Assigned Seating

Ephesians 1: 20-22

He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church.

Ephesians 2: 6

. . . and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus.

I want you to see your position and specifically your position relative to Satan. God has elevated Jesus above all things including the rule, authority, power and dominion of the devil. He has put all things beneath Jesus’ feet. That includes the devil and all his imps. Then in order to make His joy complete, God raised us up to sit in the heavenly places with Jesus. You are right now seated at the right hand of the Father with Christ Jesus. Just because your body is sitting in your office or at home doesn’t make this any less true. Spiritually you are in Jesus and Jesus in you. You have been elevated with Jesus. His victory is your victory. And when the Father put the devil under Jesus’ feet, guess what happened. He put him in subjection under your feet too.

Look, we do not have to be run around and beaten up by the devil. When we begin to understand who we are and what rights we have in Christ then we will with confidence tell the devil exactly where he can go and what he can do. Jesus said that we no longer have to be subject to the yoke of slavery. We are free and that includes being free from the persecution of the devil.

When he starts at you, you let him know that he has no right over you and to get back under your feet where he belongs.

Sit Down with Mercy

Romans 3: 25                 (God’s Word Translation)

God showed that Christ is the throne of mercy where God’s approval is given through faith in Christ’s blood. In his patience God waited to deal with sins committed in the past.

 There is a new mercy seat and his name is Jesus. In the Old Testament we read about the mercy seat which was the top of the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark held, among other things, the tablets of law which were given to Moses. God in His great love and compassion for His people covered the law with the Mercy Seat. Now He has done it a second time in the person and sacrifice of Jesus.

 We are seated in the heavens with Jesus (Ephesians 2: 6). That is what it means to abide in Christ. We are in Him and He is in us. We abide together. We are again covered by mercy. God has given us His approval because of our faith in the victory of Jesus’ shed blood. It does require our confidence in Jesus’ victory however, but once we have faith in the blood of the perfect lamb then we are seated with him in the mercy seat. No longer does our sin condemn us. God withheld judgment until He could get the perfect sacrifice into place. Now the blood of Jesus speaks for us and completely washes away our sin. God has covered us with His overflowing mercy.

Order your personal theology so that you do not perceive yourself as a sinner but rather as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5: 21). We are saved by grace. When we embrace the truth of our righteousness in Jesus we will not be drawn to sin. We are humbled by his magnanimity and though we may make mistakes we sure don’t seek out sin. Righteousness makes you righteous. Sit down in mercy and arise in His righteousness.