Raised from the Dead

By Mike Miller

Ephesians 2:4-6 says that God has “raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places.” Someone asked me if this means that somehow our spirits are actually with Him in heaven now? And if not, what does it mean?

Briefly, Ephesians 1 speaks of the blessings we have in Christ. Verse 3 says that God “has blessed us in the Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,” then goes on to talk about those many blessings. We who are in Christ have incredible spiritual blessings that we don’t always even realize we have.

In chapter 2, we read that we were spiritually dead (though physically alive) until God made us alive. This does not mean that our souls have departed our bodies, but that we now have new life in Christ. Therefore, in a spiritual sense, we have been raised from the dead. To say that we are now seated in the heavenly places means that we have achieved victory over the “prince of the power of the air” (2:2). We are enthroned, and though we will not fully realize that victory until our bodily resurrection from the dead, we experience it somewhat now and have certainty of it for eternity.

Do you have that new life? Have you been raised from the dead? Are you now living in victory, looking forward to that glorious day when death will be no more? If not, would you turn to Jesus today? If you have questions, feel free to email church@fbckenner.org.

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