raised up and seated

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Ephesians 2:6-7 (JDV)

Ephesians 2:6 He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the sky realms in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians 2:7 so that in the coming ages he might display the immeasurable riches of his favor through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

raised up and seated

When did God raise up believers and seat them in the sky realms? The way I read this, it happened the same time he raised Christ from the dead, and seated him back in the sky realms. The words “with him” are not separate prepositional phrases like they are in English. They are part of the verbs συνεγείρω and συγκαθίζω. We appropriate the same power and kindness of God that he displayed by raising Jesus from the grave. We do this by faith in the working of God, who raised Him (Colossians 2:12).

We are now figuratively raised and seated in anticipation of being actually raised from the dead and taking our proper place in eternity. The Christian life is a process of seeking actually the things appropriate to that new status (Colossians 3:1).

Lord, when we feel at our lowest, remind us where we are in your sight.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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