3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
Ephesians 1:3 (NLT)
I like this verse. It says God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. I remember a religious person had quoted this verse to me in his attempt to show me that God has broken his promises on health and wealth to every Christian. That is religious lie. It seems to me that those under the bondage of religion will pervert every positive verse from the Bible into something negative.
Ephesians 1:3 is a positive verse. It tells us God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. It never said God has broken his promises to bless us with good health, long life, success and abundant wealth. The word “spiritual” does not mean anything other than health, wealth, long life and success. It refers to our blessings that come from the Spiritual World. It covers every area of our prosperity which include than health, wealth, long life and success. This means we are spiritually rich, healthy, successful and have long lives. All our blessings begin spiritually. The moment we were born again as Christians, all the spiritual blessings in the heavenly realms became ours. This means all Christians are equally blessed.
Why are Christians not equally rich, healthy, successful and have long lives?
Having spiritual blessings is not enough. We have to channel our blessings from the spiritual to the physical realms. Spiritual wealth is useless because it cannot be used to pay bills or help others. Try going to any shop, buy anything you want and use your spiritual wealth to pay for them. Will the shop accept your spiritual wealth? They won’t. Having a lot of spiritual blessings and not converting them into physical blessings is like having a lot of money in the bank and not withdraw them.
Therefore, while all Christians are equally rich in the spiritual realms, most are not in the physical realms because most do not know they have to do the transfer. Spiritual blessings that are not transferred to the physical realms is like money in the bank that is not withdrawn.
God wants us to transfer our blessings because he wants us to use them to fulfill his will for us. He wants us to prosper and be in health as our souls prosper. He wants us to help the poor, provide food for the starving, medicine for the sick, houses for the homeless, education for the ignorant, Gospel for the sinners and lots more. We can never achieve what he wants us to do by our own strength alone. We need his blessings to help us and he has provided us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. Our next step is to turn these spiritual blessings into their physical equivalent.
We need real and physical money to fulfill the desires God has put into our hearts. In fact we need a lot of money to feed millions of starving people and help them to overcome their poverty. This also means that Christians who do not convert their spiritual blessings are basically selfish. They don’t care about the plights of millions of people who are living in need. The bondage of religion has turned people into selfish beings who only care for their religious doctrines and not the needs of others.
How are we going to do this conversion?
The Bible tells us that the only way to convert our blessings from the spiritual to the physical realms is through faith.
1 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)
Faith is the bridge that links the spiritual to the physical. It enables us to live in abundant riches, good health, have successful careers and live long lives to our satisfaction. If you are interested to find out more, I suggest you read my series on Hebrews 11. You can find it under the “Category” section at the left side of this blog.
Ephesians 1:3 also tells us that it is technically wrong for us to ask God to bless us because he has done it. God had blessed us in every area the moment we believed in him. So there is no need for him to re-bless us. We are already blessed. However, if we want to physically enjoy the blessings, we will have to convert the blessings from the spiritual to the physical realms. In order to do that, we need faith. Start reading and listening to the messages of faith. Your life will never be the same again.