It seems to me that no one can be blessed who does not know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. WEBSTER’S NEW WORLD THESAURUS, 1990, defines blessed as
1. [Marked by God’s favor, especially in heaven] saved, redeemed, glorified,
translated, exalted, rewarded, resurrected, sanctified, glorious, beatified,
holy, spiritual, religious.—Ant. DOOMED, lost, accursed.
2. [Consecrated] sacred, dedicated, sanctified; see DIVINE.
The very moment the Lord Jesus Christ saves us, takes residence through His Holy Spirit in each one of us, and, at the same time, is at the Right Hand of the Father ever interceding for us is the beginning of the unfolding of blessedness.
At that very moment, we received God in totality; He never holds Himself back from us. Yet, after 38 years of being in Him and He in me—being His—I can attest to how much Wmore of Him I know and have experienced of Him. It is beyond my understanding; but appears to be so the more I abide in Him and His Word, the more I daily die to self and agree with the Apostle Paul that “to live is Christ,” and the more I empty myself of self and lie upon His Altar for infilling, empowering, and use by Him.
This brings about a paradox, because I become more mindful of how little of Him I yet know, how much more there is to Him, and, the awesomeness that He should care so much for one like me.
There is a chorus entitled, “Christ is all I need!” That is true. We who are His are most blessed. He is our “all in all.” But, as only He can do, while He is ALL, He manages to add to His ALL-ness.
From the beginning of time, God ordained marriage between one man and one woman who together would become one—one in Spirit, one in flesh, and one in carrying out His Desires. Marriage was never taken lightly by the Lord; it is a union formed by two separate entities who gradually cease to be as the one entity grows. How is this accomplished? Actually by having an unbroken triangle marriage: The Lord Jesus Christ at the Head and the Husband and the Wife.
As Jesus prayed for Himself, the apostles, and for those of us who would come afterwards, He prayed,
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them that they may be one just as We are one; I in them, and You in Me; that they may be make perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” (John 17:20-23, NKJV)
When will we experience the ultimate blessing—the Blessing of blessings? “And He is the head of the body, the church, Who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” (Colossians 1:18, NKJV)
What we have experienced thus far, and what we will experience until the Lord returns for His Body—the church—is just a foretaste of all He has in store for us. Remember, He is the Bridegroom; we—the church—are His Bride. Do you wait in anticipation, ever watching for His glorious appearing while we continue to serve Him? Can you imagine how glorious the consummation of that Marriage will be?
Roberta J. Kittrell – 12/05/2004 – word count: 622 – copyright 2004