17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,
18 the eyes of your [a]understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
21 far above all principality[b] and [c]power and [d]might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,
23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,
2 in which you once walked according to the [a]course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,
3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
Today’s opening Scripture reveals Jesus’ substitutionary work for us. It tells us that Jesus’ death, resurrection, ascension and enthronement are all ours because He took our place as our Substitute. When Jesus died, we died with Him, and when He was made alive, we were made alive together with Him, and raised up together, and made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ. Amazing concept of substitution, identification and representation. God sees us in Christ’s substitution for us. In the Father’s mind of eternal justice, He sees everything Jesus has done for us as ours and that truly so. Justice is in substitution, it is in identification, it is in representation. That’s the wisdom of God. Evidently, the Bible is a legal document containing two testaments or covenants, the Old and the New; and God thinks in legal terms. When Adam sinned, all sinned with him by identification. Mankind fell when the federal head of mankind fell: For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Therefore, everything that Jesus did for humanity is all ours as much as they are His works. Why? He is the last Adam and represented every man as their substitute. Did you get that? When you begin to see everything that Jesus did for you as yours legally and justly, your faith will soar and skyrocket into space beyond.
When God raised Jesus up from the dead, He made Him sit at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, power, dominion, might and every name in this world and in that which is to come. Did you see that in the mind of Justice, you are the one being referred to right there? When God enthroned Jesus Christ our Substitute, He meant to enthrone us with Him, and He did enthrone us with Him. He sure did! Hallelujah! The Holy Spirit witnesses to this in the revelation of Jesus Christ given to the apostle Paul and to the other apostles in the epistles. We are seated together with Christ in heavenly places. The placement and enthronement have put you far above and way over all devils and their gimmicks. You must see yourself seated together with Christ, far above all that is in this world and in that which is to come. By this, you will be able to exercise your dominion in Christ Jesus. You are not on the same level of authority with the devil, neither are you with the systems of this world. Hallelujah!!!
My Solid Front (Confession):
I declare that I am blessed with the Sceptre of dominion. I have been enthroned together with Jesus Christ and I have been made to sit together with Him in heavenly places; far above all principality, power, might, dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. I rule in the midst of adversity; I rule in the midst of lack; I rule in the midst of sicknesses’ and diseases. I rule as a king in the Name of Jesus. Amen!
Further Meditation: Mark 16:15-20; Romans 6:3-5.