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Ephesians 2:6

and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,


Adam Clarke Commentary

And hath raised us up together in Christ - Or rather, by Christ; his resurrection being the proof that he had made the full atonement, and that we might be justified by his blood. Believing, therefore, the record which God gave of his Son, we received this atonement, and were raised from a death of sin to a life of righteousness; and now we sit in heavenly places - we have a right to the kingdom of God, anticipate this glory, and are indescribably happy in the possession of this salvation, and in our fellowship with Christ Jesus.


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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

And hath raised us up together - That is, we are raised from the death of sin to the life of religion, in connection with the resurrection of Jesus, and in virtue of that. So close is the connection between him and his people, that his resurrection made theirs certain; compare Colossians 2:12; notes, Romans 6:5.

And made us sit together - Together with him. That is, we share his honors. So close is our connection with him, that we shall partake of his glory, and in some measure do now; compare the Matthew 19:28, note, and Romans 8:17, note.

In heavenly places - see the notes at Ephesians 1:3. The meaning is, that he has gone to the heavenly world as our Head and Representative. His entrance there is a pledge that we shall also enter there. Even here we have the anticipation of glory, and are admitted to exalted honors, as if we sat in heavenly places, in virtue of our connection with him.

In Christ Jesus - It is in connection with him that we are thus exalted, and thus filled with joy and peace. The meaning of the whole is,” We are united to Christ. We die with him, and live with him. We share his sufferings, and we share his joys. We become dead to the world in virtue of his death; we become alive unto God in virtue of his resurrection. On earth we are exalted to honor, peace, and hope, in virtue of his resurrection; in heaven we shall share his, glory and partake of his triumphs.”


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:6". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/ephesians-2.html. 1870.

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

And raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus.

Raised us up with him ... Paul was speaking of obeying the gospel in the preceding verse, of being saved from "old sins," of becoming a part of Christ, being made alive "with Christ," etc. In that light, this clause is a plain categorical reference to Christian baptism, the same being the means by which God makes the penitent believer to be "in Christ." How astounding are the comments which would make "raised up with" Christ in this place to mean: "the resurrection of believers at the last day,"[17] "a spiritual transformation,"[18] "believers are viewed (here) as already seated there (in heaven) with Christ,"[19] "in spirit already, and ere long our bodies too will be raised"[20] - but the true meaning is given by Paul himself thus:

We were buried with him through baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).

Having been buried with him in baptism, wherein ye were also raised with him, through faith in the working of God who raised him from the dead ... you, I say, did he make alive together with him (Colossians 2:12,13).SIZE>

The full meaning of this verse is that Christians who have been baptized into Christ, therein being "made alive together with Christ" and being "raised up with him," are partakers of the full rights and privileges of the heavenly kingdom. People have removed baptism from their own theology, but they have not removed it from that of Paul.

[17] James MacKnight, op. cit., p. 282.

[18] Francis W. Beare, op. cit., p. 643.

[19] F. F. Bruce, op. cit., p. 50.

[20] John Wesley, One Volume New Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1972), in loco.


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:6". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/ephesians-2.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And hath raised us up together,.... Which refers either to a spiritual resurrection, to a resurrection from a death in sin, to a spiritual life; and which is the effect of almighty power, and of rich grace and mercy; and in which Christ is concerned: he is the efficient cause of it, he raises the dead in this sense, and quickens whom he will; and his resurrection is the virtual cause of it; and also the exemplar, between which there is a great likeness; both bear the same name; both are a declaration of sonship; and both the first step to glory in Christ and in his people; and both are instances of the exceeding greatness of God's power: or it may refer to a corporeal resurrection, said to be already, because it is in faith and hope, and because of the certainty of it; and to be together with Christ, because of the conformity of it to his resurrection, and to the influence of which it is owing; and chiefly because that when Christ rose from the dead, all his people rose in him, and with him, as their head and representative, he being the firstfruits of them that slept; so called, in allusion to the firstfruits of the harvest under the law, which represented and sanctified the whole:

and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: Christ is entered into heaven as the forerunner, to take possession of it for his people, in their name; and to prepare mansions of glory for them, and in these they sit; which imports honour, pleasure, rest from labour and weariness, and safety and security: and what adds to the happiness of this is, that it is together with all the saints, and with Christ himself; and in these they are made to sit already; which is so said, because of the certainty of it, for the same glory Christ has, they shall have; and because of their right to such a blessing; and chiefly because Christ their head is set down therein, who sustains their persons, bears their names on his heart, and represents them.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/ephesians-2.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And hath raised [us] up g together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:

