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Ephesians 1:3 – every spiritual blessing

04-04-2018 - Posted by Andre Piet

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who blesses us with every spiritual blessing among (in) the celestials, in Christ…

After the intro Paul immediately specifies the pitch of the letter. And the view is from the beginning heavenwards. The God and Father of our Lord, i.e. Jesus Christ, is blessed. The Greek word for blessing means ‘the one about who is spoken well’. The subject of this part is the blessings that came to us.  But first is that God is blessed. He is sung as the source of all our blessings.

God is blessing us (=those who believe; 1: 3) “in every spiritual blessing”. For some bible translators that was apparently too much and they replaced ‘every’ by ‘several’. But the used word is surely ‘every’. That means there is no spiritual blessing (among the celestials in Christ), in which we are not blessed by God.

Three times Paul uses the word “in”. In every spiritual blessing. In the celestials. In Christ. The blessings Paul speaks about aren’t touchable, but spiritual. Also, not on earth, but among the celestials. In short: where Christ is being now. That determines our position and destination!