SEATED IN HEAVENLY PLACES
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ JesusEphesians 5:1
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).
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 in order to benefit from it.
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.