Bless the Lord
“Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”—Eph 1:3.
I have read over that word blessed a few times in a couple different books now. It always struck me as odd to say that God was blessed. Who blessed Him? Did He bless Himself? Has it ever struck you as odd? I mean, we even sing it in at least one Matt Redman song, Bless the Lord O My Soul. On some level, I just accepted it on face-value and moved on. But I finally looked up that word, blessed. I love it when something I think I know is revealed to be wrong and God corrects me. This is especially true when the correction is an “ah-ha” moment.
Blessed is the transliterated word eulogētos and it means: praised, blessed, worthy of commendation. Some dictionaries define it as praiseworthy. When I understood it as praiseworthy, it made so much more sense to me. Of course, God is worthy of our praise!! Look at what Paul pairs that statement with, too. He blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. God has allowed us, sinful, depraved, wicked man to be washed clean of our sins in the Blood of the Lamb, in the Blood of Jesus Christ. That sacrifice on Christ’s part has granted us restoration with the heavenly places where the Father resides. No longer are we beholden to the Levitical sacrificial system or a man in the temple interceding for us on the Day of Atonement. We have Christ interceding for us in the full power of the Holy Spirit as our Eternal High Priest.
Talk about every spiritual blessing! He literally came to earth, stepped down from His place of power and took on flesh. He endured what it means to be the most vulnerable and at the whim of another human by being conceived within the womb, born and then raised until His time had come to fulfill the purpose of His coming: to do for us what we could not do under the yoke of the Law, fulfill the will of God in perfect submission and obedience by choice. Choosing to die on the cross for us, then defeating death on the third day so that we have the eternal hope of life in the newness that only He offers in spirit and eventually glorified bodies: what an amazing blessing that none of us deserve but can accept freely.
God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ are certainly worthy of praise. I hope that by reading this, it makes you start to think about what He has really done for you. Nothing we can ask Him for trumps asking Him to be our Lord. Nothing we could desire here on earth can compare to the majesty that awaits us in His kingdom. The only way to get there is by accepting Him and praising His Holy Name. So, have you, are you? Feel free to drop a comment here, or message directly at Word Servant's FB page. I would be honored to pray with you and talk with you about Christ.
Until Next Time