Posted April 20, 2010
Let us continue to ponder this week again from our word ‘together’ in Ephesians 2:6. Let me remind us of the meaning of our word. It means to bring two warring parties together and make one.
In verse 6 we began last week to study ‘The Reign Of Gathering Together’. I want to look at this verse one more time before we move to another verse where our word ‘together’ appears.
This week let us look at ‘The Place Exclaimed By This Reign’ in the phrase ‘In heavenly places…’ I want us to see ‘It Is A Definite Place’. We have been made to sit, present tense, in a definite place called Heaven. Paul tells us in Philippians that our citizenship is in Heaven and it will be from there that the Lord will come to gather us together. A USA passport has the country of origin on the front which is the United States Of America. On the inside are the cities that you can visit. Our Heavenly passport on the front says ‘Heaven’ as the city of origin and inside it says that I can visit the earth.
I see also in our text that ‘It Is A Distant Place’. Paul and John both went to this place that Paul called the ‘third heaven’. It is a very distant place as a matter of fact it is as high as you can go up. I do not know how to transport myself from here to there. Paul tells me in I Corinthians 15 that I will be transported there in a twinkling of an eye. Bell South did a study on the blink of an eye and said it is one millionth of a second. Take a second and cut it in a million pieces then take one of the pieces and that is how long it will take God to transport us from here to there. When we think about this place called Heaven how it ought to cause us to exclaim it to others. There is a land that is fairer than day and by faith I can see it afar. Let us tell this far and wide. There is a Hell to shun and a Heaven to gain.
Let us also look in verse 6 at ‘The Potentate Exalted’. I find in our text ‘The Person Of The Potentate’ is the title Christ Jesus. This title tells us of a powerful person who is in charge. The title is the Old Testament term for God, the Anointed One, or the Messiah. He is the one the New Testament saints look to come and to rule. The term
‘Jesus’ means Jehovah is Salvation. He is the one who came to save His people from their sins. Notice the precise order of the title which is so powerful. Christ Jesus tells us the Messiah, the Anointed One of God or the very God Himself, came as Jesus to save His covenant people and make them one with Him.
I see also in this text, ‘The Position With This Potentate’. We are made to sit together in Christ Jesus. This phrase is mentioned over one hundred times in the New Testament. When it is all over, wherever He is I will be in Him.
John tells us in Revelation 3:21 that in that city we not only to sit with Him but we will sit ‘in’ His throne. In order to do that we must become one with Him. That sounds a whole lot like the thought of being together as one.