Many know that in Ephesians, Paul spends the first three chapters writing about the “indicative” – that is, who we are in Christ. Have you ever taken time to make a list of the great salvation he describes? I tried. My list is probably not complete. But here it is, and then let me know if you’re not simply overwhelmed:
We are blessed with every spiritual blessing.
We are chosen before the foundation of the world.
We are holy and blameless before God.
We were predestined to be adopted as God’s sons and daughters.
We were redeemed from sin.
We have forgiveness of our trespasses and sins.
We have the riches of God’s grace lavished upon us.
We have God’s will revealed to us.
We have an inheritance, predestined to be ours according to the counsel of God’s will.
We have heard and believed in Christ.
We have been sealed with the Holy Spirit.
We have a spirit of wisdom and revelation so that the eyes of our hearts are enlightened, so that we might know the hope to which we’ve been called, the riches of Christ’s glorious inheritance, and the immeasurable greatness of God’s power to us.
We were dead in trespasses and sins, but because of the great love with which God loved us, we were made alive together with Christ.
We have been raised up and seated with Christ in the heavenly places.
We have the immeasurable riches of God’s grace in kindness towards us.
We have been saved by grace through faith and not by our own works. We have this as a gift of God.
We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works that have been prepared beforehand for us to walk in.
We were separated from Christ aliens and strangers and without hope, but have been brought near to God by the blood of Christ.
We have Christ as our peace, and the wall of hostility broken down.
We have the law of commandment abolished.
We have been re-created into one new man, one new race or humanity.
We have been reconciled to God.
We have access through Christ in the Spirit to the Father.
We are fellow citizens with the saints.
We are members of the household of God.
We are a new building in Christ, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone.
We Gentiles are now fellow heirs with the Jews, members of the same body, and partakers of the promises of God in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
We have the unsearchable riches of Christ.
We are the instrument through which God makes known His manifold wisdom to rulers and authorities in heavenly places.
We have boldness and access with confidence in Christ to God.
We are strengthened by the power of the Spirit.
We have Christ dwelling in our hearts by faith.
We are rooted and grounded in love, so that we might comprehend the breadth and width and height and depth of Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge.
We are filled with all the fullness of God.