Ephesians 1:3-10 is one long sentence with two time environments: long before creation and since the cross.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace…
God’s choice stands out in eternity past and effectively silences the hypocrisy that has accompanied the message we have heard up to the appearing of the Saviour of the world.
God’s choice touches down in the present with the appearing of Christ and grace through faith.
- with which he has blessed (graced) us in the Beloved.
- In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
- which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose,
- which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
There is no time that God does not speak well of the believer. The Father’s blessing
- Predates creation
- Is heavenly
- Is in accordance with his choice
We can spare ourselves the misery of unfulfilled desires and the disappointment that is sure to follow of the popular blessing lottery. If there is a prophet who will say with clarity what the blessing is, when and where the blessing arrives, and for whom we have not seen him or her.
Just say “hello”, “good day” and mean it. Genuine disciples are not impressed by scattershot prophecies about what is going to happen in the next day or 10 minutes or what will happen when the 10th or 7th person gets the forwarded message.