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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Every Blessing in Christ

You may have seen a certain enigmatic character around blogdom. He calls himself “Dyspraxic Fundamentalist.” This character first came across my path on my second or third post after I started my blog, I think. I am not sure I remember how he happened upon my blog, but it has been interesting. From the beginning, he would leave a comment on just about every post of mine. I did not go to his blog but maybe once or twice, for the first couple of months. I would read his comments every day I posted. I must be dense or something, because I did not even notice the phrase he left at the bottom of every comment until after quite a long time.

Every Blessing in Christ

When I first noticed that this closing remark was on most every comment, on every blog, his own and others', I thought: “how delightful.” It is a very nice reflection to send to other Christians. As the months have gone on, though, my eye has been drawn more and more to this phrase. I believe it is based partly on the passage directly below. This is so full of wonder!

Ephesians 1
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 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.
4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love
5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will -
6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace
8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,
10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment - to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,
12 in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.
13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,
14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession - to the praise of his glory.
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,
20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,
23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.


Wow, there is quite a lot in that passage alone! What I love about that passage is the phrase In Christ. I suppose that is what I love about Matthew’s closing. In Christ is where it all lies:

Grace (v. 2)
Peace
Being Holy (v.4)
Being blameless
Adoption (v.5)
glorious grace (v. 6)
redemption (v. 7)
forgiveness
Riches of His grace
Wisdom (v. 8)
Understanding
Knowledge (v. 9)
Being Chosen (v. 11)
Being predestined
Having hope (v. 12)
Being included in Christ (v. 13)
Being marked with a seal
The Holy Spirit
Guarantee of inheritance (v. 14)
Riches of his glorious inheritance (v. 18)
His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms … (v. 19-20)

I feel so amazingly blessed, especially when I think of the last item on that list. Truly, if God is for us, who can be against us? The same power that raised Christ from the dead is on our side! What do we lack? God has provided Himself to us through our wonderful Savior, Jesus.

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. (Galatians 3:13-15)


Christ took up our curse on the cross and redeemed us. Now, we are privy (through faith) to the very life of God. God inwells the believer in Christ. The promise of the Spirit, the indwelling of the life of God, has been realized by the church, who is in Christ. We are fully equipped to have blessed fellowship directly with God. We have no spiritual need that cannot be met … because we have been redeemed … and have received the promise:

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature … (2 Pet 1:4)

Every Blessing in Christ!

Thank you, Matthew, for reminding us of this in your coments.

22 Comments:

  • Wow, there are a lot of blessings in Christ. Quite a thought.

    Every blessing we know from God is won for us through Jesus Christ.

    Every Blessing in Christ

    Matthew

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 3/14/2006 11:37 AM  

  • What a great post. This reminds me of Romans 8:32, He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall not with him also freely give us all things?

    Hat tip to Matthew.

    By Blogger Gordon Cloud, at 3/14/2006 11:43 AM  

  • Yes,Hat tip to Matthew!

    Rose, thou art turning into quite a fine commentator on the word thine self!

    A great post for sure.

    One of Those

    By Blogger bluecollar, at 3/14/2006 12:06 PM  

  • Matthew,
    Jesus Christ has won it!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Gordon,
    Great verse! Great contribution. Thanks!

    Bluecollar,
    You are nice, bluecollar. I am glad we can be friends. Quit referring to yourself as "one of those"
    ECW is better.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 3/14/2006 12:58 PM  

  • Rose both your post and your inspiration are a great reminder of the multitude of blessings that are only avilable to us through Jesus. ;-)

    By Blogger Kc, at 3/14/2006 1:12 PM  

  • very eye opening post Rose, thanks


    and since I not have my hat on to tip to you Matthew, i will just say WAY to Go !! :)

    take care and God Bless

    By Blogger jel, at 3/14/2006 4:51 PM  

  • Great post, very edifying! I too second the motion regarding Matthew's signature salute. I had thought of copying it but didn't want to come across as a plagiaristic.

    Every Blessing in Christ,

    Jim

    By Blogger Jim, at 3/14/2006 11:01 PM  

  • Hi Jonathan(Rose)
    Side joke
    Great Post

    I Love Ephesians = Jesus

    Doug

    By Blogger forgiven, at 3/15/2006 9:13 AM  

  • kc,
    Matthew is a good guy to know around here. So are you!

