In many instances people can experience the promises of a covenant before all the terms are even met. For instance, a person purchasing a home has the opportunity to live in the home before it is paid for. Or a citizen enjoys the public services offered by the government before he has even started paying taxes. Those who enter into a covenant with God can also start to experience the benefits of the covenant before the promises are actualized in the future.
Think, for instance, about the Ten Commandments, and how much pain and suffering people could avoid if they simply followed them. Who hasn’t personally experienced the heartache that comes from the violation of these commandments? Even worse, the suffering that comes isn’t always limited to the one who violates the law; often others, even those closest to the sinner, suffer, as well.
According to these texts, what other benefits can we find, even now, through being in a covenant relationship with Jesus?
Jesus uses very strong language in the Gospel of John when He reports that those who accept Him have already passed from death into life (John 5:24, NKJV). So confident is the believer in his or her salvation that although confined to this earth, he or she can claim to be sitting in heavenly places with Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:6).
If someone were to ask you, What does it mean to be sitting with Jesus in heaven now (as Ephesians 2:6 says)? What would you answer, and why?