SEATED IN HEAVENLY PLACES
Eph. 2:4-6 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
Have you ever wondered what it means to be seated in heavenly places with Christ? That is quite an amazing statement when you realize just exactly where Christ is seated. He is enthroned as the ruler of all things in the place of ultimate glory. The reality of that statement is more than amazing, actually beyond our human comprehension. When we are experiencing the trials that are so commonplace in this life, our hope of future glory makes it all worthwhile. The day when we share the Glory of the risen Lord, seated with Him in heavenly places is rapidly drawing near. Creation is groaning in joyful anticipation for the revealing of the sons of God. Charles Spurgeon spoke about that glorious day, check out his thoughts on the coming day of the Lord.
“Saints will not be out of place in heaven, their beauty will be as great as that of the place prepared for them. Oh the rapture of that hour when the everlasting doors shall be lifted up, and we, being made meet for the inheritance, shall dwell with the saints in light. Sin gone, Satan shut out, temptation past for ever, and ourselves faultless before God, this will be heaven indeed! Let us be joyful now as we rehearse the song of eternal praise so soon to roll forth in full chorus from all the blood-washed host; let us copy David’s exultings before the ark as a prelude to our ecstasies before the throne.”
What will we be like in the Kingdom of God? We will shine like the stars in heaven according to Daniel. We will be given bodies like Christ’s according to Paul. John says the Lord will wipe away every tear and all sickness will be gone. Peter said we would have an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and will not fade away. All of these descriptions only give us a hint, just a faint glimpse of the incredible kingdom that is upon us. The fullness of this new world is beyond our ability to describe or understand, all I can say is that it will include joy unspeakable and it will be full of God’s glory.
When speaking about being seated in heavenly places, Paul was also talking about the kind of life we have already received in this life. He said that we are currently seated together in heavenly places with Christ. We have be given, in Christ, a place of glory, authority, and power. We are presently clothed with the Glory of Christ. We have been given authority over all the powers of darkness through the name of Jesus. We have also been given power, the supernatural power of Pentecost to overcome the struggles of this life. We are seated together in heavenly places with Christ.