Into heavenly realms

What does this new, resurrected life look like? At first glance, or to casual observers, it might look very much like those old lives that Scriptures say are “gone.” We live in the same circumstances. The same internal battles still rage. We are still here, still in the same world, still with the same body. But …

For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6).

What? We’re seated in the heavenly realms?

It’s a metaphor, something much like our sayings of “She has a place at the table,” or “He’s climbed pretty far up the ladder.”

You’ve been brought into the realms of heaven itself. Come in. Have a seat, right here, with our Lord Jesus. You are a part of this now, you belong to this realm now. Your life is no longer confined to earthly limits, you are now living in heavenly dimensions.

We truly are breathing new air.

This is a statement of who and where we are today—Christ has brought us into God’s kingdom right now! We are His people, the sheep of His pasture. As His children, we have heavenly privileges and blessings now, even while we still live in this time and space.

In the first chapter of Ephesians, Paul wrote that we’ve been blessed with all the spiritual blessings of the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ Jesus. We might be living on this earth, still walking through its battles, still fighting the corruption of our humanity, still faced with decaying and dying—but with an existence that goes beyond those limits, and with all the blessings and resources of heaven!

We set our sights on new realities—the realities of God’s sphere, His Kingdom, His heaven, His mission and plans. Oh! Everything is new!

Here again, our human minds will never fully understand this; only faith in what God says enables us to catch glimpses of this fantastic truth. I think God gives us those glimpses to encourage us. On this side of heaven, we’ll never be able to take it all in, but the Spirit gives us glimpses of the limitless life we’ve inherited … and He tells us, “This is your life now.”




Psalm Prayer:

Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.
(Psalm 119:18) 


© Elaine Starner 2015

Photo credits: Thanks to Claire Pridgeon, Paul Stutzman, and Lana Turner for sharing photography I’ve used on this site. (Click on each name to see more.)

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