    Thanks, jel.
    I am glad you enjoyed the post.

    Jim,
    "Very edifying" - that is also one of Matthew's sayings. I used the line on all my Christmas cards this year. Is that plagiarizing?

    Hi forgiven,
    You're funny! Thanks for stopping by. It is neat to look at Ephesians that way.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 3/15/2006 2:24 PM  

  • One of the other things I get a kick out of with Matthew is this: If I go around and look at blogs and there is a new post up with (1) one comment ... I always know it will be him. He is very often the first to comment on many posts. He must have a tool that tells him when people have posted. He is so clever.

    HAS ANYONE ELSE NOTICED THIS?

    By Blogger Rose~, at 3/15/2006 2:27 PM  

  • I noticed that too.

    By Blogger Carey, at 3/15/2006 3:03 PM  

  • The reason is that most people (Yank bloggers) read other people's blogs before they post. So, they are likely to go to bed after posting and not view any more blogs.

    As I am five hours ahead of the East Coast Yanks and even more ahead of the rest of you, I can usually view all your posts before anyone else.

    Every Blessing in Christ

    Matthew

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 3/15/2006 5:01 PM  

  • I have learned to love to read through my list of who I am In Christ when I am trying to be less focused on myself. Everything I have is from Him.

    By Blogger mas, at 3/16/2006 8:40 AM  

  • Thanks, Carey!
    I am glad I am not the only one who appreciates Matthew's consistencies.

    Matthew,
    That is one reason but it also happens in the middle of the day. It is one of the many endearing things about you.

    Hi mas,
    That is a great thing to do. Talk about the "power of posistive thinking"! The world has a sorry excuse for that. The Bible is a great place to be encouraged as a Christian. Thanks for visiting.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 3/16/2006 11:40 AM  

  • Hi Rose,
    It's nice to know others who are a blessing.

    Love the brethren.

    ...in Him,
    brother John

    By Blogger J. Wendell, at 3/17/2006 12:34 PM  

  • Oh my goodness! I just saw the link in your sidebar to Emmanual Baptist Church, and I went to the website, adn guess what? That is the church that my dad went to when he was a kid growing up in Toledo!!

    I loved your post. I've alway's liked Matthew's signature also, and it struck me a few days ago about how profound it was. I loved how you went through Ephesians 1. That was a really cool idea!

    ~Nella

    By Blogger Ednella, at 3/17/2006 1:38 PM  

  • You have experienced a serendipitous blessing, through Matt's, commenting.

    By Blogger Jeff H, at 3/17/2006 1:53 PM  

  • Hi Ednella!
    How fascinating! What a coincidence. Did he graduate in 1981? Did he go to Emmanuel Baptist High School? I don't know him but my husband may if he was around after high school at all.

    Thanks for dropping by. That closing of Matthew's is a sleeper, isn't it? You see it, but then suddenly it hits you ... all that is there in those 4 words!

    Jeff,
    Thanks for coming on over again. Serendipitous: good word. :~)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 3/17/2006 2:56 PM  

  • Hey, my education doesn't completely go to waste...

    By Blogger Jeff H, at 3/17/2006 3:53 PM  

  • Glad to see you're back to your real bloggin, Rose.

    Very rich thoughts in Ephesians. Thank you.

    I love your observations about Matthew :)

    God bless,

    Jodie

    By Blogger H K Flynn, at 3/18/2006 11:00 PM  

  • Hi Rose! Love your site, I even put it in my blogroll. You have quite a gift for writing and your love of Christ is so heartwarming! Thank you for being such a blessing!

    If you get a chance, please feel free to look up my blog. I'm REAL new to this, but it's a blast. haven't had many visitors yet, but I suppose it takes time! Blessings to you!

    GB Shaw www.pomozeitgeist.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/18/2006 11:00 PM  

  • Jeff,
    ;~)

    H.K.,
    Thank you for reading this. I am glad you can appreciate my blog. I really appreciate yours.

    George,
    Thanks for visiting and for the appreciation! I looked at your blog. There is a lot to read there. It looks very interesting. What a diverse blogroll! Take care!

    By Blogger Rose~, at 3/20/2006 10:59 AM  

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