“Even when we were dead in sins, [He] hath quickened us together with Christ (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” -Eph. 2:5-6
“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, Who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.” -Col. 3:3-4
“…enemies of the cross of Christ:…who mind earthly things.) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.” -Php. 3:18-20
“And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:17), and “all are yours” (1 Cor. 3:22).
Present Progressive Salvation
“If ye be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on earth.” -Col. 3:1-2
“For in that He died, He died unto sin once: but in that He liveth, He liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof” -Rom. 6:10-12
Romans 6:10-12 clarifies the gospel by command in the terms of how the saint has a daily responsibility to “reckon” the resurrection truths, and if he successfully does this, then he will walk in the liberty and freedom which the gospel has purchased: letting “not sin therefore reign in” his “mortal body” that he “should obey it in the lusts thereof”. Either Christ reigns or sin reigns. Christ’s ascended spiritual condition of freedom and life becomes the positional point of our reckoning. This is presently and progressively redeeming their bodily members from their former king’s reigning powers, from where “sin hath reigned” into where in Christ, “even so might grace reign through righteousness” (Rom. 5:21). The religious rule which Christians reckon is Christ’s law of the Kingdom of heaven. The prayer He prayed, “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10) – this is done inside of Christian men. Even so Christ said, “the Kingdom of God is within you” (Lk. 17:21).
Daily reckoning religious laws which are existing with free course in the Kingdom of heaven is a daily longing after another world’s King; therefore it is said, “unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Heb. 9:28). In this way, we can also see the spiritual meaning behind such words spoken by the Lord when He said, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matt. 6:21), meaning that we should be “rich toward God” (Lk. 12:21) with laid up “treasures in heaven” (Matt. 6:20). Where are your spiritual eyes? The suffering, lashed, scared, stoned, beaten, and poor man, the apostle Paul, he said that he did “faint not” even while his “outward man” did “perish” (2 Cor. 4:16). He said that while he thus suffered, “the inward man is renewed day by day”, that it was all just a “light affliction”, for behold, he saw in heaven an “exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Cor. 3:16-17). Do you think his heart was in heaven? Hear Paul’s secret in his own word – the rule of Christian faith – “While we look not at things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18).
Now can you understand the burden of God to maintain present progressive salvation, like as what is preached by the following passage? In the present progressive, or continual looking unto Christ for, daily power to walk in the resurrected life, I tell you, the desires are so strong that Christians would rather be entirely resurrected altogether to fly away from this sin-ridden earth. For this we are burdened like a man bowing down in soul-groaning, even like, as it were, the groans of all creation (Rom. 8:19-23) are joining hands with the Bride (Rev. 22:17), and the Bride cries out – oh, to be free from this earthly life (2 Cor. 5:1-4)! Such men are rightly called Christians, Christ-obsessed, groaning in desire to be where Christ is in bodily resurrection! These are the children that will be worthily called “the children of the resurrection” (Lk. 20:36), men and women that will be “accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead” (Lk. 20:35), and why? Their heart, affections, conversation, mind, will, and rule is in heaven! What a tragedy that with so many Christians it is not so!
But a world that is wrong, MEN LOVE.
Flesh, Fashion, & Fame! Men gather for the fights, footballs, foolishness, and games.
Shouts of lust, the whistles blow! Men are entertained, amazed, eye-addicted to the show.
Men memorize rags, do all their numbers know!
For their winners’ footsteps they do heave and blow.
For their winners they whine! They watch them all the time!
They think that they know God but to His footsteps they are blind.
Chapter and verse, oh right, they don’t have the time!
Kneeling down in broken repentance, for what? Oh yeah, their sin is out of mind.
“I got saved when I was six, you see!?” And now for the world they run free.
Heaven would be a hell for unholy men.
They would loathe the Savior and long for sin,
Desiring a break from heaven for all the hobbies of natural men.
In bondage to praise for endless days Him Who is heaven-famous?!
These men would rather go back home to earth and watch the world-famous!
“Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances…”
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” -2 Pet. 3:10-14