Eph.2:4-6 – But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

This is one of those too good to be true glimpses into the kingdom of God. We have been crucified with Christ, buried with Christ, and resurrected with Christ. According to this verse this identification goes even farther; we are ascended with Christ, glorified with Christ, and seated in heaven with the Lord. We are included in the inner circle with the trinity, angels don’t have this kind of access, this is only for the children of God. Here is how Jonathan Edwards describes this passage.

“And made us to sit together in heavenly places.” In places of heavenly honor and dignity, places above any place of earthly honor and trust. Believers sit in the place of priests unto God, and in the place of kings. They are in places of heavenly dominion and divine dignity. But it is in Christ, by virtue of their union with him, they are partakers of his honors and dominion… Christ hath “made us sit together in heavenly places,” as he hath virtually made us sit together in mansions of glory above with Christ. When persons are converted, they have a right and title given them to heavenly glory. They then have God’s faithful promise, that they shall then sit with Christ in heavenly places. So that we, in our conversion, have communion with Christ in both his resurrection and ascension.”

Many of us have no idea the ramifications of redemption. We were lost in our sins, not only were we forgiven, we were changed. The message of the gospel literally takes us from the cross to the throne. Justified, sanctified, and ultimately glorified; that is our ultimate destination. In this life we taste the edge of the fruit of redemption. We have access into His presence where we drink in the living water that satisfies us. This taste of His presence is exactly that, just a taste. It is the promise of a life more glorious than we could ever hope for. Yes, we have been crucified with Christ and we are taught to carry His cross in this life. All of this is just pointing to the glory that will follow.

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