“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3
In the verse above, Paul uses some form of the Greek word for “eulogy” three times. Although most of us think of a eulogy as a short speech praising someone at their funeral, the word more generally means “to praise, to bless, to bestow special favor upon.” In it’s most basic sense it means “good word.” The purpose of this verse is to setup all that Paul is about to declare in the next 12 verses.
Our English Bibles place the 202 words found in verses 3-14 into four separate sentences, but in the original Greek it was one long sentence. While this may drive writers and grammaticians crazy nowadays, I believe this is evidence that the opening of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians was a genuine outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It was so overwhelming to Paul that he couldn’t even pause to put a period down and start a new sentence. Rather, the truths of God came spilling out of him as the Holy Spirit directed his pen to write it all down.
While the doctrine found in this passage is dense and rich, Paul didn’t intend for it to be read as a teaching. In v3 he established this text as a declaration of praise. It is not only a call to worship God, but is an act of worship itself. Although doctrine is definitely beneficial for “reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16)” it can also be used as fuel for praise and worship.
When we are struggling and feeling like we can’t go on, sometimes the most beneficial thing we can do is simply sing the truths of God. No commentaries, no devotionals, no opinions. Just the simple truths declared in the scriptures. For anyone struggling today, I highly suggest picking up your Bible and reading Ephesians 1:3-14 as many times as you need to until you are encouraged.
Join us on Sunday morning as we do this together as a congregation. We’re going to open this sweet passage of scripture and discover that whenever we dive into rich doctrine, it will inevitably lead to a doxology - a song of praise to God.
God bless you all and hope to see you there!