Blessed

God’s Word rocks my socks.  Ephesians 1:3 says,

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ Who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ…”

Paul goes on in the next few verses to describe how God has blessed us.  What stuck out to me was the meaning of the word blessed.  The first time it’s used in this verse, it means “adored.”  The second time it’s used, when it refers to what God has done for us, it means “to speak well of.”  Blessings means, “fine speaking, eloquence of language, commendation” (and more). 

This is a big deal- God cares about words. He spoke the world into existence with them and calls His Son the Word; in this adoption-as-sons deal (vs. 5), He speaks well of us.  God commends us. 

In verse 6, we get the reason for this: for the praise of the glory of His grace.  Grace is big: the definition (edited for length) is “graciousness of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): benefit, favour, gift, joy liberality, pleasure, thanks.” God commends us and speaks well of us so that His graciousness and its reflection in our lives will be apparent.

And in return, we can do nothing less than adore Him.

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2 thoughts on “Blessed

  1. When I read this the other day, I immediately thought of Zephaniah 3. I like that God speaks well of us–another evidence of grace. I also like that He shouts and dances. The verses below tell us what to do and then tells us the “why.”

    “Shout for joy, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart…The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy…”

    (Some versions say that He will dance over you with singing and quiet you with His love.)

    …js…

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