Every Spiritual Blessing – Ephesians 1:3 Devotional
“Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).
Jesus tells Nicodemus that in order to come into the Kingdom he must be born again (John 3:1-21). At the time Nicodemus was somewhat confused, but Jesus wasn’t referring to a physical birth, as Nicodemus thought and as many may know, but it is interesting how the act of being spiritually born again can be compared very closely to conceiving and being pregnant. God’s word makes it clear, when a person is born into Christ that they cease to be what they were and they become part of God. This would be where the ‘seed’ of God gives life to an otherwise lifeless spirit and it begins to grow. This is the point at which the follower of Christ is grafted into the vine (Romans 11:17-24).
What might this mean? It means that, before a person comes to Christ, their nourishment is being received from the world and its way of thinking, and since the devil is the god of this world people are, in essence, being nourish by the enemy when unsaved and living for themselves. In other words, a person’s umbilical cord is hooked up to a source of death. Once a person receives Christ they cease to be what they were and begin to belong to Christ alone. This is where the umbilical cord is now ‘plugged-into’ the nourishment of Christ. We now have his blood coursing through our veins, because we have been grafted into His vine. His root sustains us and gives us all the nourishment we need (Romans 11:17-18).
The only difference between spiritual birth and physical birth is that we are never separated from the ‘root’, which is God. Outside of God’s womb we are venerable and at risk, but if we choose to stay in his ‘womb’ we are protected and nourished. Apart from Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5), but through Christ we are already more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). Therefore, it is impossible to be a Christian outwardly. We must have his nourishment keeping us alive.
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