Ephesians 1 Continued

In the last post we talked about how incredible it is that God thought of us, planning to bring us all creation under and into his Son, before the foundation of the world.

Let’s continue that theme today.

Since I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love to all the saints, I do not stop giving thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers, that the God of our Anointed Lord Jesus, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him; that the eyes of your understanding may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of his calling and the wealth of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, how exceptionally great his power is toward us who believe, comparable to the energy of his mighty power which infused in the King when he raised him from the dead and set him at his own right hand in the heavenlies, far above all principalites, authorities, powers, and rulers, and above every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one that’s coming. He has also put everything under his feet and gave him to be the overall head to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that fills everything in everything. (Ephesians 1:15-23)

Where do I start with this majestic prayer that is more than a prayer, but a proclamation?

The apostles wants us to have both wisdom and revelation concerning these things. He wants us to know him, and he especially wants us to know …

The hope of his calling and the wealth of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.

What’s at the end of the road? He has called us in hope. That hope motivated Paul so much that he called everything behind him nothing but manure for the pile and pushed forward for the prize of the upward call of God in King Jesus (Php. 3:8-10).

The Scriptures do call what God has prepared for us has never been seen by any eye, nor heard by any ear, nor entertained by any heart (1 Cor. 2:9). They also say that God has revealed them to us by his Spirit (1 Cor. 2:10).

Knowing this, Paul prays that we will be spiritual enough to see it. Jesus endured the cross because of the joy that was set before him. We, too, have a hope laid up for us in heaven, and it should motivate us.

It is the first thing Paul prays we will understand by wisdom and revelation.

… how exceptionally great his power is toward us who believe, comparable to the energy of his mighty power which infused in the King when he raised him from the dead …

The second thing Paul wants us to know by wisdom and revelation is how exceptionally great the power of God is to us who believe. He says it is the same energy that powerfully raised Jesus from the dead. We don’t have a lesser power. We have that power of God constantly being exercised toward us.

May we believe it. May we search it out with wisdom, and have the knowledge and understanding of that power given to us by the revelation of God.

… his mighty power which infused in the King when he raised him from the dead and set him at his own right hand in the heavenlies, far above all principalites, authorities, powers, and rulers, and above every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one that’s coming. He has also put everything under his feet …

There is a tremendous exaltation of the power of God, which raised up the King and set him at God’s own right hand, and of the fearsome power and majesty of the Lord Jesus, who has been set over everything.

We find in chapter 6 of Ephesians that those principalities and authorities over which Jesus will rule are our enemies. We wrestle against them. We overcome them as ambassadors of Jesus’ kingdom, clad in the armor of salvation, righteousness, truth, and the preparation of the Proclamation of peace. We fight them with faith and the Word of God.

The reason that we can triumph, the reason that the shield of faith quenches all, and not just some, of the fiery darts of the wicked one, is because Jesus has been set by the mighty power of God over all principalities, authorities, powers, and rulers of this age and the next one. None is excepted.

Of course this is true. The whole universe leapt into being with that purpose in the Father’s mind. His Word would rule over all things and bring them together in himself. It is the purpose of the universe.

… and gave him to be the overall head to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that fills everything in everything.

Whoa! What is this! This glorious Rule of all, triumphant over every other rank or authority, in this age and the next one, this one is our Head? He’s the one who moves us? He’s the one who stretches forth his hand through us because we are his arms and hands, his body? This is our head?

Aye, the Lord God would tell us. Not only is he the Head of the church; not only is the church his body; but the church is his fullness. The one that fills everything in everything … we are his fullness.

Folks, let’s agree with Paul. Let’s cry out that we might receive the spirit of wisdom and revelation so we begin to understand just what it is we have entered into. How seriously we understimate the hope of our calling, the wealth of his inheritance in US, the exceptional greatness of the energy of his power toward us, and the majesty of the Ruler of the Ages who is our Head, our Lord, our King. Please, Father, open the eyes of our understanding!

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