Faith has different applications. Christians believe in “the” faith which is professing “by” faith what Christ accomplished on the cross through “having” faith in the power of God who brought it to pass. It is because of faith that God “has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light” (Col 1:12). It motivated Paul to “press on toward the upward call of God” (Php 3:14). It is an upward direction because God “raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:6). This is “at His right hand in the heavenly places” (1:20). We are “buried with him in baptism and raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead” (Col 2:12). “As He is, so are we in this world” (1Jn 4:17). Jesus said, “‘They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world'” (Jn 17:14). “Our citizenship is in heaven” (Php 3:20). But if heaven and earth are mutually exclusive then how can you be in two places at once? You have a heavenly “position” while in an earthly existence. However, the latter can be upgraded. It is Christ “who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to himself” (:21).
“To the Lord your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it” (Dt 10:14). “It pleased the Father . . . to reconcile all things to himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven” (Col 1:19). His purpose is “the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth” (Eph 1:10). It is “the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name” (Eph 3:15). “God highly exalted Him” (Php 2:9) “far above the heavens . . . to fill all things” (Eph 4:10) “so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Php 2:10). You have a position in heaven even though you live on earth. God “has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Eph 1:3). There is even the responsibility to disseminate “the manifold wisdom of God . . . through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places” (3:10). But you must “put on the full armor of God . . . [because] our struggle is . . . against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (6:12). Take up “the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one” (:16). Therefore, since “you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col 3:1-2).