Great Verses of the Bible: Ephesians 1:3

Charles Spurgeon once referred to R. C. Chapman, the British evangelist, as “the saintliest man I ever knew.”

One morning Chapman was asked how he was feeling. “I’m burdened this morning!” was his reply.

However, his happy countenance contradicted his words. So the questioner exclaimed in surprise, “Are you really burdened, Mr. Chapman?”

“Yes, but it’s a wonderful burden–it’s an overabundance of blessings for which I cannot find enough time or words to express my gratitude!”

Seeing the puzzled look on the face of his friend, Chapman added with a smile, “I am referring to Psalm 68:19, which fully describes my condition. In that verse the Father in heaven reminds us that He ‘daily loads us with benefits.’”

Chapman’s “burden” is identified by Paul in one of the great verses of the New Testament–Ephesians 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.”

This passage reminds us of three very important points about this “spiritual burden” for which we can be thankful.

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