“Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, [W]ho hath blessed is with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:2-3)
Recently We were given the honour of ministering the Word of God at LightHouse Church in the Romeoville-Plainfield area. In the morning service we spoke on, “What is a Christ-ian.” We, due to time constraints were not able to preach at length on this worthy topic. We were not able to touch on our text above however we are certain that that which we were able to cover was helpful. The description we were able to express was that the Christ-ian has been made partaker of the divine nature (2 Peter 2:4). The Christ-ian has been made a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) or a new creation in Christ which means we are a new species different from those that remain part of the old creation in Adam. We are a different species altogether whereas we are lover’s of Christ and we enjoy retaining Him in our thoughts, we are given to prayer and praise, and we long for His return. The old creation hates Christ as they oppose His holiness and righteousness, they do not desire to have Him in their thoughts they pray not nor do they give Him praise and they dread His return. We are as different from them as a meat eating carnivore is from a plant eater.
Another way to describe the Christ-ian is s/he has been on who has been blessed with all spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ. In other words the Christ-ian is a person who is in Christ which means s/he was “in Christ” when He walked this earth and was without sin, was “crucified with Him”, “buried with Him” and “raised from the dead with Him” and is now “seated in heavenly places with Him”. This can be explained from a passage in Hebrews (7) seven that states that Issac and Jacob paid tithes to Melchizedek when Abraham paid said tithes. However neither Issac nor Jacob were as yer born but they were in his loins. In like manner we have been in the loins of Christ from eternity past!!!
Further more the Christ-ian is one who has been blessed with all spiritual blessings. This means that all the blessings we pray for are already ours! Whatever it is that you request such as grace, peace, patience, hope, strength, etc is already your and all these spiritual blessing dwell latent inside of you in the Person of the Holy Ghost. The blessings are present and we need God’s help in appropriating them. When Christ was speaking on the topic of forgiveness the disciples asked, “increase our faith.” So it is with us we may ask God to increase the blessing, help us learn to use them and to glorify Him thereby. We can seek God’s help in using our spiritual blessings to benefit others as well.
Another way to think about these spiritual blessings and the use thereof is a release of power as in, “O, Holy Spirit of God please release this grace…strength, hope, etc. with in Me that I might glorify God, the Giver of all spiritual blessing. This can be seen at the end of Samson’s life. He besought God to release power within him to destroy God’ enemies. David is another example as he killed a lion and a bear while shepherding the sheep. David did not have the use of this power at all times but it was present when needed. Daniel is yet another picture of what we are speaking on. Daniel, we believe did not have his great faith at all times but an increase of faith was granted as needed.
The Christ-ian, again can be describes in many ways the above being only a few but does demonstrate the greatness of being a man or woman that walks with God on a second by second basis. The Christ-ian has been given the power and the right to pray with a holy boldness and the knowledge that God will hear and will answer according to his will and our good.
It is the Christ-ian that has grace, faith, hope, wisdom, peace, patience, love, joy, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, and temperance residing within simply waiting to be exercised.
Finally, it is the Christ-ian that has been predestined to be Christ-like and it is through these blessings that we will arrive. Before closing let me ask you this most revealing question, Are you more like Christ than you were newly indwelt by the Holy Spirit and all spiritual blessings? Signs of a new believer are his love for Christ, his love for the Word of God, and his love for the brethren. A new love is the first signs of a new believer. However after on begins to age in his salvation the test is his Christ likeness.