servant, God's people could not realize fully their heavenly privileges as sons. 11-14 use passive verbs to describe indirectly what God has done to or for humankind. . The elevated themes of Ephesians make it highly praised and prized by commentators. So really, it should all be looked at in one piece. The meaning is that these blessings pertain to that heavenly state into which the believer is introduced. We can believe Satan"s lies with great readiness; we can give an open, willing ear to anything which our evil heart suggests. "Our Need, His Grace" is The Bible Teaching Commentary based on Ephesians 2:1-3. Hence, differing from Alford, Ellicott, and others, we think that here the phrase should be rendered heavenly things. There is none that people desire so much to disbelieve or avoid; none that they are so unwilling to have preached; and none that they are so reluctant to find in the Scriptures. Is it the spirit of adoption, enabling you to cry, "Abba, Father?" Take, if you could take—God be praised it is beyond the reach of human hand!—but take away that solemn fact, that God has blessed the Church with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, where would there be room for any blessing to rest upon our soul? things on earth that are redolent of that place. He has already blessed you with them all in Christ Jesus. Not that He's going to bless us, but that He—has—blessed us. In three out of the other four places (Ephesians 1:20; Ephesians 2:6; Ephesians 3:10) the local sense is manifest; in the fourth (Ephesians 6:12) and in this it might be doubtful. In Christ—i.e., in the unity with Christ, which is “the life eternal,” ordained for us in the foreknowledge of God, and viewed as already existing. He gains them at a bound, or rather, he dwells there always. who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings.—The frequent phrase “Blessed be God” (Luke 1:68; Romans 1:25; Romans 9:5; 2Corinthians 1:3; 2Corinthians 11:31; 1Peter 1:3) is here used with an unique antithesis. Whereas physically we are on the earth, spiritually we are already with Christ in the heavens (cf. Oh, listen friends, we are rich; but too many of us Christians are living like paupers. There is a lot more to this but we don"t have time to delve into it further, just think about it for a while. He is our covenant Head. This points up to me the universal atonement that is offered to every man, that is only to be received. A contrast is drawn between Christ and all the Jewish emblems, by which the blessing under the law was conveyed; for where Christ is, all those things are superfluous. in heavenly-places. Now "our citizenship (Greek) is in heaven" (Php 3:20), where our High Priest is ever "blessing" us. God is the Father of the Son. Our Lord's blessings to the believer that were predestined before the creation of the material universe. Sermon Bible Commentary. They who perceive in themselves discoveries of the Divine goodness, so full and absolutely perfect, and who make them the subject of earnest meditation, will never embrace new doctrines, by which the very grace which they feel so powerfully in themselves is thrown into the shade. Ephesians 2:1-3 enables us to better appreciate our salvation by emphasizing our great need for God's saving intervention in our lives. Some object to this rendering on the ground that the phrase God of Christ is unusual, occurring nowhere in Paul, except Ephesians 1:17 of this chapter. As the Greek word in both the New Testament and Septuagint is applied to God alone, so it signifies, . See our note on “the true doctrine of the Church” touching election, vol. 1. The sense is, that in Christ, i. e. through Christ, or by means of him, God had bestowed all spiritual blessings that were suited to prepare for heaven - such as pardon, adoption, the illumination of the Spirit, etc. For the same reason this cannot be. Wow, think on that for a while. In. Some prefer to supply things, as more definitely characterizing spiritual blessing. with heavenly things.' God said to him that every foot of ground they put their foot on would be theirs. Election. Encompassing the body of Pauline theology, Ephesians (volumes 34 and 34A of the acclaimed Anchor Bible Series) has been called "the crown of St. Paul's writings," yet both its authorship and addressees are the subject of continuing dispute. . "In the heavenly places" or "realms" refers to the location from which these blessings come. Updated: Wed, 05/27/2020 - 12:17 By admin. What we are we are only in him. The idea seems to be, that God has blessed us in Christ in regard to heavenly subjects or matters. Ephesians 1:3English Standard Version (ESV) Spiritual Blessings in Christ 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ … The matter of fact seems to have been, that Paul was uncommonly successful there among his own countrymen, and that his chief difficulty there arose, not from the Jews, but from the influence of the heathen; Acts 19:24. It's all yours. I. (5) The matter of our salvation is Christ, in whom alone we are endued with spiritual blessing and that to salvation. So in Psalm 116:12-13, the natural question of the thoughtful soul—“What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits towards me?”