Ephesians 1:3-14 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. For he CHOSE us in him before the creation of the world to be HOLY and BLAMELESS in his sight. In love he PREDESTINED us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 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. With all wisdom and understanding, he[d] 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.
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the PRAISE of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a SEAL, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. (Emphases added)
God chose you, His child. He adopted you into His church family. He sees you as His own beloved. God is for you. In Christ and through His powerhouse Holy Spirit, He blesses you with every spiritual blessing: holiness, blamelessness, grace, redemption, forgiveness, unity, praise and the mark of His ever-present Spirit!!! You are more than your circumstances; through you and beyond you, God is bringing all things into unity, healing the broken pieces. You carry with you the seal of the Spirit of God, who secures your inheritance as a child of God! You are an Ephesians 1 child, abundantly blessed and beloved. Live fearlessly in Christ, not out of a place of deficiency but a state of abundance! Love bountifully in Christ. Give praise and thanksgiving for our God, who has blessed you with every spiritual blessing.
(special thanks to Pastor Scott Vermillion for your inspiring teaching on Ephesians 1)