Seated With Christ
"And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus," Ephesians 2:6 NIV
When Christ rose from the grave, you rose with Him. Have you ever thought of it that way? Here is evidence that you were on His mind while He was on the cross. When He rose again, you were there too.
No, you weren’t physically with Him, but the Bible teaches us that God knew us before the Creation of the world. Paul tells us in Ephesians that God knew in advance if you would choose Him, and He “predestined” you to be adopted as His child, once you accepted Christ as your Savior. God began making preparation for your entrance into Heaven long before you had even heard of His Name.
So, when Jesus got back to Heaven, seated at the right hand of God, you and I, were on His mind. He had already begun to prepare a place for us.
Now, I’m not pretending to understand all that. Someone told me recently that understanding God’s sovereignty and man’s free will combined is like standing in front of a house. You can only see two corners at a time. But, if you were above the house, you could see all four corners. God is like that. He sees all of time. He is the Alpha and Omega. I may be overwhelmed by it, but God is not.
That means you can trust the victory promised us in the Bible, because it is already declared. That means you can have hope for tomorrow because you are already secure in your heavenly position. The next time you think of God raising Jesus from the dead, think of yourself, because if you are a Christian, you were raised with Him. You are with Him in the heavenly realms! Praise God!