Without Punctuation or Pause 11th May 14

Some of the most amazing and breath-taking pronouncements of Scripture are found in the opening verses of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. After the Apostle has greeted his dear friends, who lived in what is now modern-day Turkey, he launches into a total of twelve verses (Eph 1:3-14) without punctuation or pause. So why did Paul a highly educated and brilliant scholar manage to get the ‘basics’ so wrong? He didn’t. Rather, maybe even as a consequence of his own excitement, he is thrilled to tell us how God got it so right!

Paul therefore opens his section by stating, ‘Praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the Heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus’ (Eph 1:3). Think about that for one moment. God has blessed you and me, not with a few, nor with some, nor even with the majority of spiritual blessings. Rather, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has become our Father through the means of Him adopting us as His own, has given us every single spiritual blessing, without exception in and through Christ Jesus. Now I trust that you understand something of Paul’s excitement as the thrill of these truths stirred his heart, quickened his Spirit and aroused his affection for Jesus.

This week, why not spend some time listing and praising God for those blessing that are yours…………..and mine?

Yours and his, Gareth

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