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Editorial. Koshy Zachariah 

“B L E S S I N G S”

The greatest blessing that is bestowed upon us, the Christian believers, is the cardinal, rather the foundational, truth that ”God chose us in Him (the Lord Jesus Christ) before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and without blame before Him.”( Eph. 1:4). This fact brings a question, Can there be discrimination on the part of God?. Some are chosen and a large majority rejected! That is contradicting the truth “For God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. “ (Jn. 3:16). Note the statement, “whosoever believes in Him”. Therefore there is no discrimination on the part of God. To understand the statement, “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world,“ the reference to 1Peter 1:2 “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,” should help us. God in His foreknowledge, could see whosoever from the entire humanity, would respond to the Gospel and those responded are the ones chosen before the foundation of the world. This is my humble perception.

Another blessing is in Eph. 1:3- ”He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.“ But God could also bless a believer with material things also depending on his faithfulness; this is really secondary.

Another blessing to a Christian believer “being holy and without blame before Him” is the richest revelation; “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus“ (Rom. 8:1). There is no divine condemnation as far as our sin is concerned, because we are in Christ.

Another blessing is in 1 Peter 2:9 ”But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.“ Christians are a people for God’s own possession. Note the statement, “His own special people.“ We belong to Him in a unique way and are of special value to Him.

Yet a wonderful magnificent blessing is that, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God; and if children, then heirs- heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.“ (Rom. 8:16,17).

Many are the blessings and let me stop with one more blessing, that is in 1 Thess. 4:11-18. A Christian believer, will be caught up in the mid air when the Lord comes, to be with Him forever.“ May the Lord help us to refresh our minds with the manifold blessings we have received in and through our Lord Jesus Christ


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