Pastor Peter Lillystone teaches on spiritual blessings in Christ in 2020.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3
We have adopted this as our verse for 2020 and since the beginning of the year, I have been speaking on Sunday mornings about the spiritual blessings we have in Christ.
Sometimes we speak about 20/20 vision. This means we see everything clearly. Sometimes in life we don't see everything clearly, simply because we do not posses all the relevant information.
The Apostle Paul makes it clear that "In Christ", born again believers have already been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. The truth is that we are already seated with Christ in the heavenly realms!
In Ephesians 1 Paul highlights 8 of these spiritual blessings and over the first three months of 2020 we will be exploring these blessings in depth. In January we saw how we have been chosen even before the creation of the world and that we have been adopted as children of God in accordance with His will.
This month we will consider the blessings of being redeemed, forgiven, enlightened and our inclusion with Christ. The reason why we have been blessed is explained in Chapter 1 verses 6,12 & 14 “ to the praise of his glory.”
We need to live our lives in the light of these blessings and daily thank God that we have been chosen, adopted, redeemed, forgiven, enlightened, included, sealed with the Holy Spirit and accept our position as joint heirs with Christ. Thomas Chisholm (1866–1960) wrote a hymn, "Great is thy faithfulness", out of his day to day experience of having a faithful God and it has become a favourite of many Christians. The last verse says:
"Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
.... 'Great is thy faithfulness,' Lord unto me.”
You are welcome to attend any of the services.