“… far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” Ephesians 1:20-23
Paul’s experience of Christ was unlike the disciples. They shared his earthly life and witnessed his death and resurrection proving his Messiahship. For Paul it was the other way round. His transformation on the Damascus Road was His first recorded encounter of Jesus as the exalted post-resurrection, ascended Christ. What blew his mind was that the pre-existent Son of God would incarnate himself to this earth.
We also carry in our lives the exalted Christ. That is our foundation of our life.
Last night I woke up from a dream. I’m not sure what I was doing crawling underneath a house. I couldn’t do that in my house. But I was frightened underneath there. The foundation of the house wasn’t a great place to be.
Today I write to those who are in Christ, you have more than knowledge of Him. He is more than a name. He is precious to you. You have surrendered your life to Jesus. You belong to Him. He is in your life and His presence is greater than the one outside of you. God gave you a new foundation of life and that is the exalted Christ. Why be afraid?
He is far above all.
He is above every name.
All things are under His feet.
He is head over all things for us, the Church.
He fills all in all.
Now, when you are in a prison or trapped under a house for that matter, this revelation is crucial to you not only surviving but thriving.
What appears to be ruling your life today? Which Caesar has sent his minions to encamp on your territory? Has a throne been established? Has there been an authoritative positioning through sickness, financial burden, grief and hurt and stress?
No matter how powerful the seat is, God brings down such rulers from their thrones! He does it through the exalted Christ!
You may be facing many attacks today of the enemy. The powers are never far from us. They plague us and never leave us alone until we rise in the authority Christ has given us.
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.