“Hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:6). The important question is, Where are you living? On which level do you normally reside? Are you experientially living in the “heavenly places” day by day? The Lord Jesus meant just that when He said, “Abide in Me.” Abide means to stay where you are. Positionally, you are there. Rest in your blessed portion, in the One who is your life (Col 3:4), by faith in the facts.
Your two mortal enemies, Satan and the old man, will seek to drag you down in spirit—down into the sense realm, into depression, under circumstances or conditions. But your rightful position is on top; therefore, refuse to come down. Never be governed by your fluctuating feelings. What is true concerning your justification is also true concerning your sanctification. Feelings do not count! It is your Father’s fact that matters. Assert and affirm your position by faith in the completed work.
I was much impressed some years ago, at a Missionary Conference, to hear an aged missionary, recently home from the field, assert that she had often longed to know this heavenly position, but had never been able to get there—or, as she expressed it, to get “within the veil.” One of the leaders present was able to take her to the Word at Ephesians 2:6. He explained that in the purpose of her Father she was already there. This was the Father’s fact. There was no need to strive for a position that was already hers’.
“You are there; believe it and take your position, by simple faith in the Word.” It was a joy to see the glow that came into her face and her blessed release as she recognized that simple truth for the first time, after forty years on the foreign field. It is not an act to be performed, or an ideal to be realized, but a fact to be believed. It is not a promise to be pleaded or claimed, or appropriated, but an established truth to be rested in.
When distributing tracts in a village in the Yorkshire dales, some distance from the railway station, a Christian worker entered the dwelling of a dear old saint of God, eight-four years of age, who lived there alone. One room was all she occupied and everything in it bespoke the most abject poverty. If the contents of her abode had been knocked down at the auctioneer’s hammer, the whole of it would not have fetched more than five shillings.
Being desirous of cheering and comforting his aged friend, he remarked to her: “Well, Margaret, soon we shall have done for ever with the trials and difficulties of the way and be fully happy with the blessed Lord Jesus up yonder.” “That’s my home now, sir,” she replied. Finding he had begun much below the mark, he sped on, with a view of helping her if possible and said, “Yes, Margaret, soon we shall be in that bright Home, that Father’s house above, with the Lord Jesus, rejoicing ever in His presence.” “I live there now, sir,” was her bright and smiling reply.
Finding himself still very considerably in the rear, he hastened on to say, “How blessed it will be, Margaret—will it not?—when we and all the redeemed are praising Him together in the glory forever!” “I sing there every night, sir,” was her joyous response. Thus his expectations were more than realized; for instead of helping “poor Margaret, he was instructed and helped himself. –Reginald Wallis