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perfect pattern of a heavenly Man upon earth, for He was upon earth when He uttered these wondrous words, and yet He could say, “the Son of man which is in heaven," and we are here to represent Him as heavenly men upon earth. Hence He
“As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.”
Acts ix. 4. A voice from heaven says, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me ?” Where was the One who thus addressed Saul,? In heaven. But Saul was not there. What, then, do these words mean? Who was Saul persecuting? A despised people, who were, nevertheless, one with Christ in heaven, united to Him by the Holy Ghost. Is He in the heavenlies ? So are we, for we are one with Him. The Head and feet are united, and the Head cannot say to the feet, “I have no need of you.” If you hurt my feet, you hurt me. This is the first time the Holy Ghost reveals the truth of the one body.
1 Corinthians xv. 48. “And such as
the heavenlysone], such also the heavenly ones.” This is new creation. By the Holy Ghost we are one with the heavenly One, and are consequently heavenly
We may not have very heavenly manners, but if we believed, and remembered always, that we are heavenly people upon earth, it would produce heavenly ways.
In Ephesians there are five mentions of the heavenlies :
(1.) God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ. (Chap. i. 1-3.)
(2.) God has wrought in raising Christ from among the dead, and setting Him at His own right hand in the heavenlies, as Head of the new creation. (Vers. 1-20.)
Adam was the head of the old creation; he was not the head of a million creations ; he was the one head of the one old creation : “As in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive." All connected with the first Adam came in for death; so also all connected with Christ, the last Adam, come in for life,
and eternal life too. “If any man be in Christ, new creation;" not only a new creation, but that he is brought into new creation, of which Christ, risen and glorified, is the Head.
(3.) “And hath raised us (Jews and Gentiles] up together, and made us sit together in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus.” (Chap. ii. 6.) Observe, the words made sit together, not standing, before a throne, forgiven and justified. On state occasions, when the Queen is in the throne-room, the Prince of Wales stands before the throne, and he dares not, at such a time, call her mother, he is there in the position of a subject to the sovereign. There is no relationship before the throne. But we are seated in the heavenlies in Christ, in present restful enjoyment of the place and portion that His redemption-work has won for us, and in Himself the Person who has done it all. (Chap. ii. 6.)
(4.) We are a lesson-book, in which the inhabitants of the heavenlies are to learn in us the manifold wisdom of God. . (Chap. iii. 10.)
And lastly, our conflict is in the heavenlies. (Chap. vi. 12.) This Epistle has given us the grapes in Eshcol, and now we find there are giants to withstand our enjoyment of the place we
I cannot forbear turning you to three other scriptures bearing on this point. “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.” (Gal. i. 4.) Christ gave Himself on purpose that we might be freed from our sins and this evil age, and be a heavenly people : as another has said, “He will have a heavenly people, redeemed according to that love which has given us a place on high with Himself, and a life in which the Holy Ghost works, to make us enjoy it, and cause us to walk in the liberty and in the holiness which He gives us in this new creation, of which Jesus Himself, risen and glorified, is the Head and the glory.'
Again, in Philippians iïi. 20, 21, we have our home and our hope put before
“For our conversation (or citizenship, or commonwealth) is in heaven.” We are born again from above, we are therefore citizens of heaven, and all our politics and living associations are. there. Soon He will come for whom we wait, and then we shall be there, not in spirit, as now, but actually, in bodies of glory, like our glorified Saviour's.
And now, lastly, in 1 John iv. 17 : “Herein is love with us (margin] made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because, AS HE IS, SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD. Is He free from our sins ? So are we. Is He free from death ? So are we. Is He free from judgment? So are
Is He accepted by God? So are we—He is the measure of our accept
Is He heavenly? So are we in this world.
You may think of other kindred scriptures, but I content myself with these, and I ask, with this magnificent range of scripture which we have viewed, as presenting our present blessed