Jan 06

Sitting with Christ

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Every true believer should be in pursuit of a greater discovery of life in Christ.

  • What is this life in Christ really like?
  • What are the benefits of this life in Christ?
  • What is the power of this life is Christ?

If your Christian life is to be pleasing to God, it must be correctly adjusted to Him in all things.

Since we are “redeemed through His blood” and have received “the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace,” we should press on to discover everything that God has made available to us in Christ. (Ephesians 1:7-12)

  • We all need to discover the depth of the riches that God has provided for all of us who have trusted in Christ.
  • As a result,  “we should be unto the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:12)

We want to discover three things:

  1. Our position in Christ
  2. Our life in the world
  3. Our attitude toward the enemy

If we want to be useful to the Lord, we must be thoroughly adapted to God’s hand in all three areas. God is not just adapting us to an overcoming life in this world, He is adjusting us to fit properly into His hands.

Ephesians 2:4–7 (NKJV) 4But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

This is the secret of the new life that we have in Christ.

  • In the past, we walked according the course of the world.
  • Your new life begins in Christ Jesus.

Look closely at what He has done for us.

God has made us alive together with Christ.

How did He do this?

He did it by mercy, through love, with Christ.

First, by mercy.

  • God stepped beyond your goodness or works of righteousness.
  • He did not wait until you proved you were worthy.
  • He took mercy on us.

Second, through love.

  • God took the initiative because He loved you.
  • The amazing thing about this is He did this while we were unlovely.
    • We all were acting poorly.
    • That does not describe our behavior thoroughly.
    • We were doing all manner of evil deeds.
    • We were working against God.
    • But, God in mercy and love stepped in to save us.

Third, He did it with Jesus Christ.

  • Jesus provided the necessary purification of sins.

Hebrews 1:3 (ESV) After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

  • Now He has provided a new life for those who put their trust in Him.

Notice what God has done for us through Christ.

Ephesians 2:6 (NKJV) 6and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

We should break that down.

First, He raised us up together with Christ.

  • Have you discovered that you were crucified with Christ?
    • When Jesus went to the cross, He took and bore away your sins.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV) 21For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

    • Your sickness was laid upon Him.

Matthew 8:17 (NKJV) “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”

  • When Christ arose in victory, it was for you.
  • Notice that Ephesians 2:6 says He “raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
    • God took the initiative to lift you up.
    • The extent of that takes you out of what you have been.

Colossians 3:1 (NKJV) 1If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

You need to make a discovery here.

Where are you living?

Are you still snared by the old life?

  • The power and victory that is needed in your life has already been attained.
  • Our natural tendency is to try to do this on our own.

How can we attain our goal without doing it ourselves?

  • God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.

Second, He made us to sit together with Christ in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

  • This is not attained by your human effort.
  • The One who raised Christ from the dead has done this.
  • He has blessed us with every spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)
  • We are invited to sit down and enjoy what God has done for us in Christ.

What does it mean to “sit down?”

  • When we sit down, we are in a position of rest.
  • You have taken the load off your feet.
  • When you sit down, you are not carrying your load.

This is what God has done for you in Christ.

  • God has put the load on Christ.
  • He has become your burden bearer.
  • Back in the Old Covenant on the Day of Atonement, the priest took two rams.
    • The first was killed, and its blood was for a covering.
    • On the second, the priest confessed the sins of the people on its head.

Do you understand what Jesus did?

Hebrews 1:3 (ESV) After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

  • He put away your load.
  • He sat down when all things were dealt with.

Now, He invites you to come and sit down with Him and enjoy the privileges and blessings of His sacrifice.

Have you discovered the release from your burden in Christ?

Are you still trying to work it all out?

  • Adam was created on the sixth day.
    • He had no part in those first six days of work.
    • He was created at the end of God’s work.
  • God worked six days and then He rested on the Sabbath.
    • God’s seventh day was Adam’s first day.
    • The first day of Adam’s life was a day of rest.
    • God worked before he rested.
    • Man entered into God’s rest and finished work.
        • Then he worked.

Since God’s work of creation was truly completed, Adam’s life could begin with rest.

The message of the Gospel is similar.

  • God has completed the work of redemption, and we can do nothing to merit it.
  • By faith, we enter directly into Christ’s finished work.

Jesus Christ has become your rest.

Hebrews 4:9–10 (NKJV) 9There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

When you are resting in Jesus, you are resting from your own labors.

  • You are resting on His righteousness.
  • You are resting in His victory.

The scripture says that we who have believed do enter into rest.

  • You can enter His rest by faith.
  • Take God’s rest as your rest.
  • Take God’s work as your work.
  • All the sin is defeated.
  • All the victories are won in Christ.
  • The healing is completed in Christ’s finished work.
  • All the blessings are given.

We all need to make this discovery.

Ephesians 1:18–23 (NKJV)

18the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

What God did for Jesus, He is doing for you.

  • God has given you a position of victory in Christ.
  • You need to have this discovery about your new life in Christ.
  • God has provided a place of rest from all those things that have tormented you.
  • He has brought us into the finished work of His Son and He says, “please sit down.”
    • Stop trying to carry that load.
    • Stop trying to work it out.
    • Let Jesus be your righteousness, peace and joy.
    • Let His victory over sin and death be your portion.
    • Let Him be your Savior, Healer, and Deliverer.

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