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What a privilege! 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3

One of the joys of watching the Olympics is seeing how people react when they win a medal. One of my favourites was the two Brazilian Gymnasts, Arthur Mariano and Diego Hypolito, who got bronze and silver when GB’s Max Whitlock got a gold. They were just bawling their eyes out! (Watch them at the end of the BBC’s clip of Max Whitlock).

But although receiving a medal in the Olympics is one of the greatest privileges in the sporting world today, it’s nothing compared to the privileges we have in Christ.

I’m preparing ahead for the studies in HUB that we will be looking at next term (I understand that the students in Focus and the International Fellowship in iHUB will also be studying Ephesians). It’s such a joy to consider what privileges we have in Christ.

Here are some:

  • Being chosen by God to be holy and blameless (1:4)
  • Being predestined to be adopted as his children (1:5)
  • Being rescued through his death on the cross (1:7)
  • Being loved to such a degree with grace lavished on us (1:8)
  • Being part of the plan of what God is doing in the world (1:8-10).

And of course all of these are undeserved and you don’t need to work for them (unlike an Olympic medal!). One former Church Apprentice from StAG told me that this verse kept him going for a whole term as he meditated on those three words EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING!

I’m so looking forward to the new term. Whether you will be with us in HUB, or joining our church for the first time this term, or just reading this from somewhere else in the world, let’s rejoice in the great privileges that we have in Jesus.

Charlie Newcombe