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Blessed is the One Who is Blessed by Him

Worship: incl Psa 84.1-5; Pers Ch

Kids: Close eyes, what XYZ? Open! Glad 4 eyesight?

Intro

RE bless’s; Phys: Food, fruit (Psa 144:5=exp); Children (Psa 127.5); Etc.; enamor

We have been talking the last few weeks about blessings. And for certain, there are physical blessings that God gives us. Food, for example. God not only put us on a planet with oxygen and the right temperature range, but on a planet that produces all it’s own food. Another physical blessings is the fruit of our labor – a harvest, a paycheck, a service rendered (such as a nurse helping a patient to heal). Psa 144.15 says, “How blessed are those who experience these things!” Psa 127.5 says that children are a blessing - “How blessed is the one who’s quiver is full of them.” Any many other blessings. In fact, there are some who become so enamored with physical blessings that they make the entire Christian life about them. These are blessings to be sure, and we should be thankful for them, but these are not the big prize of a series on being blessed. When I want you to be blessed, my goals for you are far higher than you getting more and more stuff that’s going to burn one day.

Sp blessings: How many are there?; How many of them do you have?

There are physical blessings, and there are spiritual blessings. How many spiritual blessings are there? How many of them do you have?

Series: B1W: blv, char, lk4, walk, disc, endure + by him (seems redund) in partic

So far in our series, we’ve learned that blessed is the one who believes in him / has his character / looks for him / walks in his ways / is disciplined by him / endures in him. Today, we add one more: blessed is the one who is blessed by him. Not that sounds redundant – blessed is the one who is blessed, but that’s not what I said. I said, “Blessed is the one who is blessed by him.” Blessed is the one who is blessed by God in particular.

Pray

(Problem)

Eph 1.3: blessed w/every sp. Bless: title

Please open your Bibles to Ephesians, chapter 1. Verse 3 says this: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” We who are in Christ have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies. Blessed is the one who is blessed by him.

Past tense: alrdy occurred

And this is in the past tense – he has blessed us. The verb tense in the original language puts this as an event that has already occurred. We have been blessed.

Every one us/blessing

And every one of us in Christ has been blessed – not just a select few of us. And we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. The original language says that we have all of ‘em.

In heavenlies: sp. Realm; ^have every phys blessing; opening Q

These blessings are in the heavenlies, or in the heavenly realm. That just emphasizes the point that these are spiritual blessings, not physical. The passage does not say that we have, or should have, every physical blessing. It doesn’t address physical blessings. It says that we have all the spiritual ones. I asked you earlier how many spiritual blessings there are, and you said []. Then I asked how many of them you have. You have all of them. Line them all up. You’ve got them all.

BRU!

Blessed are you! You have all the spiritual blessings, if you’re in Christ.

But what if I don’t feel it?

RS: u’stand/like; feel? (all?) Sp. weaknesses/struggles/failures/doubts

But what if I don’t feel it? I see this in the passage, and I can understand every word that’s in it. I get what it says. I even like what it says. Who wouldn’t? But what if I don’t feel it? I look at my life, and it sure doesn’t feel like I have many spiritual blessings, let alone all of them? In fact, I’ve got a lot of spiritual weaknesses – I’m not super strong spiritually in a lot of ways. I have spiritual struggles – every day. Worse, I have spiritual failures – sometimes every day. And I have spiritual doubts. I believe, but I also struggle with doubts sometimes.

Not true?: doubt word? doubt salv?

Is this passage not true? Should I doubt this passage? Should I doubt my own salvation? It says this is true of everyone who is in Christ, but I don’t feel it … so does that mean I’m not in Christ?

What am I missing? Maybe did/do? [pray harder/read-book/sin]; feeler broken?

What am I missing? Maybe I did something. Or maybe I can do something to make it all better. I probably didn’t something wrong, or I’m doing something wrong, and that explains it. Maybe I need to pray harder. Maybe I need to read the right book. Maybe there’s a particular sin in my life that prevents me from feeling like I’ve been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies. Or … maybe my feeler is broken. Maybe that part of me that is supposed to feel this isn’t working right, and I need to get my feeler fixed, like when a gauge goes out on the car. The engine is fine, but the “check engine” light comes on because the sensor is broken.

Maybe blv it, don’t feel it: which makes it harder to blv

Maybe, maybe, I believe this passage but I sure don’t feel it. Which, then, makes it all the harder to believe.

Describing anyone?

Am I describing anyone in this room … besides myself?

(Open Your eyes)

Illus: (keep closed); written, have (BRU), feel? Y^? but URB; us right here! Y^?

