In Christ the true believer finds an abundance of “spiritual blessings” [“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” (Eph. 1:3)]. Apart from Christ, we cannot expect God to bless us. Jesus promised, “But seek first His kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt. 6:33). Jesus was God manifested in the flesh [“Namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:19], and Jesus is the righteousness of God [“But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30)]. In Christ all things are ours [“. . .all things belong to you, and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God” (1 Cor. 3:22-23)], but if we refuse to put first things first, we cannot expect God to keep His promise to us.
January 8, 2015