In Heavenly Places
A Sermon on Ephesians 1:3
Spiritual Blessings in Christ
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, (ESV)
When a person is saved, a profound change occurs. They are taken from one realm to another. The non-christian only knows the earthly realm. But the Christian knows two realms: earthly and heavenly. Dr. Lloyd-Jones expounds the mystery of Paul’s words in Ephesians 1:3 showing that in Christ, we have Heavenly Citizenship! The consequence of this teaching is far-reaching. This makes the Christian an enigma to others and to himself. He wrestles with sin like other men do, but he does not enjoy it. There are social consequences as well. While the world places its confidence in the perfectibility of mankind and hope for a better future through education, government and culture, the Christian is engaged in such matters, but his hope is firmly set on the heavenly places; in our afterlife with Christ. His faith is on the sure ground of the return of Christ and our eternal home where our Savior is, seated in the heavenlies. No one can change their nature, it is only done through faith in God's only Son.