Cascading Blessings

27 03 2020

As bad news from Covid-19 spreads everywhere, the Bible tells us that God has already, and continues today, to pour out lavish spiritual blessings! Anyone who will receive them by faith can drink them all freely.

The opening praise hymn in Ephesians chapter one gives three mountain peaks which lift our eyes to the glory of God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Gushing forth from these heights comes a mighty river cascading down in refreshment and cleansing on the believing community (the Church).

Each of these blessings merits a full study, but I can only note them here.

(Stanza 1)  The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ:

  • chose us in Him (Christ) before the foundation of the world (1:4, using NKJV)
  • predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ (1:5)
  • made us accepted in the Beloved (1:6)

(Stanza 2) In Him (Christ) we have:

  • redemption through His blood (1:7)
  • the forgiveness of sins (1:7)
  • obtained an inheritance (1:11)

(Stanza 3) In Him (Christ):

  • having believed, you (all) were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise (1:13)
  • the guarantee of our inheritance (1:14)
  • until the redemption of the purchased possession (1:14)

It’s a lavish spiritual feast, served by our gracious Tri-une God — like a banquet under a waterfall, sheltered beneath a mighty rock. All this is reserved in heaven for you (and all of us together). And we can draw from this cascading waterfall right now.

Perhaps we can see heavenly truths best in earthly confinement!
The cascade of blessings was revealed to Paul by the Holy Spirit while he sat in prison. May that same Spirit illuminate these truths to you today in whatever confinement you are experiencing. (See below for my attempt to capture these truths graphically; Yikes, it’s pretty crude.)

Is there one of these blessings that brings you special comfort today? 

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