We Are Seated With Christ
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As mentioned previously, God desires a relationship with us, one where we interact on the same plane. He desires that we understand him and know him intimately. To do this, he not only made us new, but also positioned us with Christ. That position is not only a place of intimacy with our Heavenly Father, but also a place of responsibility. Prior to the cross, the scriptures prophesied that Jesus would die for us, be resurrected, ascend to the Father, sit at his right hand, and rule the nations. Now, we not only see this fulfillment, but also that we are seated with him with the same responsibility:
PSALM 110:1 The Lord [Yahweh, God] said to my Lord [master], “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.
LUKE 20:42 David himself declares in the Book of Psalms, “The Lord [master, God] said to my Lord [master, Jesus]: ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.’”
EPHESIANS 1:17-23 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church [ekklesia, governing assembly of God's people], which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Therefore, we see that God’s body, the body of Christ, is God’s people. The feet of Christ are the feet of his people. The Lord has overcome all his enemies and he works through us to make all his enemies our footstool.
COLOSSIANS 2:15 And having spoiled [disarmed and wholly put off to his advantage] principalities and powers, he [Jesus] made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
HEBREW 10:12-13 When this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool.
EPHESIANS 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have been saved - and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith.
REVELATION 5:9-10 And they sang a new song, “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made us kings and priests to our God and we shall reign on the earth.
PSALM 8:4-6 What is man [mankind] that you are mindful of him, and the son of man [Adam] that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than God [same word used in Genesis 1:1 God created the heavens and the earth] and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet,
JOHN 10:34-38 Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, 'You are gods’? If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him."
Next, we will look at the great commission and what reigning with Christ means for us right now in our lives. Most importantly, we will see what our responsibility means to the world for people who are not yet reached, who have not yet come to the obedience of Christ, and who have not yet been transformed by his love and power.