Week 1 Devotion | Who Do You Think You Are?

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.” Ephesians 1:3-4

(I am currently leading Inspire Church through a study on Ephesians, and the sermon series is titled, “Who Do You Think You Are?” That is a question we will be addressing as we journey through Paul’s letter. The following is a devotion taken from the message.)

“[God] has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing.” Ok. Wait a minute. We’re not letting the writer, Paul, off the hook, here. Paul is saying who we essentially are is found in Christ. We do not have to strive or toil to be secured in him, as Christ did all the toiling by carrying the cross and dying on it.

But then he goes on and says that, in Christ, we have access to all that Christ is and has…we have every spiritual blessing. Now, that’s a hard concept to grasp. 

I have every spiritual blessing yet I didn’t read my devotion every day last week. I have every spiritual blessing, yet my patience towards those I love proved to wear thin. I am supposed to have every spiritual blessing, but I’m wrestling with angst over the future, and, therefore, I struggle to make the right decisions. 

This doesn’t sound like I have every spiritual blessing. It sounds like there is something broken; there is a disconnect. Paul is firm when he says that God’s definite plan to save us is secure from the beginning and that God chose us to be blameless and holy in Christ. 

So how do we begin to repair that disconnect so that we can experience “every spiritual blessing” in Christ? 

If your heart’s desire is Jesus, embrace the truth that you are “blameless.” Yes, you read that right:
And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,” (Colossians 1:21-22). Paul writes elsewhere about us being blameless this way: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2). 

It can be challenging embracing the truth that we are blameless. We are not blameless in our practice. That is, we are not blameless by our actions; we are blameless in our position in Christ. 

It’s hard to face our shame and sin. Trying to face our past can sometimes become a trap, so we’d just rather not deal with it. But God chose you to be holy and blameless because he wants you whole! So he provided Jesus Christ so that all could be forgiven. The slate has been wiped clean:“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh (A graphic way of saying, “You were unclean.”), God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses” (Colossians 2:13). 

Indeed, Jesus has done all so that we could have all—“every spiritual blessing”—but we must be resolved that as we are in Christ, we live knowing who we essentially are. 

So we pray, “Jesus, give me your holiness,” and have faith that we are no longer who we once were. Our perspective will change. As we live with that conviction, we begin to cooperate with God’s Spirit and start our pursuit of living out who we really are. 

Who do you think you are? 

We are NOT condemned, but we are holy and blameless in Christ.