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Ephesians 1:22-23

What is man?

22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.


We have seen that Jesus has been given all power and authority over every facet of creation and over every angel, president, ruler, dictator and king. Why then would Paul add, "And hath put all things under His feet?" It may seem like he is repeating the same idea in different words, but this is not the case.

Paul is quoting from Psalm 8, "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet." (Psalms 8:3-6) In this psalm, David stood in awe of God's creation and asked why God would even consider lowly man, made from the dust of the earth, to have dominion over all of His creation. He was made lower than the angels and yet crowned with the glory of being made to have dominion over the works of God's hands.

This was God's intent when He< made man, but man, through Adam's sin, temporarily lost this position. Furthermore, we find in Hebrews 2:5-8 that man was to occupy this position of power now and "in the world to come." Yet, because of sin, Paul says, "But now we see not yet all things put under him." (Hebrews 2:8)

"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man." (Hebrews 2:9) Jesus is the second Adam. The first sinned and cost mankind their dominion over all of God's creation, but the second Adam was perfect and all power was given to Him. God has put all things under His feet.

And, God gave Jesus to be the head over the church. This new kingdom of born-again believers who are new creatures in Christ and are called, "the church," not only follows Him, it is His body. Like the human body, which is made up of many diverse parts, working together under the direction of one head to accomplish a purpose, so the church is made up of many people with different talents and skills working together under one head, which is Christ, to accomplish the works of God?

As members of the body of Christ, it can be said that God has placed all things under our feet. His divine purpose in the creation of mankind has been accomplished through the second Adam Jesus Christ. Though we may not be able to see how the heavens and the angels, the universe with its galaxies and billions of celestial bodies, and the earth with all of its inhabitants have been placed under our dominion, we see Jesus.

Jesus fills all in all. He is the omnipotent and omnipresent God, filling the universe with His presence, grace and authority. He fills each of us with the grace and faith that we need to function as a useful part of His body. He fills us with the skills and talents that we need to accomplish His purpose. The Holy Spirit has been sent by Jesus to live in us, guide us, teach us, comfort us and empower us. Jesus is with us always and everywhere we go, filling our hearts with love for the saints and compassion for the lost.

Thus, Paul's prayer for the saints to know and understand what is the exceeding greatness of the power of God "to us-ward who believe" includes the understanding of what God has done for us through Jesus Christ to accomplish His desire for all things to be placed under our feet. The complete dominion of everything that God has created is a part of our inheritance, delivered by the exceeding greatness of His power.

What are you that God is mindful of you? You are the body of Christ whom God has set 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!

Before The Throne:

Can you even begin to fathom what it means to have that much power? You need to pray and meditate on these verses and ask God to make them real and understandable, so that you can begin to be the new creature in Christ that He wants you to be. There is no power on earth that can stop you when you are doing God's will? Pray about it. Ask God to help you apply that principle to your ministry.

For Further Study:

(v.22)
** put: Gen 3:15; Psa 8:6-8; 91:13; 1Co 15:25-27; Heb 2:8; ** gave: Eph 4:15-16; 1Co 11:3; Col 1:8; 2:10, 19; ** to the: Eph 3:21; Mat 16:18; Act 20:28; 1Ti 3:15; Heb 12:22-24;

(v.23) ** his: Eph 2:16; 4:4, 12; 5:23-32; Rom 13:5; 1Cor. 12:12-27; Col 1:18, 24; 3:15; ** fulness: Eph 3:19; 4:10; Joh 1:16; 1Co 12:6; 15:28; Col 1:19; 2:9-10; 3:11;

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