Seated in Heaven with Christ… Right Now! by André van der Merwe
1) The Father is in the Son and the Son is in the Father (v21)
2) Because the Son gave His followers the glory that He had received from the Father, they’ve also become one, even as the Son and the Father are one (v22)
3) The Son is in His followers (v23)
4) The Father is in the Son (v23)
5) All believers would be made perfect in one (v23)
He asked that:
6) All believers would be one (v21)
7) All believers would be one in the Father and the Son (v21)
After the cross the Holy Spirit was also added to this wonderful, peculiar, inseparable unity inside and outside a believer: [1 Cor 6:17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him].
So let’s get this right – the Father is in the Son, the Son is in the Father, the Son is in the believer, the believer is one spirit with the Lord, all believers are one with each other and all believers are in the Father but also in the Son. This glorious unison that extends beyond human wisdom can only be grasped through faith. If the Son of God says we’ve become one with the Trinity, who are we to argue?
Back to our key verse, it’s now easier to understand how we can be seated in Heaven with Christ, or rather in Christ, while existing here in the natural realm as well. Since Christ is seated in Heaven and we are one with Him and the Father, then we are seated in Heaven as well.
I’d like to conclude with a personal testimony. When we still lived in Perth (Australia), one evening during a cell meeting with some friends from Freedom Life Fellowship, my friend Luke Ide had us all get comfortable across the room and he put on some worship music. I was lying on the floor and saw a picture of myself feasting at a table laden with all sorts of exotic food. I was then taken to the throne room and when I got to Jesus’ throne, He smiled at me softly, got up out of His throne and then with an irresistible grin offered me the opportunity to “have a go”.
At the time I had not quite grasped just how intricately intertwined our lives were, so I declined sheepishly, thinking that I might get an electric shock or something for wanting to sit on His throne. At the very least I thought myself unworthy of such an honor.
Jesus insisted however and I finally made myself sit down on His throne, just to jump off again after a few seconds, thanking Him for affording me the chance. He wanted to show me something much bigger that night however…
Afterwards all of us got up and shared what we had experienced, and after I had told everyone what I had seen, Luke shared the following scripture: [Rev 3:21 To those who win the victory I will give the right to sit beside me on my throne, just as I have been victorious and now sit by my Father on his throne] (GNB). Wow! I was blown away!
Through my faith in Christ I was made an overcomer: [1 John 5:4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith] (ESV). I had been raised up from my previous life (which in essence was a grave of sin), to a position of victory in Christ, created in His image and seated with Him on His throne.
That’s why when we pray, we pray from victory and not for victory. Grasping this truth changes the entire way we pray – there’s no more begging and pleading with God; we now command life and truth into our situation!