(g) That is, as he adds afterwards, in Christ, for as yet this is not fulfilled in us, but only in our head by whose Spirit we have begun to die to sin, and live to God, until that work is fully brought to an end. And yet the hope is certain, for we are as sure of that which we look for, as we are of that which we have already received.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:6". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/ephesians-2.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

raised us up together — with Christ. The “raising up” presupposes previous quickening of Jesus in the tomb, and of us in the grave of our sins.

made us sit together — with Christ, namely, in His ascension. Believers are bodily in heaven in point of right, and virtually so in spirit, and have each their own place assigned there, which in due time they shall take possession of (Philemon 3:20, Philemon 3:21). He does not say, “on the right hand of God”; a prerogative reserved to Christ peculiarly; though they shall share His throne (Revelation 3:21).

in Christ Jesus — Our union with Him is the ground of our present spiritual, and future bodily, resurrection and ascension. “Christ Jesus” is the phrase mostly used in this Epistle, in which the office of the Christ, the Anointed Prophet, Priest and King, is the prominent thought; when the Person is prominent, “Jesus Christ” is the phrase used.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:6". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/ephesians-2.html. 1871-8.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

In Christ Jesus (εν Χριστωι Ιησουen Christōi Iēsou). All the preceding turns on this phrase. See note on Colossians 3:1 for the word συνηγειρενsunēgeiren

Made to sit with him (συνεκατισενsunekathisen). First aorist active indicative of συνκατιζωsunkathizō old causative verb, but in N.T. only here and Luke 22:55.


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:6". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/ephesians-2.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Vincent's Word Studies

Raised us up

Compare Romans 6:5.

Made us sit together ( συνεκάθισεν )

Compare set Him, Ephesians 1:20. Together is ambiguous. Render with Him, as Rev. “Even now we sit there in Him, and shall sit with Him in the end” (Andrews, cited by Ellicott). Compare Romans 8:30; Revelation 3:21. Meyer renders hath given us joint seat.

In Christ Jesus

Connect with raised up, made us sit, and in heavenly places. Resurrection, enthronement, heaven, all are in Christ.


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Vincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:6". "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/ephesians-2.html. Charles Schribner's Sons. New York, USA. 1887.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

And hath raised us up together — Both Jews and gentiles already in spirit; and ere long our bodies too will be raised.

And made us all sit together in heavenly places — This is spoken by way of anticipation. Believers are not yet possessed of their seats in heaven; but each of them has a place prepared for him.


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Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

In heavenly places; in the spiritual kingdom of Christ.


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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

6.And hath raised us up together. The resurrection and sitting in heaven, which are here mentioned, are not yet seen by mortal eyes. Yet, as if those blessings were presently in our possession, he states that we have received them; and illustrates the change which has taken place in our condition, when we were led from Adam to Christ. It is as if we had been brought from the deepest hell to heaven itself. And certainly, although, as respects ourselves, our salvation is still the object of hope, yet in Christ we already possess a blessed immortality and glory; and therefore, he adds, in Christ Jesus. Hitherto it does not appear in the members, but only in the head; yet, in consequence of the secret union, it belongs truly to the members. Some render it, through Christ; but, for the reason which has been mentioned, it is better to retain the usual rendering, in Christ. We are thus furnished with the richest consolation. Of everything which we now want, we have a sure pledge and foretaste in the person of Christ.


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John Trapp Complete Commentary

6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Ver. 6. And made us sit together] We have taken up our rooms beforehand in heaven, whereunto we have just right upon earth by virtue of the union, the ground of communion, 1 John 5:12. He that hath the Son hath life; he hath possession of it, as by turf and twig.


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Sermon Bible Commentary

Ephesians 2:6

The Church a Home for the Lonely.

The subject suggested by the text is the need which mankind lies under of some shelter, refuge, rest, home, or sanctuary from the outward world, and the shelter or secret place which God has provided for them in Christ.

I. By the world I mean all that meets a man in intercourse with his fellow-men, whether in public or in private, all that is new, strange, and without natural connection with him. Christ finds us weary of the world, in which we are obliged to live and act, whether as willing or unwilling slaves in it. He finds us needing and seeking a home and making one, as we best may, by means of the creature, since it is all we can do. The world in which our duties lie is as waste as the wilderness, as useless and turbulent as the ocean, as inconstant as the wind and weather. It has no substance in it, but is like a shade or phantom; when you pursue it, when you try to grasp it, it escapes from you, or it is malicious, and does you a mischief. We need something which the world cannot give; this is what we need, and this it is which the Gospel has supplied.

