3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
I sometimes think that Paul has a knack for making things sound more complicated than they are! Or maybe it’s just me? Anyway, let’s dig into this verse.
The word “spiritual” refers to something that has its source in the Holy Spirit. Paul isn’t only talking about such things as spiritual gifts, although they’re part of it. These blessings encompass so much more than that. They can even be physical, but their origin is in God, and as such they come down to us from heaven, the dwelling place of God. You could say they’re a foretaste of heaven. The word “blessing” means “a benefit that is granted.” So really it could be all sorts of things. In fact, the word “all” not only means “every” but also “some of every kind.” Whatever blessing is possible is covered by this word. Incredible, isn’t it?
But one little term here is very important: “in”. This unassuming word answers the important question of where these blessings can be found. They are “in Christ.” Only in the context of a relationship with Jesus do we get to receive and enjoy them. If we are His children, there is no limit to the blessings God wants to bestow. In fact, I think it’s His “default setting.” I don’t mean to imply that we’ll never experience problems or heartaches. We live in a fallen world. I’m referring to His attitude towards us. The Lord delights to bless His children.
No wonder Paul opens the verse by praising God!