5 Reasons Why Every Christian Is Called To Reign With Christ in the Heavenly Places

 

In previous posts I have written about the Christian’s authority in Christ and about the heavenly places, which is the spirit realm, the place where we reign with Christ. In this post I want to give some reasons why God has called us to our high position.

1. To battle and be victorious. God has created us for battle and to be victorious over sin and Satan (Jud. 3:2).  Every person who is a believer is naturally an enemy of the devil (1 Peter 5:8) and desires in his spirit to take authority over him.

2. To rule with Christ over the nations. In the future all Christians will sit with Christ (bodily) on His throne and will rule with Him over the nations (Rev. 2:26, 3:21). In the light of this great future we must now be trained in conflict and in how to prevail over the enemy (Jud 3:2).  The heavenly places are now our training ground—the place where we go in prayer against the enemy.

3. To displace the demonic influence. The calling of every Christian, and really, of all believers together, is to fill up the heavenly places with the presence of Christ, therefore, to replace the darkness with light and to displace the demonic influence. According to Francis Frangipane,

…As the body of Christ on earth agrees with its Head in Heaven, the Spirit of Christ Himself displaces the power of darkness in the heavenly places.  In other words, when the church on earth is aggressive in its agreement with the will and Word of God, then the presence of God increases in the spiritual realm, proportionally displacing the influence of hell on earth.  Shortly thereafter, manifesting in the world of men, we see revivals…3

I can’t help thinking that this is what happened during the time of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ when such revivals and healings took place.  It also happened in the time of great men like Elijah and Moses, and also in more modern times during the days of Jonathan Edwards and Charles Finney and a host of others.

4. To save souls that are held captive. The purpose of the church’s reign in the heavenly places is to defeat the enemy in Satan’s dark domain. Says Silvoso,

By making Christ the ‘fullness of all in all’ [Eph. 1:22-23] in the church as it occupies the heavenly places, God has displaced Satan and his hosts and confined them under the feet of Jesus.  The church has now been placed as potentially in control of the heavenly places once ruled by the prince of the power of the air.  But the church must engage and defeat the enemy to retake the heavenlies in the name of her Lord, so that the eyes of those still being held captive by Satan will be opened.4

5. To show the glory of God. As we see in Ephesians 3:10, in the words of Ed Silvoso, “God established the church in the heavenly places as both an example and a witness to the principalities and powers.  God did this ‘in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.’”5

In other words, we are on display in front of the angels and demons.  God wants them to see His glory through us—through how He has saved us.  What a great privilege we have to be His shining examples of His grace and wisdom.

 

3 Francis Frangipane, The Three Battlegrounds (Cedar Rapids, IA: River of Life Ministries, 1989), p. 86.

4 Ed Silvoso, That None Should Perish (Ventura, Calif.: Regal Books, ND), p. 116-117.

5 Ibid., p. 114.

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Vice President Pence Gave Message of Hope to the Knesset

Pray for Israel!

Prayer for Trump and Country

 

America’s Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the Knesset in Israel on 1/22/18. His speech was brilliant, pleasing, and praise worthy. He captured the hearts of all that were in the room. It was a short speech, but so on point.  It was …

A wonderful message of hope for Israel.

A message that was thankful to God for His promises to Israel.

A message that gave remembrance to Israel’s survival and God’s faithfulness over the centuries.

A message that confirmed America’s friendship with Israel.

A message that confirmed the moving of America’s embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s capitol.

A message that condemned ISIS and all terrorists that hate and seek to destroy Israel, America, Jews, Christians, and peaceful Muslims.

A message that reached out to Israel’s neighbors and to the world in peace.

A message that promises prayer for Israel.

A message that seeks the blessing of God on…

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What and Where are the Heavenly Places? – Ephesians 1:3, 1:20, 2:6, 3:10, 6:12

 

Ephesians 2:6 tells us that all believers reign together in Christ in the “heavenly places.”  The book of Ephesians mentions these heavenly places five different times (Eph. 1:3, 1:20, 2:6, 3:10, and 6:12).  Here are some observations I have made about these places:

1 . The heavenly places are the spirit realm where all spirits dwell. The triune God dwells there (Eph. 1:20); the angels and the demons dwell there (Eph. 6:12); and all human spirits are there too.

2. Since both God and Satan dwell in the heavenly places we know that it is a place of both good and evil, where both light and darkness exist.

3. It is the place where Christians are reigning with Christ (Eph. 2:6), taking authority over sin, Satan and the demons, because they trust in Him and remain in His domain of light.

4. Likewise, it is also the place where many (non-Christians) are held captive to sin because they harbor sin and choose to dwell in darkness under Satan’s rule. For the Bible tells us that when Satan and one-third of the angels rebelled against God, they were allowed by God to live and rule in their own domain of darkness on this earth, and to hold captive all who harbor sin (Rev. 12:4, Eph. 6:12, 2 Tim. 2:26, 2 Cor. 4:4).

5. It is the place where there are great spiritual blessings. Ephesians 1:3 tells us that God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.  But we are privy to them only if we abide in Him, and thus remain in His domain of light.

 

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Prayer for Devin Nunes — Proverbs 12:19

Prayer for Trump and Country

Proverbs 12:19

Truth stands the test of time; 

Lies are soon exposed.