II. I say that our Lord Jesus Christ, after dying for our sins on the cross and ascending on high, left not the world as He found it, but left a blessing behind Him. He left in the world what before was not in it: a secret home, for faith and love to enjoy, wherever they are found, in spite of the world around us. This is the Church of God, which is our true home, of God's providing, His own heavenly court, where He dwells with saints and angels, into which He introduces us by a new birth, and in which we forget the outward world and its many troubles. The world is no helpmeet for man, and a helpmeet he needs. What is our resource? It is not in arm of man, in flesh and blood, in voice of friend, or in pleasant countenance; it is that holy home which God has given us in His Church; it is that everlasting city in which He has fixed His abode; it is that mount invisible whence angels are looking at us with their piercing eyes, and the voices of the dead call us; Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world." "If God be for us, who can be against us?"

J. H. Newman, Parochial and Plain Sermons, vol. iv., p. 185.


References: Ephesians 2:7.—Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. xxviii., No. 1665; H. W. Beecher, Christian World Pulpit, vol. iii., p. 140; J. Baldwin Brown, Ibid., vol. vi., p. 373.


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Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Ephesians 2:6. And hath raised us up, &c.— What the Apostle here says, does not merely signify our being raised to the hope of pardon and glory by the resurrection and ascension of Christ, but seems to refer to that union which there is between him and all true believers; byvirtue of which they may look onhis resurrection, ascension, and glory, as a pledge and security of something of a similar nature, to be accomplished in due time in and upon them, if faithful unto death. Thus we are taught to consider Christ as a public person, the elder brother of the family, and the guardian of the younger branches of it, who look up to him for succour.


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Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

The apostle here instances in two branches more of that salvation which he had in the foregoing verse affirmed to be of grace, namely, that of our resurrection and glorification; both which are yet to come, and yet they are spoken of as already past: when the Father raised and glorified Christ, all believers were raised and glorified in him; for in his resurrection and glorification he did sustain the quality of a public person, representing his whole church as their head and husband; and, accordingly, believers are and may be said to be raised already, and glorified already, not in their own persons, but in Christ their head. The apostle says, God has raised us up, and has made us sit together; not, he shall raise us, and will make us sit; to denote the dependency which our resurrection and glorification has upon Christ's, as the effects depend upon the cause, and also the undoubted certainty that they shall come to pass, Christ's resurrection and glorification being a pledge of ours.

Learn hence, 1. That Christ rose from the dead, and ascended up into heaven, not as a private person, but as the common head and parent, root and representative of his church and people; so that what he has done, they may be said to have done: they rose in him, and are set down in heaven in him; and blessed be God for the well-grounded hopes, that as we now sit together in Christ, so ere long we shall for ever sit together with Christ.

Learn, 2. That Jesus Christ is the cause of our resurrection and glorification, he is the efficient cause, the meritorious cause, and exemplary cause, of our resurrection and glorification.

Learn 3. From the phrase here used of sitting, and of sitting together in Christ, that believers shall certainly partake of the same kingly state and dignity, of the same honour and glory, of the same delight and pleasure, of the same rest and tranquillity, of the same state and security, with Christ in heaven. He hath made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.


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Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

Ephesians 2:6. After the making alive of Christ in the grave followed His resurrection, with which Paul regards that of believers as likewise accomplished. Hence: καὶ συνήγειρε, which in like manner is not to be taken in the spiritual sense (“to make them enter upon the new life of grace,” Rückert); but see on Ephesians 2:5. With strange inconsistency several expositors, such as Menochius, Zanchius, Boyd, Estius, Grotius, although taking συνεζωοπ. metaphorically, nevertheless have taken this συνήγειρε (as well as the element that follows) in a literal sense, and mentally supplied nempe spe, or the like.

καὶ συνεκάθισεν ἐν τοῖς ἐπουρ.] and has given to us joint-seat in the heavenly regions (comp. Ephesians 1:20), so that we have part (see on 1 Corinthians 6:2) in the dominion of the Exalted One (2 Timothy 2:12); which Paul likewise sees as already accomplished(143) with the installing of Christ at the right hand of God; hence, there was no need at all for supplying the thought jure et virtute spirituali (Bengel), or for a transference of the matter to the praescientia Dei (Jerome), and other such expedients.

