In Ephesians 1:3, the Apostle Paul makes a very powerful statement to the Church at Ephesus by saying, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who HAS BLESSED US with ALL spiritual blessings in Heavenly places in Christ.” Christians have been blessed with an inheritance in Christ. Everything that Jesus Christ bought and paid for at Calvary belongs to the Christian right this very moment! That includes “ALL” spiritual blessings in Christ. Yet many Christians don’t know that all spiritual blessings are already theirs; instead, by prayer and believing God, they keep trying to get what already belongs to them.
Christians who aren’t appropriating what is theirs already by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, are missing out on their full inheritance in Christ. Not only that, but they’re not walking in Faith, because they’re not believing and appropriating God’s provision for them. In Hebrews 11:6, the Bible says it is impossible to please God without Faith.
In God’s great grace, wisdom, and love, He has already given the Church everything He knew we would need in order to make us richly endowed, strong for any battle or conquest against the enemy, and victorious over every circumstance. We know this because God blessed the Church with every spiritual blessing in the Heavenlies. By blessing us with all spiritual blessings, it was God’s intent and purpose to enable us to be victorious over the enemy in every circumstance. Also, the Church must realize that God has blessed us with all the spiritual blessings there are; there aren’t any more. “ALL” means “ALL!”
What does it mean to be blessed with every spiritual blessing in the Heavenlies? “Every spiritual blessing” includes everything God did for the Church in Jesus’ redemptive work on the Cross. Everything God did in Christ belongs to the Church—the Body of Christ, and everything God did for us was intended to bless us and enable us to carry out His plan on the Earth.
Of course, one of the best ways to find out the spiritual blessings which belong to you is to go through the New Testament and find Scriptures which tell you who you are in Christ and what you possess in Christ. Then, mark every Scripture which tells us you who you are and what you have in Christ and then begin to speak and confess them over yourself! This is one of the ways you begin to walk in the light of what you already possess in Christ.
The New Birth belongs to us, as the Apostle Paul once again informs us in Second Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” When you are born again, the Bible says that you became a new creation or creation in Christ. This “new creature” Paul is referring to is the inward man—your human spirit—the real you! In order to see this more clearly, let’s look at Second Corinthians 4:16, where Paul deals with the subject of the outward man and the inward man.
“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perishes, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” Which man is born again? It’s the inward man, and not the outward man. Therefore it is the inward man who is made a new creature in Christ. Old things are passed away—in the inward man. That simply means the sin nature in our spirits has been done away with. It’s gone. That man on the inside has become a new man in Christ and has the new nature of God in your inward man.
I have heard people say to me that they just can’t live the way Christians live. What they are really saying is that they can’t live the consecrated life of a born again Christian because they’re nature was all wrong. As Christians we will always have the flesh to deal with and we will have to keep it under the dominion of our spirit—the man on the inside.
In First Corinthians 9:27, Paul said, “I keep my body under…” You must crucify your flesh, otherwise it will do whatever you let it get away with. God is not going to do it for you, that is your responsibility as a Christian. Crucifying the flesh takes work and it’s not always comfortable to do, sometimes it even hurts! But you must do what Paul instructs us to do in Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, Holy, acceptable unto God which is your reasonable or spiritual service. And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good, acceptable and perfect will of God.”
In closing, I want to encourage you to be careful what you listen to, pray in Holy Spirit, stay in Faith, stay in the Word, keep speaking the right things and making the right confessions of Faith, pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and remember “God loves you; we love you and JESUS IS LORD!”
In the Service of Our King,
Darrell G. Harrelson
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