I’ve recently noticed the Apostle Paul talks a lot about heavenly beings and how God’s plan is to reveal himself to them through the church. Apparently mankind, made in God’s image, was always how he intended to do this. It seems as though we just don’t really understand how far we have fallen, but thanks be to God he has restored us in Christ.
The letter to the Ephesians tells us we were chosen all along to be holy and blameless before him. Even though we fell in Adam; God’s plan was always to join us to Christ through the cross. We that believe have been raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places in order to display God’s grace in kindness toward us. “We are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before hand so we would walk in them.”
Even though we have been seated in the heavenlies according to Ephesians 3 we have a job to do. Not only are we called to display God’s kindness we are also to reveal his wisdom. The church is the administer, or way, in which God shows his wisdom to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. God’s ways are not our ways, therefore he chooses the foolish things to confound the wise and the weak things to shame that which is strong. It must leave the “heavenly beings” scratching their head when God fills human beings with His Spirit and moves them to trust him even when they can’t see. We are called to walk by faith rather than sight you know.
Now that we know we have been seated with Christ in heavenly places in order to display God to the watching spirit realm we are called to walk in a manner worthy of our calling. We are told in Ephesians 4 & 5 to “walk not as the Gentiles (the world) walk in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart”… rather we are to “walk in love, walk as children of Light and walk in wisdom.” Finally in chapter 6 we are told to put on the armor of God and take our “stand against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
In summing up, Ephesians tells us we are seated in the heavenlies, but we are to walk in the body still on the earth, in order to stand against the real enemy in heavenly places. You see heavenly places and being’s aren’t way out there somewhere, as if measured by miles, they are even right here only separated by our inability to see. Don’t you remember the story of Elisha in 2 Kings? Elisha reassured a nervous servant facing a great and mighty army saying, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed ‘O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ And the Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
Paul’s letter to the Colossians tells us Christ disarmed these wicked rulers and authorities and made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through the cross. In Romans 6 we are told those of us who have been baptized into Christ have been baptized into his death, and if we’re joined with him in his death, we are also joined with him in his burial and resurrection. Therefore we have died to sin and those wicked, spiritual forces of darkness too. They really have been disarmed through the cross of Christ.
“They overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.”