We are told that Christ himself has brought us into a heavenly position with him. Yet if that is so, then many Christians are living far beneath the promises God has provided. Think about it: if we are actually living in Christ, seated with him in the throne room of heaven, how could any believer still be enslaved to his flesh? We have been given a position in him for a reason. But many in Christ’s Body have not claimed or appropriated it.
Paul says, “Which [God] worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church” (Ephesians 1:20-22).
Most Christians don’t have any difficulty believing Christ is there. We preach, “Jesus is even now on the throne. He’s above all principalities and powers, far beyond Satan’s reach.” Yet we find it hard to accept the following truth: “[God has] raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (2:6). We can believe Christ is already in the heavenly position, seated with the Father. But we can’t accept that we’re also seated there, in the very same throne room. Yet, Jesus himself already told us, “I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).
To many, this sounds like a fantasy, some theological illusion: “You mean that I don’t have to live my life being hot and cold, up and down? I can keep my intimacy with Christ intact?”
Yes, absolutely! Paul declares, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). Notice that Paul says all spiritual blessings are bestowed in the throne room. All the riches of Christ are available to us there: steadfastness, strength, rest, ever-increasing peace.
Paul makes it crystal clear: to have the blessings of Christ flow through us, we must be seated with Christ in the throne room of heaven! The only way to the throne-life is by way of a living sacrifice: “Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1).