Spiritual Blessings

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on April 3, 2005
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Spiritual Blessings

Exodus 23:20-33; Deuteronomy 28:1-14 The old covenant promises pertained to physical and material blessings. Exaltation - being lifted up high, health, fertility, prosperity, victory, inheriting land, and God's favor. The other significant promise was that God would provide a sacrifice for man's reconciliation.

The promises were not regarding salvation, righteousness, or eternal life.

Matthew 5:17 and 18 At Calvary, Jesus ended the old covenant and began the new covenant.

Matthew 26:26-29 The new covenant began when he died and will be fulfilled when he returns.

Hebrews 8:5 and 6 Better covenant established upon better promises.

Verse 8 The book of Hebrews is written specifically to believers who are descendants of Israel and not to the Gentiles. The new covenant realities also belong to the Gentiles (Galatians 3:6-9, 29; Ephesians 2:11-18).

Verses 9-13 New covenant promises; far superior to old.

Ephesians 1:1

Based upon Hebrew Scriptures, Christ is Messiah which means Anointed, Prophet, High Priest, King.

Verse 3 Spiritual contrast to natural or physical. The old covenant - the blessings were material or physical. In the new covenant the blessings are spiritual, some of which follow in Ephesians.

Verse 4 Foundation of the world. Genesis 1:1, first; II Peter 3:7, second; Revelations, third. We are called before the second and third.

We are enabled to live holy and without blame before Him in love as part of the spiritual blessings.

Verse 14 What we have now is part of the whole that will be ours when Christ returns.

Ephesians 2:1-7 Ages to come He will show the exceeding riches of His grace.



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