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, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:3-7, 9-12 ESV)
What we see above is the one of the longest sentences that exist in Paul’s writings, dare I say, all of Greek NT scripture. Of course although there are sentence breaks in the English translation, what we see here is a long sentence of praise to God from the apostle Paul.
Have you ever been so overwhelmed by something that you just are left flabbergasted. You are either left speechless, or you begin to rattle off a long discourse in awe of what or who you’ve encountered. What we see here is Paul’s long sentence describing what God has done for us without us lifting a finger:
1) Blessed us with every spiritual blessing
2) He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world
3) presented us holy and blameless
4) predestined us for adoption
5) blessed us with His glorious grace
6) makes known to us the mysteries of His will
7) plans to unite us to Himself
8) obtained an inheritance in Him
9) gives us a hope in Christ
None of this is stated by Paul, as earned by us in any way, shape or form. He just gives this to us. And Paul is flabbergasted at the overwhelming goodness of God. I am too this morning… So good… So so good to me!
reflection /discussion questions: knowing this – that God is always so good, despite your circumstances: what would be your worthy response?