“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,
just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world,
that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.”
Ephesians 1:3, 4
Father Matta El-Meskeen (Matthew the Poor)
WHEN THE APOSTLE PAUL soars to the heavens he makes us hear a spiritual symphony emanating from above, from the heart of God. Because no other apostle or saint was able to make us hear such a beautiful symphony.
For the first time in our life we hear that God blessed us from heaven with a whole spiritual blessing, something no saint or angel received. It is known that: “The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.”1 For they are unseen gifts God drew and planned since the beginning, before
the foundation of the world. These blessings are not physical but spiritual, and special,
that do not disappear, nor are diminished by the envious, hateful, the adversary, enemy
or boss. They are recorded in heaven in our name, and are not due to works or merit but
are fantastic gifts out of God’s grace and bounty in glory freely and without counter
payment that God planned out of His absolute kindness. We do not know the types of
these blessings as it is something that is beyond our thinking, all absolutely spiritual
emanating for the depth of God’s love that is limitless. Most of which the angels aspire
to, they being heavenly blessings but preserved for new human kind. All make us closer
to God and remove all the obstructions that hinder man’s elevation to glory.
All these blessings are in Jesus Christ in whom all these treasures of wisdom,
knowledge and understanding are gathered. God elevated Him to be His beloved
companion seated beside Him, subjecting at His feet all the powers of evil envying man
and resenting him. God elevated Him to become His partner in everything.
He also gave Him the task of saving man to distance him from the enemy’s power that had
taken hold of him and had instilled in him the poison of sin that led him to death.
The choice that was fulfilled in Christ is an integrated one Christ having taken on the
old body from us and being crucified in it to free us from it.
Christ’s pleasure was in fulfilling His Father’s will, as when Christ was made to
enter the world He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You
have prepared for Me.”2 “I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within
Also when He went forward to the cross it was said: “who for the joy that was set
before Him endured the cross, despising the shame.”4
Our sanctification in Christ was also fulfilled according to a plan before the
foundation of the world. All of it so that we may appear before God as saints without
blame in love.
Thus God fulfilled all that is specific for our salvation, justification and sanctification
in Christ in accordance to His plan. All of it as an eternal mystery God did not divulge
but kept sealed since the beginning. He did not tell angel, prophet nor saint but revealed
it finally to His apostles and prophets through the Spirit5. The Apostle Paul was privy to
this sealed secret and announced it to the nations God elected to that mystery. It
concerns the entrance of nations to God’s mercy and pleasure making them partners in
the inheritance and justification of God.
Having revealed Your care for us since the beginning, O Lord outpour Your mercy
upon us at present.
Before the foundation of the world we were known and chosen by You. Complete
Your will for us.
You elected us in Christ and Your choice of us at present has become a reality we
Your choice and plan for us has made us don Your mercy
Standing before You as saints without blame is the talk of the angels and cherubim,
Because You made us stand before You and outpoured Your love on us.
We have become a new creation talking about Your grace and in wonder over Your
July 10, 2005
2 Heb 10:5.
3 Ps 40:8.
4 Heb 12:2.
5 Note Eph 3:5.
1 Prov 10:22.
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