Thursday, January 7, 2016

Which Seat Are You Sitting In?

"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,"
Ephesians 2:4-6 (NKJV)

Have you ever had the situation of being on an airplane and you found out you were in the wrong seat?  Maybe you looked at your boarding pass and it said 25E and you sat down in seat 25F by mistake.  This is something that has happened to me and I have seen it happen several times to others.  While this situation is usually resolved quickly and easily I have seen people get somewhat upset when they are sitting in the wrong seat and someone asks them to move.  But if we are in the wrong seat we can miss some of the things that we would have received if we had been in the right seat.

The Bible helps us to understand our true position now that we are in Christ.  Once we have received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we are "in Him" and who we are in Christ is now our true identity.  No matter who or what we were before, no matter what we did or did not do right in the past, we now have a new identity in Christ.  In Ephesians we are told that we are seating together with Christ in heavenly places.  This means that spiritually speaking we were united with Jesus and identified with Him in His death and resurrection so that today we are seated with and in Him.

Sometimes believers do not understand who they are in Christ, where they are spiritually located.  If we will spend time reading and studying the Bible it will be easy for us to locate and identify ourselves as being seated in Christ.  Some Christians are sitting in the wrong seat, spiritually speaking.  They have seen or heard something that made them believe that they are something other than who they are in Christ.  For us to live a life in the blessings that God provided for us through Jesus, we need to know who we are in Him and that we are seating together with Jesus in heavenly places.

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