IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: SEATED WITH CHRIST IN HEAVENLY PLACES.
Rev. Innocent 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:
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
The phone rings at your home and you answer. A strange voice says, “This is the White House operator, is this,” and they say your name.
“Yes, it is,” you say, while thinking, Is this a practical joke or what?
Then the person says, “The President wants to speak with you.” There’s a long wait and finally a voice comes on that you recognize, not because you’ve met him but because you’ve heard the President many times on the television.
“I need you in Washington D.C. I’ve researched and I believe you’re the right person for the job. I need someone to be a close advisor to me and I’m going to give you an office right next to the Oval Office. There will be none greater in my administration than you. You’ll be my most treasured and trusted advisor.”
No more than you hang up the phone, a knock comes at the door and men in blue suits with earpieces stand waiting for you to open the door. They introduce themselves as the Secret Service. They usher you into a black Cadillac limousine with the President’s insignia and you fly to D.C. You don’t enter through the portico or the normal doors of the White House, you enter through the entryway of the special staff and are ushered into the Oval Office where you meet the President of the United States. There he once again confirms what he’s offering you. He’s going to trust you more than he has any other advisor. You’re going to be the power behind the throne, so to speak, and you’ll have access to him 24/7. He will listen to your advice and will implement most of what you advise him.
Of course, this sounds so silly and fantastical that it’s hardly believable. And yet, One greater than the President, One better than any king or principality has invited you, not into the Oval Office, but into the throne room of heaven. There He has seated you and I in Christ Jesus where we are not the power behind the throne, but where the power of the throne is behind us. This is true. This is what this text states about you and me and it is so because of our union with Jesus Christ.
A great many persons never think about Christianity, because they cannot believe that there is much in it. If they had half an idea of what is to be gained by it even now, and of the unspeakable blessedness which will come of it throughout eternity, surely their own desire to benefit themselves would incline them diligently to consider it, even if they went no further. So promising a matter is at least worth looking into, for it would be a great pity to miss present and eternal happiness if it can be had. But no, they suppose it to be a very small and trifling thing, fit only for the thoughts of priests and women, and such weak folk, and so they neglect it, despise it, and look after other business.
while I try to tell what is the hope of the Christian man’s calling, I boldly call for your consideration.
Perhaps while we are speaking of the worth of this hope, and you are lending an attentive ear, the Lord may lead you to seek his face. Is it not written “Incline your ear and come unto me, hear and your soul shall live”? Many a man has been tempted to start upon a voyage by hearing much of the land to which he sails. Praise his goods and you will find the merchant buyers. Such is our desire at this time: we would so speak of the hope of our calling as to allure those who are eager after sweets to taste and see that the Lord is good.
The idea of the text seems to me to be illustrated well by the patriarch Abraham.
Abraham was living in his father’s house in Ur of the Chaldees when a call came to him. That call came from God. He was to separate himself entirely and to get away to a land which he had never seen. What was the hope of that calling? It was the hope that God would give him a seed, and give to that seed a land to dwell in. Thus spake the Lord unto him: “I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” The great nation which should spring from him would possess the land in which he was to wander as a pilgrim and a stranger, according to the word of the Lord — “For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.” For the sake of that hope he forsook everything, and dwelt in tents, a pilgrim and a sojourner with God, living entirely by faith, but living grandly and sublimely, and thus becoming the father of all believers throughout all ages, greater than a prince among the sons of men. Now, there comes to every man who is a true Christian a call from God. We speak of it by the name of “effectual calling.” The Spirit of God personally applies the truth of Scripture to the heart, and makes the chosen man to feel that it belongs to him. The believer perceives that he is separated from others by the sovereign grace of God, and that therefore he must come out from the world, and no longer live according to the sight of the eyes and the hearing of the ears, but must live by faith upon God, as seeing him who is invisible. This makes the believer very different from the rest of mankind. Those who walk by sight do not understand him. They generally misrepresent him, and frequently they hate him, but he is content to be unknown, for he remembers it is written, “Ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” “Therefore the world knoweth us not because it knew him not.”
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.
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
Ephesians 2:6 in the Weymouth translation says that 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.
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.
The Bible says that you and I have been placed into Christ Jesus and whatever is true of Jesus Christ in His mediatorial and redemptive work for us is true about us. Whatever He has done for us is true about us. He died for us, therefore we died with Him. He rose again for us, therefore we rose again. The Bible says in our text that He has ascended into heaven and we have ascended with Him. He has been seated with God on the throne of heaven and so have you, because what’s true about Jesus is true about you.
“Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself:“The LORD said to my Lord,‘ Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool. ’” Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. (Acts 2:33-36)
Therefore I don’t need to insist on any right because I have all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus in the heavenly realm. I don’t need anything because Jesus supplies it all. For those of you who are struggling because somebody in your life doesn’t love you, doesn’t care for you, is disrespectful to you or has hurt you, let me tell you if you are truly God’s child you don’t need that person. You already have the King and His approval and exaltation. You have already been exalted in Christ. Believe it and experience the freedom that His exaltation will give you. Amen.
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