But God…made us alive together with Christ…, and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus… ~ Ephesians 2:4-6
For those of us who are seated with Christ in the heavenly places, how are we still here on the earth? Surely this world is not the heavenly places, yeah? Or does it mean “already, but not yet”? Like, we’re already there, outside time and space, but we’re not yet there in time and space. Probably something more along those lines.
Scripture also discusses us being in Christ (Romans 12:5, 2 Corinthians 5:17, and Galatians 3:28 to name a few), but Christ also being in us (1 Cor. 6:19, Ephesians 2:22, and Colossians 1:27 to name a few). How can that be? How can we be in something that’s in us? Check that top verse: “heavenly places in Christ Jesus”. So, the heavenly places are in Christ, but Christ is also in us, so the heavenly places are also in us, but we’re in the heavenly places. Dude. This is getting heavy.
So, let’s lighten it back up a bit. Have you watched the video clip yet? In it, the Doctor (the fourth Doctor) explains to one of his myriad of companions how the T.A.R.D.I.S. is bigger on the inside. Oh, if that’s a spoiler for you, it’s really not much of one. The T.A.R.D.I.S. is a 1960s era police box, but it’s infinitely bigger once you step inside. This is the only time the Doctor explains how it works (to my limited knowledge).
The large box looks smaller once it is put a little distance away. We know the large box (heavenly places) is still bigger (heavenly reality), but it appears smaller than the other box (still on the earth), because it is further away from us (natural reality). Clear as mud? One more time: The large box represents the heavenly places (Christ). The small box represents still being on earth (us). We know the large box is still actually bigger when placed some distance away from us. But when compared to the small box, which is closer to us, the large box looks smaller. Our heavenly reality remains the same, even though we’re stuck in time and space on this earth. Christ, the large box, can fit in us, the small box.
As the Doctor says, “If you could keep that (large box/heavenly places/Christ) exactly that distance away and have it here (small box/earth/us), the large one would fit inside a small one (we could be seated in the heavenly places and still on earth/we can be in Christ and Christ can be in us).”
And, like Rena, I’m sure you’d say, “That’s silly.”
And, like the Doctor, I’d say, “That’s transdimensional engineering.”
Actually, I’d say, “That’s Godimensional engineering.”
Bit of a stretch? Fair enough. Then let’s just go with, “That’s Christ.”