Monday, November 20, 2006

Devotion: Let Loose in the Vault

Let Loose In The Vault

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ -- Ephesians 1:3; King James Version

The great Scottish Bible expositor Alexander MacLaren once wrote: "We may have as much of God as we will. Christ puts the key of the treasure-chamber into our hand, and bids us take all that we want. If a man is admitted into the bullion vault of a bank and told to help himself, and comes out with one cent, whose fault is it that he is poor?"

This is an absolutely beautiful verse. Think of it, for those that are IN Christ, we are blessed with EVERY spiritual blessing. Nothing is held back. Nothing is put in reserve. Nothing is denied. All is given freely. However, it does stand to reason; if God the Father has given us His precious Son, what then will He withhold?

You may want to know exactly what spiritual blessings are. Here is a list; being chosen for salvation, being adopted as His children, the hope of living eternally with Christ, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the power to do God’s will, the gift OF the Spirit, forgiveness, insight, transformation, cleansing, and intimacy with God Almighty. WHAT A LIST! All this is for "whosoever" that will take it. It has been purchased at Calvary by the redeeming blood of the Messiah. It has been offered to all peoples. It can be claimed by any who "confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead" (Romans 10:9; KJV). Like the bullion in today’s illustration, it is ready to be taken.

The best thing is that these blessings are "spiritual blessings in heavenly places". That means they are not temporary. Originating and being maintained in heavenly places guarantees that they cannot be destroyed, stolen, or corrupted. Jesus understood that these great blessings would be offered. In Matthew 6:20 He said, "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal" (KJV).

I would say with surety that every believer wants these blessings. How, then, may we have them? According to the Scripture above, these wonderful gifts are "in Christ". One can determine that to claim this abundance, one must be in Christ (John 15). We must have a singular focus. According to Hebrews 12:2, we are to look "unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God" (KJV). Jesus didn't just open the vault; He completely BUSTED the door off!

Go ahead…take it…we’ve been let loose in the vault.

Grace and peace to you from God the Father and Jesus the Son,
Tim Bowes
Romans 12:1-2

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