Heavenly Places

Hebrews 10:10-18 [ESV]

“And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,’ then he adds, ‘I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.’ Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.”

When Jesus died on the cross, He eliminated the need for sacrifices, “sorries”, religious ritual, and etc. He created an avenue for God to enjoy relationship with man, without the need for a potential fall (eat the fruit and you shall surely die). While the opportunity for sin exists, the benefits and blessings of eternal grace remain much more abundantly. Paul writes in Ephesians that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places, and it is from here that we live and operate. As the Holy Spirit has drawn us closer to God, and given us full access to love and truth, our repentance and revelation of sin has become more about relational reconciliation, as opposed to a desire to reach a point of salvation. To be sanctified, then, is to step closer to Jesus at the right hand of God. This gives us room to mess up. This gives us freedom to grow, as children, and learn experientially what is the character of God. To say that we are seated in heavenly places means that there is no amount of work or good deed required of us to be called sons or daughters of God. We were declared to be made “alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2)”, so that we too have eliminated the effects of sin from our hearts and relationships with God.

Too often we allow our perceived self-worth or the way we are treated to label the love and grace released for us at the foot of the Cross. Today, God is calling us to a deeper level of understanding and trust. Trust that His love and forgiveness truly does cover a multitude of sins, but grace is no excuse to allow sin to run rampant in our hearts and lives (Romans 6).Challenge:

Consider your heart, and the way your thoughts and emotions can inadvertently cause you to doubt God’s grace and your own place as a son or daughter. Ask God for wisdom and love as He reveals Himself in the areas of your life where you perceived Him to be missing. Write down any recent breakthroughs and ways that God has changed your thinking and use these in your next moments of discouragement.

Bernard Agyakwa