Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in offenses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) (6) And raised us up together with Him and seated us together with Him in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus,
He not only raised us up from the position of death, but also seated us in the highest place in the universe. The heavenlies are the high position into which we have been saved in Christ. In the book of Romans, Christ as our righteousness has brought us into such a state that we may be acceptable to God. In the book of Ephesians, Christ as our life has saved us into such a position that we may be above all God's enemies. The church people today are in the heavenlies. The word "heavenlies" is rather peculiar. It refers not only to a place, but also to an atmosphere with a certain nature and characteristic. God's salvation by life has brought us into a heavenly place and into a heavenly atmosphere with a heavenly characteristic. When we meet together, we often have the deep sense that we are not in an earthly atmosphere, but in a heavenly atmosphere. However, if you go to a theater or some other worldly place, you will have the sense that you are immersed in an earthly atmosphere. Because we are in a heavenly atmosphere with a heavenly nature and a heavenly characteristic, we are a heavenly people. God's salvation has transferred us into such a realm and atmosphere.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Ephesians, pp. 179-180. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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