“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-6
Christ is the Head of the body, His Church, all who are His real members, and together with Him, are dead, buried, raised up, and seated in heavenly places. For He is the new Adam and has done all these things as our representative, in our stead, and for our good. Therefore, a true believer may rejoice, and say, “I have suffered in You, O my glorious Head, for all my sins already. I am discharged. I have no punishment to fear anymore, respecting the guilt and curse of sin!
- You have fully answered the charge against me.
- You have satisfied the infinite justice of God for me.
- And God is faithful and just to forgive me my sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness.
Consequently, I die no more since You can die no more. Nay, I live already and have my place with You eternally in Heaven, since the Head will not, cannot, part even with the weakest of His members. But He will influence and draw them after Him wherever He goes.”
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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