ALL THE BLESSINGS OF THE SPIRIT
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.
I love this verse of scripture. What does Paul mean by “every spiritual blessing”? Actually he is talking about all of the benefits that begin to flood into our lives when we receive the Holy Spirit. A.B. Simpson was a pastor in New York City at the beginning of the 20th century. He was touched mightily by the Pentecostal outpouring that happened about that time and became a leading teacher in that movement. Listen to his take on this passage.
” • This epistle is an unfolding of “all the blessings of the Spirit.” This is the true translation of this passage.
• There is a great difference between the blessings of the Spirit and spiritual blessings. This is a case where a single noun is worth a hundred adjectives. The person of the Holy Ghost is worth more than all His gifts.
• The apostle’s theme, in this sublime epistle, is the higher blessings of the Holy Ghost, which He makes known to those who enter into the fullness of Christ, May the Holy Spirit Himself enable us to see and enter into all the blessings of the Spirit!”
This understanding of this verse of scripture can change everything for us. We are no longer looking for various blessings from the Lord, we are after God Himself. All of the blessings; healing, provision, changed life and lifestyle, flow out of our relationship with the Holy Spirit. When He comes into our lives, He doesn’t come alone, He brings all of the “blessings of the Spirit” with Him. I love what Simpson said about the results of receiving the Spirit, “the person of the Holy Ghost is worth more than all His gifts”. Simpson had discovered the true gift of Pentecost. It was not the receiving of a new formula or the secret to success in life, but the reception of a new person. The Lord is offering us more than wonderful gifts, He is offering us Himself. Actually, that is the greatest expression of love. We are not so much interested in gifts from our loved ones, we are interested in the loved ones themselves. The gift of the Spirit is God’s greatest expression of love, His best gift. What is that gift, it is God Himself. When you receive this gift of love, you may just receive more than you ever imagined, you might just step into “all the blessings of the Spirit.”