Posted by: missionventureministries | October 13, 2014

SEATED IN HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST JESUS – Ephesians 2:6

Ephesians 2 vs 6 (E)

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6) 

How does this verse affect us?  

Paul is not speaking here literally and physically, he is speaking spiritually. He tells us that through God’s saving power demonstrated in Christ’s resurrection we already enjoy participation through the Holy Spirit in the heavenly realms where God and Christ reside. This is one of the benefits of life “in Christ” and His resurrection and ascension. Being “in Christ” makes all this possible. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are totally and eternally united with Christ. Therefore, being “in Christ” means that when God looks at us He does not see our sins, He sees Christ. “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3) 

Our seating and reigning with Christ is a position of authority, honor, and triumph—not failure, depression, and defeat. God made the believer in Jesus Christ to be triumphant, because we are partakers of Christ’s victory over Satan.  

For the believer, our seating with Christ is part of our inheritance now. The words “raised us up” in our verse is past tense, therefore, our position in Christ is already an accomplished fact. That means we are to live as ambassadors for Christ and share the good news with all that we come in contact with, and to exhibit the Christ-like life to the people we meet.  

When we realize our position in Christ, it makes a tremendous difference in our lives and we will no longer feel defeated.  

We need to remember however, that none of these things are possible on our own. It is only through our union with Christ that any of this is attainable. Our victory in the Christian life is dependent on our dependency on Christ and not on ourselves, so that we no longer walk “according to the course of this world,” but according to the life of Christ; so that we “walk in newness of life.”

God never plays word games with us; He will do exactly what He promises. When we focus on Paul’s prayed for the Ephesians, we encounter the inspired and transformative words that will change our life, as they show us once more the immense love Christ has for us; so that we may be filled with all the fullness of God.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, 21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21)

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  1. Looks and reads good; a great teaching and encouragement. Thanks! Keep up the good work for His praise and glory.

    Blessings, hliving.org


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