Monday, December 18, 2017
RICH IN CHRIST

RICH IN CHRIST

How rich we are in Christ! Every possible blessing is ours in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). The word ‘bless’ is a translation of the Greek verb eulogeo which means ‘I speak well of’. What Paul is declaring here is that God speaks well of us in every way.

This is powerful, for a spoken blessing in Scripture is always seen to have an actual effect on the life of the person receiving it. This is why a blessing was prized so highly (Genesis 27:34; Numbers 23:19-20).

The Greek verb-form used here refers to an action already completed. It is done, finished, fulfilled. This means that God has completely and fully blessed us in the past and that the work is completed.

There is nothing more that he can do or that we can do–all that can be done has been done.  Every blessing is already ours.

So when God says that he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that is exactly what he means! No wonder that elsewhere he says that we are ‘complete’ in Christ (Colossians 2:10).

There is nothing that we can add to the perfection of what Christ has achieved for us. In him we are fulfilled.

To read more on this topic see Living in the Image of God, Barry Chant (Miranda: Tabor, 2012 available in eBook and Paperback) from which this edited extract is taken.


Barry Chant

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Barry Chant is a regular speaker at church services, seminars, conferences and conventions. Hundreds of thousands of his books have been sold around the world. He has degrees in arts, theology and ministry, a diploma in education and a PhD in history. He was the co-founder and former president of Tabor College, Australia.



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