“What love the Father has lavished upon us that we might become children of God” (1 John 3:1)
Ephesians 1 paints a beautiful picture of the Fatherly affections bestowed upon us by our Creator. Imagine it, we who have rebelled constantly against His will, He died a merciless death to save. God was under no obligation, no contract, no requirement to save us. We never have and never will deserve His forgiveness and love. But He freely offers it anyway.
“Every good and perfect gift comes from above” (James 1:17)
“I have come that you may have life, and have it in abundance” (John 10:10)
Not only does Christ’s death seal us for forgiveness and salvation, He blesses us here on earth with new life. He gives us the Holy Spirit as a down payment of sorts, according to Ephesians 1, but this isn’t a mutually beneficial agreement. God did it for us because He loves us. He doesn’t owe us anything.
“He has blessed us with every heavenly blessing” (Ephesians 1:3)
Now you may notice that it doesn’t promise every earthly blessing. Jesus says quite the contrary when He warns the disciples in John 16 that, “you will have troubles in this world”. But every heavenly blessing that the Father has to bestow, He does in abundance. We are coheors with Christ, our future is sealed, and we have hope of a place where there will be no tears.
After all, we know that “all God’s promises are yes in Christ Jesus” (1 Corinthians 1:20)
The Great I Am has given us more love and grace than we could ever deserve. He didn’t stop with creation. He didn’t stop with redemption. He didn’t stop with salvation. He continues to bless us above and beyond what we could ever deserve. He strengths, heals, restores, and claims the victory in our lives each and every day.
We don’t deserve it, but He doesn’t care. He loves us. He died for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). And today, we are still sinners. I’m still a sinner. But my God who started a good work in me is carrying it on to completion (Philippians 1:6)