The Everlasting Blessing

Dear Ones:

In Psalm 45, with the evident reference to the Lord Jesus, the psalmist writes: “…God hath blessed Thee forever.” (v.2)  We might look at that declaration and say, “Well, certainly that applies to the Lord Jesus, but how can that ever apply to me?”  If we go to the New Testament, to Ephesians 1:3, we read:  : “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who HATH blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places IN CHRIST.”  Now, what does this mean but that the everlasting blessing that is Christ’s is our own, not that we are Christ, but that we benefit today and eternally from the everlasting blessing of God upon and in Him.

One of the great aspects of the passion of the Apostle Paul was that Christ should be formed in his “little children.”  Indeed, he would say, “…My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.” (Gal. 4:19)  There is no doubt that the everlasting blessing of God is in heaven, in Christ, where He is seated at the right hand of God.  But the Bible says, that we are to pray that His will be done in the earth, “…as it is in heaven.”  How can this be unless it be the will of God for the everlasting blessing of God be revealed to, and in, His church on this earth, in His children?  It is for this reason that Paul writes, “…Seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” (Col. 3:1)  With feet on this earth, and heaven our home, ours is to live in the reality of the certain blessing of God “…in this earth,” as it is in heaven.

In the Bible, there are many great, little phrases, words that are life-changing.  One of these little phrases is found in Haggai 2:19:  “…from THIS day I will bless you.”  If the rebuilding of the temple is to be accomplished, then there must be the blessing from heaven.  But the people must believe that the time has come, and that the Lord is for them, and on their side.  They have known defeat and discouragement in their pursuit of the rebuilt temple, and have settled down with the acceptance of a work not completed.  But now, there has come a point, a moment, when the Lord declares that the blessing of heaven is upon them, that He is on their side, and will meet them.  Theirs is to trust Him, obey Him, lay hold on the reality of His promise.  “From this day…”

The everlasting blessing of God is ours in Christ.  But we are to seek it at the right hand of God in Christ.  Ours is to seek and to find, and to hear His voice saying, “Today,”  “Now.”  Someone once said, “Truth is not mine until it becomes me.”  And so, it is with blessing…the unchanging blessing of God…It is not mine, until I make it mine by faith…it must needs become me…on earth, as it is in heaven.

Love, Dad

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