Monday, April 4, 2016
UV 1717/10000 The Fountainhead of Blessings
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Ephesians 1 v 3
God is one who blesses and does not curse. The curses come from being separated from the Father and His love. When God looked at the crown of his creation, mankind who resembled Him in many ways, He asked Himself, “How do I save them from self imposed curses ? How do I restore them to a relationship with Me without compromising on my standards? How do I give them maximum benefits at minimum cost to them?” His answer is Jesus. Jesus united us back with the “father love” of God. He is the fountainhead of all blessings. By becoming the curse and breaking the power of curses, Jesus gave us access to all spiritual blessings in Him. Most people value their material blessings more. But our spiritual blessings are the basis or foundation of our material blessings. Take away the foundation and the material blessings will come crumbling down like a house of cards. Our personal relationship with the Father through His son Jesus is the source of our spiritual blessings. To be in the presence of the Lord is a spiritual blessing. To be able to talk with Him is a spiritual blessing. To be able to listen to His word is a spiritual blessing. To appropriate or claim the huge variety of promises of the Lord is our spiritual inheritance as sons and daughters of the Lord. To be able to believe without seeing is a spiritual blessing.
To be able to bless the Lord is itself a spiritual blessing and privilege. That we can pray, praise and worship the Lord individually and collectively is a spiritual blessing. To be able to confess our shortcomings and to receive mercy is a spiritual blessing. To have God on our side is a spiritual blessing ensuring victory in every struggle. To be able to live forever beyond a physical death is a spiritual blessing. To receive revelations of the future and of the kingdom to come or of the heavenly realm is a spiritual blessing. To share the name or the identity of Christ as a co-heir is a spiritual blessing. To have authority and to exercise power in the heavenly realm is a spiritual blessing. To be immune and shielded from the deadly attacks of the enemy of our souls is a spiritual blessing.
To be considered righteous by virtue of our faith in Jesus, regardless of our deeds is a spiritual blessing. To be imparted the gifts of the Holy Spirit is a spiritual blessing. To be a recipient of the abundant wisdom of the Lord is a spiritual blessing. To enjoy the fellowship of the meal of communion is a spiritual blessing. To participate in God’s plan for saving mankind, to execute His will in our lives is a spiritual blessing. To receive angelic protection is another privilege we have. The word “all” in the uni-verse implies that all the blessings we need are provided in Christ, no good thing or needed thing is withheld from us. How do we respond to such a variety of spiritual blessings? The angels responded to the Lord with singing , “Blessing and honour and glory and power, praise and thanksgiving to the Lord.” We need to bless the Lord likewise in our lives. If we understand the anguish of Abraham as he proceeded to sacrifice his only son Isaac in response to the command of the Lord, we will be better able to appreciate and bless the Father who sent His only Son to make us eligible to receive all these spiritual blessings. To understand the Father’s heart, the extent of His love for us is itself the root of our spiritual blessings. To understand the willingness of Isaac, as he was about to be sacrificed with one plunge of the knife his father held in his hand, will enable us to understand the heart of Jesus as He willingly acquiesced in the plan of God to save mankind. When these twin understandings, so to speak, penetrate our heart, we will be ready to continually bless the Father and the Son. When the Father blesses us it is in the sense of His giving to us. When we bless the Father and the Son, it is in the sense of acknowledging all the benefits we have in Him with gratitude.
Prateep V Philip