And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Ephesians 4:4-6; In the body the saved are found. First, "we should be holy and without blame before Him in love...". They are so great that only the almighty, sovereign God of the universe could have made them. Paul calls himself an apostle of Jesus (Apostle means "to send out"). This is one of three sermons entitled "Spiritual Blessings" encompassed in the Triune God. b. It is the Spirit that draws us to Jesus Christ and conforms our character into His character. My desire for God is greatly fueled by my need. Text: Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: Many times we forget the greatest blessings of all because they are not so easily seen - we see the time we get a raise The trinity is expressed in this section of scripture as the source of salvation. God has set out boundaries for the group he would adopt, those “in Christ”. 1. Start living like those who have been blessed in Christ. Spiritual Blessings In Christ. It is a fight that we do not have to shy away from. What the Holy Spirit does: His presence serves as a special seal on our hearts. I believe that if Paul were here today he would tell us that we need to recognize just how blessed we are as Christians. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. "THE SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS OF THE BELIEVER" EPHESIANS 1:1-14 INTRO: In many ways it could be said that the BELIEVER IN JESUS CHRIST is the RICHEST AND MOST BLESSED PERSON ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. b. Illustration: A Roman historian named Titus Livius once said, "Men are slower to recognize blessings than misfortunes. In the concept of the two Kingdoms, we are from and belong in the heavenlies, yet are physically here on earth. An Amazing Expression of God’s Plan of Salvation. SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS. 3. b. How wonderful that God should select us to be His very own! What was that purpose? Ephesians 5:23; In … 3. Introduction. Salvation was a plan put together before creation. An enlightened man is grateful to God for temporal blessings; but he is much more grateful to God for spiritual blessings, for temporal blessings do not last long; they are soon gone. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. Whatever we need to do what God desires of us has already been provided. Watch sermon. the true hindrances that keep most of us from receiving spiritual blessings. God is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 5. Also Jesus taught that to be included among the “chosen,” people must not only be invited, they must also accept the invitation. He hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly things; that it to say, spiritual heavenly blessings, as contrasted with the earthly and temporal blessings. is “the gospel in a nutshell.” If this is true, the section of scripture that we are going to look at today is the tree that the nut fell from. (literally means “blessed be”) which echoes a Hebrew liturgical phrase common in Jewish synagogue worship. 15:16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. When Paul says Praise be to God, he is literally acknowledging God’s grace, praising God’s glory, by worshiping him. The Holy Spirit is the part of the trinity that works in us, convicting us so we live within the boundaries set out by God. 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. The simple fact is, He chose us, we didn’t chose Him. 1. For example, we: Were chosen by God before the foundation of the world. Why did this selection occur: So that we might be “holy and blameless. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. So Paul expresses in this opening of Ephesians why God created us anyway, knowing we would fall into sin. The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. Photo by Ron Smith on Unsplash. We have been given ALL the blessings that we need in Christ. Unmet desires keep me on my knees. He explains its origins from before Creation, illustrates the parts fulfilled by each expression of the Trinity, and concludes by outlining how humankind experiences the benefits of this gracious plan. Paul had passed through on his 2nd journey,Acts 18:19 and 3rd missionary journey,this time Paul spent 3 years with them in Ephesus. He has given us these blessings in the "heavenly places in Christ.". SERMON: THE POWER OF BLESSINGS 27 August 2017. There is a realm of existence that we deal with every day that you cannot touch, smell, or taste. Deepen my prayer life. We were not chosen so that we could remain in sin, but so that we could be people of righteousness, Scriptures: In the story of Naaman there are several hindrances that we can see that we need to steer clear of if we want the blessings of God to be in our lives. What is the nature or character of the blessings we enjoy? And it is in the areas of loss where I feel my need most intensely. Having trouble logging into your account? Paul expresses this in Galatians. God chose us, we are not forced upon Him, He wanted us! But God is reaching out, giving them every opportunity to find Him. 2. The Spirit lead life is the evidence of salvation. a. Yet, not everyone will chose God. KJV Sermon Outlines. It is a realm that you cannot see with your eyes, but like the wind you know its there. I. 1:4-14 gives a partial answer to this question. What are these spiritual blessings? Spiritual blessings: Ephesians 1 tells us that we have received forgiveness of sins, blamelessness, and full acceptance in Christ! This view ignores the fact that throughout the NT people are told to repent and are offered salvation, and their destiny depends upon their response. Ephesians 1:3–14 NIV. Our blessings are spiritual, not material. But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Paul is describing how we have been blessed “with every spiritual blessing.” Often, when we hear of these blessings, we just smile and nod and utter a polite “Thanks,” as though someone has just blessed a sneezing fit. The word “predestine” in greek (proorizo) means literally “to set out boundaries in advance.”