Our Resurrection and Exaltation in Christ
In the second chapter of Ephesians Paul further explains this with the words:
“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:5-7
What Paul is saying here is that besides being crucified with Christ when He died we were also raised to life with Him in His resurrection. Then besides that we are now also sitting together in Christ in heaven. Therefore, the believer who is abiding in Christ is with Christ in heaven, and is also exalted in Christ above every principality, power, might, dominion and name, and that all things are under the believer’s feet; under his authority and power. This is a truth that must also be believed in order to have victory over all temptation and sin.
Jesus referred to the authority of the believer when He said:
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19
Rest in Christ and Receive Blessings
God wants us to sit down and enjoy all the blessings we have in Christ. He wants us to enjoy what He has done for us and realize that we are not to try to work at attaining these blessings. They are ours by faith. We are forgiven by faith, we are righteous by faith, we have eternal life by faith, and we are to be victorious over temptation and sin by faith. This is what Paul is saying when he wrote:
“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:” Colossians 2:6
Our life as Christians is dependent on our complete dependence on Christ; not on our own exertion of effort. We are to sit and rest in the truth of what God has done for us in Christ. Also, you did not put yourself there; God did.
“But of him [God] are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption:” 1Corinthians 1:30
Notice in this verse we are told that Christ is our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. It is all Christ and nothing that we “do” in the area of putting forth effort. We simply believe what God says. Thus our victory over the sin problem in our life is attributed to God and God alone; not attributed to anything we have done or ever will do.
“That no flesh should glory in his presence…that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” 1Corinthians 1:29, 31
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Christ is everything for the Christian. Our deliverance from temptation and sin is not based on what we can do. No, it is based on what God has already done for us in the person of Jesus Christ. When this truth becomes a reality in our understanding we will then have the basis of our victory over sin. We will have discovered the secret of living the holy life God calls us to live.
You may be saying, “Yes, I see what the Bible is saying, but how do I apply it to my everyday life when facing temptation to sin?” That is a good question. We will consider that next.