Sunday, November 12th 2023
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome DSc DSc DD
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us… hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.Ephesians 2:4-6
To be seated with Christ in the heavenly realms means you’ve been exalted to the highest position of authority, dominion and power. Ephesians 1:21 gives further insight into your exalted position in Christ. It describes where you are as, “Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named….” How profound this is!
The Lord Jesus has been set far above all the different classes of spiritual beings—principalities, powers, might or thrones, dominions and every name that is named—and you’re in Him. The Father set Him in this high place of glory, placed all things under His feet, and legally declared Him to be the head over all things for the benefit of the Church (Ephesians 1:22-23).
The Church is His body; therefore, you’re elevated with Him in glory. Someone might say, “Isn’t that going too far? Should we really think so highly of ourselves?” Emphatically yes! We didn’t ask for it; it’s the result of His grace and love. Read our opening scripture again.
What the Bible says is that you shouldn’t think of yourself more highly than you ought to think (Romans 12:3). God wants you think highly of yourself but not more highly than you ought to think. In other words, don’t think you’re higher than your fellow brothers or sisters in Christ, because we’re all together in this exalted place in Christ. We’re all equal, and valuable to God. We’re chosen, royal and peculiar.
See how Paul describes it in Ephesians 2:6 AMPC: “And He raised us together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere (by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).” Hallelujah! How could you read this and not think highly of yourself? You’re exalted with Him in glory; it’s a joint sitting in the heavenly sphere.
I’m seated with Christ, far above all principality, power, might, dominion and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come! I’m exalted with Him in glory; I know who I am: chosen, royal and peculiar!
|| Ephesians 2:5-6
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: ||
|| Galatians 3:28
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. ||
|| Romans 12:4-5
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, [being] many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. ||
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-Year Bible Reading Plan=>
Hebrews 10:19-39 & Ezekiel 3-4
2-Year Bible Reading Plan=>
John 11:35-46 & 1 Chronicles 12
Extract From Rhapsody Of Realities Daily Devotional
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