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. (Ephesians 1:3, NASB95)
The English word “blessed” or “blessing” is used three times in this wonderful verse is built on the Greek word from which we get our word eulogy. Literally, the word means “a good word.” When we give a eulogy today, we speak a good word about a person. The English usage has focused on speaking a good word about the deceased, but in Greek it can be a good word about anyone.
Paul says that God has eulogized us with every spiritual eulogy. Most Bible readers and teachers simply rejoice over this fact and move on. I want to put on the brakes and ask, “Who is ‘us’?”
If I wrote you a letter and said, “God has really blessed us with rain this year,” would you include yourself in that blessing? Not if you lived in an area of famine! In the context of a letter, the “us” is reference to the sender, not the recipient. Grammatically it would be presumptuous to assume that you and I are part of the “us” in Ephesians 1.
So who has received every Spiritual blessing? The Bible answers the question in general and in specifics. Generally, if you asked the question, “what group of people have God’s Spiritual blessing?” people would say, “The Jews.” Looking for specifics, you would find scriptures like Romans 3:1-2 and Romans 9:4-5 which speak of the spiritual blessings God has given the Jews.
Over the next few days we will take a journey through Ephesians 1 and see the wonderful truths about God’s work among Jews, then among Gentiles.
In His Grace;
Dr. Randy White
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