Term unique to Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, also translated
“heavenly places” or “realms,” and referring to the super earthly upper regions
of the air. Since the term “in the
heavenlies” carried with it associations from pagan cultic
vocabulary, it was perhaps used by the apostle in an apologetic manner.
“The heavenly places” indicates the sphere where the
risen Christ has been seated at the right hand of God in a position of
authority, power, and dominion, reigning as conqueror and ruler high above
the heavenly world (Ephesians 1:20-21).
Other usage points to the idea of the realized hope of those who are in
Christ, in that believers have already been blessed with “every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies” (verse 3)
and are raised with Christ, seated with him in the heavenlies
The church will make known the wisdom of God to the principalities and powers
in the heavenlies (3:10). She will thus participate in the
victory over the spiritual hosts of wickedness, also present in the heavenly
Heaven depicts the skies, the upper part of the Created World, denotes the
firmament (a vault or roof of the earth.
It may be used literally or metaphorically, denotes fixed or material
reality. It designates God's unique home, a sanctuary, the throne of
Devine Majesty, remoteness and transcendence.
Heaven is a space immediately surrounding the earth. A Place of material
& supernatural signs of outer space.
The firmament, a solid mass, rests on pillars and has windows. Genesis
1:6-8, Isaiah 45:12 Genesis 8:2
Eschatological, samayim concerns a new order that replaces the old or present
Later, Heaven means the destiny of the Spiritual apex of covenantal
righteousness with God, as some Jewish groups supported the resurrection of
the dead and final judgment.
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