ἐν χριστῷ ἰησοῦ] belongs to συνήγειρε and συνεκάθισεν ἐν τοῖς ἐπουραν., so that what was expressed in the case of συνεζωοπ. by ( συν) τῷ χριστῷ, is here expressed, in yet more exact conception of the relation, by ( συν) ἐν χριστῷ (jointly in Christ). Inasmuch, namely, as God raised and exalted Christ ( ἐν χριστῷ), He has raised and exalted us with Him. ἐν χριστῷ accordingly is by no means intended to denote the συγκαθίζειν as figurative (Olshausen).

On ἐν τοῖς ἐπουραν. (see on Ephesians 1:3) Bengel, we may add (comp. already Estius), aptly remarks: “non dicit in dextra; Christo sua manet excellentia.” The transitive συγκαθίζειν is not elsewhere preserved.


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Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

Ephesians 2:6. συνεκάθισεν, made us sit together) Believers are already spiritually raised; they will be raised in the body; and to each of the two resurrections the sitting in heavenly places corresponds. They are not, indeed, present in heaven in the body, but they are so in point of right, and virtually in the spirit, and they have individually a seat expressly assigned to them, which is to be taken possession of at the proper time. They are for a while hidden in God; Colossians 3:3.— ἐν τοῖς ἐπουρανίοις, in the heavenlies) He does not say, on the right hand. To Christ this is left as His own peculiar pre-eminence [prerogative].— χριστῷ ἰησοῦ, in Christ Jesus) In this sublime discourse, especially, Paul calls Him Christ Jesus; oftener on other occasions, Jesus Christ.


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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

And hath raised us up together; either this may be understood of a further degree of spiritual life in the progress of sanctification vouchsafed to believers in this world; or rather, of the resurrection of the body, which is said to be raised together with Christ, because it is to be raised by the same power that raised him up, and by virtue of his resurrection, in which we have fellowship with him, as being united to him.

And made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, as our Head, and representative. Our spiritual enlivening {Ephesians 2:5} we have not only fundamentally in Christ when restored to life, but actually begun in ourselves in our effectual calling; but the resurrection of our bodies, and our sitting in heaven, we have not as yet actually fulfilled in ourselves, yet have it in Christ our Head, who rose for us and we in him, and sits in heaven for us, and we in him may be said to sit there too, by reason of our union with him, and being members of him.


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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

Raised us up together-made us sit together; that is, together with Christ, as in the preceding verse.

In heavenly places; see note to chap Ephesians 1:3.

In Christ Jesus; all this takes place in and through our union with Christ.


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Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges

6. καὶ συνήγειρεν καὶ συνεκάθισεν. The new life in which we share is connected both with the Resurrection and with the Ascension of Christ Jesus, cf. Ephesians 1:20. The union with the Resurrection is emphasized also in Colossians 2:12; Colossians 3:1. Union with the Ascension is directly referred to only here; though it is implied on one side in Colossians 3:3, and on another, for the seat which we share is a throne, in passages like Romans 5:17; Revelation 5:10, which speak of Christians as exercising a present sovereignty. In Revelation 3:21 the promise of sharing His throne seems to be projected into the future.


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John Eadie's Commentary on Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians and Philippians

(Ephesians 2:6.) καὶ συνήγειρεν—“And raised us up with.” The meaning of συν- is of course the same as in the preceding συνεζωοποίησε. Believers are not only quickened, but they are also raised up; they not only receive life, but they experience a resurrection. The dead, on being quickened, do not lie in their graves; they come forth, cast from them the cerements of mortality, and re-enter the haunts of living humanity. Jesus rose on being vivified, and left His sepulchre with the grave-clothes in it. His people enjoy the activities as well as the elements of vitality, for they are raised out of the spiritual death-world, and are not found “the living among the dead.” It is a violation of the harmony of sense to understand the first verb of spiritual life, and the second of physical resurrection, or the hope of it, as do Menochius, Bodius, Estius, and Grotius. Still more-

καὶ συνεκάθισεν—“and seated us together with.” This verb is to be understood in a spiritual sense as well as the two preceding ones. It is the spirit which is quickened, raised, and co-enthroned with Christ. And the place of honour and dignity is-

