Often when we are presented with truth, instead of believing this applies to us here on earth, we see this as our heavenly future. At the time we are born again, we enter into a new place of spiritual authority WITH HIM.
Unfortunately, standing in this truth of having authority with Him is something many are trying to get their head around. The truth is we are to accept and apply what scripture reveals to us. We gather our knowledge and revelations as we grow in our faith.
I have deliberately taken 2 translations of Eph 2:6 to help to get the basic truth across.
Ephesians 2:6 NKJV
and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
Ephesians 2:6 TPT
He raised us up with Christ the exalted One, and we ascended with him into the glorious perfection and authority of the heavenly realm, for we are now co-seated as one with Christ!
In the last line of the poem, there lies the clue to understand the truth of what happens when we are born again. Our old life becomes redundant, and we begin our new life in Christ. Old things shall pass away!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
The continual transition we enter into is the renewal of our minds and the way we think. I say this because it's a gradual process which happens over time and the culmination of the revelation you have received from God.
and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
Ephesians 4:23 NKJV
Now it’s time to be made new by every revelation that’s been given to you.
Ephesians 4:23 TPT
It's a revelation to know something rather than to know about something. This is wholly based on your experiences with whatever has been revealed to you. When your friends tell you how much you have changed after you came to repentance, then you know this is not just a theory.
Don't condemn yourself if you know you haven't died to this world yet. I love the lyrics of the song "Turn your eyes upon Jesus". The line follows with this, "and the things of this world will grow strangely dim …". That's the truth and this continues until God takes you home.
# As you read through the poem, which lines did you find to be significant and why?
# Have you ever condemned yourself for not being enough or knowing enough, which affected your relationship with God? Did you feel distant from Him because of this?
# Can you please, for your own sake, stop condemning yourself and step into the truth and start seeing yourself seated with Him in heavenly places? How does it feel having new eyes?