Please pray with me for Devin Nunes, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Pray that God would protect him and his team as they investigate any obstruction of justice in the U. S. government.  Pray that the truth would be revealed and that lies would be exposed.

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Why the Democrats Were So Resistant To the SOTU Address

Pray that the Democrats would stop resisting God.

Prayer for Trump and Country

Though President Trump gave an excellent SOTU address, everyone noticed that none of the Democrats (except Joe Manchin a couple times) stood and applauded anything he said.  In fact 12 Dems didn’t attend and some of them wore all black as a sign of protest.  It seems clear that no matter what the President would have said they would have resisted against it.

Here are a few of the accomplishments the President reported on the SOTU, and for none of these things the Dems stood and applauded.

  • Many new jobs
  • Unemployment at an all-time low
  • The stock market way up
  • Almost 100% of ISIS defeated
  • Our motto is “In God we trust”

And there are many more good things the President spoke about, which all the Republicans stood for and applauded.

Now the question is why? Why are the Democrats so resistant to anything Trump says or does? They all…

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The Source of Every Christian’s Authority

 

What is the source of every Christian’s authority? Well, first of all, let’s examine this authority.

Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary describes authority as “The power or right to do something, particularly to give orders and see that they are followed.  The word authority as used in the Bible usually means a person’s right to do certain things because of the position or office he holds.”

In view of this definition we can see that in a general sense everyone from a king to a small child has some degree or level of authority.  While a king has authority over many people, a child also has authority, even if it is only over a small puppy.    But there is one who has absolute authority over all things.  His name is Jesus.  He has authority over all people.  He has authority over all the creatures on the earth and in the water.  He has authority over all the plants and trees, and over all that grows on the land and in the water.  He has authority over all of nature, even over the wind, the rain, and the snow.  He has authority over the entire universe—over the planets, the moons, and stars, and over all their orbits.  He also has authority over the unseen world—over the angels, also over the devil and over all the demons.  He has authority over all evil, over all sin, over all sickness and disease, and even over death.  He reigns supreme in authority over all things, now and forever (Eph. 1:21, 22).

Accordingly, as Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary points out, God’s authority is intrinsic to His essential nature, while man’s authority is derived by God and limited by the particular position or office God gives him.  Therefore, our authority is really His authority (Romans 13:1, “There is no authority except from God.”), which is entrusted to us, according to the position He gives us, to be used for His purposes.

As Christians, God calls every one of us to this awesome ministry of authority; we are his appointed leaders to do His work.  In this blog article we will examine …

 

The Source of Our Position of Authority

As we said earlier, a person’s authority is based on his bestowed position or office.  And the source of our position of authority comes from Jesus Christ. When we trusted Him to save us, He, by His death, gave us new life.  That is, when we gave ourselves to Him, instantly our old life died with Him on the cross.  We were buried with Him, then raised with Him, and we ascended to heaven with Him and sat down with Him on His throne (Rom. 6:4-6, Gal. 2:20).  This all happened to us instantly, and spiritually, when we trusted Him to save us from our sins.  Yes, as long as it took to say, “save me Lord,” He brought us from spiritual death to spiritual life—eternal life (Jn. 5:24).  And now we reign in life with Christ (Rom. 5:17).  We are members of His body (1 Cor. 12:12), and we have joined the family of God with all others who have trusted Him.  Praise God!  When we were dead in our sins, He made us alive together with Christ by His marvelous grace.  And He raised us up together (all of us who believe), and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ (Eph. 2:5-6).

Now when Christ died on the cross and was raised up by the power of God, He demonstrated His absolute authority over death and sin and Satan.  Therefore, at the cross, He disarmed Satan and his demons and rendered them powerless (Col. 2:15, Heb. 2:14-15).  That is, they have no authority or power over us to make us sin.  Christ has given us victory over sin.

In Romans, chapter 6, it tells us that because we are in Christ and under His rule we are dead to the reign and rule of sin; and we reign in life with Christ in God.  In fact, because we are His body all authority that belongs to Him also belongs to us.  Accordingly, since God put all things under Christ’s feet, He also has put all things under our feet—including sin and Satan.  Yes, we have all the authority of Christ and we spiritually reign in Him over all things and all powers (Eph. 1:20-23; 3:16-20).

So, if someone were to ask you where your authority comes from, you could simply say that it comes from Christ.  He is the source of it.  For since God gave Christ all authority, and because our life is hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3), what is Christs’ is ours as well.  But we should not boast about it.  It is not at all about us—about our authority; it is all His, worked out through us when we abide in Him. Thus in Him we are made kings and priests.  And through His name we reign.

 

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Free eBook on the Rapture of the Church

Studying Bible Prophecy

I am happy to offer you today this FREE pdf eBook entitled Biblical Evidence of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. As I have written in my book description,

Many regard the idea of a pre-Tribulation rapture as an escape for cowardly Christians who wish to escape not only the coming Tribulation but the present trials and responsibilities of life. This book will help to dispel that idea as the reader will see clear, biblical evidence of a pre-Tribulation rapture. This evidence is God’s design to bring us comfort and encouragement in these last days. This study, in four parts, thoroughly investigates the subject of the rapture. Part one lays out the groundwork for the rapture, in which we focus mainly on a study of Daniel 9. Part two is a short study of the kingdom of God, so the reader can better see the significance of the rapture. In part three

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