Please Remain Seated!
…putting everything in subjection under his feet.
MacLaren said of Hebrews 2:8 “Christ on the cross, the measure of man’s worth in the eyes of God, and of man’s place in the creation; Christ on the throne the prophecy of man’s dignity, and of his most sure dominion.”
Our “most sure dominion” is worthy of our contemplation and our application as we live our lives for the glory of God. The enemy of our faith seeks to distract us from living from our blood bought position in the heavenlies yet we do not have to be ignorant of his devices. The Holy Spirit will alert us to times when we may not be living up to our full new birth rights of being seated in Christ in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 2:4-7 says “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, 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, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
It is our privilege as beloved children of God and as followers of Christ to be seated with Christ in the realm of the heavenly places. No one can remove us from that position but we can be lured away from being mindful of such great divine favor. And this is the enemy’s plan, to have us forget where we are seated, because in Christ, the devil and all his cohorts are under our feet!
When I read Ephesians 1:19-23, I like to imagine all the things that have been put under Jesus’ feet. “Every name that is named” is a great comprehensive phrase that indicates the vastness of Jesus’ rule and reign. To be in Christ and to be seated with Him means that these things are under our feet as well! We can truly say “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57).”
A funny little visual I’ve been carrying around in my heart lately is seeing my legs and feet inside Jesus’ legs and feet, with all my personal named enemies under our feet jointly. I think it’s important to be cognizant of our enemies, to identify them by name, so we can position them in our hearts and minds where they belong—beneath the feet of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Those things are in subjection under His feet, which includes our feet as well. To be in subjection means to subordinate, to place or rank under. Our enemies are subordinate to Jesus and for me that takes their projected power toward us and nullifies it. I always want to judge my enemies as powerless over me because Christ has given me the victory over them through His victory.
We can remain seated with Jesus by consistently acknowledging and accepting that this is our favored position by the will of God. By His grace we’ve been accepted in the Beloved and that includes this positional privilege and redemptive reality of being made one with Christ.
In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
Because we remain seated with Christ, and because all things are in subjection under our feet, we can say “No weapon formed against us will prosper!”