I need a volunteer, please. [] Close your eyes. I am going to hand you a piece of paper, and there’s going to be something written on that piece of paper. A blessing will be written on this paper. Hold out your thumb and forefinger to hold this paper. [hand $20 bill, 90 deg turned] Keep your eyes closed until I specifically tell you to open them. There – now you have a blessing. Blessed are you! Do you feel blessed? Why not? But you are blessed! This is us, right here! We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing – past tense. But we don’t feel it? Why not? []

Paul’s prayer

Read 1.15-19a: the 1s he told v. 3

Let’s read Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian believers – the ones in verse 3 that they had been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies. Read.

What pray for? Why? (→ hope/riches/greatness) obv. can’t see blessings, either

What did Paul pray for? [that they would have wisdom and knowledge, and that their eyes would be open] Why? [so that they could see and know the hope and the riches and the greatness!] Obviously, they can’t see the blessings either.

Us right here: P pray 4?

This is us right here! And so what did Paul pray for them? That their eyes would be open, so that they would see the blessings that are already in their hands.

Open your eyes!

OK, open your eyes!

Illus: Now feel? B’d whole T? When? ^feel b/c pray/fault/^read/sin? A?

Now, do you feel blessed? Were you blessed the whole time? When did you feel blessed? Did you not feel blessed because you didn’t pray hard enough? Did you not feel blessed because of some fault of yours? Did you not feel blessed because you hadn’t read the right book, yet? Did you not feel blessed because of sin? What was the answer? [open your eyes] [seat]

New persp: means/how2B/how-2-feel

I want us to have a new perspective on what it means to be blessed, how to be blessed, and how to feel blessed.

Past tense: done, true, ~illus RS

The verb is in the past tense. You have been blessed. It’s done. It’s true. Just like [] - he/she was blessed, past tense, done deal, true.

Prob <> pray/fault/^read/sin/feeler: if in X, UR blessed, but not seeing (~illus)

The problem of not feeling blessed is not because we don’t pray hard enough or have a particular fault or haven’t read the right book or because of sin or that our feeler is broken. If you are in Christ, you are blessed … but perhaps you’re not seeing those blessings, just like [].

Open eyes: see how (AOT look4), look in rt place, hvnly persp (“in heavenlies”)

Open your eyes! See how you have already been blessed, instead of looking for the next physical blessing. Look in the right place. Look at this from a heavenly perspective … since we have been blessed with all the blessings in the heavenlies, perhaps we need to look at this from a heavenly perspective.

Blessed by Trinity (Eph 1.3-23)

Xit: text between, RS

The part of Eph 1 between this great declaration in verse 3 and this great prayer in vv. 15-23 is a description of how we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies, and specifically how we’ve been blessed by each member of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Father

First, in vv. 4-6, we have been blessed by the Father.

Chosn 2B hly/b’less (4): now! ^holy/feel, chosen 2B; T now; BRU (Rm 4.7-8)

First of all, the Father has chosen you to be holy and blameless. Read v. 4. That’s a blessing right here, right now! You are not holy right now. You are not blameless now. You probably don’t feel holy or blameless. But that’s not what it says is your blessing. Your blessing right now is that you have been chosen to be holy and blameless. You are presently chosen (if you are in Christ) to become holy and blameless. That’s true about you right now. Blessed are you! Read Rom 4.7-8.)

Predestined 2B sons/dghtrs (5): now (pre/kids); full; BRU! (context/Psa 89.15)

The Father has also predestined you to be sons and daughters – his sons and daughters. Read v. 5. Again, that’s true about you right now – you are now presently predestined to be fully adopted by God. You are now his children, and you will be fully experiencing sonship and daughtership by predestination. Blessed are you! Psalm 89 describes all these great and awesome attributes of God, and then says in verse 15: Read. His sons and daughters will know the joy of his great attributes.

To praise of own glory (6): F blesses u to own glory, why it’s “every”

And the Father blesses us to his own glory. Read v. 6. The Father blesses us to his own glory. His blessing us glorifies him. That’s why it has to be every spiritual blessing that he gives us. If he held anything back, it would not be to the fullness of his own glory.

Son

The Son also blesses us.

Redmd from sin kata $/grace (7-8a): sold sign, kata his $/^u; BRU (Psa 32.1-2)

First, the Son redeemed us from sin according to the riches of his grace. Read v. 7-8a. There is a “sold” sign stuck on you, because Jesus bought you (past tense), he redeemed you. He bought you out of the slavery to sin and death. And he did so according to the riches of his grace. Not according to your worth, but according to his wealth. Blessed are you! Read Psa 32.1-2.

