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You dissolved all definition of division
Rendered useless, the system of the Law
You removed hostility by crucifixion
You redeemed our separation from the fall

You brought us in

We are…
Fully represented
Fully reconciled
We are beautifully included
In You

Tim Wright, Beautifully Included

I love these song lyrics.

These lyrics are the poetic interpretation of what Paul tells us in Ephesians 2. No longer just a corpse, but a person. No longer an outcast, but an insider. No longer a slave, but a prince!

2:5 This is how grace rescued us: sin left us dead towards God, like spiritual corpses; yet in that state of deadness and indifference, God co-quickened us together with Christ. Sin proved how dead we were (the law confirmed it!) Grace reveals how alive we now are (the gospel announces it!) Before anyone but God believed it, he made us alive together with him and raised us up together with him. (We had no contribution to our salvation! God’s master-plan unfolded in the mystery of the gospel declaring our joint inclusion in Christ’s death and resurrection; God found us in Christ before he lost us in Adam! [Eph 1:4] In the economy of God, when Jesus died we died. God saw us in Christ, in his death and resurrection before we saw ourselves there! He declared our co-resurrection with Christ 800 BC [Hos 6:2]!)

2:6  (As much as we were co-included in his death,) we are co-included in his resurrection. We are also elevated in his ascension to be equally present in the throne room of the heavenly realm where we are co-seated with him in his executive authority. We are fully represented in Christ Jesus. (Our joint position in Christ defines us; this can never again be a distant goal to reach through religious devotion or striving, but our immediate reference. Col 3:1-3)

Ephesians 2:5-6 Mirror

We no longer have to feel separated and segregated. We are fully known and completely included.

Christ chose us to included in His life! What an amazing revelation! How sweet of Jesus to allow former dead men and women to be welcomed into His life and His life is abundant. Let’s start today to live from this truth.

When Jesus died, I died. When Jesus was resurrected, I was resurrected. When Jesus ascended to His seat beside God, I did too. I am forever together with Jesus.

Included

Mankind’s inclusion in the finished work of Christ doesn’t mean that everybody has received it or is experiencing the benefits of it now or will necessarily experience the benefits of it when they die. The gospel message, however, is that we all are included in Him and what He has done on our behalf. Accept it and be blessed. Reject it to your own peril. The work of God in Jesus through the Spirit is what it is. This gospel we proclaim isn’t a message of what can be but is the good news of what already is in Jesus Christ. We don’t bring a sales pitch to the unbelieving world. We are ambassadors for Christ, and we tell everybody, “God was in Christ reconciling you to Himself. He does not count your sins against you. You are forgiven, and He has received you. Now, receive Him.” These are the two sides to one coin. One side has been settled in eternity, and the other side settles it experientially. One side shows what has happened, and the other side shows what does happen as a person believes on Him. Some Universalists will tell you that faith is a work, but that is nonsense. Faith is the joyful acceptance of what is already true. Faith isn’t something we do but is the spontaneous explosion of an enthusiastic embracing of Jesus and what He has given us in Himself. Do I believe in the ultimate reconciliation of humanity to God? Oh, no. It’s better than that. I believe in the historical reconciliation of humanity to our loving Creator, who is also our Father. Without asking for so much as a nod of approval from us, before we were even born or could have an opinion on the matter, while we were yet helpless, sinners, enemies of God—He went and did it all.

– by Steve McVey from Beyond An Angry God

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