"I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe." (Ephesians 1:16-19)
I've been spending a lot of time lately in the book of Ephesians; meditating on the awesome inheritance that every believer has in Christ. Over the past year, the Spirit has been opening my eyes to see just how rich I am in the Son! And it has made a radical change in my heart. It's been such a blessing to see the Lord rearranging the things in my life to conform me to the image of His Son.
In this passage the apostle Paul prays for the believers in Ephesus, that the Holy Spirit might show them a few things. He prays that the Spirit might open the eyes of their heart in order that they may know "what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe" (Eph. 1:18-19). I feel like there are some pretty remarkable truths contained in these verses.
Paul says that God is working a great power towards those who believe. This power is so great that we can't even measure it. Just what is this power? Paul writes that the power God works is the same as the one "that He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places" (Eph. 1:20). I find it interesting that Paul would mention those things because of what he tells us about ourselves next.
One of the first things that Paul tells us about ourselves is that before we put our faith in Christ, we were dead (Eph. 2:1). We were dead in our sins and consequently alienated from the life of God. Every one of us was a slave to sin and was without hope. But what happened? God, in His rich mercy and love for us, died for our sins, redeemed us, and "made us alive together with Christ" (Eph. 2:5). What an awesome God we have! We were dead in our trespasses, and He still loved us and saved us by the blood of His Son and made us alive again spiritually—so that we have the very life of God dwelling inside of us now by the presence of His Spirit.
I find that interesting because it makes so much sense. Christ was dead, and with this immeasurably great power the Father raised Him from the dead. Likewise, we were dead, and with that very same power our heavenly Father raised us and made us alive together with Christ!
But the Lord didn't just stop at giving us a new life in Jesus. What else did He do? The Bible tells us that with this power God seated Jesus "at His right hand in the heavenly places" (Eph. 1:20). And us? In the very same way, the Lord has "seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ" (2:6). Christ has taken his seat and every Christian—by virtue of being in Christ—has been seated with Him. How cool is that?
The "oneness" that every Christian has with Jesus is marvelous. It baffles my mind at how Christ has so entwined His life with ours that the Bible regards us as one. But as the eyes of my heart have been opened to understand the life I have in the Son I feel I've grown and the Spirit strengthens me in my daily walk. How amazing is the life we have in Jesus! I hope the Lord challenges you too—that you may know the awesome inheritance every Christian has in Christ.
For more information check out the book Jesus Rediscovered: Thoughts on Life in Jesus Christ by Joshua Benjamin.