All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Ephesians 1:3

One way to get the full meaning of a verse is to take it in reverse.

because we are united with Christ.

God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Through the sacrificial death, burial and resurrection of our Lord, we have been united with Christ. We have been united with him in His death and because we have already died, we will also be raised to life just like Jesus was. This is not only a promise but a fait acompli that is more true and real than the world we now live in.

Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. Romans 6:5

For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6

And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. Galatians 3:27

What is the purpose of this union?

  1. To Bring us near to God

But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13

  1. To free us from sin

God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. 1 Corinthians 1:30

  1. To produce good deeds for God

Because we died with Christ, we also died to the power of the law that condemned us. The law required that people do good things in order to be righteous in the eyes of God. Jesus came to fulfill the whole law so that we would not have to do these things in order to be righteous. He made it so that we are righteous and that righteousness produces the ability to produce good deeds for God without the need to do those deeds as an obligation.

So, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the point: You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God. Romans 7:4

God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms

We exist in two separate worlds.

There is a seen and an unseen world.

for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. Colossians 1:16

This material world where our bodies reside is temporary and we should not hold on to it too tightly. Our real life is in the heavenly realms where we have already received every spiritual blessing.

We are already seated with Him.

For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

All praise belongs to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ not only because of the blessings He has provided us through uniting us with Christ but because He deserves it because of who He is. God is the God of the universe. He made what we can see and what we can’t and He has made it all for His glory and His praise. It is not that God is so insecure that He needs this praise but rather that He made all of creation including human beings with an innate desire to praise and worship. One of the dark consequences of sin is that man has turned his praise and worship away from God and has substituted it with other false gods. Some of these gods are wealth, power, pleasure, and even self. It is God’s will that we go back to the original plan and intent of creation.

 

Discussion questions

 

What are some of the implications of being united with Christ?

 

How can you live with a mindset on the spiritual realm?

 

Are these blessings visible or are they positional?

 

How can you praise God in your life for these blessings?

 

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