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Saturday, March 2nd, '19

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LOOKING FROM THE LOOKOUT TOWER

"For our conversation is in heaven, from whence also we look..." (Philippians 3:20)

 

In Habakkuk's "write the vision" chapter he begins saying, "I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and watch to see what he will say unto me..." (Habakkuk 2:1) No, he didn't mean he would stand on his wristwatch, which sounds a bit silly, but would stand upon his watch as night watchman. Watchmen need an elevated position, a lookout stand, a crow's nest. Things look different from bird's eye view than from caterpillar view. "Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool", implies that Jesus sees life from the loftiest vantage. Did you not know that we are risen with Christ and made "to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:6)? Our feet are on earth but our seat is in heaven. Had you heard that all Christians had died and went to heaven? Yea, "buried with him in baptism" then "risen with him through the faith of the operation of God" (Colossians 2:12). I don't have to die now because I'm already "dead, and [my] life is hid with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:3), and the same goes for you too if you have believed on Jesus.

 

The text verse above, from Philippians, has always been seen as a proof text for the coming of the Lord because it speaks of "looking for the Lord Jesus Christ", or implied, "waiting" for Him. But I have another take on that. The former is sound interpretation but look closer at the wording. "Our conversation is in heaven". It is not "about" heaven, but right now, present tense, "in" heaven. We are positioned there, seated there, as good as if we had already gone to heaven. And it is from that position that Paul adds, "from whence we look..." In other words, our vantage point is "from" heaven, "from whence..." We are looking from the lookout tower, above and not below, the head and not the tail. We have box seats in the terrestrial press box with a vivid view of the playing field. We see clearly because we see from above. Zacchaeus got up in a tree to catch a better glimpse of Jesus. Seated believers have an even better perch. Notice, from that station we don't look "at" circumstances, but rather look "for" the Lord. The focus in heavenly places is Christ. He is the altogether lovely one that turns heads and attracts worship.

 

The following verse shows the result of looking from the lookout tower; "Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body..." (Philippians 3:21) Yes, that too pictures the metamorphosis that shall occur in resurrection but remember that if we are seated with Him even now then we are also being transformed even now. Don't put resurrection off into the sweet bye and bye when it was purchased for our sweeter here and now. The old nature has a "vile body". Everything about us in this state is corruptible, sinful and subject to death and decay. By understanding our position and appropriating the Person of Christ that death and decay vanishes. "Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:11). The Holy Spirit is the agent of change. The vile is exchanged for the victorious. He is "able to subdue all things to himself". If we choose to remain Down Under, that is down in this earthly, fleshly, Old Adam dimension then we will see things as they always were and will remain vile, beaten up by the enemy and controlled by inferiority, defeat, bad habits and so on. But realize your ascension, that your "conversation is in heaven" and soon all you will behold is the heavenly. And as I have written many times before, what you behold is what you become.


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