ἐν τοῖς ἐπουρανίοις ἐν χριστῷ ᾿ιησοῦ—“in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” This idiom has been already considered both under Ephesians 2:3 and Ephesians 2:20 of the 1st chapter. It does not denote heaven proper, but is the ideal locality of the church on the earth, as “the kingdom of heaven”-above the world in its sphere of occupation and enjoyment. The addition of ἐν χριστῷ ᾿ιησοῦ occurs also Ephesians 1:3; and in both places the epithet τὰ ἐπουράνια points out the exalted position of the church. Union to Christ brings us into them. His glory is their bright canopy, and His presence diffuses joy and hope. The ἐν before χριστῷ ᾿ιησοῦ has perplexed commentators, for συν- is also in composition with the verb, and would have been supposed to govern these nouns, had not ἐν been expressed. But ἐν again, as frequently in the previous portion of the epistle, defines the sphere, and refers to the three aorists-so anxious is the apostle to show that union to Christ is the one source of spiritual honour and enjoyment. This spiritual enthronement with Jesus is not more difficult to comprehend than our “royal priesthood.” The loose interpretations of it by Koppe and Rosenmüller rob it of its point and beauty. Nor is the mere “arousing of the heavenly consciousness” all that is meant, as Olshausen supposes. Indeed, Rückert, Meier, Matthies, and Conybeare are nearer the truth. Our view is simply as follows-Our life, resurrection, and enthronement follow one another, as in the actual history of the great Prototype. But this “sitting with Jesus” is as spiritual as the life, and it indicates the calmness and dignity of the new existence. The quickened soul is not merely made aware that in Christ, as containing it and all similar souls, it is enlivened, and raised up, and elevated, but along with th is it enjoys individually a conscious life, resurrection, and session with Jesus. It feels these blessings in itself, and through its union with Him. It lives, and it is conscious of this life; it has been raised, and it is aware of its change of spiritual position. It is more than Augustine allows-Nondum in nobis, sed jam in Illo-for it feels itself in the meantime sitting with Jesus, not solely because of its relation to Him in His representative character, but because of its own joyous and personal possession of royal elevation, purity, and honour. “He hath made us kings.” Revelation 1:6. What is more peculiar to the spirit in this series of present and beatific gifts, shall at length be shared in by the entire humanity. The body shall be quickened, raised, and glorified, and the redeemed man shall, in the fulness of his nature, enjoy the happiness of heaven. The divine purpose is-


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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

6. Raised… sit… in heavenly places—As Christ in Ephesians 1:20.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:6". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/ephesians-2.html. 1874-1909.

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

God has, second, raised up believers with Christ. This describes our spiritual, not physical experience. He will yet raise us physically, but spiritually He has already raised us to a new type of life (cf. Colossians 3:1-2). Like our Lord"s resurrection life, ours is also powerful and eternal.

Third, God has seated us in the heavenly realms with Christ (cf. Ephesians 1:20). That is where our heavenly citizenship lies ( Philippians 3:20) and where our final home is. What Christ did physically (i.e, died, arose, and took His seat in heaven) God has already done for the believer spiritually. The fact that God enabled Christ to do these things physically should help us believe that He has done these things for us spiritually.


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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Ephesians 2:6. And raised us up together, etc. The thought of Ephesians 2:5 is carried out in detail: ‘Together’ is = ‘with Him,’ Christ, whose Resurrection and exaltation have already been set forth as the exhibition of Divine energy in accordance with which God’s power is exerted to usward who believe (chap. Ephesians 1:19-21). The reference, as in Ephesians 2:5, is physical and future, but at the same time spiritual and present

In the heavenly places. This is to be explained as in chap. Ephesians 1:3; Ephesians 1:20. Bengel notices that ‘at His right hand’ (chap. Ephesians 1:20) can be applied to Christ alone, but this phrase to all Christians.

In Christ Jesus. This does not qualify ‘in the heavenly places,’ but should be joined with the verbs. It brings out more fully than ‘together,’ the fact that all these saving acts are in virtue of our mystical union with Christ. Comp. the close of the next verse.


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The Expositor's Greek Testament

Ephesians 2:6. καὶ συνήγειρεν: and raised us with Him. That is, to life now, in a present spiritual renewal. The συνήγειρεν expresses the definite idea of resurrection, and primarily that of the physical resurrection. The introduction of this term and the following makes it not improbable that both ideas, that of the present moral resurrection and that of the future bodily resurrection, were in Paul’s mind, and that he did not sharply distinguish between them, but thought of them as one great gift of life.— καὶ συνεκάθισεν ἐν τοῖς ἐπουρανίοις: and seated us (or, enthroned us) with Him in the heavenlies. Made us sharers with Him in dignity and dominion, so that even now, and in foretaste of our future exaltation, our life and thought are raised to the heavenlies where He reigns. But as Bengel notices, Paul pauses here and does not add the ἐν δεξιᾷ αὐτοῦ which is said of Christ in Ephesians 1:20ἐν χριστῷ ἰησοῦ: in Christ Jesus. Not the συνεκάθισεν only, but the whole statement is qualified by this. This quickening, this resurrection, this seating of us with Him take effect in so far as we are in Him as our Representative, having our life and our completeness in our Head.


