¶ 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 (Eph. 1:3, NKJV, emphasis added).
If “grace and peace” is a word of benediction, “blessed be God” is a word of doxology. Paul is praising the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for all the spiritual blessings of salvation in Christ. When Paul proclaims “grace and peace” to the Ephesians, he is blessing them. With his words, “blessed be God” here, he is blessing God. The blessed is here blessing the Blesser.
In the Greek, Ephesians 1:3-14 is only one sentence. Paul presents a Trinitarian blessing in this one long sentence. The first blessing is from the Father (Eph. 1:3-6, 8-12). He has blessed us with all spiritual blessings. The second blessing is through the Son (Eph. 1:7, 11). In Christ, “we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7). The third blessing is with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13-14). Having believed Christ, God sealed us with the Holy Spirit. He is the guarantee of our inheritance, until our ultimate redemption, “to the praise of His glory” (Eph. 1:14).
The Meaning of Blessed
“Blessed” is from the Greek, eulogetos, where we get our word, “eulogize” (praise). The Septuagint (LXX) uses eulogetos for the Hebrew, barak, “kneel down” in the Qal stem and “adore with bended knees” in the Piel stem (See Gen. 9:26; Ex. 18:10; Ps. 28:6). (BDB) Eulogetos is from the root, eulogeo, “to speak well, of, to bless (thank), praise.” (Strong)
Back when I was a little boy in grade school, we had a neighbor and classmate whose name was Eulogeo. I didn’t know what his name meant then. But I know now. It means, “to praise, speak well of, bless, thank.” But I can’t think of something to praise and thank him for. One day, he let go of his doberman. The dog ran up to me and bit my right leg. He was a funny guy, Eulogeo, but he did a lot of bad things then.
Eulogetos pertains “to being worthy of praise or commendation – ‘one to be praised.’” (Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 2nd ed.s. v. ευλογητος, in Bible Windows CD) The New Testament applies it only to God, describing His “intrinsic character.” (Robertson’s Word Pictures in Power Bible CD) In a profound benediction, Paul enumerates the reasons for this praise to God in Ephesians 1:1-14.
“Blessed” (eulogetos) is an adjective and should be translated and understood as such; hence, “Blessed is the God.” The indicative verb, “is,” therefore describes the innate character of God. Blessed is God. God is blessed. That’s how the Bible describes God.
How does your life describe God?” I did not ask, “How do you describe God?” I asked, “How does your life describe God?” Does your life announce loudly that God is blessed? Do you live a life that’s kneeling down to God every day? Do you live a life that praises God? Starting today, live to bless God. For God is indeed blessed, and blessed is God!
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