Where Do Our Blessings Originate?

God gives us every blesssing and He elucidates them. He also tells where these blessings come from. Where?

Eph. 1:3 ¶ 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,

Heb. 8:5 who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses was warned by God when he was about to erect the tabernacle; for, “SEE,” He says, “THAT YOU MAKE all things ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN WHICH WAS SHOWN YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN.”

Throne, angels, ark with commandments in stone. Fire.

Who — namely, the priests. serve unto the example — not “after the example,” as BENGEL explains. But as in Hebrews 13:10, “serve the tabernacle,” that is, do it service: so “serve (the tabernacle which is but) the outline and shadow.” The Greek for “example” is here taken for the sketch, copy, or suggestive representation of the heavenly sanctuary, which is the antitypical reality and primary archetype. “The mount” answers to heaven, Hebrews 12:22. admonished — The Greek especially applies to divine responses and commands. to make — “perfectly”: so the Greek. See — Take heed, accurately observing the pattern, that so thou mayest make, etc. saith he — God. the pattern — an accurate representation, presented in vision to Moses, of the heavenly real sanctuary. Thus the earthly tabernacle was copy of a copy; but the latter accurately representing the grand archetypical original in heaven (Exodus 25:40).).

things in the heavens — the heavenly tabernacle and the things therein. purified with these — with the blood of bulls and goats. heavenly things themselves — the archetypes. Man’s sin had introduced an element of disorder into the relations of God and His holy angels in respect to man. The purification removes this element of disorder and changes God’s wrath against man in heaven (designed to be the place of God’s revealing His grace to men and angels) into a smile of reconciliation. Compare “peace in heaven” (Luke 19:38). “The uncreated heaven of God, though in itself Untroubled light, yet needed a purification in so far as the light of love was obscured by the fire of wrath against sinful man” [DELITZSCH in ALFORD]. Contrast Revelation 12:7-10. Christ’s atonement had the effect also of casting Satan out of heaven [out of us as temples] (Luke 10:18; John 12:31, compare Hebrews 2:14). Christ’s body, the true tabernacle (see note on Hebrews 8:2; see note on Hebrews 9:11), as bearing our imputed sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). was consecrated (John 17:17, 19) and purified by the shedding of His blood to be the meeting place of God and man. sacrifices — The plural is used in expressing the general proposition, though strictly referring to the one sacrifice of Christ once for all. Paul implies that His one sacrifice, by its matchless excellency, is equivalent to the Levitical many sacrifices. It, though but one, is manifold in its effects and applicability to many.

1Pet. 1:3 ¶ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Eph. 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

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