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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:6". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/ephesians-2.html. 1897-1910.

Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

Ephesians 2:6 “and raised us up with Him, and made us to sit with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus”

“And raised us up with Him”: Here is another phrase that is used in reference to baptism (Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12-13 “having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him”). In a context that talks about being saved by grace through faith, Paul introduces the language which is associated with baptism. Therefore, baptism is an essential part of being saved by grace through faith. Of course if we had accepted what Jesus had said about baptism, we would have already known such a simple truth (Mark 16:16). Paul does the same thing here that he does in the Galatian letter. In Galatians chapter three Paul presents two systems, justification by the works of the Law and justification based on faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism is mentioned and Paul places it on the side of faith (3:26-27). In this chapter (Ephesians 2:1-22), Paul contrasts saved by grace through faith and saved by works of human merit (8-9). On which side does Paul place baptism? So where did people ever get the idea that baptism is a work of human merit? Or, that it does not belong in God"s plan of salvation? To say that baptism is not essential to salvation is just as false as saying that faith or grace is not essential, for Paul places all three side by side in this chapter. For all practical purposes, Jesus did the exact same thing in Mark 16:16. “And made us to sit with Him”: Since Christ is "seated" then He is presently reigning as King (1:20-22; Acts 2:30-31; Acts 2:34-36), and since He is reigning as King, that means that He rules over a kingdom. The kingdom of God has been established on this earth since the ascension of Christ (Mark 9:1; Colossians 1:13-14). In a certain sense, we share that reign. We have been allowed in share in Christ"s victory (1 Corinthians 15:57). We have experienced the victories of deliverance from a selfish sinful lifestyle, from the fear and dread of death (Hebrews 2:14-15), and from other forms of bondage such as superstition, arrogance, secular thinking, and human traditions. We have been enlisted as a soldier of Christ, and in so doing we have been given access to the most powerful weapon ever known to man, the gospel message (Romans 1:16).

Christians can lose sight of the right perspective. Many of us forget that we are on the "winning side". Nothing can stop the spread of the gospel, except our own refusal to share it. We compose an army that cannot be stopped. Our message can penetrate any stronghold of unbelief and evil (2 Corinthians 10:4-5; 2 Timothy 2:9). One day we will completely share that victory (2 Timothy 2:11-13; Revelation 3:21).

“In the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus”: Compare with . Consider how "high" God has raised you! You have actually been allowed to share in His resurrection, ascension and exaltation! Christians who really realize and appreciate their undeserved exalted state, will live like people raised to sit with Christ. To live in the "heavenly places", is to have your mind set on the spiritual realm (Colossians 3:1), and to live like an eternal reality exists. This heavenly realm is described as being "in Christ", and how does one get "in Christ"? Faith and baptism (Galatians 3:26-27)! Therefore baptism stands between one and reigning with Christ.


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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

hath raised, &c. = raised . . . together (with Him). Greek. sunegeiro. Only here. Co Ephesians 1:2, Ephesians 1:12; Ephesians 3:1.

made us, &c. = made us to sit down together. Greek. sunkathizo. Only here and Luke 22:55.

heavenly places. As in Ephesians 1:3.

Christ Jesus. See Ephesians 1:1.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:6". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/ephesians-2.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Raised us up together - with Christ. The 'raising up' pre-supposes previous quickening of Jesus in the tomb, and of us in the grave of our sins.

