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Ephesians 1:3


3 Blessed [eulogetos] be the God [theos] and [kai] Father [pater] of our [hemon] Lord [kurios] Jesus [Iesous] Christ, [Christos] who [ho] hath blessed [eulogeo] us [hemas] with [en] all [pas] spiritual [pneumatikos] blessings [eulogia] in [en] heavenly [epouranios] places in [en] Christ: [Christos] KJV-Interlinear


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,  NASB


The world refers to God as a stern, tyrannical, dark and forbidding person. That God somehow has His own selfish purpose and that man is but a pawn, in a plan that does not seem to have a purpose or even a destiny. That God and man are somehow here in existence at the same time and that a conflict exists between both, in which man must win or forever be enslaved by God.

And since the world is really the domain of Satan, then that view is really a clear picture of life between man and Satan, to the exclusion of God.

As far as God is concerned, the above with reference to God could not be further from the truth.

God pre-existed all of creation and life. It was God who designed the divine plan and within it created all that is. It was God who gives life and provides each one of us with the phenomenal opportunity to have an existence for all of eternity.

Without life, we would experience nothing. We would smell nothing, taste nothing, hear nothing, see nothing, experience nothing. There is nothing, unless there is first life.

But with life, the very nature of creation is evil, and that must be taken care of before eternity can proceed, otherwise evil would perpetuate itself and ruin everything.

The angels had the entire universe at their disposal, and yet they sinned and fell from grace, every one of them. That set the stage for the conviction and punishment of sin and evil. Satan rebelled even at that opportunity to be reinstated, and therefore man was brought into existence in order to resolve the justice of God and prove Gods good purpose and policy.

Man was created and man likewise fell from grace. No living creature can live and exist sin free, on his own merit. Only God is able to accomplish that, and that gave rise to a savior, who must be equal with both man and God, and that person is Jesus Christ.

Christ came into the world, lived a sin free life, fulfilling the law written by Moses, something that no human being can do, proved His perfect nature and then paid the price for all of humanities sins, and then defeated death by means of his resurrection.

For the mere price of believing in Christ, who He is, what He did, and so forth, we then can have eternal life, and not be forever separated from God, in a lake of eternal horror.

Life without God is not pleasant, but is pure horror. God is the glue that holds all things together, get rid of that glue and your whole life breaks apart into eternal chaos.

What person can do what God does? What person can hold this universe together? What person can maintain the laws of physics and/or all the sciences including even the psychological sciences, wherein sanity can be preserved? And that answer should be obvious. You cannot even control the loss of a single hair on your head, the beat of your heart, the span of your life, the weather, or even the economy. In fact were it not for God, you could not control the length of days or the seasons.

There is so much common grace operating in this world, that when it comes right down to it all, there is very little that man can or does control.

The only thing that we can even begin to control is the nature of our own individual thoughts, and even that is impossible unless you have truth to guide you.

Without truth, indifferent man will run right off the cliff of history into total disaster for himself.

So, God gives us the gospel to allow us the opportunity to be saved, and more than that, salvation opens up a whole new door and way of life, that provides us with the opportunity to fulfill the completion of ourselves and advance us to a life that is far beyond our imagination.

And so, Paul begins an explanation that will continue until the twelfth verse, as to why God is due and worthy of praise, and gratitude from us, because God has laid out a foundation and plan that is so far beyond our comprehension that even with His truth we will still be unable to understand it all. And yet without His truth, we will have nothing.

God provides a plan and a purpose and the doctrine to help us learn of it, and grow, and acquire it for ourselves.

The plan begins with the Father, toward whom we cannot approach except in arrogance. The plan continues through the Son, by whom arrogance and sin and evil and death have been defeated, thus giving us access to the Father, and through that process, access to all of the spiritual blessings, and that means all the good that exists in heaven, for our very own possession, both permanent and forever.

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