“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, 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.” (NASB)
STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS
“But God, being rich in mercy (eleos: kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted), because of His great love (agape: charity, affection, benevolence) with which He loved us, even when we were dead (nekros: breathed his last, departed, destitute of life, inanimate, inactive, inoperative, lifeless) in our transgressions (paraptoma: trespass, offence, sin, fault), made us alive together with (suzoopoieo: quicken together) with Christ [by grace (charis: that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness, loving-kindness) you have been saved (sozo: made whole, healed, kept safe and sound, rescued, preserved)], and raised (sunegeiro: from mortal death to a new and blessed life dedicated to God) us up with Him, and seated us (sugkathizo: placed together) with Him in the heavenly places (epouranios: celestial, high, heavenly regions, the abode of God and angels, the heavenly temple or sanctuary) in Christ Jesus.”
But God, being rich in kindness towards us, the miserable and afflicted ones - because of His great affection and love for us - even when we were completely lifeless in our sin and offence, made us alive together with Christ (by His grace that reveals within us joy, delight and loving-kindness, you have been rescued, preserved and made whole.) You have also been raised from death to a new life unto God, in Christ Jesus, and seated together with Him in the heavenly sanctuary where God and angels dwell.
From my childhood when I was dragged to church services to my stint on church staff to the present day free from the attendance of traditional services (and all of the days in between) it was (and is) quite commonplace to hear Christians speak of “calling God down” to join us wherever we are. Some shout, some clamor, some believe that perhaps the more raucous we make, the more likely He is to “show up”. But what if we have it all backwards? When Christ (the Second Adam) came, He restored intimacy with the Father and tore the veil that shrouded the most holy place (literally and spiritually). Mankind from henceforth would nevermore have to stand outside of the temple and have another go in (up) on his behalf. Christ’s death and resurrection invited all to enter into the priesthood and dwell with the Almighty.
Sadly, this simple truth is not made clear to the majority. With this mindset intact, we’re led to believe that we must somehow beckon God to “descend” to receive our lowly worship, praise and adoration. My friends, God Himself sees those whose identity is found in Christ as worthy to enter into His gates and come to His throne with boldness! Today, ponder on this great mystery won’t you? The Most High God, the uncreated Creator invites you to go up! Move out of the physical limitations and boundaries of the natural realm that restrict and confine you! You are a spiritual being created in His awesome image! Explore things of the spirit as our spiritual forefathers who have gone before us have. We whose lives are in Christ are seated NOW beside Him in heavenly places. It’s time we start acting like it. We’ve settled for earthen lives for far too long.