Ephesians 2:6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus
There are many things for God’s people to look forward to in the future, but there are also some amazing promises for the here and now. The thing is sometimes we can’t recognize the difference between what’s waiting and what’s in front of us.
We have a tendency to look at verses like Ephesians 2:6 and assume that it says we will be seated with Christ once we die and get to heaven. But it doesn’t say that, does it? It says He raised us up with Him and seated us with Him when we were saved. If this is true, then what does it mean for us right now?
In context, we have been made alive in Christ and now share in His preeminent glory. We share in His victory, as it is now our victory. Keep in mind that our enemies are not of flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12). They’re spiritual, and here we see the relevance of the fact that we were raised up with Him, and seated with Him in heavenly places. Christ has conquered all sin, death, and evil spirits and therefore so have we.
Ephesians 1:13-14 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
The gifts of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29). His promises can be trusted and He’ll never break a single one. This is true of every prophesy and every promise given in the Old Testament and every truth spoken in the New Testament as well.
For those of us who are a bit more on the skeptical side, God did not leave us without a guarantee of our inheritance. When we first put our trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins and He rescued us and redeemed us, we also received the promised Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). He’s now living in us and through us and He’s the guarantee we have for all the blessings that will come.
Never do we have to wonder if we’ll be blessed by God in the ways that He’s promised. Never do we have to speculate. He will come through, always. We may not see everything revealed right now, but in time it will all be made clear.
Ephesians 1:11-12 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
God’s promises are going to be fulfilled. There’s no chance, none whatsoever, that He’ll go back on anything He’s promised. You and I have been granted an inheritance, and just like an inheritance would be from an earthly family member, it’s documented.
From eternity, before there was such a thing as time, the Father had a plan for those whom He would love and call to be His own. To the adopted sons of God, there is an inheritance that includes everything that a true son would be entitled to.
The Son of God obtained for us this right to be called sons of God (John 1:12) ourselves. Now we’re coheirs with Him (Romans 8:17), sharing in every blessing. This hope we have that we’ll receive this inheritance brings glory to the Lord. Those blessings that we cannot see today, we’ll see later, when we can better understand and better enjoy. He’ll see to it. He’ll fulfill every promise.