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 1:3 (KJV)
Blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ! I remember the first time I read this verse and my first thought was oh no, I want all the blessings here on earth and I want them right now Lord. This was because I read the verse as saying these blessings were in the spiritual realm, in heavenly places waiting for me. I laughed at myself as I realised with the help of the Holy Spirit that the word, ‘spiritual’ and ‘heavenly’ in the original Greek translations are adjectives describing the source and origin of the blessing. For example, if I say to you that I bought a German car in the UK. I am describing the origin of the car as Germany and not my current location which is the UK. So in essence I have the German car with me now and I am fully enjoying the benefits of this car in the UK.
So, God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is also our God and our Father, is to be praised because He hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. He blessed us, pronounced spiritual blessings on us the moment our spirts got born again. You see the bible says that the things of God are spiritually discerned; that is, they cannot be known to or experienced by the natural man for they are so much more than our human minds can even start to understand. They are spiritual blessings, blessings that come to us from God directly because of who we are now in Christ Jesus.
In most Bibles, the word places is italicised which means it was not in the original transcript. Heavenly is defined as being ‘of heavenly origin or nature.’ I am so glad that their origin is heaven and not earth as the things of this earth are temporary, corruptible and unstable. Jesus said in John 3:12, “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?” It is a heavenly reality that you are blessed right now here on earth with an abundance of blessings originating from the spirit realm where God Himself dwells.
To be blessed of God means that God has prospered you, He has made you happy, He has favoured you and He has bestowed blessings upon you. Blessings are good things, and includes everything you need to live the abundant life here on earth. Psalm 103:1-5 says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
You and I are heavenly beings, spiritual beings blessed by God with all spiritual blessings. So, believe it, confess it and trust God to walk in the fullness of it everyday.