Ephesians 1:19b-23

We are continuing our look at Ephesians 1. In Ephesians 1:1-2, we saw that we  are to be faithful and holy for God. This is how we get grace and peace from and with God. And that we are to accept Christ’s leadership over our lives and be part of God’s family. In Ephesians 1:3-6, we saw that God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heaven. This includes Jesus Christ being our Lord, and that we were chosen because of God’s grace before the foundation of the world to be adopted into God’s family and be holy and blameless. In Ephesians 1:7-10, we saw that we have been bought back (redeemed) from slavery to sin and have forgiveness of our sins because of the blood of Christ. In so doing, God has made known His plan, in which all things will be united in Christ at the right time. In Ephesians 1:11-14, we saw that God works all things out for His plan, so those who believe are the praise to God’s glory. Those who have listened to the message of truth, the good news of salvation, and believed have been sealed in Christ with the Holy Spirit – marked with and protected by the Holy Spirit, who is our guarantee that God will accomplish what He has promised. In Ephesians 1:15-19a, Paul is praying for the Ephesian believers grow in spiritual insight concerning God, the hope all believers look forward to, the inheritance all believers look forward to receiving, and the awesome great power believers in Christ have access to.

Ephesians 1:19b-23

These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Just as God planned from the very beginning, God did it. God exerted great power when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at the right hand of God.

The word ‘accordance’ is translated from the Greek word, Kata, in verse 19b means:

  1. down from, through out
  2. according to, toward, along.

So we see the insight,  the knowledge, the inheritance, and the great power of God that we saw in verses 15-19a that we are to look forward to are all in accordance with the working of the strength of God’s might which he exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at the Father’s right hand in heaven. If it is according to God’s power, then it will happen.

In doing so, God placed Christ far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can and will be given. Christ was placed so that everything is subject to Him – including the church. The church is the body of Christ. God has a plan, and it includes everything – including the fact that Christ is the Lord. Are you living like it? Have you surrendered to Christ? You are OWNED by God. But even so, we have to submit to God. Have you submitted to Him?


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