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heavenly Jerusalem (Gal. 4: 26). In the later epistles Jews and Gentiles partake of the
"all spiritual blessings" in the heavenlies.
The purpose of this study has been to show this distinction, a distinction that should be
considered and prayed over very carefully. In the first great epistle of the mystery
(Ephesians) there are two prayers for the saints, prayers that we should pray for
ourselves, for they request enlightenment into that truth which God would make known
to His saints (Col. 1: 26, 27).
If the realization of what it meant to be blessed with Israel called forth from the
Gentiles such a liberal gift to those through whom they had been blessed, how much
more should the wonder of being blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies
cause us to contribute to the work of the Lord in this day. In this the Philippians are an
example, for they sent to the one who had been used of God to reveal the truth of the
mystery; to-day we also should support the means used to commit the same truth to
faithful men. The need for promoting gospel testimony cannot be over estimated, but
there is a real occasion to emphasize the need of seeking to be allowed to make known
(by gift or whatever other way we can) the mystery. We say "allowed" advisedly, for we
are confident that the highest privilege ever granted man is to speak of these truths which
are so vitally associated with the present headship and glory of our Lord Jesus Christ at
the right hand of God in the heavenlies.
The consideration of giving has led us to the subject of our blessings; let us then
conclude with the benediction with which these blessings are first introduced:--
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all
spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" (Eph. 1: 3).