Where Christ Is provides a powerful truth of our identity and position in Him. Christ in us an us in Christ is a continuation of His ministry, the power and glory behind the ‘greater works’ He has promised that we will do in and through Him.
Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. (John 17:24)
The prayer of Christ as He prepares for the cross is a real eye-opener. In it is a wealth of wisdom and knowledge. We also catch a glimpse of the heart of Jesus for His followers and the power of the love that empowered the cross. Today’s verse caught my attention, mainly because I’d never really considered the reality of where Christ is. It’s a powerful truth that has both eternal and here-and-now implications. Remember, these are the words that He leaves with those He has chosen to continue His work. They are specifically to empower and encourage believers and to provide revelation of the supernatural, spiritual life that is imparted through the cross. They are therefore intended for every disciple, including you and I. Simply by looking at Christ’s life and ministry, we know that His prayers are the Father’s will. What Jesus asks for, God does.
God intends that we be where Christ is.
John 5:19-20 tells us: Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.” This is the basis of our assurance that what the Son of God prays is the will of God. It is our Father’s intention that we be where Christ is. The power in Jesus’ earthly ministry was released by the simple truth that He lived to do the will of the Father. Whether speaking the Word, healing the sick, effecting deliverance, or raising the dead, Jesus did what He saw the Father do.
What He saw in the Spirit was manifest in the natural. This is the nature of faith – the substance of things unseen. What He saw and heard in faith was outworked in the visible, tangible realm. Our verse today links closely with John 14:12: Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. When we are where Christ is, we will do as He did. It has nothing at all to do with our strengths or weakness. The only ‘criteria’ is Jesus. With us in Him and Him in us, the power of God can be outworked according to His purposes. This is the reason that God intends that we be where Christ is. His will is that Jesus continue His ministry through us.
Understanding where Christ is.
We cannot limit our understanding of where Christ is to a single ‘place’ because He is eternal and is now spirit. What this means is that He is present in heaven where He is glorified and seated at the right hand of the Father. But He is also in us. To put it simply, He has brought His eternal, glorified presence to earth in us. He has brought the supernatural into the natural so as to overcome the world in a practical way through us. This truth is what makes it possible for us to be in Him. If He were only in heaven, we could not be in Him or Him in us. Through the power of the Spirit, however, He has removed the barrier between heaven and earth. It is now possible to be unified with Him and surrounded by Him where He is.
This points to an even more amazing truth: and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (Ephesians 2:6). To understand this, we must understand that Jesus cannot exist separately from Himself. Firstly, He is eternal. Eternity is very different from time as we know it. It is past, present, and future in one eternal moment. Jesus exists at the moment of the creation in the world in the same moment that He exists in heaven and in us. The only time that He wasn’t present in eternity was when He was on earth as the Son of Man. Had He come as the Son of God, He would have come as His eternal self and could not have died. The eternal God cannot die a physical death. Secondly, He is omnipresent, which means He can be everywhere in the same moment.
The duality of where Christ is.
Our minds and understanding are constantly limited by the constraints of our natural existence. We tend to explain things by what we see, think, or feel. But Christ’s prayer in our verse today defies the explainable. Its intent is to lift us above the natural and to a supernatural existence, even in the world. The reality is that human frailty struggles with the concept of being ‘up there’ in eternity already because it’s not tangible. Yet Christ in us is the outworking of what we know as the Lord’s prayer – let Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. His is a heavenly kingdom. It’s eternal, spiritual, and entirely supernatural. This is the first part of the duality of where Christ is. He is here, on earth, entirely spirit and supernatural in us though we exist on earth in the flesh.
The second part of this duality is His eternal, heavenly existence in which we share, being in Him. We obviously cannot be in heaven in this present flesh, but our spirits in Christ are with Him, both here and in heavenly places. The rending of the temple veil speaks of open access into the presence of God. This is perfected when we are in Christ. Through Him, we come boldly to the throne of grace. Our bodies may be here on this mortal plane, but our spirits are in heaven. We seldom realise this truth. Most times, we accept that God presences Himself with us and in us. His intention, however, is that we see that we presence ourselves with Him in Christ. Our spirits can commune with God on a deep spiritual level that is well beyond the natural. We are seated where Christ is in heavenly places.
The reality of where Christ is.
There is always the danger of taking spiritual truths and twisting them into fleshly experiences. These truths are not intended to create some kind of weird ‘out of body’ perceptions. While communing with God in the spirit and without the limitations and distractions of the flesh is desirable, it’s on God’s terms. It can only ever be in and through Christ. Today’s verse focuses on this truth. Rather than seeking ‘off the wall’ experiences that feed the flesh, our desire must be to be where Christ is. He is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father but through Him. If anyone finds themselves ‘seated in heavenly places’ but not well and truly in Christ, they’re on very dangerous ground. This is one of the devil’s deceptions to lure believers from walking in the real truth of God’s Word.
Satan will happily provide us with all kinds of spiritual experiences, and we won’t have to look very hard, either. When we are where Christ is, however, we are protected. With us in Him and Him in us, the duality of His supernatural existence will be outworked according to God’s purposes. This is exactly why Jesus prayed that we would be where He is. If He is our heart’s desires, everything else will begin to flow from Him. When we fix our eyes on Christ and determine to be where He is, His supernatural life will overflow in and through us. The flesh demands instant gratification. Self demands a sense of importance. Neither desires the submission and servanthood that Christ epitomises. But to be where Christ is, this must be our spiritual attitude. Surrender to Jesus and His work in us keeps us in Him and Him in us.
The power in where Christ is.
Our God, in His love, grace, and mercy, provided for our every need through the cross. This was in the death and resurrection of Christ, who triumphed over every work of the enemy that would ever come against us. The cross itself is a piece of wood – meaningless and without value. Remember, two others were crucified at the same time, but they did not contribute to Christ’s salvation work. Their crosses, like Christ’s, were simply a method of execution. It is the Son of God who contains the full measure of salvation. Today’s verse reminds us of why we ‘come to Jesus’ or are born again. We come to where Christ is, because that is where salvation, healing, deliverance, and total provision for every need can be found. When we are where He is, we are in every promise of God that He fulfilled at Calvary.
Yes, we still have to establish these in our lives through the outworking of faith. But they already exist. They are ready and waiting for us in Jesus. The full power of His death and resurrection are found where Christ is. There is no other place we can find it. The supernatural power that defeated Satan, sin, and sickness is in Him. This is why Jesus said we would do these works and greater works. It’s not that we do them as in me-myself-I. It’s Christ in us who does them through us. That same power which raised Him from the dead and defeated Satan is still at work. When we position ourselves where Christ is, we surrender ourselves as vessels so that He can continue His work in and through us. His power works to transform us, our situations, and the lives of others.
The glory where Christ is.
It is this intimacy of oneness with Christ where He is that enables us to see His glory. Everything God does reveals His glory. That includes you and I and all He may do in and through us. When we are where Christ is, we will see the glory of God manifest – that same glory with which Jesus is now filled. This is why the works will be greater. On earth, He ministered as the Son of Man wholly surrendered to the will of the Father. But He is now the risen, glorified Christ, the Son of God. Where He is, His glory is also. We will see the greater works that reveal the absolute glory and power of Jesus. When Jesus tells us to ‘go,’ He doesn’t mean to go without Him. He will go with us. There is no limitation to His presence or glory.
Lord, grant us the desire to be where Christ is. Stir up in us a hunger and thirst for Christ in us and us in Him. Let Your glory be manifest in and through our lives, and keep us in Him and in all the promises He has so lovingly fulfilled through the cross.