â€œBlessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.â€ (Ephesians 1:3)
This little phrase, â€œin Christ,â€ conveys a world of doctrinal truth with great blessing to the believer. Positionally speaking, God has actually â€œraised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesusâ€ (Ephesians 2:6). God in effect sees us as â€œin Christ,â€ and this wonderful position, at Godâ€™s right hand, implies great honor.
It is well to note similar phrases throughout Scripture. Paul assures us that we were â€œchosen . . . in him before the foundation of the worldâ€ (1:4), â€œaccepted in the belovedâ€ (1:6), and â€œcreated in Christ Jesus unto good worksâ€ (2:10).
He is the one â€œin whom also we have obtained an inheritanceâ€ (1:11), and â€œin whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spiritâ€ (2:22). We have the glorious future promise that God will â€œgather together in one all things in Christâ€ (1:10), â€œaccording to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly placesâ€ (1:19-20).
Therefore, in our exalted position in Him, in the heavenly places, we do indeed enjoy â€œall spiritual blessings.â€ This doctrinal truth provides us with the incentive and power to live a practical Christian life that is genuinely consistent with our high calling and position in Him.
This is the basis of the many New Testament exhortations to the believer to live daily â€œin Christ.â€ For example, â€œAs ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in himâ€ (Colossians 2:6). Therefore, since â€œye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. . . . For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in Godâ€ (Colossians 3:1-3). HMM