Reveald mystry of will (8b-10): we know ult A’s, what θ’s up to; BRU (Rev 19.9)

Jesus has also revealed to us the mystery of his will. Read vv. 8b-10. We already know the answers to life’s ultimate questions, because Jesus has revealed them to us. We know why we’re here (to glorify God and enjoy him forever). We know why there is evil in the world (because God is glorified when we freely choose him, which means we must be able to freely reject him). We know what God’s up to (building a people for himself through the Gospel). We know all this because Jesus revealed it to us (past tense). Blessed are you! Read Rev 19.9.

Bequethd inher (11): what θ have that ^give in X?, ch-heir 0 tx; BRU (Mt 25.34)

Jesus has also bequeathed to us an inheritance. Read v. 11. What does God have to give us that he will not give to us in Christ? We will be co-heirs with Christ – we will inherit part of his fortune! And on this inheritance, we won’t have to pay taxes! Blessed are you! Read Mt 25.34.

To praise of own glory (12): S blesses u to own glory; we (blessed) = his glory

And Jesus blesses us to the praise of his own glory. Read 12. The Son blesses you to his own glory. In fact, we (the blessed ones) are to the praise of his glory. Our being blessed makes us to the praise of Jesus’ glory.

HS

The HS also blesses us.

Seals until day of redemptn (13-14a): bless w/guar (now); BRU (Psa 65.4)

The HS seals us until the day of redemption. Read 13-14a. The HS blesses us with a guarantee. The HS within you is God’s unbreakable promise that you will be with him forever. That promise is a blessing that you have now. Blessed are you! Read Psa 65.4.

Guar’s resurrected: ^airy; unblessed by bod? Will be!; BRU (Rev 20.6)

The HS guarantees that you will one day be resurrected. We will not exist forever in some airy, bodiless, ghostly state. We will have resurrection bodies. Do you feel in some way unblessed by something about your body. You will feel totally blessed by your resurrection body. You have that guarantee now! Blessed are you! Read Rev 20.6.

Grants eternal rwards: can’t count(not *)/measure/describe/imagine (Rev 14.13)

The HS grants to us eternal rewards. The rewards he grants us cannot be counted – we don’t have enough numbers to count them. You can’t measure these rewards – we don’t have telescopes strong enough to see the end of them. You can’t describe these rewards – we don’t have the words or language that can describe them. You can’t imagine these rewards – no matter how creative you are, you don’t have enough creativity to imagine the rewards that are coming. The HS is your promissory note that you have right now that these rewards are coming. Read Rev 14.13.

To praise of own glory (14b): HS blesses u to own glory; when delivers us safe

The HS blesses us to the praise of his own glory. Read 14. The HS blesses us to his own glory. When the HS delivers us safely to Christ, he receives great glory.

Sum:

U hav bn B’d ev sp. blssing: (more than list!); past tense, every one, in heavenlies

You have in fact been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies if you are in Christ. Look at this list! And there are far more blessings that just this list. This list is yours already – it’s a past tense verb. You have every one of these in full measure. You have these blessings in the heavenly realms.

By Trin/θ: BRU → URB by θ; we’re waiting 4 bless, he’s waiting for open eyes

 You have been blessed by the Father, by the Son, and by the HS – you have been blessed by God. “Blessed is the one who is blessed by God.” The series is titled, “Blessed are you,” but we could have just as easily called it, “You are blessed by God himself.” We spend a lot of our time waiting for blessings from God, and he’s waiting for us to open our eyes and realize the fullness of the blessings that he’s already given us.

Open your eyes: it’s already in your hands, looks 0 ~$

Open your eyes! These blessings are already in your hands. And these blessings look nothing like the physical blessings.

Paul’s Prayer (that we would see)

Paul’s prayer is that our eyes would be open that we can see these blessings.

Hope/his calling: (18a) θ has called u→hope! ^ b/c blv / 0 else; he called!→, BRU

Paul prays that we would see the hope of his calling. Read 18a. God has called you … you! What can give you any more hope than to realize that God himself has called you. If God calls you, then he has a great purpose, which means there is great hope. We don’t have hope because we believe enough. We don’t have hope because there’s nothing else we can hope in. We have hope because God has called us! Blessed are you!

Riches of glory of his inher: (18b) the opp of unblessed, and it’s yours! BRU

Paul prays that we would see the riches of the glory if his inheritance. Read 18b. A rich inheritance is the exact opposite of being unblessed … and it’s yours! Blessed are you!

Surpassing greatness of his pwr toward us who blv: (19) here/now, res pwr; BRU

Paul prays that we would see the surpassing greatness of his power toward us who believe. Read 19. That’s power that God is using in your life here and now. Resurrection power – the power that raised Jesus from the dead, at work, in you. Blessed are you!

