By Pastor Emmanuel Iren
Let us take a look at Romans 4:7: “Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.”
What does it mean to be ‘blessed’? Especially in a culture where different meanings have been given to this word, it is needful to clarify what it means. Is it just a response to a sneezing person? Is it used to describe someone who is rich?
The bible explains this in Romans 4: 6-7, KJV:
“Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”
According to Bible, the blessing isn’t money. A blessed person is one whose standing with God is not based on personal merit, but by grace. It also adds that via this blessing there is no record of sins kept for such a person. Isn’t that wonderful?!
Paul further describes such a man in 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
We could never have qualified for God’s grace. But even while we were yet sinners, he made it available to us. This is the true description of a blessed person!
The believer, who is one God relates with based on faith in Jesus alone, is the truly blessed man.
Furthermore, let’s take a look at Romans 3:26 – “To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”
Ephesians 1:3 starts out with an interesting phrase that is worth taking note of: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”
One would then ask, how can God be blessed? Earlier, I clarified what the actual blessing is – righteousness status. The Greek word translated ‘blessed’ is “Eulogia”, which means “to be spoken well of.”
So, the verse which says “Blessed be God…who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” can be interpreted to mean that we speak well of God for speaking well of us in Christ.
Romans 3:23-26 further buttresses this. Verse 26 calls God just for justifying us.
Ephesians 1:3 shows us that the blessing cannot be money, or other earthly things. The blessing is a righteousness status! Hallelujah!