“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
The Gracious Revelation Of The Truth To The Saints: Ephesians 1:15-23
Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;…
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:…
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,…
And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead,…
and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places], Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:And hath put all [things] under his feet,…
and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Paul now shares with the church at Ephesus the content of his prayers on their behalf. By doing this Paul is declaring his motivation for his great love, concern, and desire for their spiritual welfare and receipt of various blessings of God. Please keep in mind, all of these blessings would be given to the believers at Ephesus only through the gracious intervention of the Lord. They did not deserve these wonderful blessings nor could they earn them in any way.
A very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I. Paul’s motivation for desiring and praying for gracious blessings on behalf of the church – 15-16
II. The gracious blessing of a knowledge of the person and work of the Lord – 17
III. The gracious blessing of a understanding of their eternal blessings that await them – 18
IV. The gracious blessing of awareness of the Lord’s power exhibited in in all aspects of salvation – 19-20a
V. The gracious blessing of a comprehension of the exaltation of Christ – 20b-22a
VI. The gracious blessing of the exaltation/Lordship of Christ – 22b-23
In this morning’s devotional, Paul explains his desire for the church to come to a greater understanding of the Lord’s person and work on their behalf…
(Ephesians 1:20a-22a) and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet,
Paul continues to request that the Lord graciously reveals Himself to us. In this case, he asks the Lord to show us truths about Christ exaltation and great authority…
and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Following the His obedience unto death and His victorious resurrection, God the Father exalts Christ to a high position of authority and rulership. This is symbolically shown to us by Christ being given the seat of honor at the right hand of His Father…
“This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:32-36)
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named,
The exaltation of Christ has given Him all authority over:
1. principality – those who hold top rank in a spiritual body, governmental body, religious body or social body
2. power – those who possesses authority over others
3. might – those who possess physical strength
4. dominion – those who control or rule others
5. every name that is named – those who possess worldly titles, honor or reverence
In other words, all types of powerful, authoritative, and honored individuals both in the spiritual and physical realm.
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” (Colossians 2:8-10)
not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
The Lord rules over all types of powers in both this temporal world and in the eternal world to come.
And hath put all things under his feet,
To be placed “under his feet” carries with it two ideas:
1. to control – Psalm 8:6
2. to gain victory over – 1 Corinthians 15:24-27
Our Lord Jesus has been exalted by the Father to possess absolute control over all things and to gain the ultimate victory over all His enemies. None shall rule over Him, nor shall they be victorious over Him!
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth; And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5-11)
Let’s praise the Lord for showing Himself to us as Ultimate Victor and Sovereign Lord Over All!
May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!
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