Summary: God’s plan for us, based on Ephesians chapter 2
the old way of life is like a living death.
And all of the sins that are part of that lifestyle point in one direction—self. Sin is, basically, about pleasing yourself—
doing what feels good for you at that moment.
Whether it’s a physical gratification or an emotional gratification, sin is about self-gratification.
That’s the old way of life.
God wants to move you into an entirely new realm of existence. He wants you to come alive spiritually.
He wants to infuse his life into your life, and make it more meaningful than it ever was before.
Listen to what Paul says...
(v. 4-5) But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions.
Notice, it says,
God made us alive with Christ.
God gave us eternal life.
Many people misunderstand eternal life.
They think it just means that
when I die, I get to go to heaven.
That’s only a small part of it.
Eternal life is not just a quantity of life—
or a length of time,
living in heaven forever, Eternal life is also quality of life—
It is God’s life in your life, now. Jesus said...John 4:14 …those who drink the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give them will become in them a spring which will provide them with life-giving water and give them eternal life."
Eternal life is something that starts now,
and creates inside of you
this fountain of spiritual life and energy
that flows out of you constantly
so that everyone around you is blessed by it.
Eternal life is not just quantity,
it’s the quality,
its Christ living in you, right now,
and changes everything about you.
If we bury the past,
we can come alive spiritually like that.
When you make a decision to follow Christ, some things go on behind the scenes that you may not be aware of,
but they’re very significant.
Paul says in the next verse (v. 6) And God raised us up with Christ Jesus and seated us with him in the heavenly realms.
Now, when is this talking about.
that we’re raised up and seated with Christ.
Does it mean,
after we die,
we get to go to heaven,
and be seated with Christ in heaven?
No, that’s not what it means.
This verse is in the past tense.
Its talking about something that already happened,
and this letter was not written to dead people,
who are already in heaven.
Paul is saying, hey you guys,
right now, we are raised up from death, with Jesus,
and seated with him in heaven.
In other words, when you chose to follow Christ and turn from your old way of life God raised you up, he gave life to your spirit, and then spiritually, he gave you a special place seated in heaven with Jesus.
This all went on behind the scenes, you didn’t see it happen,
the world didn’t see it take place,
its not physical, its spiritual,
but it is just as real as the chair you’re sitting on.
heaven isn’t really up in the sky,
somewhere beyond the moon and sun,
Heaven is a spiritual place,
so its not limited by geography,
and the primary characteristic of heaven,
is being in the presence of God.
So when it says you’re seated with Jesus in the heavenly realms,