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January 25, 2022

The Glorious and Honorable Organic Union

1Pet 3: 22 Who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, angels and authorities and powers being subjected to Him. Eph 1:21 Far above all rule and authority and power and lordship and every name that is named not only in this age but also in that which is to come; 22 And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,

In verse 22 Peter concludes this section by saying, "Who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, angels and authorities and powers being subjected to Him." This additional word not only unveils to us further, as the glorious result of Christ's suffering, His exaltation after resurrection and a high and honorable position He now holds in the heavens at the right hand of God, but also indicates how glorious and honorable is the organic union we have entered into with Him through baptism, for we have been baptized into Him (Rom. 6:3; Gal. 3:27). It is a characteristic of Peter's writing to add in as many points as possible. We see this characteristic in verse 22. After referring in the previous verse to the resurrection of Christ, Peter goes on to show us that today the resurrected Christ is at the right hand of God. Christ has gone into heaven, and angels, authorities, and powers have all been subjected to Him. We have seen that through baptism we have been put into Christ, and now we have an organic union with Him. The Christ to whom we have been joined organically is not only the resurrected One, but also the ascended One. Therefore, through the organic union, we are brought not only into Christ's resurrection but also into His ascension and exaltation. This means that, because we are in Christ, the angels, authorities, and powers are subject to us as well as to Him. Hallelujah, we are one with the crucified, resurrected, and exalted Christ! (c) 2007 Living Stream Ministry.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of First Peter, pp. 227. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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