Spiritual Blessings in Christ

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Eph. 2:5-7)

       Seated with ChristTo be in Christ is to be identified with Him in a real and personal way. When Saul was attacking the church and Jesus confronted him on the road to Damascus, Jesus said to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” to which Saul replied, “Who are You, Lord?” And the response came, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting” (Acts 9:4-5). To attack a Christian is to attack the Lord Jesus Himself. On the other hand, Paul repeatedly speaks of the many blessings that belong to the Christian who is in Christ. Some of these blessings we enjoy in time, whereas others we will enjoy in eternity. Of our new position in Christ it is stated:

  1. We are the special objects of His great love (Rom. 5:6-10; Eph. 2:4).
  2. We are made alive together with Christ (Eph. 2:5).
  3. We are raised up and seated with Christ in the heavenly places (Eph. 2:6).
  4. We are the recipients of His grace (Eph. 2:8-9).
  5. We are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Eph. 1:3).
  6. We are forgiven all our sins (Eph. 1:7; Col. 2:13; Heb. 10:10-14).
  7. We are children of God (John 3:6; Gal. 3:26; 1 Pet. 1:23; Tit. 3:5).
  8. We are given eternal life (John 3:16; 10:28; 20:31).
  9. We are made ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20).
  10. We are given the gift of God’s righteousness (Rom. 4:3-6; 5:17; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 3:9).
  11. We are justified before God (Rom. 3:24-28; 5:1).
  12. We have peace with God (Rom. 5:1).
  13. We are given citizenship in heaven (Philip. 3:20).
  14. We are transferred to the kingdom of Christ (Col. 1:13; 1 Thess. 2:12; cf. Acts 26:18).
  15. We are all saints in Christ Jesus (Eph. 1:18-19; 2:19).
  16. We are made priests to God (Rev. 1:6).
  17. We were foreknown and predestined to be God’s elect (Rom. 8:29-33; Eph. 1:4).
  18. We are the recipients of His faithfulness (Heb. 13:5; Philip. 1:6; 1 Thess. 5:24).
  19. We are delivered from the power of Satan (Col. 1:13).
  20. We have been raised with Christ to walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:4, 10-13).
  21. We are members of the Church, the body of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18).
  22. We are indwelt and sealed with the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; Eph. 1:13).
  23. We are guaranteed a new home in heaven (John 14:1-3).
  24. We are guaranteed resurrection bodies (1 Cor. 15:50-58).
  25. We have special access to His throne of grace (Heb. 4:16).
  26. We will be glorified in eternity (Rom. 8:18, 30; Col. 3:4).
  27. We are called to grow in His grace and knowledge (2 Pet. 3:18).

       The Christian who is advancing spiritually must, at some point, learn to live in the reality of his new position in Christ. By faith, his life experience should grow to reflect the reality of his position in Christ and in the family of God. Truth, love, mercy, grace, righteousness, sacrifice, and other Christian virtues should become increasingly evident as the believer engages in his daily pursuit of God, as he seeks to lay hold of the One who in love laid hold of him and by grace saved him and displayed His wonderful riches upon him.

Steven R. Cook, M.Div.

About Steven R. Cook, M.Div.

Steven is a Christian educator. His webpages communicate evangelical Christian doctrines and topics. Steven earned a Master of Divinity degree in 2006 and pursued doctoral work in Expository Preaching and Systematic Theology. His articles are theological, devotional, and promote a biblical worldview. Studies in the original languages of Scripture, ancient history, and systematic theology have been the foundation for Steven’s teaching and writing ministry. He has written several Christian books, dozens of articles on Christian theology, and recorded more than three hundred hours of audio and video sermons. Steven worked in jail ministry for over twelve years, taught in Bible churches, and currently leads a Bible study each week at his home in Arlington, Texas.
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