It has no substance in it, but is like a shade or phantom; when you pursue it, when you try to grasp it, it escapes from you, or it is malicious, and does you a mischief. Inasmuch, namely, as God raised and exalted Christ ( ἐν χριστῷ), He has raised and exalted us with Him. This indicates all of us at once were raised. BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. Now, see what benefits and blessings spring out of a union with the Son of God. It is not in arm of man, in flesh and blood, in voice of friend, or in pleasant countenance; it is that holy home which God has given us in His Church; it is that everlasting city in which He has fixed His abode; it is that mount invisible whence angels are looking at us with their piercing eyes, and the voices of the dead call us; Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world." The Expositor's Greek Testament. Therefore baptism stands between one and reigning with Christ. May I reckon this to be true so that I may live a life that is pleasing and honouring to You, in Jesus' name I pray, AMEN. He will yet raise us physically, but spiritually He has already raised us to a new type of life (cf. (see on Ephesians 1:3) Bengel, we may add (comp. Why did God quicken your soul? We have this standing and it is ours never to be changed no matter what we might try to thwart it. BibliographyTrapp, John. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. | Powered by WordPress. BibliographyWesley, John. "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". BibliographyBengel, Johann Albrecht. His glory is their bright canopy, and His presence diffuses joy and hope. All the preceding turns on this phrase. In a context that talks about being saved by grace through faith, Paul introduces the language which is associated with baptism. BibliographyClarke, Adam. Again, that eternal security stuff. They are not, indeed, present in heaven in the body, but they are so in point of right, and virtually in the spirit, and they have individually a seat expressly assigned to them, which is to be taken possession of at the proper time. Because you were a member of Christ. Ephesians 2:6. 6. the place where God specially manifests his presence and where the glorified body of Christ now is, but also the state into which believers are introduced by their regeneration. On earth we are exalted to honor, peace, and hope, in virtue of his resurrection; in heaven we shall share his, glory and partake of his triumphs.”. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". together (with Him). Ephesians 2:6. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:6". 1909-1922. Made us sit together - with Christ; namely, in His ascension. The dead, on being quickened, do not lie in their graves; they come forth, cast from them the cerements of mortality, and re-enter the haunts of living humanity. And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: And hath raised us up together — Both Jews and gentiles already in spirit; and ere long our bodies too will be raised. Compare set Him, Ephesians 1:20. What is our resource? II. Many of us forget that we are on the "winning side". God has, second, raised up believers with Christ. Christ finds us weary of the world, in which we are obliged to live and act, whether as willing or unwilling slaves in it. The introduction of this term and the following makes it not improbable that both ideas, that of the present moral resurrection and that of the future bodily resurrection, were in Paul’s mind, and that he did not sharply distinguish between them, but thought of them as one great gift of life.— καὶ συνεκάθισεν ἐν τοῖς ἐπουρανίοις: and seated us (or, enthroned us) with Him in the heavenlies. John Eadie's Commentary on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians. God has already seated us positionally in heaven because of our status in Christ. Of everything which we now want, we have a sure pledge and foretaste in the person of Christ. and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Thus we are taught to consider Christ as a public person, the elder brother of the family, and the guardian of the younger branches of it, who look up to him for succour. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:6". This is a change worthy of being expressed by saying: "He hath quickened us, and raised us up, and made us to sit together with Christ in heavenly places." [20] John Wesley, One Volume New Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1972), in loco. We have been seated spiritually in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6. καὶ συνήγειρεν: and raised us with Him. 6. The only place you will find them sitting together in perfect harmony, in perfect fellowship, is in Christ. This is a way of expressing our union with Christ or our position in Christ. Co Ephesians 1:2, Ephesians 1:12; Ephesians 3:1. made us, &c. = made us to sit down together. Copyright StatementCopyright 2008. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". In him they are already raised from the dead and seated at the right hand of God. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:6".