Made us sit together - with Christ; namely, in His ascension. Believers are bodily in heaven in point of right, and virtually so in spirit, and have each their own place assigned there, which in due time they shall take possession of (Philippians 3:20-21). He does not say 'on the right hand of God'-a prerogative unique to Christ. They shall share His throne (Revelation 3:21). In Christ Jesus. Our vital union with Him is the ground of our present spiritual and future bodily resurrection and ascension. "Christ Jesus" is the usual phrase in this letter, in which the office of the Anointed Prophet, Priest, and King is prominent; when the Person is prominent, "Jesus Christ" is used.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:6". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/ephesians-2.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
hath
1:19,20; Romans 6:4,5; Colossians 1:18; 2:12,13; 3:1-3
sit
Matthew 26:29; Luke 12:37; 22:29,30; John 12:26; 14:3; 17:21-26; Revelation 3:20,21
in
1:3

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Hodge's Commentary on Romans, Ephesians and First Corintians

And hath raised us up and caused us to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. This is an amplification of what precedes. In its widest sense the life, which in Ephesians 2:5 is said to be given to us, includes the exaltation expressed in this verse. It is, therefore, only by way of amplification that the apostle, after saying we are made partakers of the life of Christ, adds that we are raised up and enthroned with him in heaven. To understand this we must know what is here meant by "heavenly places," and in what sense believers are now the subjects of the exaltation here spoken of. Throughout this epistle the expression "heavenly places" means heaven. But the latter phrase has in Scripture a wide application. It means not only the atmospheric heavens in which the clouds have their habitation; and the stellar heavens in which the sun, moon and stars dwell; and the third heavens, i.e. the place where God specially manifests his presence and where the glorified body of Christ now is, but also the state into which believers are introduced by their regeneration. In this last sense it coincides with one of the meanings of the phrase "kingdom of heaven." It is that state of purity, exaltation and favor with God, into which his children are even in this world introduced. The opposite state is called "the kingdom of Satan;" and hence men are said to be translated from "the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God's dear Son." It is in this sense of the word that we are said, Philippians 3:20, to be the citizens of heaven. We, if Christians, belong not to the earth, but heaven; we are within the pale of God's kingdom; we are under its laws; we have in Christ a title to its privileges and blessings, and possess, alas! in what humble measure, its spirit. Though we occupy the lowest place of this kingdom, the mere suburbs of the heavenly city, still we are in it. The language of the apostle in the context will appear the less strange, if we apprehend aright the greatness of the change which believers, even in this life, experience. They are freed from the condemnation of the law, from the dominion of Satan, from the lethargy and pollution of spiritual death; they are reconciled to God, made partakers of his Spirit, as the principle of everlasting life; they are adopted into his family and have a right to all the privileges of the sons of God both in this life and in that which is to come. This is a change worthy of being expressed by saying: "He hath quickened us, and raised us up, and made us to sit together with Christ in heavenly places." — All this is in Christ. It is in virtue of their union with Christ that believers are partakers of his life and exaltation. They are to reign with him. The blessings then of which the apostle here speaks, are represented as already conferred for two reasons: first, because they are in a measure already enjoyed; and secondly, because the continuance and consummation of these blessings are rendered certain by the nature of the union between Christ and his people. In him they are already raised from the dead and seated at the right hand of God.


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The Bible Study New Testament

In our union. "We became Christians by being united to Christ (Galatians 3:27), and in this union God raised us to life from our dead spiritual state (Colossians 2:12). But more than this, in our union with Christ Jesus we are now ruling with him in the heavenly world (Colossians 3:1-4; Revelation 5:10 and notes). The messianic community of the redeemed in the present is a fulfillment in part of God's promise of Eternity!"


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Ice, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:6". "The Bible Study New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/ephesians-2.html. College Press, Joplin, MO. 1974.

Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible

Ephesians 2:6

"And has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus."— Ephesians 2:6

There is a distinction between being quickened together with Christ and being raised up together with him. Is not this true in the experience of God"s people? To be quickened into divine life, to be convinced of sin, to have the fear of God planted deeply in the soul, is the commencement of a work of grace. But this is not a deliverance, not a being raised up out of darkness, bondage, doubt, guilt, and fear. This is not a knowledge of Christ, and the power of his resurrection; this is not a full coming out of the dark and silent tomb into the glorious light and warmth of day.

But here is the great blessedness of a mystical union with the Lord Jesus Christ that, as by virtue of interest in him there is a partaking of the benefit and power of his having been quickened, so there is a partaking in the benefit and power of his having been raised up. God does not quicken a soul into divine life to let it remain in the dark tomb of doubt, fear, guilt, and bondage. In raising up Christ there was not only a pledge of the spiritual, but a virtual resurrection of the members of his body. Liberty, then, the liberty of the gospel, deliverance from all doubt and fear, the manifestation of pardon and peace, the shedding abroad of the love of God in the heart, are blessings as much assured to the members of Christ"s mystical body as their first quickening into spiritual life, and both are equally assured them in Christ their covenant Head.

