Ephesians – Where Do You Live?
The Biblical letter to the Ephesians is God’s counsel for having peace and unity in the Church. The concepts are striking when compared with how Christians live and behave. A striking concept in this letter is the idea of “where do we live?”
Do you live in Heaven or on earth. That is an important distinction. Ephesians repeatedly focuses on the Heavenly realm. We are living our life here on earth but, are you living the risen life? Are you living the resurrection life? That is the question. You should be. If not, why not?
Living the risen life (also emphasized in Paul’s other writings) is the critically important concept. It is the answer to having a victorious Christian life. It is the answer to having unity and peace in the Church.
Note the passages on Heaven and the heavenly places:
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth–in Him.
20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus
10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places,
15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named
10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
One unmistakable focus of Ephesians is Heaven. God’s children live in the Heavenly realm. That is a source of comfort. It is also a source of joy. We do not need to tangle ourselves with many of the troubles of earth.
However, the Heavenly realm is also the place of Spiritual warfare. We are in a battle. It is the battle of the ages. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.
If our hearts are fixed on Heaven. Heaven will keep earth in perspective. Eternity will keep time in perspective. That perspective will change our lives and our churches.