Sunday, July 16, 2006

God’s Gift of the Power and Authority to Bless

The traditional Christian blessing for newborns: May the Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit bless you my child, for time and eternity, and may this blessing remain with you forever.

Along with the authority to forgive other people's sins against oneself, I believe that the authority to bless in the name of the LORD is the greatest gift God gives to His saints. The Scriptures are full of formally pronounced blessings and I do not believe that these should be taken as sentimental expressions of affection or pious sentiments of good will. God honoured blessings spoken by His servants in the Old Testament. In the New Testament Jesus said to the disciples “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,” and Paul reminded Timothy that “God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” The life of a believer in Jesus Christ is a life of power; an infinite line of credit for forgiving and for blessing—a powerful authority indeed for one to possess. The blessing written above, with which I blessed our daughter on the day she was born, is a first blessing, a general blessing for newborns, but I am looking forward to making a close study of parental blessings in the scriptures, many of which are quite specific. There is also a book by David Michael that I am interested in getting called A Father’s Guide to Blessing His Children.

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