Seated with Jesus but Still in Training

“Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17, NET, bold emphasis mine).

“You don’t have to stay down there,” Holy Spirit whispered to my heart. I was in the midst an intensely difficult season. Fierce battle was raging on every side of me. In the midst of it, He invited me higher. He invited me to sit with Him, above it all.

He was referring, of course, to the position Jesus already bought for me with His blood: “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:6, NIV). This verse immediately follows the declaration, “It is by grace you have been saved” (v. 5b). This means that, part of His act of saving me was to seat me up there with Jesus. My position in God is inseparable from my salvation. It’s a done deal.

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