January 13, 2019

Ephesians 1:1-8

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,

To the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace
which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight…

New American Standard Bible, 1995 Edition

St. Paul greets his readers in Ephesus by telling them that they are already blessed and have been blessed with “every spiritual blessing.”  “Blessing” is a word that has changed its meaning over time, and we must seek to understand St. Paul’s use of the word blessing to know just how blessed we are.