If you are in this X 19b-23

If you are this Christ. Read 19b-23.

Open your eyes: being in X = everything! Sitting there with tons of blessings

Open your eyes! Being in Christ is everything! And if you are sitting there in Christ, then you are holding tons of blessings.

Look only to θ for blessings

And my encouragement to you is to look only to God for the blessings in your life.

RV defn: Priv recip of divine favor; joy RE partic in k’dom; attr v. state

Let me remind you of the definition of “blessing” that we looked at the very first week of this series. We said that being “blessed” was being the privileged recipient of God’s divine favor. Being blessed means receiving from God his divine favor. It means the joy of participating in the Kingdom of God. Being blessed is an attribute (something that is true about you) rather than a state of being (“I am now in the state of blessedness,” whatever that is).

World cannot give us divine fav / θ’s div fav

The world cannot give us this blessing. The world cannot bestow on us divine favor. In particular, the world cannot bestow on us God’s divine favor.

Look only to 1 who alone can bless us w/ev sp blessing in hvnlies: only θ can, so

Look only to the one who alone can bless us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies. Only God can bestow these blessings, so look only to God for blessings.

Being blessed rly RE sat soul: phys blessings are nice, give tx/stew; ^sat, ^hvnlies

Being blessed is really the only thing that can satisfy your soul. Physical blessings are nice, and something that we should give thanks for and be good stewards of. But they won’t satisfy, because they are not blessings in the heavenlies.

Open your eyes: look only to him

Open your eyes! Look only to God for blessings.

SCT: Open your eyes to see how you are blessed by θ alone

Open your eyes to see how you are blessed by God alone. We’ve already seen how this is true every week of this series.

Blv: other choice = have 0 to blv in; Rather, blf = gift/ability; BRU who blv

Blessed is the one who believes in him. Your other choice is to have nothing worthwhile to believe in. Rather, belief itself is a gift, a blessing. God gave us the ability to believe – something he didn’t give the animals. It’s a gift to even be able to believe, let alone have someone worthy to believe in. Blessed are you who believe.

Char: other choice = be ~ world; Rather, res pwr @work in u → ~X; BRU who …

Blessed is the one who has his character. Your other choice is to be like the world. Rather, you have resurrection power at work in your to make you become like Christ. Blessed are you who have his character.

Look for: other choice = ignore offer to guide; permission to approach; BRU

Blessed is the one who looks for him. Your other choice is to ignore God’s offer to guide you throughout your life. Rather, you have permission to approach the holy God of the universe and ask him what he thinks about everything. Blessed are you who look for him.

Walk: other choice = meander unlit path; can follow JC who walked 1st; BRU

Blessed is the one who walks in his ways. Your other choice is to spend your life meandering down an unlit path. Rather, we can follow Jesus Christ who walked down this path before us to show us the way. Blessed are you who walk in his ways.

Disc: other choice = spoiled brat; θ pref make you perfect than comfy; BRU

Blessed is the one who is disciplined by him. Your other choice is to be a spoiled brat, ruined by never being disciplined by a loving father. Rather, God would prefer to make you perfect than to make you comfortable in this place. Blessed are you who are disciplined by him.

Endur: other choice = 0 worth enduring this life; KoH is yours!; BRU

Blessed is the one who endures in him. Your other choice is to have nothing in life worth enduring. You’re going to endure this life one way or the other, and it’s a blessing to have God to make enduring worthwhile. Rather, the Kingdom of Heaven is yours! Blessed are you who endure in him.

BRU b/c blessed by Him! React ~illus RE RS

Blessed are you because you are blessed by him. My prayer is that we will have that same expression of glad surprise when we learn to open our eyes and see how we are blessed by God alone.

Concl

Tag: what did u do to acquire any of these blessings (let alone all)? [b in X]; B.R.U.

Of the blessings we looked at today, what did you do to acquire any of these blessings? Not to mention all of them, what did you do to acquire any of them? [] Nothing! God bestows all these blessings to all who are in Christ. Blessed … are … you.

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Prayer: V. 18: eyes have been opened, pray that we would understand

Rom 4.7-8

Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account.

Psa 89.15

How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O Lord, they walk in the light of Your countenance.

Psa 32.1-2

How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit!

Rev 19.9

And he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’”

Mt 25.34

Then the King will say to those on His right, “Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

Psa 65.4

How blessed is the one whom You choose, and bring near to You, to dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple.

Rev 20.6

Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

Rev 14.13

And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.”

