Blessings and The Blessing
Daily we thank God for protection, for provision, for special people in our lives, and for many other blessings that we have received by his mercy and grace. Such thanksgiving is appropriate and an acknowledgement of his “blessings” is Scriptural (read Psalm 103 for example).
But—what does God’s Word point to as “The Blessing” of God?
In Ephesians 1:3, we are told that God “has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” The ultimate blessings of God are spiritual and heavenly—hence, eternal!—and not the temporary provisions and even prosperity that he might choose to “bless” us with here on this earth. Even the Old Testament saints, who could have misunderstood God’s promises to merely mean an earthly home, actually understood that God meant so much more: “They desired a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore…he has prepared for them a city.” (Hebrews 11:16)
Paul, in Romans 4:6-8 (quoting Psalm 32:1-2) also notes the spiritual nature of the truly blessed when he notes that the truly blessed person is the one whose sins are forgiven! “David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: ‘Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.’”
The point is that we truly are blessed by God when we realize that he is preparing for us an eternal home in the heavens, and he is also preparing us to belong in this home!
“God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.” (Acts 3:26)
When God transforms a sinner into a saint, that is his true blessing! While it is true that God may (and does!) bless us with many things in this world, his real blessing is to free us from this world!
He does this by granting us, not the spirit of the world, but His Spirit, freely given to those who believe: “in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come…that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.” (Gal. 3:14)
Final point to think about: the blessing of God is not a reward for righteousness; the blessing of God is righteousness!