the paradox of promotion – pt.5 – conclusion
“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds onto life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.”
-Jesus (John 12:24-25 The Message)
If we get a revelation of this final moment…we will begin to live on a new level here on earth. The conclusion…
The Glory Place
The second life. Adam lost the first life in the garden—a life that was meant to be eternal. Christ overcame sin and death, conquering the grave and establishing a new life in Him – life eternal.
Our Lord did not stay in the grave; He was resurrected and took His seat at the right hand of the Father in the heavens. This is the place of the champion life, the life of the overcomer. This is the place we need to reach, the place of absolute victory.
Paul prays an amazing prayer in Ephesians that describes this victory. He states,
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places], Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come” (Ephesians 1:17-21 NKJV).
The story does not stop there; if we are in Christ, then the apostle continues further in the letter to the Ephesians to say,
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 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 2:4-6 NKJV).
We are to be seated in the heavenly places with Christ Jesus – the seat of victory. The road of redemption is completed when we enter into the fullness of this new life.
“Just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4b NKJV).
Food for thought: if we don’t take our seat how do we overcome? We must live the resurrected life in Christ Jesus.
This paradox of promotion is the essence of His kingdom. Let me leave you with this statement made by Jesus,
“Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it” (Mark 8:34-35 NKJV).