Order

  1. Praise and Worship

  2. Welcome/Prayer – Tim

  3. Song – Salvation Belongs to Our God

  4. Song – One Pure and Holy Passion

  5. Children’s Time – Colby

  6. Announcements - Colby

  7. Sermon -  Colby

  8. Song – Hymn *TBD

Worship: incl Psa 84.1-5; Pers Ch
Kids: Close eyes, what XYZ? Open! Glad 4 eyesight?
Intro
RE bless’s; Phys: Food, fruit (Psa 144:5=exp); Children (Psa 127.5); Etc.; enamor
We have been talking the last few weeks about blessings. And for certain, there are physical blessings that God gives us. Food, for example. God not only put us on a planet with oxygen and the right temperature range, but on a planet that produces all it’s own food. Another physical blessings is the fruit of our labor – a harvest, a paycheck, a service rendered (such as a nurse helping a patient to heal). Psa 144.15 says, “How blessed are those who experience these things!” Psa 127.5 says that children are a blessing - “How blessed is the one who’s quiver is full of them.” Any many other blessings. In fact, there are some who become so enamored with physical blessings that they make the entire Christian life about them. These are blessings to be sure, and we should be thankful for them, but these are not the big prize of a series on being blessed. When I want you to be blessed, my goals for you are far higher than you getting more and more stuff that’s going to burn one day.
Sp blessings: How many are there?; How many of them do you have?
There are physical blessings, and there are spiritual blessings. How many spiritual blessings are there? How many of them do you have?
Series: B1W: blv, char, lk4, walk, disc, endure + by him (seems redund) in partic
So far in our series, we’ve learned that blessed is the one who believes in him / has his character / looks for him / walks in his ways / is disciplined by him / endures in him. Today, we add one more: blessed is the one who is blessed by him. Not that sounds redundant – blessed is the one who is blessed, but that’s not what I said. I said, “Blessed is the one who is blessed by him.” Blessed is the one who is blessed by God in particular.
Pray
(Problem)
Eph 1.3: blessed w/every sp. Bless: title
Please open your Bibles to Ephesians, chapter 1. Verse 3 says this: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” We who are in Christ have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies. Blessed is the one who is blessed by him.
Past tense: alrdy occurred
And this is in the past tense – he has blessed us. The verb tense in the original language puts this as an event that has already occurred. We have been blessed.
Every one us/blessing
And every one of us in Christ has been blessed – not just a select few of us. And we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. The original language says that we have all of ‘em.
In heavenlies: sp. Realm; ^have every phys blessing; opening Q
These blessings are in the heavenlies, or in the heavenly realm. That just emphasizes the point that these are spiritual blessings, not physical. The passage does not say that we have, or should have, every physical blessing. It doesn’t address physical blessings. It says that we have all the spiritual ones. I asked you earlier how many spiritual blessings there are, and you said []. Then I asked how many of them you have. You have all of them. Line them all up. You’ve got them all.
BRU!
Blessed are you! You have all the spiritual blessings, if you’re in Christ.
But what if I don’t feel it?
RS: u’stand/like; feel? (all?) Sp. weaknesses/struggles/failures/doubts
But what if I don’t feel it? I see this in the passage, and I can understand every word that’s in it. I get what it says. I even like what it says. Who wouldn’t? But what if I don’t feel it? I look at my life, and it sure doesn’t feel like I have many spiritual blessings, let alone all of them? In fact, I’ve got a lot of spiritual weaknesses – I’m not super strong spiritually in a lot of ways. I have spiritual struggles – every day. Worse, I have spiritual failures – sometimes every day. And I have spiritual doubts. I believe, but I also struggle with doubts sometimes. 
Not true?: doubt word? doubt salv?
Is this passage not true? Should I doubt this passage? Should I doubt my own salvation? It says this is true of everyone who is in Christ, but I don’t feel it … so does that mean I’m not in Christ?
What am I missing? Maybe did/do? [pray harder/read-book/sin]; feeler broken?
What am I missing? Maybe I did something. Or maybe I can do something to make it all better. I probably didn’t something wrong, or I’m doing something wrong, and that explains it. Maybe I need to pray harder. Maybe I need to read the right book. Maybe there’s a particular sin in my life that prevents me from feeling like I’ve been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies. Or … maybe my feeler is broken. Maybe that part of me that is supposed to feel this isn’t working right, and I need to get my feeler fixed, like when a gauge goes out on the car. The engine is fine, but the “check engine” light comes on because the sensor is broken.
Maybe blv it, don’t feel it: which makes it harder to blv
Maybe, maybe, I believe this passage but I sure don’t feel it. Which, then, makes it all the harder to believe.
Describing anyone?
Am I describing anyone in this room … besides myself?
