The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

  (609)646-1181

Church of Christ

06/02/2008

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Life In The Foyer


"And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:6)

There is this wonderful Italian store in my hometown. I love going into that store. As soon as you walk in the door, the wonderful smell of Italian Provolone, Parmesian, and Romano cheeses waft over you. If you enjoy those cheeses as much as I do, the smell is just simply wonderful. I feel almost the same way when I walk into a seafood store and smell the fish and other seafood. I hope that does't ruin the thought for you.

As wonderful as the smell is, you can't eat it! I guess its almost like an hors d'oeuvre for the nose. In the book of Ephesians, Paul talks about the church in the first three chapters. In 1:20, he talks about the "heavenly places." "When He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places." This is obviously talking about heaven. The heaven where Jesus is seated at the right hand of God. But in our verse for today (2:6), the apostle takes the phrase "heavenly places" in a new direction. Not only does Christ sit "in the heavenly places," but God raised up Christians and caused them to sit with Christ "in heavenly places."

Apparently there is a sense in which to share in Christ's church is to partake of the heavenly realms. Christians now reign; they now share in the holiness of God. Heaven is still to come, but the "foyer" to eternal life has been opened. The church is to be the foyer to our place in the eternal kingdom. After all, Christ purshased the church with His blood. He is the bridegroom of the church.

If our church is not that to us, then we are just not doing it right. "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another" (Jn. 13:34-35). We MUST love one another it says. We need to be a peace with one another. If there is love and peace in our church, the foyer of eternal life has been opened to us.

Can you smell the love and peace? It is the sweet aroma of heaven to come. "How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity" (Ps. 133:1).

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