Do you know who you are in Christ? For some, that question is easily answered, but for others in the body of Christ, it may not be as obvious.
As Christians, we are called to a life of God-ordained purpose. Each of us fulfills certain roles and has different vocations, in terms of the “ministry” as well as what position we hold in the world. Paul states it this way: “Now you are the body of Christ and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues” (1 Corinthians 12:27-28, NKJV).
Using the human body as a metaphor, the church, comprised of believers, is the body of Christ and Jesus is its head. Since the head is part of the body that means wherever Jesus is, so are we. Jesus is currently seated at the right hand of the Father in heavenly places and we are, too. (Ephesians 1:20. 2:6, NKJV)
Let’s examine this further. When we received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior by faith, something amazing happened to each one of us. First, when Jesus died, He took our place as the “propitiation” for our sins. (Propitiation is an old English word meaning, “to satisfy the wrath of God” on our behalf.) “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him” (Ephesians 1:4, NKJV). When that happened, as far as God is concerned, “…even when we were dead in trespasses, (God) made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)” (Ephesians 2:5, NKJV).
This should be good news to you. God is not mad at you! He made that point clear through the apostle Paul who wrote: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1, NKJV). Earlier in the New Testament, two of Jesus’ disciples asked one day if He wanted them to call down fire from Heaven upon someone. Jesus rebuked them: “For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” (Luke 9:56, NKJV).
God could have stopped there, but Ephesians 2 has more to say: “…and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6, NKJV). So now, not only did we die with Christ Jesus, but we were raised with Him and we are now seated with Him in heavenly places. Stop and think about where Christ and all believers are seated in the place of authority!
Why would God seat us with Christ Jesus at His own right hand? So that we, the redeemed, who are the brethren of the firstborn (Romans 8:29) which is Christ, may live our lives on the earth with a sense of purpose and, through prayer and an understanding of what God’s plans are for us, exercise power and authority over sickness, poverty, fear, anger, depression and all of the dark forces Satan brings against us. In the ultimate place of authority, we are assured of victory!
I encourage you to study your Bible and learn who you are in Christ.
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Rob Granger is Senior Pastor of Faith Harbor Church, a non-denominational church that meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the Escondido Columbus Hall, 515 W. Valley Parkway. His wife, Becky, serves as Co-Pastor. Videos of Pastor Rob’s sermons can be seen on YouTube by typing faith harbor church escondido ca in the YouTube search box. Visit fhcescondido.com for information about Faith Harbor Church.
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