Reading for Tuesday, Oct 30: Eph 1
John McKay has said, “This letter is pure music, truth that sings, doctrine set to music.” There is an undeniable lyrical quality to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. And as we’ll see in our post tomorrow, such an aesthetic reference is fitting, given what Paul has to say in 2:10. As with many of Paul’s writings, theology precedes praxis. For Paul, the best Christian living begins with foundational Christian doctrine.
But before he delves into his discussion of grace and truth, Paul is simply brimming with personal words: words of thanksgiving and praise for these believers and their status in the Kingdom of God. In some of his finest pastoral correspondence, Paul is brimming with thanks for these believers:
“Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…” (v3).
Every spiritual blessing.
Not a few spiritual blessings.
Not even most spiritual blessings.
But every spiritual blessing is ours in Christ.
This means God cannot bless us any more than He already has.
This points to the all-sufficient nature of Christ’s sacrifice.
This alludes to the fullness of life, the rich abundance that is ours, when we live in Christ.
This fills us with great hope, the same hope that Paul references at the end of the chapter:
19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.
The same mighty power at work in the resurrection is now available for us, at work in the dead places of our lives, bringing light and hope and grace to all who are in Christ.
This, as we will see, is the key to everything.
What a beautiful song!