Ephesians 1:21-23

In Ephesians 1:21-23 Paul wraps up the first chapter in his letter to the church at Ephesus. He has just reminded us that Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, and Clarke reminds us that “The right hand is the place of friendship, honour, confidence, and authority.” We have an ever loving Lord and Savior sitting right next to the Author and Creator of the universe pleading on our behalf and interceding for us. Paul goes on to tell us the Jesus is “….far above all rule and authority and power and dominion….” There is nothing or no one that is above the power of Jesus Christ.

We don’t completely understand the ranks of the angelic realm, but we do know that Jesus is raised above them. Alford explains “We know that the king is above all, though we cannot name all the officers of his court. So we know that Christ is above all, though we are not able to name all His subjects.” The reality is that Jesus Christ is at the top of the org chart. No one ranks higher or has more authority. “….and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” And His place and position is not temporary or ever up for review. He will be sitting on the right hand of the Father for all eternity.

Moule wrote “Think of the paradox. The Apostle is speaking of a Personage of history, of recent, almost contemporary, history… He had worked with His hands, He had walked from place to place like other men, and man could no doubt accurately describe His look and manner when He talked… He is now ‘seated at the right hand of’ Almighty God, on His very throne.” God has placed Christ above all things. “And he put all things under his feet….” This is not a limited power or scope of duty for Jesus. He is above all and has authority and power over all. God has made Jesus head of all, including the church.

But Jesus is more than the authority over the church, He is the ultimate gift to the church. “….and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” If Jesus is the head of the church, then the community of Christians make up His body. The idea of the fullness of Him here is connected to the way Jesus fills His church with His presence and blessings. All things in the universe are under His authority and power, but as Christ Followers and believers – we are joined to Him as the Body and are part of God’s eternal plan for the church. God is so very good!

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