In the Heavenly Places
A Sermon on Ephesians 2:4-7
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (ESV)
There is true hope in Christ! One of the most comforting and practical teachings of Scripture is that all who are united to Christ in faith have been seated with him in the heavens. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones brings this great news of hope from Ephesians 2:4-7, saying we have been delivered from this present evil world and its coming judgement because of the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. For this reason, we should seek to set our minds not on earthly and carnal things, but in that which is heavenly and good. As Christians we should put our hope with Christ who has died in our place and acceded to heaven where he rules. This does not mean that we have no obligation to do good while we are on this earth, but it simply means that we should be as pilgrims- always looking toward our inheritance with Christ Jesus in heaven. This affects how Christians are to conduct themselves, for we should seek what is good, pure, and holy, fleeing from all worldliness and immorality. We should not be like the unbeliever who in his worldliness cares for nothing but what is present in the here and now, but we should always seek the heavenly inheritance that we have in Christ by believing in his Gospel.