Ephesians: Sit, Walk, Stand!
Sit means to depend fully on Christ and rest in Him. Your
identity is wrapped up in being an adopted child of God.
Walk means to live out that identity. Walk worthy of your
Stand means to hold your ground against forces of evil.
Sit, Ephesians 1-3
At one time you used to be dead. Like a zombie, you were the walking dead, until God intervened. In great love, rich mercy, and very generous grace (undeserved kindness) you were made alive. You have Christ’s resurrected life in you right now.
In addition, you were an “outsider” in a very substantive way. You didn’t have God’s revelation of Himself, and thus, you had no future and no hope. But God brought the “outsiders” in, bridging the gap of separation by the blood of Christ. Christ’s blood united you with God (vertically), and with all other Christians (horizontally). Christ’s blood reconciled imperfect, still sinful, people to God and others. Hostility was put to death by the cross. No barrier is more significant than the blood of Christ that unites you, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19. We have peace and friendship with God and all believers in Christ. You are united and connected more than you may know or feel. Furthermore, we are being built into a holy temple, a place where people meet God. God lives in you by His Spirit.
In Christ, believers are blessed, chosen (wanted & valued), predestined, adopted in love, accepted, redeemed, forgiven, enlightened, given an inheritance, sealed with the Holy Spirit’s guarantee, and assured. You have been freed (redeemed/ransomed) from sins bondage. You have a restored (reconciled) relationship with God. You can know God personally and intimately. The Holy Spirit is at work in your life right now, Ephesians 3:20, and He can do immeasurably more than all you can ask or imagine. In other words, you were adopted into God’s family, you’re His workmanship, and written into the story of God’s grand plan for our world and the cosmos.
God is mending and putting everything back in its right place. He is reconciling and uniting estranged people and all things under Christ so that all things praise God. We live for something and Someone far greater than ourselves! And, we have the resources of Christ’s incomparably great power to battle evil that would side track us from our purpose.
Spiritual beings (God – Father, Son, & Holy Spirit, Satan, good angels, and bad, fallen angels) inhabit the heavenly realm. And, because we are in Christ and Christ is seated at His Father’s right hand, in some way we are also seated with Christ “up there” in the heavenlies. The church, gathered Christians, makes God’s wisdom and glory known to these spiritual beings in the heavenly realms. And, the church will be revealing God’s glory throughout all generations and into eternity. The church has unparalleled importance.
All of these things come from a God whose core character is love, 1 John 4:16. As we come to know God deeply and intimately, we will experience His self-giving, serving love!
Sit, rest, soak in these truths that speak of who you are because of what Christ has done. Come freely and confidently into God’s presence. Try to grasp the scope of Christ’s love for you!