When you hear about “small but mighty”, I believe prepositions fall into this category. Prepositions are little words that can completely change the meaning of a sentence. For example, “I worked with him” and “I worked for him” convey different meanings. And these little words have great consequence in the Bible.
Let’s take a case study. Ephesians 2:6. Which of the statements below do you think the Bible says:
- “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places WITH Christ Jesus”
- “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places IN Christ Jesus”
The 2nd statement is actually what is written in the Bible. So we are not seated
with Christ, we are seated in Him. There’s got to be a difference there. If we were seated with Christ, it means we can have a dwelling outside of Him. But since we are seated in Him, outside of Christ, we don’t have a seating.
This little difference carries a magnitude of significance. Being seated in Christ explains why God sees the Blood of Jesus when He looks at us because He has to look through Jesus Christ to get to us. Also, being in Him makes it clear that we are saved by grace and not works (with makes it seem like we deserve a seat).
Truth is this is not the post I started out to write. But I’m so glad this came the way it did because it opens my eyes and mind to a whole new thinking.
Food for thought:
Everywhere in the Bible, we see that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God except one place where He is standing- Acts 7:55
1 Corinthians 4:7 “For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?”