Riches In Christ
Pastor Steve Ellison
We would all agree that money does not buy happiness. We would all sign our name to that creed. However, on the day when cash runs short, we all waver. Just ruin a tire and have no money with which to purchase another and our creed fails us. Let the refrigerator quit and have no money in the bank and we lose our happiness very quickly. Who among us would not be happy to have a bank account which not only never ran dry but never even diminished no matter how much we withdrew? The answer is obvious. We would all like to have such a bank account. We would love to be able to make regular large withdrawals without the balance ever dropping. This financial wish is a pipe dream but believers in Christ already have exactly that type of spiritual bank account.
Ephesians 1:3-8 spells it out, “ 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, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He lavished on us.” (NASU) When God saved us, He established the greatest trust fund ever created. We have been given every spiritual blessing in Christ. We have been made blameless before God. We have been adopted into God’s family. God’s grace has been freely bestowed on us. We have redemption and our sins are forgiven not simply out of Christ’s riches but according to Christ’s riches. The richest Being in the universe lavished His grace on us. There are enough resources in heaven to cover all your past debts, present liabilities, all future needs and still not diminish your account. God has established the greatest spiritual trust fund imaginable.
Ephesians 1, Galatians 4, and Romans 8 among other places tell us that those who trust Christ have been adopted into God’s family. This adoption makes us heirs of God, fellow heirs with Christ. The merciful Judge has released the criminal from his debt. The merciful Judge did not parole but rather gave full pardon to the criminal. This truly remarkable mercy defies description. This mercy is followed up with real grace. The merciful Judge did not send the criminal on his way to fend for himself, but rather the merciful Judge adopted the criminal into His own family. The merciful Judge gave the criminal an inheritance. Oh and by the way, the criminal’s crime had been committed against the merciful Judge.
The Christian (the pardoned and adopted criminal) receives a literal storehouse of spiritual riches. He is transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of Light. He is invited to dwell with God throughout eternity. He becomes a joint-heir with Christ. He is assured of sanctification. His slate with sin written all over it is wiped clean and righteousness is written on it. God’s name is placed on him. God’s Spirit lives in him, seals him, and keeps him safe in order to present him to Christ at the end of time. He has access to the very throne room of God. He is assured of God’s protection and provision. God will love him, teach him, train him, and discipline him. The Christian is blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ. ..……..…..firstname.lastname@example.org