Tremendous Blessedness in Jesus

1 Corinthians 1:30   (KJV)   30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

1 Corinthians 1.30 - Tremendous Blessedness in JesusThe greatest blessing we’ve received when we placed our full dependence on Jesus for our salvation and surrendered our lives to Him is Jesus Himself. With Him and in Him is attached so many other blessings that are also of immeasurably great value—definitely not as great as Jesus, but tremendously great nonetheless.

When we hear believers say “I’m eternally grateful to God,” it isn’t a simple, thoughtless, and trivial parroting of a Christian cliché; there’s enormous weight and truth in that short statement that genuine believers understand. To have the very wisdom of God living in us—having the mind of Christ—how can anyone grasp the magnitude of its worth? To be made the righteousness of God—that’s a lot to process for those of us who know and humbly admit how spiritually bankrupt we are when left to ourselves. To be sanctified—to know that we’ve been set apart for God’s special purpose, washed, cleaned up, continually being cleaned up, and will be sufficiently cleaned up—prepared for the meeting with our Lord. To be redeemed—purchased back from and for God, restored in freedom, spiritual authority and dominion. Who can equal to such experience?

Dear Lord, to You, we really are eternally grateful. There surely is no life better than the life of a believer.

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Blessedness of the Watchful

Luke 12:38   (KJV)   38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

Luke 12.38 - Blessedness of the WatchfulServants who will be found expectantly and readily waiting for the Lord’s return will be blessed.

The Lord will and can return any moment. Although others believe differently regarding the notion of imminence—that no one knows the day or the hour except the Father—we all believe that He’s coming again. As surely as His return is, He also wants us to be prepared.

The Kingdom of God is our preoccupation. We lay up eternal treasures. We’re free from greed, from love of money, from materialism. We understand the value of life is more than the entire world itself. And God is infinitely greater than anything and anyone. We seek Him first—His Kingdom and righteousness. We may not have thousands in our bank deposit, but we have a rich relationship with our Father.

We serve Him gladly—our lamps continually burning, with extra flask of “oil.” We see the ever-increasing appearances of the signs of His return; we don’t neglect them; we pay serious and careful attention. When He comes like a thief, we won’t be caught in surprise.

 

Believers’ Blessed Future

Revelation 20:6   (KJV)   Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

There’s such blessedness and uniqueness enjoyed by believers that’s beyond explanation and imagination.

Revelation 20.6 - Believers' Blessed FutureBeing blessed, being holy, being a part of a glorious resurrection that leads to rewards instead of the ultimate judgment, condemnation and suffering, becoming priests of our God and our Jesus, reigning with Him for a thousand years—these are more than enough reasons for us to totally appreciate and value our status as believers and followers of our precious Lord.

I’m joyfully overwhelmed by those wonderful gifts from our absolutely gracious heavenly Father. Not everyone shares the excitement. Others treat them with contempt because of over-familiarity. We hear of them often; they’ve become a redundant truth, sad to say, even to some believers. But not to us; all the joys and excitement we sense aren’t nearly enough to equal the great wonders of all those blessings God has in store for us.

Works Matter

Revelation 14:13   (KJV)   13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

Revelation 14.13 - Works MatterSalvation, death, resurrection, rest, works—these are indispensable truths and experiences in the lives of believers.

Being “in the Lord” is the most important experience anyone can ever have here on earth. It’s the only experience that changes and secures our eternal destiny—from an eternal destiny apart from Christ to an eternal destiny in His presence. All of us, except those alive when our precious Lord returns, will experience death. For us believers, it is a most welcome transition to the most glorious state we’ll ever enjoy in our entire existence—a life of rest, love, joy, peace multiplied a gazillion times greater.

In as much as often undermined in teaching the wonders of grace, works matter. They matter now, they will matter in eternity. It’s worth repeating: we’re not saved by works, but we’re saved unto good works.  For believers, it’s not “either-or” between grace and works; it’s both. Grace is God’s part and He does wonders with it; works is our part and we strive to do well in it.

The Blessed Rejects

Luke 6:22   (KJV)   22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

Even with experiences considered as horrible, a believer is still so blessed. To be hated; to be rejected, excluded, or ostracized; to be mocked, slandered, and ridiculed; to be vilified, insulted, and cursed—in the natural, being dealt with in such ways can be very painful. luke-6-22-the-blessed-rejectsBut even in the middle of these seemingly very hurtful treatments, we still have reasons to leap for joy. All the sufferings we undergo because of our relationship with our precious Lord Jesus, taken altogether, are nothing compared to the glorious rewards awaiting us.

What God allows, it’s for our good. We trust Him as the One in complete control of everything. Yes, there are many factors involved; free will plays a big part. But even the most rebellious of men’s choices still play within the masterful orchestration of our Divine Maestro. That’s why we enjoy acting the way He tells us to. What matters most to us is loving, trusting, and obeying Him.

