Eph. 1:3 ¶ 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,
This verse lays the ground work to one of Paul’s greatest epistles. He unfolds these spiritual blessings, or blessings of the Spirit, all throughout the book of Ephesians. He says we are seated together in heavenly places in Christ. For those who have ears to hear, we are already brought into the heavenly banqueting house, the blessings are already pouring over us, we don’t have to wait for the coming kingdom, He is here and the blessings abound. Charles Hodge tells us about this heavenly realm that has been opened to us in his comments on today’s verse.
“In ‘heavenly places’ may be rendered either in or with heavenly things, or in heavenly places in heaven. If the former method be adopted the sense is, ‘Hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings with heavenly things.’ The words however occur five times in this epistle and always elsewhere in a local sense, which therefore should be preferred here. They are to be connected with the immediately preceding word, ‘Blessings in heaven.’ The meaning is that these blessings pertain to that heavenly state into which the believer is introduced.”
Wow! Did you catch that, we are already introduced to this realm. This revelation will take all our spiritual activities out of the realm of duty into Peter’s realm of unspeakable joy. Bible reading, prayer, worship, going to church, sharing our faith now become our greatest joy. It is in these spiritual activities that we begin to step into those heavenly places that Paul spoke about. Paul first tasted it on the Damascus Road: he was hooked. From the imprisonments, to the beatings, and stoning, to the shipwrecks; Paul was accessing that other world. It is in those heavenly places that we actually taste the blessings of the Spirit.
Maybe today all you can see are your earthly circumstances. The truth is that the heavenly realm is all around you, and is in you if you are born again. If you are not ‘feeling it’ all it takes is a spiritual adjustment (since you have read this far you are well on your way). Take some time and be still, acknowledge the blood of Jesus that cleanses every sin, and draw near to our merciful God. Before long, you will be soaring in those heavenly places.