Seated With Christ

…Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.

— 1 Peter 3:21-22

Jesus Christ now sits at the place of honor and favor, not only for Himself, but also for us, because He is our surety, our representative, and our head. Headship means not only dominion, but also union with the body. We are His body and He is our head. If He sits at the right hand of God the Father, we do also. The raising and elevation of Christ is not only for Him, but it is the raising and elevation and acceptance of all believers in Him. For the Scripture says that God “hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6).

Even now, you and I are positioned in Christ in the heavenly places at the place of honor and favor. Even now, in Christ we are seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty in the position of honor. That is what it means when we confess that He “sitteth on the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1).

To be one with Christ is an incredible doctrine. That we should be crucified with Him or suffer with Him perhaps is easier to understand, but that we should be lifted up to a position of honor and power with Christ—that is exalting and humbling.

Question to ponder:
What difference does it make that I am “seated with Christ”?