Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Have a Seat

Paul wrote that Christ, after rising from the dead, has been seated at God's right hand in the heavenly places, "far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet" (Ephesians 1:21,22).

This is nothing especially new, but it is awesome to think that Christ is not barely above every rule, authority, power and dominion. But he is far above them.

They can't touch him.

But I think there is something even more remarkable here that may go unnoticed.

In the next section of his letter, Paul writes that God has "seated us with him in the heavenly places." To me this has significant implications, if we choose to believe what he says. If we are seated with Christ in the heavenly places, then we are far above every power and dominion of hell.

They can't touch us unless we concede to them.

Will circumstance and trouble, difficulty and trial bring us down from our seat in the heavenly places, down to the realm of Satan's bullying? Or through faith will we take our seat with Christ in the heavenly places, "far above all rule and authority and power and dominion"?

Please share your feedback by posting a comment below.

3 comments:

Ed Sinke said...

Amen David....we are to quick to lose sight of our place because of Him...thank you JESUS

My wife's kids' Dad said...

Scripture and all of history is replete with examples people who exercised dominion over the world while the world was persecuting them. There's no greater example of this than Christ. Do you think 2Cor. 12:7-10 sheds some light on the topic?
Good stuff David, thanks for posting!

David said...

Sure. It's a great angle to keep in mind. It seems to me that for many years of my Christian walk, I have missed out on the authority/ability I have in Christ, mostly because I've focused more on my weaknesses rather than on his grace working in and through me. Who would have thought: I am a new creation!

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