(Open Your eyes)
Illus: (keep closed); written, have (BRU), feel? Y^? but URB; us right here! Y^?
I need a volunteer, please. [] Close your eyes. I am going to hand you a piece of paper, and there’s going to be something written on that piece of paper. A blessing will be written on this paper. Hold out your thumb and forefinger to hold this paper. [hand $20 bill, 90 deg turned] Keep your eyes closed until I specifically tell you to open them. There – now you have a blessing. Blessed are you! Do you feel blessed? Why not? But you are blessed! This is us, right here! We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing – past tense. But we don’t feel it? Why not? []
Paul’s prayer
Read 1.15-19a: the 1s he told v. 3
Let’s read Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian believers – the ones in verse 3 that they had been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies. Read.
What pray for? Why? (→ hope/riches/greatness) obv. can’t see blessings, either
What did Paul pray for? [that they would have wisdom and knowledge, and that their eyes would be open] Why? [so that they could see and know the hope and the riches and the greatness!] Obviously, they can’t see the blessings either.
Us right here: P pray 4?
This is us right here! And so what did Paul pray for them? That their eyes would be open, so that they would see the blessings that are already in their hands.
Open your eyes!
OK, open your eyes!
Illus: Now feel? B’d whole T? When? ^feel b/c pray/fault/^read/sin? A?
Now, do you feel blessed? Were you blessed the whole time? When did you feel blessed? Did you not feel blessed because you didn’t pray hard enough? Did you not feel blessed because of some fault of yours? Did you not feel blessed because you hadn’t read the right book, yet? Did you not feel blessed because of sin? What was the answer? [open your eyes] [seat]
New persp: means/how2B/how-2-feel
I want us to have a new perspective on what it means to be blessed, how to be blessed, and how to feel blessed.
Past tense: done, true, ~illus RS
The verb is in the past tense. You have been blessed. It’s done. It’s true. Just like [] - he/she was blessed, past tense, done deal, true.
Prob <> pray/fault/^read/sin/feeler: if in X, UR blessed, but not seeing (~illus)
The problem of not feeling blessed is not because we don’t pray hard enough or have a particular fault or haven’t read the right book or because of sin or that our feeler is broken. If you are in Christ, you are blessed … but perhaps you’re not seeing those blessings, just like [].
Open eyes: see how (AOT look4), look in rt place, hvnly persp (“in heavenlies”)
Open your eyes! See how you have already been blessed, instead of looking for the next physical blessing. Look in the right place. Look at this from a heavenly perspective … since we have been blessed with all the blessings in the heavenlies, perhaps we need to look at this from a heavenly perspective.
Blessed by Trinity (Eph 1.3-23)
Xit: text between, RS
The part of Eph 1 between this great declaration in verse 3 and this great prayer in vv. 15-23 is a description of how we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies, and specifically how we’ve been blessed by each member of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Father
First, in vv. 4-6, we have been blessed by the Father.
Chosn 2B hly/b’less (4): now! ^holy/feel, chosen 2B; T now; BRU (Rm 4.7-8)
First of all, the Father has chosen you to be holy and blameless. Read v. 4. That’s a blessing right here, right now! You are not holy right now. You are not blameless now. You probably don’t feel holy or blameless. But that’s not what it says is your blessing. Your blessing right now is that you have been chosen to be holy and blameless. You are presently chosen (if you are in Christ) to become holy and blameless. That’s true about you right now. Blessed are you! Read Rom 4.7-8.)
Predestined 2B sons/dghtrs (5): now (pre/kids); full; BRU! (context/Psa 89.15)
The Father has also predestined you to be sons and daughters – his sons and daughters. Read v. 5. Again, that’s true about you right now – you are now presently predestined to be fully adopted by God. You are now his children, and you will be fully experiencing sonship and daughtership by predestination. Blessed are you! Psalm 89 describes all these great and awesome attributes of God, and then says in verse 15: Read. His sons and daughters will know the joy of his great attributes.
To praise of own glory (6): F blesses u to own glory, why it’s “every”
And the Father blesses us to his own glory. Read v. 6. The Father blesses us to his own glory. His blessing us glorifies him. That’s why it has to be every spiritual blessing that he gives us. If he held anything back, it would not be to the fullness of his own glory.
Son
The Son also blesses us.
Redmd from sin kata $/grace (7-8a): sold sign, kata his $/^u; BRU (Psa 32.1-2)
First, the Son redeemed us from sin according to the riches of his grace. Read v. 7-8a. There is a “sold” sign stuck on you, because Jesus bought you (past tense), he redeemed you. He bought you out of the slavery to sin and death. And he did so according to the riches of his grace. Not according to your worth, but according to his wealth. Blessed are you! Read Psa 32.1-2.
