It is so amazing what one comes into through regeneration into the new humanity of Christ, who now sits as the new representative man, at the right hand of power, over Gods whole creation. How crazy is this, that Christ sits at the place of all authority and power as the representative for the Church? The Church is represented by the new humanity of Christ at the right hand, of all universal authority and power. Wow this is our inheritance by regeneration into the Last Adam. This is what Christ through death and resurrection has accomplished at the cross. The Lord who was and is the ruler of his creation, which was created through him. Christ left his high place of honor and glory, descended into this world of sin death and hostility, and defeated all the enemies who were against us.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2, 5-11
How great is our God! the supreme eternal God, who left voluntarily his high place as the Creator and ruler of all things. Christ descended from this place and came into this hostile world as a son of Adam, which is under the government and dominion of a hostile to humanity class of rulers. Christ went to the cross and defeated all their rights, which were held over the race of Adam and his decedents.
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; Colossians 2, 2-14
What an inheritance God in Christ has given to the Church. Paul says that the Church is now seated with Christ in the heavenlies, at the right hand of all authority and power. If you are in Christ now, then you share in his rule and authority over this present age? but also the age that is coming.
Wow what a gift God has given to the Church. To be seated with Christ, who is now the new representative man of an new humanity, who also is now the ruler of the entire creation and cosmos, which also includes all the rulers and authorities of this present evil age.
This is what the Church, through union with the new humanity of God in Christ is all about. God has restored Adams race, to once again be the imagers of God over all of creation?
This is the great ageless battle, which is now and has been raging over the nations.
It is against the false rulers of this present age, who have deceived and corrupted the human race into doing maddening acts against God, who created all things for his own purpose and glory.
Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. Ephesians 3, 7-12
The Church was created in Christ to be the imagers of the God of heaven, to a world of hostile principalities and powers, who rule in this dark age, who’s main goal is to keep their dominion of power over this world.
These hostile present rulers, who’s time and days have been numbered, will at the end of this age be removed from their places as the gods of this age, and then be replaced by the Church of the eternal Christ.
What a destiny to be called into, to be co-rulers with Christ, over a redeemed, restored, glorified new creation.
I believe that everything God has done through Christ is only revealed in the revelation of the Cross of Calvary. When one sees the truth of Christ and him crucified, then one sees true reality.