—is answered simply by the words, “I will receive the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.”, Who hath blessed us . MacLaren's Expositions. In regard to Ephesians 3:2-13 being a parenthesis note that verse 1 begins with his status as prisoner ("the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles") and that this same thought is picked up again in verse 13 ("my tribulations on your behalf"). . Lit., well-spoken of. Ephesians 6:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV) Children and Parents. Look at the words; examine them again and again; think over in your mind, one by one, the spiritual blessings that you most covet. Not spiritual as distinguished from bodily, but proceeding from the Holy Spirit. The lofty terms in which he extolls the grace of God toward the Ephesians, are intended to rouse their hearts to gratitude, to set them all on flame, to fill them even to overflowing with this thought. My goodness isn t you glad Paul didn"t write sentence for your English teacher to teach diagramming with! Another leading word. He has blessed us. This just makes sense to do it in this order. Indeed, I would say nobody on the face of the earth has yet experienced everything they have in Christ. The same Greek adjective in Matthew 18:35 (which in the Lord’s prayer, Matthew 6:9, is rendered “who art in heaven”) includes the entire comprehension of God’s omnipresence. The gift of the Spirit itself, the source of the "spiritual blessing," is by virtue of Jesus having ascended thither (Eph 4:8). Heavenly places—Places is not in the original, but is supplied by the translators, as is shown by the italics. The perfect participle of the verb, εὐλογημένος blessed, is used of men. In Ephesians 3:10, the angelic abodes. As the apostle is speaking, however, of the mass of Christians on whom these things had been bestowed, I rather suppose that he refers to what are called Christian graces, than to the extraordinary endowments bestowed on the few. in nature, origin, or relation, yet earthly in place. God has chosen us not only that we may be saved from eternal destruction, not only that we may be happy for ever in heaven, but He has chosen us for this special purpose: that we should be holy and without blame before Him. If you want to dig further, my theology has a lot more about salvation and man. And he uses various exhortations, and begins after his manner with thanksgiving. 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(b) With every type of gracious and bountiful goodness which is heavenly indeed, and from God alone. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Ephesians 1:3-14 EXEGESIS: BACKGROUND: While this book begins, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus” (1:1), scholars today are divided regarding both the authorship and the intended recipients. — Ephesians 1:3. Most of them don't and they get discouraged. Does he mean "nations?" It therefore diffuses its rays over the whole of God"s truth. i. They lived and enjoyed on earth. He did not necessarily choose us as individuals before the foundation of the world, but He did decide that He would have a church, a group of people impregnated by His Spirit, a unique Family of His who would be in the image of His Son.The word "choose" suggests taking a smaller number out of a larger. In 2 Timothy 4:18, it denotes the heavenly kingdom, and in Hebrews 3:1, heavenly calling. One thing we need to discuss is that if the Father and the Son have always been, then is there a Mother? I have no objection to Chrysostom’s remark, that the word spiritual conveys an implied contrast between the blessing of Moses and of Christ. Referring to the spiritual realm, as opposed to the physical 2. PREVIOUS NEXT. “God has blessed not only the Jews but also you Gentiles, with all the riches of heaven!!! And, listen, no Christian has any more than you have in Christ. Ephesians 1:3-14 opens the prayer (that ends at 3:21 with a doxology and Amen!) We now begin the … If you were chosen before the foundation of the world, it was only "in Christ" that you were chosen. But some may say, "These things are hard to believe." Draw on your resources in Christ. (Bruce) There is a related issue, in that some wonder if the Son has always been the Son, or if there was a change in relationship, or if the Son precedes the Father in existence. But our western, English-speaking minds have trouble grasping such a long sentence, so the translators of our Bibles have split it up into more manageable sections. who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: God is the author and giver of all blessings; and he blesses his people with them, as he is the God and Father of Christ, and as he is their covenant God and Father in Christ; and he only can bless; if he blesses not, none can; and if he blesses, they are blessed indeed: the "us" that are blessed, are such who deserve, according to the tenor of the law, to be cursed; and are not all men, but some distinct from others; and who are before described as saints, and faithful in Christ Jesus; and include both Jews and Gentiles, who belong to the election of grace. It has been noticed here that we have one of those implicit references to the Holy Trinity—the blessing from God the Father, in Christ, and by the Spirit—with which St. Paul’s Epistles abound. The word "places" does not express the best sense. the God and Father of … Christ—and so the God and Father of us who are in Him (Joh 20:17). Of the spiritual blessings which we have in Christ we notice— I. Is it peace? This eucharistic word the apostle uses to indicate, with holy gratitude, that the election for which he gives thanks is based in the eternal nature of God. Nothing can be clearer than that Paul meant to write to "Christians as such;" to speak of privileges which they enjoyed as special to themselves; and that he had no particular reference to "nations," and did not design merely to refer to external privileges. "Hath blessed" is an aorist tense indicating that He blessed us, every one of us, at a point in time - He did it and it was done, nothing further was needed on Christ"s part. 2. It is in essence a summary of the whole eulogy.". You remember in 1 Corinthians 3:21-23, where Paul says "All things are yours.". For God does eternally, by his very nature and affinity, prefer and elect that which is holy, or freely consents to become so. . In heavenly. ", [Note: Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, 2:9.]. In this verse it means clearly things on earth which are, in quality. Certainty is with God; and the fixedness of God"s purposes is our grand, our only support. Ephesians 1:3-14 is actually one long sentence extolling God’s action. And let us also be "willing" to know the truth. He did not necessarily choose us as individuals before the foundation of the world, but He did decide that He would have a church, a group of people impregnated by His Spirit, a unique Family of His who would be in the image of His Son.The word "choose" suggests taking a smaller number out of a larger. Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 3.Blessed (108) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. The old writers, therefore, were accustomed to distinguish between the coelum gloriae, the heaven of glory; coelum naturae, the visible heavens, and coelum gratiae, the heaven of grace here on earth. Ephesians 1:3. I have all things in Christ; I have not experienced all things that I have in Christ. Ephesians 1:3, ESV: "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," If you are blessed with all spiritual blessings, it is only "in Christ" you are so blessed. I've given it to you. And if he was, why did he name himself among them as one on whom this blessing had been bestowed? The meaning is that the spiritual blessings of God are found in heaven and are brought thence to us. Ephesians 1:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ephesians 1:3, NIV: "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." Are not these the spiritual blessings which you prize above house or land, wife or husband, child or relative, or any earthly good? The same phrase occurs again in Ephesians 2:6; Ephesians 3:10; and it is remarkable that it should occur in the same elliptical form four times in this one epistle, and, I believe, in no other part of the writings of Paul. This makes it evident that their salvation was accomplished, not by any accidental or unlooked-for occurrence, but by the eternal and unchangeable decree of God. 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(c) Which God our Father gave us from his high throne from above: or because the saints have those gifts bestowed on them, which belong properly to the citizens of heaven. Also, it is finished; it is not a process of us getting better and better till we are saved - not a valid teaching. (2) The first part of the epistle, in which he handles all the parts of our salvation, setting forth the example of the Ephesians. The adjective may, therefore, imply place, that is, the heavenly region; or it may mean things on earth that are redolent of that place. He felt that it laid the foundation for eternal praise; that it presented glorious views of God; that it was the ground of confidence and hope; and that it was desirable that Christians should dwell upon it and praise God for it. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It's going to take eternity for us to experience all the blessings that we have in Christ. who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings. These appertain not to nations, or to external privileges, or the mere offers of the gospel, but to true Christians; to persons who have been redeemed. The Greek adjective , signifying pertaining to the heavenly regions, may imply either places or things: in Ephesians 1:20; Ephesians 2:6; Ephesians 3:10; Ephesians 6:12, places is required. Places is supplied, the Greek meaning in the heavenlies. But that doesn't alter the fact that He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. All is fluctuating here below; all is uncertain as regards man. Lit., "in the heavenlies", a phrase found only in Ephesians - 1:3; 2:6; 3:10; 6:12 b. With all spiritual blessings. If Ephesians 1-3 explains our bank account, Ephesians 4-6 contains the investment strategies which guarantee results. Ephesians 1:3 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, (NASB: … It is no meteor light dancing over morasses and swamps. "All," that is, "every possible blessing for time and eternity, which the Spirit has to bestow" (so "spiritual" means; not "spiritual," as the term is now used, as opposed to bodily). If this be noted, the sense of the phrase “in heavenly places” becomes far clearer. The fact is, that this is a mere supposition, resorted to without evidence, and in the face of every fair principle of interpretation, to avoid an unpleasant doctrine. Such render, God who is also the Father, etc. Our "treasures" are there (Mt 6:20, 21); our aims and affections (Col 3:1, 2); our hope (Col 1:5; Tit 2:13); our inheritance (1Pe 1:4). From our view the decrees are eternal, but when compared to God they might be a tad later. With all spiritual blessings - Pardon, peace, redemption, adoption, the earnest of the Spirit, etc., referred to in the following verses - blessings which "individual Christians" enjoy, and not external privileges conferred on nations. This observation is important, because it shows that the plan or decree of God had reference to individuals, and not merely to nations. Ephesians 1:3-4. So that all we have to do—and it is a great thing to do—God alone can enable us to do it—is to receive what God has been pleased so mercifully to give; and as he has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, to feel their power, to enjoy their sweetness, and to know for ourselves by the sealing of the Spirit that he has blessed us, even us, and that with life for evermore. We must move on. With John 6 and Romans 9-11, it is one of the three passages that Calvinists lean on heavily to establish their teaching. Since most suggest that the decrees are eternal they would probably reject this out of hand, however anyone with a logical mind might seize upon this as a distinct possibility, in that if God is eternal, and He is, then the decrees are something that He decided to do, thus requiring a tad of time between His eternality and His decrees. Indeed, wrapped up in this is the thought that all mankind gained eternal existence at that point in time, it is just that some reject the work so are eternally without God, and those that believe are eternally with God. 3. Whether we understand the meaning to be, in heavenly Places, or in heavenly Benefits, is of little consequence. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Ephesians 1:3-14 EXEGESIS: BACKGROUND: While this book begins, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus” (1:1), scholars today are divided regarding both the authorship and the intended recipients. 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