Reveald mystry of will (8b-10): we know ult A’s, what θ’s up to; BRU (Rev 19.9)
Jesus has also revealed to us the mystery of his will. Read vv. 8b-10. We already know the answers to life’s ultimate questions, because Jesus has revealed them to us. We know why we’re here (to glorify God and enjoy him forever). We know why there is evil in the world (because God is glorified when we freely choose him, which means we must be able to freely reject him). We know what God’s up to (building a people for himself through the Gospel). We know all this because Jesus revealed it to us (past tense). Blessed are you! Read Rev 19.9.
Bequethd inher (11): what θ have that ^give in X?, ch-heir 0 tx; BRU (Mt 25.34)
Jesus has also bequeathed to us an inheritance. Read v. 11. What does God have to give us that he will not give to us in Christ? We will be co-heirs with Christ – we will inherit part of his fortune! And on this inheritance, we won’t have to pay taxes! Blessed are you! Read Mt 25.34.
To praise of own glory (12): S blesses u to own glory; we (blessed) = his glory
And Jesus blesses us to the praise of his own glory. Read 12. The Son blesses you to his own glory. In fact, we (the blessed ones) are to the praise of his glory. Our being blessed makes us to the praise of Jesus’ glory.
HS
The HS also blesses us.
Seals until day of redemptn (13-14a): bless w/guar (now); BRU (Psa 65.4)
The HS seals us until the day of redemption. Read 13-14a. The HS blesses us with a guarantee. The HS within you is God’s unbreakable promise that you will be with him forever. That promise is a blessing that you have now. Blessed are you! Read Psa 65.4.
Guar’s resurrected : ^airy; unblessed by bod? Will be!; BRU (Rev 20.6)
The HS guarantees that you will one day be resurrected. We will not exist forever in some airy, bodiless, ghostly state. We will have resurrection bodies. Do you feel in some way unblessed by something about your body. You will feel totally blessed by your resurrection body. You have that guarantee now! Blessed are you! Read Rev 20.6.
Grants eternal rwards : can’t count(not *)/measure/describe/imagine (Rev 14.13)
The HS grants to us eternal rewards. The rewards he grants us cannot be counted – we don’t have  enough numbers to count them. You can’t measure these rewards – we don’t have telescopes strong enough to see the end of them. You can’t describe these rewards – we don’t have the words or language that can describe them. You can’t imagine these rewards – no matter how creative you are, you don’t have enough creativity to imagine the rewards that are coming. The HS is your promissory note that you have right now that these rewards are coming. Read Rev 14.13.
To praise of own glory (14b): HS blesses u to own glory; when delivers us safe
The HS blesses us to the praise of his own glory. Read 14. The HS blesses us to his own glory. When the HS delivers us safely to Christ, he receives great glory.
Sum: 
U hav bn B’d ev sp. blssing : (more than list!); past tense, every one, in heavenlies
You have in fact been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies if you are in Christ. Look at this list! And there are far more blessings that just this list. This list is yours already – it’s a past tense verb. You have every one of these in full measure. You have these blessings in the heavenly realms.
By Trin/θ: BRU → URB by θ; we’re waiting 4 bless, he’s waiting for open eyes
You have been blessed by the Father, by the Son, and by the HS – you have been blessed by God. “Blessed is the one who is blessed by God.” The series is titled, “Blessed are you,” but we could have just as easily called it, “You are blessed by God himself.” We spend a lot of our time waiting for blessings from God, and he’s waiting for us to open our eyes and realize the fullness of the blessings that he’s already given us.
Open your eyes: it’s already in your hands, looks 0 ~$
Open your eyes! These blessings are already in your hands. And these blessings look nothing like the physical blessings.
Paul’s Prayer  (that we would see)
Paul’s prayer is that our eyes would be open that we can see these blessings.
Hope/his calling : (18a) θ has called u→hope! ^ b/c blv / 0 else; he called!→, BRU
Paul prays that we would see the hope of his calling. Read 18a. God has called you … you! What can give you any more hope than to realize that God himself has called you. If God calls you, then he has a great purpose, which means there is great hope. We don’t have hope because we believe enough. We don’t have hope because there’s nothing else we can hope in. We have hope because God has called us! Blessed are you!
Riches of glory of his inher : (18b) the opp of unblessed, and it’s yours! BRU
Paul prays that we would see the riches of the glory if his inheritance. Read 18b. A rich inheritance is the exact opposite of being unblessed … and it’s yours! Blessed are you!
Surpassing greatness of his pwr toward us who blv : (19) here/now, res pwr; BRU
Paul prays that we would see the surpassing greatness of his power toward us who believe. Read 19. That’s power that God is using in your life here and now. Resurrection power – the power that raised Jesus from the dead, at work, in you. Blessed are you!
If you are in this X 19b-23
If you are this Christ. Read 19b-23.
Open your eyes: being in X = everything! Sitting there with tons of blessings
