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As I’ve been meditating on the opening passage of Ephesians 1, I’ve been struck by verse 3 where Paul says, “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.” The greek word for Blessing in this passage is eulegeo, which is also where we get the word “Eulogy”. This word is a contraction of two greek words: ‘eu’ which means ‘good’ and ‘logos’ which means ‘word’ and therefore when brought together gives us the thought of ‘a good word.’

Paul is essentially telling us that as he considers all the good words that have been spoken over us in the heavens, that he can’t help but speak well of the Father who has done the speaking. In Matt 25:21, Jesus tells us the faithful slave is told “well done!” as he was promoted to positions of greater authority and responsibility. In today’s language, we might say it this way: “Great job! Excellent work!” The greek word used to record Jesus’ statement is ‘eu.’ Consider then the word ‘good’ carries with it something more than simply being better than bad, it brings a higher level of praise or greatness. Paul was saying I will Bless the Father, I will speak a good word of the Father, I will speak great words of praise and love towards Him for what He has done for us; for He has spoken great words over us in the heavens!

As I let my heart consider what these spiritual blessings in the heavenly places might be, my thoughts were brought to Ps 139:17,18 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand!

God’s thoughts towards us! Are they not the very things He has spoken over us in the heavens? In Eph 1:4 it says that He chose us before the foundations of the world, knowing we would say ‘yes’ to His Son. That’s a long time for Him to be thinking of us and so numerous are His thoughts towards us that we can’t count them. These thoughts become the very words spoken from the heart of God, words spoken in heaven about our lives, about our hearts, about who we are in Jesus, about who we were made to be, about who we will be in eternity, about our time here and now.

Don’t you want to know what these great words are that were spoken over you? That’s one of my prayers, “Father, reveal the thoughts of your heart to me, what great things have you spoken over me, let me hear the good words that you spoke over me before the foundation of the world and are now echoing in the halls of heaven!”

I will speak highly of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus the Anointed who has spoken wonderful words concerning us in every great word He has breathed into the heavens through the Anointed One!

May He reveal the innumerable thoughts & words of love, tenderness and greatness His heart has towards you!

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