The tense of the terms “raised” and “seated” indicates that these are immediate and direct results of salvation. Not only is the believer dead to sin and alive to righteousness through Christ’s resurrection, but he/she also enjoys the Lord’s exaltation and preeminent glory. Salvation, of course, is very much for the believer’s blessing, but it is even more for the purpose of eternally glorifying God for bestowing on believers His endless and limitless grace and kindness. The whole of Heaven glorifies Him for what He has done in saving sinners. Because of Christ’s resurrection, we know that our bodies will be raised from the dead (1 Cor. 15) and that we have been given the power to live as Christians now. How are we doing?
Questions for further thought:
1. In what ways am I partaking of the power of the Holy Spirit to live the Christian life now?
2. How can I pray fervently that the Holy Spirit will fill me and cleanse me from the sinful staining of my day?
Challenge: Confess my willingness to give into prideful tendencies and ask for the Holy Spirit to fill me with His strength to live for Him. (Ephesians 5:18)
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