The rap sheet is long. Dead in trespasses and sins. Followed the course of this age . . . was led by the the spirit now at work in people of disobedience. Lived after the passions of the flesh–if it was about me, liked it . . . if it felt good, did it. By nature, a child of wrath. And though the rap sheet was huge and condemning, grace was immeasurable and liberating.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, 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, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
(Ephesians 2:4-7 ESV)
Hovering over the great turnaround of Ephesians 2 this morning.
We were dead, BUT GOD made us alive. We were people enslaved by our sinful nature, BUT GOD is love. We were by nature children of wrath, BUT GOD is rich in mercy. How much do you have to like those two words, “but God.” That’s the game-changer. Not because of who we were or what we’ve done, but despite of who we were and all that we did. Not because of our good works, but all because of His immeasurable grace. We were lost in self, BUT GOD made us alive in Christ.
And as I noodle on the blessings of this great salvation, one in particular captures my thoughts. In redeeming us through super-abounding unmerited favor, God has not only made us alive in Christ but has also “seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
Where is Christ seated today? At the right hand of God (Col. 3:1). At the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven (Heb. 8:1, 12:2). So where am I seated?
That the right hand of the Father is reserved solely for the Son is clear. But who gets the seats next to Him because they are in Him? We do. Have a seat!
How I need to be reminded that although I’m living on earth, I am a blood bought, bona fide, seat-possessing citizen of heaven (Php. 3:20). While I might be occupying a chair at my desk in the here and now, one day, in the there and then, I will be granted to sit with Him on His throne (Rev. 3:21). That though I hold no rank or office of significance in this world, I share in the authority of the King of heaven who is sovereign over all and has established His kingdom on earth through those He has redeemed.
Seated with Him in the heavenly places. What a high and holy position. What privilege. What blessing. All without merit save that I am “in Christ Jesus.”
Might I live like one seated in the heavenlies. Live in the blessing of the riches of that seat . . . live in the power of the authority of that seat . . . live in the responsibility to be a faithful ambassador of that seat . . . live in the awe and wonder of the reality of that seat.
. . . so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Have a seat! I think I will . . . only because of grace . . . only through grace. Thank you, Lord!
To Him be all glory!