We may not have luxuries in life, but we’re blessed because we have access to the inexhaustible resource of our Dad’s Kingdom. We may not afford the most exotic food in the world, but we’re blessed because He satisfies our mouths with good things so that our vigor is renewed day by day. We may have nights of weeping, but we’re blessed because joy comes in the morning. We may be rejected by people, but we’re accepted by God.

We can love our enemies, love those who hate us, do good to those who do us bad, bless those who curse us. We leave vengeance to God; we don’t have qualms about parting with our material possessions to give to those in need; we know it’s more blessed to give than to receive. We forgive those who wrong us and pray for those who maltreat us. These we do never for a show but out of the goodness of God-changed, God-surrendered, and God-trusting hearts. This is the portrait of a unique breed of people—those blessed by God.

Blessedness in Fearfulness

Psalm 128:1   (KJV)   Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways.

There is blessedness in fearing the Lord. This clarifies the fear issue. Is it godly or ungodly to fear? Perfect love casts out fear; because of this, some see fear as evil and ungodly. But there are many Scriptures commanding us to fear the Lord. This shows that there is a godly kind of fear, apsalm-128-1-blessed-fear fear that we don’t just permit, but a fear we pursue. This kind of fear is coupled with and proven by a surrendered life to Him. Fear of God that doesn’t walk in His ways isn’t real.

True believers obey God’s commands and follow God’s ways. This naturally brings blessings for choosing the best way of living. A life of wisdom is life that brings much reward. We reap what we sow. Life in fearful high respect for God’s greatness, His awesome being and power is a life that knows its freedom and boundaries. We enjoy our freedom to the utmost but not carelessly and recklessly. God Who lovingly and generously gives us this freedom is also the most powerful Entity in existence. It’s wise living in His pleasure, valuing Him above all, and treating Him with utmost respect.

There’s no life better than that lived in blessedness. We are blessed with righteousness; although we’ve sinned and we sin against Him; He forgives those of us who come to Him in repentance; He restores our souls. Although spiritual blessings are infinitely more important than any material blessings we receive, He doesn’t neglect our material and physical existence. He gives us health, wholeness, mobility, and healing. Even as we sleep, when all our natural senses are suspended, when our minds are not aware of its surroundings, the organs of our bodies keep functioning. There’s no sickness He can’t heal. We’re blessed with beautiful families. We’re blessed with hope; we’re blessed with an indescribably glorious eternal home. We can go on and on, but we’ve made the point. Nothing beats our lives as true believers.

Praise you Lord for a life of love, joy, peace, and freedom, a life of blessedness found in our precious Lord Jesus.

Hear and Heed

Luke 11:27-28  (KJV)   27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. 28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

A woman exclaimed about the blessedness of her who was favored to be the bearer of Jesus when He entered humanness and humanity. Mary was the recipient of this certain high favor of God. She was indeed extremely blessed, so blessed that it has become inextricably joined with her identity: she will be called blessed. But with all the indescribable honor that comes with that special experience and role, Jesus diverted their attention to another area of blessedness – it’s the blessedness of hearing and heeding the Word of God. Instead on focusing on the mother; He wanted them to focus on His Word. There is a noticeable implication of the more advantageous nature of this kind of blessing. For one, the motherhood to the humanity of the Lord Jesus was an experience only enjoyed by one; learning and obeying God’s Word can be enjoyed by everyone. 

There are blessings God allows everyone to enjoy – believers or not. Then there are blessings that are available only to all believers. God’s blessings are inexhaustible. Whereas there were special blessings in the Old Covenant reserved only for the first born, In Christ, His blessings are now made available to the firstborn or the ninth-born – the ones in between and the ones after. But in addition to being a believer, there is clearly a special kind of blessedness enjoyed by an obedient believer. The blessedness brought about by our relationship with Jesus and the blessedness brought about by obedience to Jesus neither contradict nor cancel out each other. It’s just a piling up of one blessing after another. But with the emphasis Jesus placed in the importance of hearing and doing God’s Word; it will be wise for us to hear and obey God’s Word – no matter how much blessings we’ve already enjoyed in having a saving relationship with Him. To believe that there’s blessedness in obedience doesn’t nullify the graciousness of God. Whatever blessedness we receive, it’s always way much greater than what our obedience really deserves. Grace doesn’t undermine obedience; it promotes it; it enables it. Obedience doesn’t undo grace; it honors it; it values it. By the way, as an important note: Jesus places  more value on obedience to His Word rather having the very favored role of being His mother. We will do well in being devoted to the Word rather than being devoted to any other blessed entity we find in the Word.   

Blessed Lord, thank you for being our Savior. Now, we’re enjoying the awesome joy and peace brought about by our experience of Your salvation. Thank You for being our Lord. May we now enjoy the additional awesome blessedness brought about by obedience to Your Word.