Ephesians 1:3 is one of the most amazing statements in the Bible. Read it slowly: ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.’ In this statement Paul summarises the meaning of salvation. How should we respond to his words? Do they help us grasp something of what it means to be Christians?
First, the statement has something to say about our concept of God’s praise. Christian praise is Triune. We praise the Father through the Son by the Spirit. This is not to deny that we should worship the Son and the Spirit. But we worship primarily in the context of salvation, and in so doing we join with Jesus Christ, the leader of God’s praise. Jesus leads us in worship as he praises the Father.
Second, the statement has something to say about our concept of God’s people. Many of them are not significant by earthly standards, but in heaven’s estimation they already possess immense spiritual blessings. Each of them is united to Jesus Christ, and that is significance!
Third, the statement has something to say about our concept of God’s purpose. We are living in the period between the inauguration and the consummation of his kingdom. This means that already we have foretastes of the heavenly world. But it also means that we join with the exalted Jesus in fighting his enemies, the powers of darkness, with the weapons he has provided.