In other words, as followers of Jesus (saints) we can experience the blessings of God while we live here on this earth. We don't need to wait until we get to heaven. How are followers of Jesus Christ already blessed. I am going to answer the way Thomas Watson answered in his book called The Beatitudes. However, I am going to modernize the language to help you and I understand. (By the way, I have just begun this book, so I might end up blogging a lot from this book. You never know.)
How are we blessed now?
1. We are blessed, because "we may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires" (2 Pet. 1:4). No, we don't become God. Yet, we may be transformed to be like him. Isn't that pretty amazing? We who were so rebellious against God, may now be like him. This verse in 2 Peter tells us that this participation in God's divine nature occurs through allowing his "great and precious promises" reign in our life. In other words, obedience to God's word makes us more like God.
2. We are blessed, because "the Lord does not count our sin against us" (Psa. 32:2). Just think of that, the Lord does not count our sin against those who follow Jesus. In the words of Thomas Watson, "It is as if the man had never sinned. The debt book is cancelled in Christ's blood, and if the debtor owe never so much, yet if the creditor cross the book, it is as if he had never owed anything." Wow! Despite all our sin, he does not count it or hold it against us. In Christ, that has been erased or removed. That doesn't give us license to sin; it gives us license to love Christ for he took our sin upon himself. (2 Cor. 5:21)
3. We are blessed, because we have a new covenant with God through Jesus Christ (Luke 22:20). In this covenant, we have God's presence dwelling with us and in us, "For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said, 'I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people'" (2 Cor. 6:16). Of course, Jesus himself said about his relationship with his followers, "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything I learned from my Father I have made known to you" (John 15:15). The Scriptures about the oneness we may have with God seem endless. These two Scriptures illustrate just some of this truth.
4. We are blessed, because we are heirs of eternal life. Even now we may experience eternal life (John 17:3), but when our lives end here, we will receive a new life with God that lasts forever. Revelation 21:7, "He who overcomes will inherit all this (this = what we call heaven), and I will be his God and he will my son."
5. We are blessed, because God has given us his Spirit. He guides us. He empowers us. He teaches us. He reminds us of the truth. He convicts us. He is our personal life management director. Jesus promised his apostles that when he would leave, he would send a Counselor, the Holy Spirit, to be with them forever. It would be as if Jesus himself was physically present. He is God's invisible presence with us at all times. How can we beat that? Not at all.
6. We are blessed, because as followers of Jesus Christ "all things work together for their good" (Rom 8:28). We will not only experience good things. We will walk through difficult times and nasty situations. However, God will transform those difficult times and issues for our good. In the words of Thomas Watson, "Prosperity does them good; adversity does them good. Nay, sin turns to their good. Every trip makes them more watchful. Their maladies are their medicines. Are not they happy persons that have every wind blowing them to the right port?" All things will work together for our good.
7. We are blessed, because we are part of the body of Christ, the church, and the head of the body is Jesus Christ himself. We have leadership from our head (Jesus) and support from the rest of the body ( the church).