[SW207] 11/06/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015
“Where Are You Sitting?”
Location is everything! Where are you sitting?
Ephesians 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
God hit the pause button here . . . I can’t go on until I fully move in what God says is true, in this passage, until I believe and practice every part of it.
I am raised up with Christ, and seated with God and Christ in the heavenly places. It’s an enormous thought, an enormous truth, if I can grasp it!
What does it mean to me, to be seated with God and Christ in the heavenly places?
Access to God (2:18)
Boldness and reliable access (3:12)
Far above . . . every name which can be named now and in the world to come (1:21).
Every spiritual blessing (1:3)
Intimacy/intimate knowledge (3:18-19). I experience Him.
His power (1:19), the same as what He used to resurrect Jesus Christ
His inheritance (1:11), I am a co-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17)
God’s ear (John 16:26-27), so He hears and answers me
But . . . much more . . .
Hearing and seeing what HE is saying and doing (John 12:49, 14:10). Then I know what needs to be done, and what needs to be said, to set captives free!
How can I do such a thing? I am a mere human being. But because I am seated with God, I have access to the resources of Almighty God.
What else does it mean to be seated with Him? It implies that I have His fullness, that I am baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit. Why do I say that?
The CONDITION for these promises is obedience (2:1-3). That only happens when I am baptized in and filled with the Holy Spirit.
— I no longer follow the prince of the power of the air
— I am no longer a son of disobedience
— I no longer live in the lusts of my flesh
— I no longer have the nature of a child of wrath, but His divine nature
I am holy and blameless before Him (1:4), because the Holy Spirit has come in and purified my heart and filled me with God’s love (Acts 15:9, Romans 5:5).
Why does God want us to be seated with Him in the heavenly places? So He is praised and glorified (1:6, 12, 14), because He will do in us and through us things that we can’t even think or imagine, and others will see His fingerprints on us and His power working in and through us!
His grace provides salvation (2:8). You believe that.
His grace provides spiritual resurrection (2:5). You believe that.
His grace provides a pure heart. Do you believe that? If you believe, He will show you that He will do it.
Where are you sitting? What is the alternative to being seated with God and Christ in the heavenly places? Go to Psalm 1 and read the whole Psalm. Sitting in the seat of scoffers? Walking in the way of the wicked? Standing in the path of sinners? The second half of the Psalm is where you are headed. Turn around!
If you do not believe, then Ephesians 5:5 applies to you. Do not be deceived.
You cannot sit with Him in heavenly places unless you are obedient, and your heart, like mine, does not naturally obey. A supernatural work — His work — must be done in our hearts, to make you and me obedient out of love! Repent! Ask Him to fill you!
Then you will have these promises —
Access to God
Confident access and boldness
Far above . . . all powers of this world and the one to come
Every spiritual blessing
Hearing and seeing what He is saying and doing so you can be used to set captives free!
It is so He is praised and given the glory He deserves, because no one will be able to deny that what has been done in you and what you are doing are evidence of His power and the reality of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, the sacrifice given so we might have life as He has it!
Freely it has been given to you . . . freely you must give!