Many times as believer’s the practical application of our theology seems to reflect unbelief that Christ has already paid for everything we will ever need to be successful in God and this life. We have given our lives to Christ, receiving eternal life, but we do not understand all the benefits of Christ’s accomplishments on the cross to live the abundant life this side of heaven. Ephesians 1:3 AMP says:
May blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) who has blessed us with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm!
The word blessed in this passage is the Greek word eulogeo. It refers to “the act of blessing, to act on one’s life in their behalf, to do good for them.” Here the word eulogeo is an aorist active participle. Now this is what is important. He has blessed us. What does that phrase mean?
First of all, it is in the aorist tense which means it is already done. Aorist tense is a completed action…The active voice means that Father is the one who has done the blessing…He blessed us in Christ. If it were not for Christ, none of the blessings would be there. … Thirdly, it is a participle. A participle is a verbal adjective. In other words, it simply describes what the subject has done…He is the Father of our Lord Jesus, and He has blessed us. He has already blessed us.
As sons and daughters of the living God, Christ has already blessed us at a time in the past with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms! We do not have to wait until a time in the future for everything to be just right in order to receive our spiritual blessings. We do not have to beg in order to receive our spiritual blessings in the midst of our present state of affairs. We cannot add anything to what Christ has already accomplished by striving to work harder in our own strength. Everything we need to live the abundant life has already been accomplished by Christ on our behalf at a time in the past.
Notice that our spiritual blessings are in the heavenly realms; they cannot be found in the natural realm. Imagine the heavenly realm as a room in our house. We are in the family room in our basement. The heavenly realms containing our spiritual blessings are upstairs in the living room.
Everything that Christ accomplished on our behalf is upstairs in the living room. To receive our spiritual blessings, we will have to get up and leave the family room in the basement, and go upstairs into the living room so we can see, gain access and receive our spiritual blessings.