14. The Danger of Neglecting the Heavenly Position

The early pioneer dispensationalists (Darby, Kelly, Mackintosh, etc.) were thrilled because of their position in Christ. Though walking on earth, they saw themselves as seated in heaven. They understood their high, heavenly, upward calling. They understood their IDENTIFICATION with Christ, not only in His death and resurrection, but also in His ascension and present session. While most Reformed men encourage us to “keep looking up,” the dispensationalist who is aware of His exalted position has a better word: “KEEP LOOKING DOWN” Why? “For ye died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3). May we not lose perspective!

“And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6). “For our conversation [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil. 3:20). “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus” (Heb. 3:1).

We find no such statements ever made in the Gospels. We find no such statements in the Sermon on the Mount. We find no such statements ever made to the Israelites in Old Testament times. God is doing a marvelous and unique thing in this present age!