“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:”
Ephesians 2:5-6 KJV
In life, a lot depends on perspective. Whether you succeed or not might hinge on this, so making small adjustments in the way you consider yourself in the scheme of things make a huge difference. It must affect the way you think, talk and subsequently act. But to think right, talk right and then act right, must be based on the right knowledge. Christ once told the Pharisees that their main point of error was that they didn’t know the word of God or its power (Matthew 22:29). In other words, ‘they got it twisted’. Shocking isn’t it, to tell people who have PHD in theology that they have no clue? That was because their perspective was wrong.
Christ is the dividing line between the two Covenants; Old and New. As New Creation, that is the perspective from which we must see all things. In the Old Covenant, the saints were looking forward to the expected victory at the Cross. In the New Covenant, we are looking back at the victory that was obtained on the cross (Colossians 2:13-15). Can you see the difference? In case you are still struggling, I recommend you spend time in the Epistles to the Ephesians and Colossians. These two were written to address that ingrained problem. To create a 20/20 Vision for the New Creation and drive it into our psyche.
Every verse in the book of Ephesians screams this singular truth. Chapter One ends by telling us that Christ is raised from the dead and He seated on the right hand of the Father far above principalities and power. But more importantly, Chapter Two, verses five to six make it clear we were raised together and we are sitting with Him. That changes everything; it changes the perspective. We are up here looking at principalities, powers and challenges of life down there. They are down there looking up at us up here.
If your experience is not matching with this reality, then you need to change your perspective. Get hold of the truth and use it to beat out the ‘stinking thinking’. Walk in the consciousnesses that you are seating with Christ, on the right hand of the Father and the Holy Spirit lives on the inside. Just the thought of that alone is mind blowing. It does something on the inside of you, it clears the cobweb of religiosity.
Suddenly, you can now see that we are “The healed that Satan is trying to put sickness on” (1 Peter 2:21). “We are already forgiven but Satan is the one trying to condemn” (Romans 8:1, Colossians 2:10). “We have all the riches, but Satan wants to make us poor”’ (2Corinthians 8:9). We are far above principalities and powers (Colossians 2:10, 3:1). We are what the Word says we are, not what the world says we are. Get the right perspective, we are sons not beggars.
Revd Dr. Femi Bosun Idowu
Lead Pastor, NCC STRONGNATION