. The main blessing is that through Jesus, God has adopted us into his family (1:5)—he has brought us into a Father/King-child/prince relationship with himself. We are really quick to praise God for what He has done for us, as well we should, but we also need to remember to praise Him for who He is. It is these character traits that the Spirit leads us to. In the NT when God blesses, it can be material, but more importantly it’s spiritual, because that is what transforms us into the likeness of Christ. Articles and sermon outlines written by members of the churches of Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. "We have experienced God’s precious Grace in bringing us into His family, adopting us as sons and daughters with all the benefits that go along with that honor". Assembly Of God. 2. Read and rest upon verse 4, cast away your doubts forever – and look up John 6: 37-39. Sermon on Ephesians 1:3-14 — Sermon outline by Tom Moore on the blessings that God has for us spiritually speaking. The word that Paul is using here literally means "one who is worthy of blessings" (Rogers and Rogers, 434). While acknowledging God gives common grace to everyone, the Holy Spirit gives unique grace that only Christians enjoy. Spiritual blessings. Read 1:4-6. Introduction -- turn in Bibles to Mark 10:13-16 . The last two words of verse 3 tell us what a person must do to enjoy all of these spiritual blessings. I tell you, no! 1:15-16. 1:3 (ESV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, Ephes. Denomination: a. Ephesians. 2. He is saying that God is worthy to receive our praises. a. Spiritual blessings in Christ. Those who accept Christ have been adopted into God’s family. In today’s sermon, we are going to look at six areas of life that people are being most unfaithful and what does the Bible say about it. This verse can be wrongly understood as saying God chooses some people to go to heaven and some to go to Hell, regardless of a persons choice, they would say our destiny has already been predetermined. a. Eph.1:3 Simpson THE GREATEST BLESSING IS THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER - When did this selection occur: Before he made the world. The heavenlies is where the spiritual world functions, at work all around us. The Apostle Paul reminds us: “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). God reaches to us, and we reach out to God in response, please don’t read this verse wrongly and feel your salvation has been sealed through you blood line, you ethnicity, or the fact that you grew up in a Christian home. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. I. PRECONCEIVED IDEAS WILL HINDER US FROM SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS … At times as we look around us and see the "apparent" prosperity of the This wonderful book was written toward the end of the first century and sent to a whole group of churches. Before God even made humankind, he knew the direction we would go. The Holy Spirit is the evidence of our salvation, the one who gives us our security living here in a kingdom that we don’t belong in. If you need the faith to believe God for a miracle, He has already given it to you. He chose us to be holy, set apart, consecrated, and with out spot or defect. c. Notice that these blessings are not material, but spiritual. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. When you read what is in Ephesians, your soul is amazed. Temporal blessings as not definite marks of divine favour, since God gives them to … Introduction to Ephesus Written around 60 AD. Acts 1:4-5, Acts 2:39, Ephesians 1:3-14, Isaiah 53:4-5, Joel 2:28, Sermon Topics: a. 3. He can’t express in words just how huge God’s plan of salvation is, so the original text runs as one long sentence. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Physical blessings: At the cross, Jesus purchased peace, healing, and provision for us. he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. Spiritual blessings. 4. We need to know that it is a fight that we do not have to run from. INTRODUCTION: [ Beginning of this sermon on Ephesians 1:3-14 ] A. B. Blessings … Taken from the Pauline epistles, here are 120 spiritual blessings that the Lord Jesus Christ gave us the moment we trusted in Him as our personal Saviour. Ephesians 1:3 - "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ." For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. 1:3-14. Lloyd-Jones insists that the Christian only enjoys blessings through Christ. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit. SERMON POINTS. What a marvel of sovereign grace this is! A. Blessings come through a relationship. These are the two themes of this sermon by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. What are these spiritual blessings, and what do they do for us? For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. Why the Holy Spirit does it: His presence guarantees our eternal security. A. Salvation is about choosing God, in response to Jesus and his work on the cross. Big Idea: God has laid out a plan for our salvation since before the creation of the world. Text: Eph. 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