One evening last week I rang a friend from the church. On answering he said, “I am really sorry, but am in Life Group”. After asking “how many are there”, I was told “around ten of us”. I was fascinated how, after only ten days of social distancing my friends understanding of reality had changed. With this in mind, I turned again to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Here Paul writes:
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. (Eph 2:4-7)
I suspect that over the years, many of us have struggled with one of the truths that Paul alludes to here. Namely, how can we be present on earth and yet, be simultaneously seated with Christ in the heavenly realms? Surely rationale would dictate that we must be in one place or the other, but both cannot possibly be in both. Yet listen to what my friend said again. He didn’t say he was at home, but simply connecting with others online. Rather he said that they were present together.
With this in mind, I want to remind you, that although God calls us to reach out to those around us, he has unconditionally and inseparably united us with his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed through we are saved from our sin and granted resurrection life. It is because of him that although we sojourn on earth our true home is already in heaven.
Do be encouraged!
Yours and His, Gareth