Ephesians – Revealing Our Heavenly Standing

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Ephesians contains the greatest revelation ever given to the Church of God. Ephesians reveals wonderful truths of what God has done for us, based entirely on His love, rather than upon what we may earn, and shows us how to understand and spiritually walk within our heavenly standing.

In Ephesians we learn about the oneness of the body of believers, and that Christ is the spiritual head of this body and that each believer is an intricate and important member. Ephesians reveals the great mystery that was never known or revealed to anyone until the grace administration began, which was fifty days after Jesus was resurrected.

The new Church of God and the Christian rise and expansion of God’s Church continues to this very day.

Ephesians 2:5-6:
-5: Even when we were dead in sins {before our salvation}, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
-6: And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

To be “quickened” is the exact opposite of being “dead in sins” because we have been given eternal life, and this gives us daily enjoyment to live our lives with our Savior and with God. Our salvation is given to us by the grace of God (Ephesians 2:8-9).

We could never earn salvation; it was graciously given to us as a gift from our God based solely upon the redeeming work of Jesus Christ. We have also been “raised up together” meaning no one was left out, for everybody who becomes saved belongs to God, and we “together” with Christ have been raised to a new life.

Then verse 6 says “made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:”; this is our heavenly standing given to us by God. This is the “spiritual” point of view of God, and the “spiritual” point of view that believers today can enjoy.

Of course we literally live here on earth, but from a biblical viewpoint the Word of God says that we are already risen up to the heavenly standing to be in Christ Jesus.

This is why we believers can walk above worldly situations and become more than conquerors in daily life. God has set us on high, giving us spiritual and heavenly inspirations.

Ephesians 2:19 – Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

Right now, today, we are fellow-citizens with the saints.  A saint is a believer, you and I are saints, and you and I are fellow-citizens, not of an earthly kingdom, but much rather we are fellow-citizens “of the household of God.”

Being members of God’s household is what we have been spiritually risen up to, for we are risen up and ushered into our assigned front row seating by Jesus Christ himself so that we may enjoy the spiritual truth that we are intricate members of God’s eternal heavenly family.

Ephesians 6:14 – Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Not only were we quickened and raised up together and seated, but we may also “stand.”  The word stand has connotations that mean we have realized the enormous privilege God has given to us so that we can stand shoulder to shoulder with one another and with our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is our heavenly calling, which is the vocation wherein we were called by God.

Ephesians 4:1 – I THEREFORE, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation {calling} wherewith ye were called,

Again, we were quickened, risen, seated, and given our heavenly standing into God’s household, so that we may then “walk worthy!”

The true value of God’s written Word comes to light in life when we begin believing on the accomplished work of Jesus Christ who has made Our Heavenly Standing a reality.

May you continue enjoying your standing as sons and daughters of God’s holy household, and may we continue walking immersed in the wonderful grace of God that has brought to us eternal salvation!

Abound with Thanksgiving

Rooted and built up in him {Christ Jesus}, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving– Colossians 2:7. To be rooted and built up in Christ is to be established in the faith, the faith refers to God’s calling us into His family; this is the household of God. God’s healing Word continues to encourage us about how to grow in His family, and to be genuinely thankful, not only for the knowledge that God continues revealing, but to be thankful that He called us into such a wonderful and eternal heavenly household. The more we learn about Jesus Christ, his sacrifice, death, and his resurrection, and the subsequent new life that God gives to us in Christ, the more we will be able to walk with God, and abound with thanksgiving.” ~LMJ~

The Faith of the Gospel

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Ephesians shows us that we have been raised (spiritually) to an elevated position, seated with Christ at the right hand of God. This is why God can give to us, His beloved children, spiritual wisdom and understanding in the true knowledge of Him. Philippians continues on with this wonderful knowledge that continues opening our eyes that we may truly see.

Philippians 1:27 – Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

The word “conversation” is the word in the Greek Text for citizenship, for according to God’s Word our citizenship is already in heaven. The Scripture is imploring us to conduct our lives as heavenly citizens worthy of the Gospel of Christ. Paul says that whether he is present or absent that he wanted to hear that their Christian lives were being conducted as those who were standing fast in one spirit, and standing together in the knowledge of their citizenship. Paul wanted the believers to be of the same mind working together for the faith of the Gospel. The faith of the Gospel is our believing that God Almighty has indeed called us into the Gospel, and into His family, and that we can believe this together as members of the household of God.

Philippians 1:28-29:
-28:  And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of {or from} God.
-29:  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.

God’s healing Word encourages us not to be terrified, not to have fear about our adversaries, our opponents. In this life there are people who think we are off our rockers simply because we believe in that which is unseen (John 20:29). Our own personal adversaries sometimes scrutinize the way we walk before God, they even try to throw hurdles (by words or deeds) in our way to trip us up simply out of spite. This reminds me of the Psalm “They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah” (Psalms 57:6). This is to them the “evident token of perdition” for they reap what they themselves sow. However, for us who do believe and continue standing, we will be receiving proof of our own salvation, and spiritual wholeness, and that is from God.

We are citizens of heaven itself, and we are ambassadors here on earth for Christ (II Corinthians 5:20). God has given to us diplomatic immunity from the course of this world. This is given to us “in the behalf of Christ” because he was our substitute for sin and all its consequences. Then verse 29 concludes with “but also to suffer for his sake.” This phrase has been used incorrectly and totally out of context, because the word “suffer” does not imply that we should allow our adversaries to cause us to suffer in any way. Rather the word means to endure with ever increasing experience, for not only are we going to heaven, but when we endure we will become stronger, setting even greater examples for one another who believe that God does deliver His children. When we have complete faith in the Gospel, knowing that God does deliver His children (I Corinthians 10:13; II Corinthians 1:10), and knowing that He has already given us a standing with Him, then our faith – our believing faith in the Gospel – will continue to strengthen and inspire us with godly blessings.