6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Look at those past tense words: raised, seated, and saved. This reflects the theology Paul shows us in Romans 8:37–39. Paul preaches that once we are sealed by the Spirit (as we read in chapter one) we are able to look forward towards the actualization of our faith based on the past tense reality of what God did. We often think of things in an experientially linear way. Woah… too many syllables there eh? What I mean is we often think of things as though they must be seen through the lens of time. However, God is outside of time and many of His actions are spoken of in the same way. Our judicial declaration of justification is one of those things. In the heavenly realms (the spiritual realms) we are found already seated with Christ. The demons, angels, etc. don’t look on at us as “I wonder if they are saved” but see the fact that God has stamped us as righteous.
Let’s combine today’s devotion with one we did last week so that we can properly understand assurance of our salvation. I am saying “once saved always saved” but instead “my salvation, when obtained, is secure.” The difference between these two phrases is that “once saved always saved” is generally understood that if someone says with their mouth they believed in God but then they never actually walk with the Lord they are still considered saved. We are not addressing that today because this passage does not explain the evident work of the Spirit in the life of a believer- we will discuss that in a future devotion (message me/comment below if you want to talk through that). What this passage does show us is that if we have obtained salvation and truly believed in Christ as our payment we do not need to worry about mistakes as a risk of losing our salvation. When we look at our salvation we are not supposed to look at our present actions/mistakes. Instead we look at the past action of Christ, and our receipt of justification through the moment we took hold of faith. When asked about, or challenged about our salvation (usually by the enemy) we are to hold up the receipt (which is the Holy Spirit) that says
This entity is proof that the outstanding amount due is paid in full.
Method of payment: Faith in Christ’s Words: Man is completely sinful and deserves separation from God due to their sinful nature. Jesus Christ is fully God, fully perfect, and fully able to pay for that punishment when He died on the cross. There is no other way to receive freedom from this penalty other than believing Christ’s Words. Which I do.”
Our day to day relationship with God is going to be affected by the actions we do and the mistakes we make. However our salvation is/was based upon the moment in which we received faith. Do not let the enemy point to your daily mistakes and blur the lines between your ability to walk a clean life and your inheritance in Christ. Your inheritance is sealed by the Spirit, your day to day actions are a part of you partnering with Him and allowing Him to change you.
Spend 1 minute thanking God for your salvation, and that it doesn’t depend on your ability to constantly look righteous. Then spend 2-3 minutes asking God for the desire to understand your salvation… it’s pretty significant.
Share some of these details with someone you know. It should spark a conversation or at least peak the interest to study this. Most people don’t fully understand salvation yet never spend a minute looking into it. Perhaps you can help others dive into the Word!