The Third Heaven
God leads, we follow. We believe a seat “in heavenly places” already exists. We are seated with Him, according to Paul “the third heaven.” We are seated with the Lord already with a full inheritance lived daily by faith. For the spiritual man faith is the way to live here in light of what is already established there.
“I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven.” (2Corinthians 12:2)
Writing to the Ephesians Paul continues his revelation of the heavenly arrangement: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,(Ephesians 1:3). . .which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:20). . .and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6) . . .to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places (Ephesians 3:10). . .For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12). [Ref: NKJV]
As followers of the Lord we live according to the heavenly realm—far above principalities and powers and rulers of darkness. Jesus triumphed spiritually in a natural setting and we follow His lead. Utilizing the natural realm around us, we live according to that higher realm. Hallelujah!
2 Corinthians 12:2