Ephesians 1:3-14 - Lectionary for Pentecost 8B
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Our reading from Ephesians 1:3-14 speaks of God as “blessed.” It then proceeds to speak of the blessings God gives to his people. We may well ask how God can be blessed. A similar question is how we could possibly bring glory to God.
When we speak of blessing God or glorifying him, we are not speaking of anything God needs to make himself complete or fulfilled. We are rather talking about recognizing what God is actually like. by his very nature He is the one who already possesses every possible blessing there is. By his grace, he passes those blessings on to us.
What are those blessings of Ephesians 1? God chose us to be holy. He predestined us to be his children. He redeemed us since we couldn’t do it ourselves. He revealed his will which is for our good. He gave an inheritance to us. He placed the Holy Spirit upon us. All this he has done through His grace and by his good pleasure.
God, the blessed and glorious one, has poured out His blessing for his people. For this reason, we return blessing and honor to Him.
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