Week 12 Seeing Who You Are
Remember Genesis 3? Adam and Eve had partaken of the wrong tree. Then they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day and they hid among the trees. But the Lord God called the man and said, “WHERE ARE YOU?” And the man said, “I heard you coming and I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid.”
So, while we were ‘naked’ we were separated, dead. That was true, but NOW Galatians 3:27 says our baptism into Christ clothes us in Him.
According to Ephesians 2:6-10, we WERE indeed dead, carrying out our fleshly desires, and children of wrath. BUT… God’s mercy and great love has raised us together with Christ. What a beautiful expression of chesed.
Raised up where? Ephesians 1 says that Christ Jesus is currently seated at the Father’s right hand. The verbs used in Ephesians 1:20-23 are in what I call the ‘timeless’ tense (aorist tense.) Chapter 2 claims we too are currently, in an on-going basis, seated with Him. Not someday, but NOW! That should change our perspective!
In fact, Jesus’ sacrifice reversed the story of Genesis 3.
We are NOW His workmanship, His poetry and art, seated with Him in Heavenly Places. In essence, we are NOW His dwelling place, a new ‘garden’ for the Lord to fellowship in. So now, when He asks, “WHERE ARE YOU?,” we can safely say we are NOW reconciled, raised up and seated with Him in Christ.
Go to your mirror and ask the Lord for eyes to see where you are.
Ephesians 2:4-10. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.