The second spiritual blessing we see in this chapter is in verse 7. It is the blessing of our redemption. Imagine if God’s judgment required that we had to purchase our own salvation. What do I have in and of myself to offer to God? Nothing. While I look at my life and think I’m a pretty good guy overall, it only takes a minute to realize that if I my life were weighed in the scales of good verse evil, I would be found lacking. I would come short of the glory of God. How about you? How would you do? In Isaiah 64:5 it says that even our righteousness is as filthy rags. I won’t get into the details here but if one looked up the word filthy used here we’d find that it is not referring to just a dirty rag but a rag truly disgusting. If our righteousness is so vile, what does our sin do in the nostrils of God? It is truly amazing the God would send His only begotten Son to die for us, for me. Praise the Lord that Christ was willing to come to earth, He who knew no sin, became sin for us that we might be saved.
The third spiritual blessing is in verse 9 when Paul says “Having made know unto us the mystery of his will”. Prior to Christ’s arrival on earth, the Old Testament saints had to look forward to the redemptive work of the Messiah. We are blessed to know that Christ’s life, death, burial and resurrection was the fulfillment or revelation of this mystery. For that I am so thankful. I have told my wife Sherry many times that I don’t get hints very well, just tell me what you want me to know. Carrying this over into the spiritual realm, I am blessed to be able to look back at the redemptive work of Christ yet I marvel at how great a faith the Old Testament saints had to have prior to Christ’s birth.