Monday, October 28, 2013

Ephesians 2:6,7 comments: we're already there!

6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

One of the amazing things about how the Bible is written is in how God reveals things to us which are already performed by Him but not realized by us until their time has come. For instance, Jesus came to destroy the Devil who has power over physical, biological death.

Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

The Devil, also known as Lucifer and Satan, still, at this present time, has power over death. Jesus came to die but in defiance of Satan’s power over death He rose again, belief upon which is the principal reason that God saves you from an eternity of agony, the soul of man’s natural fate with Satan. Death is the most consistent facet of our world, happening countless times every moment. It is Satan’s bailiwick. But, based on Christ’s intent we are waiting for the redemption of our physical body, the adoption.

Romans 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

We who are trusting in Christ await the translation of the church, popularly called The Rapture.

1 Corinthians 15:51 ¶  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

We are told to preach this doctrine to each other.

1 Thessalonians 4:13 ¶  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

However, our appearances, the angels of our presence (Isaiah 63:9), are already in heaven with Christ. Just as Christ was able to be in two places at one time, so He has made us able to do the same.

John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

Take comfort, those who have trusted in Christ, that you are already seated with Him in heaven, and in your finite condition here are just waiting for that fact to be manifested upon our physical death or at the translation/rapture.

2 Corinthians 5:6  Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

7  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

In the long ages of eternity our eternal life is proof of God’s love (Titus 3:4 for the synonymous use of love and kindness) toward us through the Lord Jesus Christ.  Nothing can separate us from that love and kindness.

Romans 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Those who trust and believe in Christ are the body of Christ on earth.

1Corinthians 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

When Christ says that no one can take us out of His hand, remember, we are a part of Him now, even a part of His hand.

John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Eternity will reveal God’s love and kindness toward those who trust and believe in Him. It’s a done deal. Rejoice.

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