We have so much to be thankful for. Besides the tangible blessings of life itself, family and provisions; there are the intangible qualities associated with the finished work of God in Christ. Many times we tend to overlook these blessings because we cannot see, hear, touch or taste them. This becomes very important when looking at one of the most amazing verses in the New Testament found in Ephesians 1:3 where it says:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.”
Two huge questions arise when thinking about this verse: What are spiritual blessings and where are the heavenly places spoken of. Without a basic understanding of these two important points, there is no way we can even begin to grasp the fullness of what was accomplished through the life, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In the Old Testament, Moses taught the children of Israel in Deuteronomy about the blessings of obedience and the curses of disobedience. Throughout the long sections dealing with this subject, everything was related to situations that could be seen, heard, tasted, smelled or touched. In other words these blessings, and curses also, were tangible and in the realm of the physical.
Moses taught these incredible truths as the people neared the Promised Land. This physical location was where (after numerous physical battles to wipe out the ungodly heathen) God had promised the children of Israel they would dwell in His land as His people. This Promised Land would flow with milk and honey (quite a switch after years of manna and quail) and produce abundant crops etc.
Our Promised Land is the hope we have of living eternally in the heavenly places where our God abides. Our Promised Land is not a physical but rather a spiritual place wherein there is no more death, pain, crying or trouble. According to Ephesians, we are already spiritually seated in these heavenly places and when Christ returns, we will join Him there with our new body and perfectly renewed mind.
Just as our Promised Land is spiritual, so our blessings are spiritual also. Through everything Jesus Christ did for us we have been redeemed and given every spiritual blessing available in Christ. Granted, these blessings are in the heavenly places we look forward to, but we have been given assurances by God that they are ours nonetheless.
Please look at Ephesians 1:13 and 14:
“In Christ ye also trusted after ye heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation, in Whom also after ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 which is the pledge of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.”
God has sealed us with His Holy Spirit of promise which is the pledge (guarantee) of our inheritance which we receive when Christ returns. The Holy Spirit within us is our absolutely legally binding guarantee that we have access to the heavenly places and once there, we will be immersed in and enjoy every spiritual blessing God has created forever and ever.
There is so much more to celebrate the next ten days besides Jesus dying for our sins and being raised from the dead. Our celebration is not only in what happened 2,000 years ago or what is happening today but in the hope of what will happen when we cross our River Jordan and set foot in the Heavenly Places where we will be welcomed by God Himself and immediately blessed by Him with every spiritual blessing He has.