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SEATED AND RULING WITH CHRIST IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES

IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.

TOPIC: SEATED AND RULING WITH CHRIST IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES

COMPILED/EDITED BY-:
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace-Udochukwu President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM

“. . . And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. . . .”
Ephesians 2:6

After Jesus was raised from the dead, the Bible says God highly exalted Him to a position of honor at His right hand and gave Him a Name that is above every name (Eph. 1:20; Phil. 2:9–11).

God not only gave Jesus a Name that is above every name, but at the Name of Jesus, every being in all three worlds—Heaven, earth, and hell—must bow and confess Jesus’ lordship and dominion. God also seated Jesus in the highest position in the universe, at His Own right hand, and made Him head over all things (Eph. 1:19–22).

Our Position in Christ
How does Jesus’ seating in the highest position in the universe affect us? Ephesians 2:6 says, “. . . And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. . . .”
We are seated with Christ in heavenly places. Joint-seating with Christ is “far above” all principalities and powers of darkness. Evil spirits can’t influence believers who are seated with Christ in heavenly places!
Our seating and reigning with Christ is a position of authority, honor, and triumph—not failure, depression, and defeat
Because we are believers, our seating with Christ is part of our inheritance now. This is where we are already seated, because when Jesus was seated in triumph, we were seated with Him.
The word hath in Ephesians 2:6 is past tense. God has already raised us up and made us sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. We will rule and reign with Christ in this life now—if we’ll exercise our rightful authority.
Our position in Christ is already an accomplished fact. But we need to exercise the authority that belongs to us in that position of reigning with Christ over principalities and powers before it will profit us.

Our position as believers is one of joint-seating with Christ in heavenly places. That may not always be our circumstance, but that is our position.
If we want to rise above our circumstances, we must take advantage of our position in Christ.
Enthroned With Christ

God “. . . raised us with Him [Jesus] from the dead, and enthroned us with Him in the heavenly realms as being in Christ Jesus. . . .”

God enthroned us with Jesus in the heavenly realms. Does that sound like a Church that is defeated and is still having to battle to gain mastery over Satan? No. God designed the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ to be triumphant, because we are sharers and partakers of Christ’s victory over Satan.
Joint-Seating With Christ

Because we as believers are in Christ, when Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Father, we sat down with Him far above principalities and powers. The Church, the Body of Christ, is in Christ. The body is connected to the head. Jesus is the Head of His Body—the Church.

If Jesus—the Head—triumphed over the devil, is the Body of Christ to be any less triumphant since we are in Christ? Of course not! It is our legal right to enjoy joint-seating with Christ in heavenly places—in a position of authority and triumph far above all principalities and powers. If we will take advantage of our joint-seating with Christ, we will begin to triumph in life!
We don’t have to try to be seated far above principalities and powers with Christ. We don’t have to pray through to be seated with Christ in heavenly places. We don’t have to struggle through or fight through demons to be seated in a place of victory with Christ.

Our position and seating in Christ is a fact. It has already happened. That position was attained for us through Jesus Christ. All we have to do is enjoy the rights and privileges that already belong to us as joint-heirs with Christ.

“This is a faithful saying:
For if we died with Him,
We shall also live with Him.
If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him.
2 Timothy 2: 11-12a

Christians share in the anointing that Jesus enjoys as the Christ, the “anointed one” (Acts 10:34–43; 1 John 2:20, 27). Therefore, every believer fulfills the prophetic, priestly, and kingly roles for which our Savior has been anointed. In a sense, we are all prophets called to proclaim God’s Word, priests ordained to offer ourselves as sacrifices, and kings enthroned to war against the Lord’s enemies and help expand His kingdom (Matt. 28:18–20; Rom. 12:1–2; Rev. 17:1–14). Yet we do not share in Christ’s kingly office only in the sense that we fight against the Devil and his minions; rather, we also reign with Jesus over creation.

“. . . And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. . . .”
Ephesians 2:6

In one of several “trustworthy sayings” found throughout 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus, the Apostle Paul outlines the incredible truth that those who persevere in faith are truly united to Christ and will live and reign with Him forever (2 Tim. 2:11–13). We may not often think of ourselves as kings and queens who will rule over creation, but this consequence of our redemption flows directly from who the Lord made us to be and what salvation accomplishes in repairing His broken images. God made us to have dominion over creation, to rule it for His glory (Gen. 1:26–31). We forfeited our ability to fulfill this vocation in Adam, but Christ has succeeded in reigning over creation as the last Adam. In Him, we are now able once more to achieve our original purpose as righteous rulers of the world (Rom. 5:12–21; Eph. 2:1–7).

By reason of our union with Christ, we have been raised up and made to sit together with Him in heavenly places (Eph. 2:4-6). By virtue of our inseparable union and connection with Him, we already sit on His throne with Him. Where He is, we are.

We also reign with Him because He puts His royal power in our hearts to break sin’s dominion. Faith in Christ brings His powerful dominion over sin, the world, and the devil into our lives. “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4).

“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven”
(Matt. 16:19). Christ has delegated spiritual authority to execute His instructions on earth.
Christian believer, you are already a king and share the kingship of Christ. He has “made you a king and a priest unto God” (Rev. 1:6).

To battle and be victorious.
God has created us for battle and to be victorious over sin and Satan (Jud. 3:2). Every person who is a believer is naturally an enemy of the devil (1 Peter 5:8) and desires in his spirit to take authority over him.

To displace the demonic influence. The calling of every Christian, and really, of all believers together, is to fill up the heavenly places with the presence of Christ, therefore, to replace the darkness with light and to displace the demonic influence.

As the body of Christ on earth agrees with its Head in Heaven, the Spirit of Christ Himself displaces the power of darkness in the heavenly places. In other words, when the church on earth is aggressive in its agreement with the will and Word of God, then the presence of God increases in the spiritual realm, proportionally displacing the influence of hell on earth. Shortly thereafter, manifesting in the world of men, we see revivals…

When we get the revelation of our position in Christ, what a difference it will make in our lives! We will no longer be the defeated Church. We will take our place as the triumphant Church, which was God’s design from the foundation of the world.

If I may have moved any person here to resolve, “I will so live,” I have not written all these in vain. I have at least stirred myself with the intense desire to cast off the mere outsides and husks of life, and to ripen the real kernel of my being. Thy will by me be done on earth, as yet, my Lord, I hope to do it in the skies. May I begin here a life worthy to be perpetuated in eternity. God bless you, for Christ’s sake. Amen.

SHALOM!

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