|Ephesians 2:5-6 |
5 And when we were dead in our sins, He brought us to life in union and fellowship with Christ;2 it is through grace that you are saved; [but you have not been saved by grace until you have been brought to life in union and fellowship with Christ, having been raised up together with Christ into heaven.]
6 And has raised us up together [with Christ], and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.3 [This is to have experienced being translated into the kingdom of heaven, where you are with Christ in sight and consciousness. From the Word of the Lord within: "I work with the blind; but if you think you can see, and you are not with me in heaven, I will make you a laughingstock.]
3 Raised up together, is to be resurrected with Christ; Christ is resurrected in you, and then you, (in union with him), are raised up together to the kingdom of heaven. To be sitting together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, one must be in the heavenly places; one must have been translated into the kingdom of Christ, as was Paul and others were in the kingdom: Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son, Col 1:13; who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. Eph 1:3. Isaac Penington, an early Quaker who dwelled in the kingdom, writes of this sitting down in Christ in The Holy Truth and People Defended :
For none sit down in that full rest, before and without consideration of works of righteousness wrought by them. For that great judgment is a time of rendering to every man according to his works. Rest is the reward of the traveler, and his travels are not despised, but considered in his reward. Mark; everyone that improved the talent, had a reward from his lord. "And come you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you: for I was an hungered, and you gave me meat," etc. Mat. 25. And the apostle is of the same mind with Christ, when he said, "It is a righteous thing with God, to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you, and to you rest," etc. 2 Thes 1:6-7. So that persons do not sit down in eternal blessedness in Christ, before or without consideration of any works wrought by them.
And then for sitting down in an heavenly, divine state of righteousness, rest, and peace in him here; it is a glorious state to be traveled to. There must be a translating out of the kingdom of darkness, into the kingdom of the dear Son first. The kingdom must first have come, and the soul prepared to enter into it, at the gate which the Spirit opens to him in the way of the gospel. For it is one thing to know somewhat of Christ, and to begin to become a disciple; and another thing to learn of him so to deny a man's own wisdom and will, as to come to receive and be born of what is true and living of him; and to learn to wait correctly for the opening of the gate, and entering into the kingdom and land of life, and to be prepared to sit down with him.
For there is a state of discipleship, by which a man hardly knows a settlement, so much as how to watch with Christ rightly and constantly; but it is a great matter to be able to dwell and abide with Him [Christ]. None can do this, but he that can dwell with devouring fire and everlasting burnings for the pure word of life is a fire, and he that sits down in the heavenly place in him, must sit down in that fire.
(Isaiah said, ‘Who among us shall dwell with devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?’ Isaiah answers his questions, and said, ‘He that walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises the gain of oppression, that shakes his hands from holding of bribes; that stops his ears from hearing of blood, and shuts his eyes from seeing of evil; he shall dwell on high, his place of defense shall be the fortress of rocks; bread shall be given him, his water shall be sure; your eyes shall see the king in his beauty, ... and your eyes shall see a tabernacle that shall not be taken down, not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed,’ Isa 33:14-17,20.)
It is to be in the rest, sitting together in heavenly places, in the Kingdom. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and have sat down with my Father in his throne. Rev 3:21. Notice, to him who overcomes is this privilege granted. Overcomes what? Overcomes the world and its lusts, overcomes sin!