I hope you had a wonderful weekend and were able to participate in the challenge to write a hand written note or card of encouragement to someone. We will continue our look at Ephesians 1 this week.
3 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.
The Greek word for praise in this verse is “eulogetos” and it means “inherently blessed, well spoken of, worthy of praise”. “In all instances ascribed only to God, for no one else is inherently worthy of praise.” Looking at the word in the Greek really adds a richness to its meaning. Our heavenly Father is so worthy of our praise. When was the last time you spent a few minutes praising God simply for who He is? Often our prayers become a laundry list of what we want God to do for us, how about today spending a few minutes simply praising Him because He is inherently worthy of our praise?
Paul connects the praise of God to the fact that He is the Father of Jesus Christ, I can’t think of a better reason to praise the Lord than for sacrificing His son on our behalf. In addition Paul connects praising the Lord for what He has done for us in blessing us with “every spiritual blessing in Christ”. The key to this phrase comes in one little word “in”. The reason we are able to be blessed with these spiritual blessings is because as believers we are “in” Christ. It speaks of our close relationship with Jesus and how once we believe in Him, His Holy Spirit dwells within us.
Let’s spend some time today praising God because He is so worthy of our praise. Praise Him for being in Christ and having His Holy Spirit dwell within you. Praise HIm for the tremendous sacrifice of Jesus and praise Him for all the many blessings you have received. Let today be a day of praise!
All Scripture references are from http://www.biblegateway.com
- Greek Definition from “The Key Word Study Bible”, AMG Publsihers