Now Stay Out!

Ephesians 2:6For He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ (NLT).

You were raised and seated with Christ because you are united with Him. Dictionary.com defines united as “made into or caused to act as a single entity.” Romans 6:5 says, “If we have been united with Him in a death like His, we will certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His” (NIV).

Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to Him through the blood of Jesus. The Message Bible says it like this: “You who were once out of it altogether are in on everything” (Ephesians 2:13). When you received Christ, you seceded–or formally withdrew your membership–from the sinful nature and united yourself to Him. Your citizenship is now in heaven.

Jesus said, “The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world” (John 15:19). Now stay out!

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