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Ephesians 1:21

Power Above All Power

21 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:

The power of God, which is witnessed in the resurrection, is the same power that raised Jesus up to sit at the right hand of God in the heavenly places. His position, as described in the words of verse 21, is one that is "far above" any other power or authority. Jesus was not given the minimum amount of power that He needed to fulfill God's will. He said, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." (Matthew 28:18) "All power" means exactly what it says. There is no power that is not from Him.

Jesus has been set far above every "principality." This refers to every institution of leadership in the heavens and on earth. The archangels are subject to Him and the office of every president, dictator and king on earth is subject to the authority of Jesus Christ.

Jesus has been set above every "power." The Greek word exousias is better translated as "authority." His authority rules over all of God's creation. Nothing can happen unless Jesus permits it to happen. The stars remain in the sky with His permission; the planets remain in their orbits by His permission; a baby cries only because Jesus allows it; and a subatomic particle, such as an electron, escapes from its atom with Jesus' permission. Paul wants his readers to understand this tremendous power that God has directed toward the people of His church.

It is the power that has placed Jesus far above all "might." This is physical power. Jesus could extinguish the force of a nuclear explosion in the palm of His hand. He controls the irresistible power of black holes in space and could change the course of whole galaxies without exhausting His power. There is no force in God's creation that is beyond His control. "And he is before all things, and by him all things consist." (Colossians 1:17) He holds all things together with the power of the one and only God that also works in us.

Jesus is above all dominion, all mastery, all lordship. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. His name is exalted above every name that is named. There is no other name that can accomplish the things that the name of Jesus can accomplish. Call upon it and you shall be saved! Pray in the name of Jesus and you shall be given what you asked for. Preach in His name and God's word shall never return to Him without accomplishing His will.

The exceedingly great authority, power, dominion and name of Jesus is eternal. Paul says that he has been set over all things not only in this world but also in the world to come. "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever." (Hebrews 13:8) He has the same power and glory that He had before the world was made and He shall always have it.

It is the power that works in you. "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." (Philippians 2:13)

It is also the power that kept the Apostle Paul so committed to his work and that made him such a powerful representative of the gospel. "Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily." (Colossians 1:29)

The problem with modern Christianity is that we have lost our understanding of this great power that God works in us. Having lost it, we never use it. The modern church, at least here in the United States, seems to be a powerless church that is growing at a much slower pace than the population growth.

Paul prayed that the church at Ephesus would understand God's power. We do not know whether or not they listened t what he had to say. It is not important now, but it is important for us to listen and to become aware of the power that is working within us, not only to transform us into the image of His dear Son, but to accomplish any task that God has ordained for us to do.

Before The Throne:

Pray for the power of God. Ask God to open your understanding and reveal the truth to you about His great power. Ask Him to help you live by faith, trusting in His awesome power. Pray for the power of God to exhibit itself in everything that you do, so that He might be glorified.

For Further Study:

** above: Phi_ 2:9-10; Col 2:10; Heb 1:4; ** principality: Eph 3:10; 6:12; Dan 7:27; Rom 8:38-39; Col 1:15-16; 2:15; Heb 4:14; 1Pe 3:22; ** every: Mat 28:19; Act 4:12; Phi 2:9-11; Rev 19:12-13; ** in that: Mat 25:31-36; 28:18; Joh 5:25-29; Heb 2:5; Rev 20:10-15;


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