From He Shall Have Dominion, by Kenneth L. Gentry
The Building of the Kingdom
In light of the above, Christians now rule and reign with Him in the world. Ephesians 1:3 declares we are blessed “in heavenly places.” Ephesians 2:6 specifically teaches: “And He hath raised us up together, and made us sit [aorist tense] together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” We are, in the eyes of God, seated with Christ in heavenly places (which, in essence, is the idea of Rev. 20:4-6), i.e., in regal position.
As an interesting aside, we should note that the epistle to the Ephesians is virtually an anti-dispensational polemic by the Apostle Paul! Notice the teaching in Ephesians regarding matters anti-thetical to dispensationalism: Christ is held as presently in His position as a kingly Lord (1: 19-22) and, as just pointed out, we are presently seated with Him (1 :3; 2:6). Paul applies the application of “the promises of the covenant” (literally) to Gentiles in the Church (2:10-12). He emphasizes the removal of the distinction of the Jew and the Gentile (2:12-19). He refers to the building up of the Church as being the building of the temple (2:20-22). The New Testament phase of the Church is said to have been taught in the Old Testament, although not with the same fullness and clarity (3:1-6). Christ’s kingly enthronement is celebrated by the pouring out of gifts upon His Church/kingdom (4:8-11) with the expectation of the historical maturation of the Church (4: 12-14). Paul mentions the kingdom in a way that indicates its spiritual, rather than political, nature (5:5).
Christ is King today,
God’s people – on earth and in heaven – reign with Him today;
The promises of the covenant applies to the Church today;
There is no distinction between Gentile and Jew;
The Body of Christ – individually and corporately – IS the temple;
The New Testament era was seen in Old Testament times, although vaguely;
Christ pours out His gifts on His people, His called-out ones, today;
The Church will grow in maturity;
The Kingdom is grounded in spiritual realities:
Godly ethics, not Darwinian-materialist power.
“The victory of life over death”, you may say.
And doubly so, after reflecting on the Crucifixion, Resurrection & Ascension!