Open your eyes! Being in Christ is everything! And if you are sitting there in Christ, then you are holding tons of blessings.
Look only to θ for blessings
And my encouragement to you is to look only to God for the blessings in your life.
RV defn: Priv recip of divine favor; joy RE partic in k’dom; attr v. state
Let me remind you of the definition of “blessing” that we looked at the very first week of this series. We said that being “blessed” was being the privileged recipient of God’s divine favor. Being blessed means receiving from God his divine favor. It means the joy of participating in the Kingdom of God. Being blessed is an attribute (something that is true about you) rather than a state of being (“I am now in the state of blessedness,” whatever that is).
World cannot give us divine fav / θ’s div fav
The world cannot give us this blessing. The world cannot bestow on us divine favor. In particular, the world cannot bestow on us God’s divine favor.
Look only to 1 who alone can bless us w/ev sp blessing in hvnlies: only θ can, so
Look only to the one who alone can bless us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies. Only God can bestow these blessings, so look only to God for blessings.
Being blessed rly RE sat soul: phys blessings are nice, give tx/stew; ^sat, ^hvnlies
Being blessed is really the only thing that can satisfy your soul. Physical blessings are nice, and something that we should give thanks for and be good stewards of. But they won’t satisfy, because they are not blessings in the heavenlies.
Open your eyes: look only to him
Open your eyes! Look only to God for blessings.
SCT: Open your eyes to see how you are blessed by θ alone
Open your eyes to see how you are blessed by God alone. We’ve already seen how this is true every week of this series.
Blv: other choice = have 0 to blv in; Rather, blf = gift/ability; BRU who blv
Blessed is the one who believes in him. Your other choice is to have nothing worthwhile to believe in. Rather, belief itself is a gift, a blessing. God gave us the ability to believe – something he didn’t give the animals. It’s a gift to even be able to believe, let alone have someone worthy to believe in. Blessed are you who believe.
Char: other choice = be ~ world; Rather, res pwr @work in u → ~X; BRU who …
Blessed is the one who has his character. Your other choice is to be like the world. Rather, you have resurrection power at work in your to make you become like Christ. Blessed are you who have his character.
Look for: other choice = ignore offer to guide; permission to approach; BRU
Blessed is the one who looks for him. Your other choice is to ignore God’s offer to guide you throughout your life. Rather, you have permission to approach the holy God of the universe and ask him what he thinks about everything. Blessed are you who look for him.
Walk: other choice = meander unlit path; can follow JC who walked 1st; BRU
Blessed is the one who walks in his ways. Your other choice is to spend your life meandering down an unlit path. Rather, we can follow Jesus Christ who walked down this path before us to show us the way. Blessed are you who walk in his ways.
Disc: other choice = spoiled brat; θ pref make you perfect than comfy; BRU
Blessed is the one who is disciplined by him. Your other choice is to be a spoiled brat, ruined by never being disciplined by a loving father. Rather, God would prefer to make you perfect than to make you comfortable in this place. Blessed are you who are disciplined by him.
Endur: other choice = 0 worth enduring this life; KoH is yours!; BRU
Blessed is the one who endures in him. Your other choice is to have nothing in life worth enduring. You’re going to endure this life one way or the other, and it’s a blessing to have God to make enduring worthwhile. Rather, the Kingdom of Heaven is yours! Blessed are you who endure in him.
BRU b/c blessed by Him! React ~illus RE RS
Blessed are you because you are blessed by him. My prayer is that we will have that same expression of glad surprise when we learn to open our eyes and see how we are blessed by God alone.
Concl
Tag: what did u do to acquire any of these blessings (let alone all)? [b in X]; B.R.U.
Of the blessings we looked at today, what did you do to acquire any of these blessings? Not to mention all of them, what did you do to acquire any of them? [] Nothing! God bestows all these blessings to all who are in Christ. Blessed … are … you.
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Prayer: V. 18: eyes have been opened, pray that we would understand
Rom 4.7-8
Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account.
Psa 89.15
How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O Lord, they walk in the light of Your countenance.
Psa 32.1-2
How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit!
Rev 19.9
And he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’”
Mt 25.34
Then the King will say to those on His right, “Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
Psa 65.4
How blessed is the one whom You choose, and bring near to You, to dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple.
Rev 20.6
Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.
Rev 14.13
And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.”
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