The spiritual blessings we have in Christ consist of, but are not limited to, all the elements of ordo salutis. So then, what does it mean that we have received every spiritual blessing in Christ?
First, it means that we have received all spiritual blessings in the power or virtue of Jesus Christ, on His credit. How could God choose us before the foundation of the world (v. 4)? This election was obviously for our redemption and redemption is for sinners. It was possible, then, only because God chose His Son to be the Savior of His elect people. How about predestining us for adoption as sons (v. 5)? Can fallen sinners ever hope to be adopted as God’s children? Of course not! This is possible only because God’s chosen Redeemer is God’s only Son. And if God could bless us with grace (v. 6), it’s only because His beloved Son fulfilled the covenant of works as our Champion and Representative.
It is obvious how we could have redemption (v. 7): it is because Jesus purchased us with His blood from the bondage of sin and death. And how can we ever expect God to reveal the mystery of His will to us (v. 9)? This is the kind of thing a person does with his closest friend or confidant. It is only because Christ as the Son knows His Father’s will and He as our Savior reconciled us to God. If God could plan to unite all things (v. 10)—not just Jews and Gentiles but also man and the whole universe and man and God—it is because Jesus is the eternal Son of God, sovereign Lord of all, and Redeemer of His people.