Ephesians 2:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Ephesians 2:6, NIV: And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians 2:6, ESV: and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

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

Ephesians 2:6, NASB: and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians 2:6, NLT: For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:6, CSB: He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus,

What does Ephesians 2:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In addition to being made alive in Christ (Ephesians 2:5), God has "raised us up with him." We are now alive through the same power that brought Jesus back from the dead. In the future we will be seated alongside Christ in "the heavenly places." Interestingly, Paul speaks of this action as if it has already taken place. He assumes it is only a matter of time before it takes place. He held great confidence that those who have truly come to faith in Christ can anticipate future eternity with the Lord. Paul teaches elsewhere that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37–39). First John 5:13 adds that God wants believers to know—to be confident—that we have eternal life.

The idea of "heavenly places" is mentioned only in Ephesians. Paul has already noted "heavenly places" in Ephesians 1:3 and 1:20. In Ephesians 3:10, he will speak of the wisdom of God now made known to those in the heavenly places. In Ephesians 6:12, Paul speaks of our battle being against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. The phrase speaks of more than just heaven, but rather the entire spiritual world beyond the known physical realm.