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Life and Living in Christ by John Edmiston

Life and Living in Christ by John Edmiston

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Ephesians: Eternity Daily Bible Study
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Eternity Daily Bible Study
EPHESIANS
JOHN EDMISTON
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From:
Paul the Apostle (Rome)
 To:
Ephesians
 
Ephesians 1:3
 
Blessed
be
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed us with every spiritualblessing in the heavenlies in Christ; This is both one of the most foundational verses in the New Testament and also one of themost misunderstood. It is interpreted as little more than God being benevolent or nice orblessings us” when we sneeze! Actually it is the foundational verse that Paul uses the restof Ephesians to explain. What is “blessing” and what are the “spiritual blessings in theheavenlies” that we have been given.Blessing and cursing begins in Genesis and is the use of words of God to alter the very toneof Creation. Blessing makes Creation open and co-operative to us, cursing makes theheavens as brass, and the earth unproductive. Before the Fall, in Eden, Adam and Eve areblessed with three blessings – be fruitful, multiply and have dominion.These are notinstructions to Adam and Eve, they are blessings, pronouncements of destiny, they arepronounced over Adam and Eve by God. It does not say “God told them to” but “Godblessed them and said”. They are invocations, not instructions, a calling into being of a verydesirable future. These pronouncements are like Jesus saying “Be opened” or “Lazaruscome forth”. Lazarus did nothing, his resurrection was pronounced over him, called intoexistence by God dwelling in Christ.Blessings call into being a desirable existence while curses call into being a miserableexistence.
 
At the Fall the first curses were uttered and they were the precise opposites of theblessings. Satan was humbled and lost dominion and was assured of ultimate defeat, thewoman lost the ability to multiply with ease and the man lost fruitfulness and his toil becamearduous and difficult. Instead of fruitfulness – frustration, instead of multiplication, difficultyand pain, instead of dominion, eating the dust. The curse then went on into the future andmade life difficult for Adam’s descendants.
 
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 Thus blessings and curses are Gods Words affecting the spiritual realm that undergirds thematerial realm. They are important because blessing is seen as destiny - Esau grieved overlosing the blessing, the curse on Canaan resulted in the Canaanites being exterminated andthe Abrahamic blessing is absolutely pivotal in understanding the Old Testament and the Jews and their land.Blessings and curses are words of power that deeply affect reality. So what are theChristian’s blessings, how will they change things? and how can we appropriate them andwalk in them by faith?First of all we have the blessings of Abraham, this is stated at length in Galatians 3:Gal 3:7 Therefore know that those of faith, these are the sons of Abraham.Gal 3:9 So then those of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.Gal 3:14 so that the blessing of Abraham might be to the nations in Jesus Christ, and thatwe might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.Gal 3:29 And if you
are
Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed and heirs according to thepromise.
 
 The blessings of Abraham include the early Genesis themes of be fruitful, multiply and havedominion” and also include the Promise of the Holy Spirit and of being a blessing to thenations. These blessings are ours in Christ - but there is also much more. We have beenblessed in a special way, with a special providence. Our blessings are spiritual and eternaland are located in the heavenly realms. These means that they are the most powerful kind of blessings that cannot be revoked or blocked by wizards and witches or powers principalities.We are seated with Christ, in heavenly realms and such beings cannot touch us in ourheavenly existence.(1Pe 1:3) Blessed
be
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to Hisgreat mercy has regenerated us again to a living hope through
the
resurrection of JesusChrist from
the
dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and unfading, reservedin Heaven for you by
the
power of God, having been kept through faith to a salvation readyto be revealed in the last time;
 
Since our blessings are kept in heaven for us and operate from heaven they areindestructible by earthly means. (See also Ephesians 2:6,7 Hebrews 12:22-24, and 1 John5:18,19). These powerful blessings will affect the deepest fabric of our lives, not just now,but forever. Chief among them is justification and being at peace with God, with access to

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