A little book by Watchman Nee which has made a big difference to me and to many other Christians. It is an essential exposition of the major themes of Ephesians: Nee points out how we are, even now, seated in Christ by the grace of God; how we are called to walk in faith and to stand upon the ground that Jesus Christ has won. Which is why my blog subtitle is “seated, walking, standing” – and why the first of these is in the passive form.
In Christ we who are His own have been seated in the heavenly places:
“4 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God— 9 not because of works, lest any man should boast.”
(Ephesians 2:4-9, RSV, my emphasis).