Tuesday, May 11, 2010

With Him

Some thoughts from my devotions in Ephesians:

Passage:


Ephesians 1:20 "that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,"

Ephesians 2:6 "and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,"

Thoughts:


Please note: two incredible things happen to Christ in 1:20:

1) He was raised from the dead.
Imagine the look on Satan's face when death's grip couldn't hang on to Christ! Christ came to the earth, gained some followers, gained some haters, and died. Case closed? Not on your life.

2) He was seated at God's right hand in heaven.

I don't think we have to be an expert in Biblical imagery to know that being at God's right hand is a GOOD thing. God stamps his approval on this slain lamb and says, "He's with Me."

What's even more incredible, is that the same two things happen to us in 2:6:

1) We are raised from the dead with Him.

Don't let earthly distractions (Economy, Health, Power) deceive you - our greatest enemy is death. We live our life, we gain some followers, we gain some haters, and then we die.

2) We are seated with Him in heaven.

If God is for us, who can be against us? Again, it's not hard to see the significance of being seated with Christ in heavenly places. Undoubtedly a good place to be considering eternity is a long time.

So the first is a conquering of earthly death, and the second is the sealing of our eternal destiny.

Application:

Oh, please don't miss that ever important prepositional phrase - "with Him". Or that other one at the end of 2:6 - "in Christ Jesus".

These two facts that bring an everlasting peace (power over death, and eternity on God's side), can only be fully realized though the person and work of Jesus Christ. Fortunately, Paul doesn't leave us to guess about how to know that we are saved -
"For by grace you have been saved through faith." (Ephesians 2:8a)

If you want to know more about how to be saved, check out this video.

If you are already saved, let these two truths bounce around in your mind as you go about your day.

-Jason

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