"And made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." Ephesians 2:6

Jesus did not tarry upon the earth after his resurrection; he ascended up where he was before, and took his seat at the right hand of the Majesty on high. But when he ascended up on high, all the election of grace ascended with him. He did not leave his members behind upon earth, but he took them all "virtually" into heaven. And this is a pledge that they will one day be with him in the realms of eternal bliss, because they have already ascended with him, as the members of his mystical body. This, in experimental manifestation, is the lifting up of the affections, the raising up of the soul to sit together with Christ in heavenly places. Sin, death, hell, and Satan, with all the misery and wretchedness we have brought upon ourselves—to have them all under our feet, as Christ now reigns, having put all enemies under his feet—to enjoy this, is to sit with Christ in heavenly places. One of the last acts that God usually does for the soul, is the lifting it up thus to sit with Christ in the anticipation of eternal glory. To see death dethroned, hell destroyed, sin abolished, and a glorious immortality reserved for the saints of God; to enjoy this in the sweet anticipation and blessed foretastes, so as to be in heaven before we get there—this is to sit down with Christ in heavenly places, by virtue of his sitting down there "at the right hand of the Majesty on high."

Now, see what benefits and blessings spring out of a union with the Son of God. Why did God quicken your soul? Because you were a member of Christ. Why were you raised up to "a good hope through grace?" Why did mercy, peace, and pardon flow into your soul? Why were you brought out of misery and death into the light of God"s countenance, and had a precious Christ revealed to your heart? Because in the day, when the Son of God rose triumphant from the tomb, you, as a member of his mystical body, rose there and then with him. Why are you sometimes privileged to have your affections on things above, attain any victory over sin, death, hell, and the grave, find your enemies put under your feet, and look forward at times with a sweet anticipation of eternal joys? Because, as a member of Christ"s mystical body, you have already ascended, and are already sitting at the right hand of God with Christ, who is sitting as the Head of his body there.


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Ephesians 2:6. And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

He has quickened us together, the Jew and Gentile, together with Christ. The one place where Jews and Gentiles are made one is in Christ. The only place you will find them sitting together in perfect harmony, in perfect fellowship, is in Christ. "He has raised us, Jew and Gentile, up together and made us, Jew and Gentile, sit together in the heavenlies in Christ."

Every barrier is broken down. We are one in Christ. We can revel in the fact today that we have a myriad of brothers and sisters who are one with us in Christ. See the emphasis here? Twice Paul uses the word "together." He wants us to sit with them, be at home with them, in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

Think about that today and may the Lord fill your heart with love for your family in Christ.


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Mitchell, John G. D.D. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:6". "Mitchell's Commentary on Selected New Testament Books". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jgm/ephesians-2.html.

And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:

Now, this verse has some interesting implications. Notice the past tense of "raised" and "made" us - both are actually aorist tense which is a statement of something that occurred at a point in time. Sometime past of when Paul stated it, they were all "raised up together, and made to sit together" in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. This pictures our standing in the overall plan of God. I would suggest that we were all raised in Christ at the point of His resurrection. We have this standing and it is ours never to be changed no matter what we might try to thwart it. Again, that eternal security stuff.

Apply that to the way you live. We have a standing of sitting with Christ and the Father in heaven, but what is our state, our lifestyle, like? We ought to live as if we were with Him in the heavenlies. That rather discounts being short with people, being a liar, being troublesome, being lazy, being slothful etc. Years ago there was a book by Francis Schaeffer entitled HOW THEN SHOULD WE LIVE? According to this passage we should live as if we were sitting beside God in the heavenlies.

"Hath raised us up together" is actually only one word in the original, which means raised together. This indicates all of us at once were raised. I would suggest that this is also true of all Old Testament saints. They were in Sheol awaiting action on their final salvation. I personally believe that the Old Testament saint was not regenerated as we. They were unable to be allowed into heaven because of this deficiency. They awaited the work of Christ to have their faith rewarded.

This was the reason for Sheol; it was a pleasant place to be until the resurrection of Christ when they could be released into God"s presence. My book on regeneration explains all this in much more detail if you are interested.

The term translated "made us sit together" is rendered quite accurately, as it means to be made to sit together. Again, the thought of eternal security comes to mind. Some suggest that we can walk away from salvation, but this passage seems like God puts us in a seat - are you going to get up and walk away from that situation? I rather doubt it.


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Derickson, Stanley. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:6". "Stanley Derickson - Notes on Selected Books". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sdn/ephesians-2.html.

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