Does this passage mean that our spirit is older than our earthly body? Did God know us before we were born?

Does our birthday only describe the age of our body and not soul?

Ephesians 1:4

ESV - 4 Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

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Mini Michael Bartlett

Has blessed me (past tense) with EVERY spiritual blessing. This is referring to the finished works of Jesus Christ. God knows the beginning and the end so with the end in mind He looked down the eons of time and knew exactly what His children would require at every moment and made it available through faith in the blood of Jesus Christ. By grace a free gift through faith we can access these spiritual blessings He put in place before the foundation of the world.

Spiritual blessings when received by faith cause physical blessings in the natural realm to be manifested and seen. I am united with the Annointing=Christ.
The anointing is the burden removing and yoke destroying power of Almighty God. In the Old Testament they anointed with oil. In the New Testament we, the born again believers are anointed by God with the Holy Spirit.
Spiritual blessings by definition are special spiritual gifts including God's favor (God is spiritual) and His benefits extend from the spiritual realm (parent realm) to the physical realm.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!-Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
-1 Corinthians 12:7-11 (NLT).
The Heavenly realm is blessed with no sickness but health, no poverty but prosperity, no depression but joy, no anxiety but peace. These are the spiritual blessings available to me in Heavenly places. Faith is required as the conduit to bring or manifest the spiritual blessings into the physical world.

The spiritual blessings are the blessings that the physical blessings are connected to. All things are first spiritual. The spiritual realm is more real than the physical realm. God planted the garden of Eden. The seed came from Heaven. The earth was to be replica or copy of Heaven. Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. (Genesis 2:8 NLT). The seed I plant the garden came from Heaven.

Call the spiritual blessings from Heaven to manifest the physical blessings in the name of Jesus. By I faith call the spiritual blessings that God has already provided to impact and change the physical realm I live in. The church has not called all that God has made available in the spiritual realm.

Blessed=divinely and supremely favored by God. Fortunate, blissfully happy and contented. Sanctified or set apart by God. Satisfied not wanting or needing anything.

January 10 2014 Report

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Thank you for this inspiring and heartfelt answer. God bless you and yours.

February 22 2014 Report

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