Above All Rule: Ephesians 1:20-23


In order to look at verses twenty through the end of Ephesians one, we’ll need to look back a bit farther. Ephesians 1:19-23 says: “19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked 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 above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things 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.”


There are powers we hear about and know about, both now and in history. There are infamous rulers who set cities on fire and courageous heroines who loved and cared for people others would never touch. The pages of history can teach us much.


The work of God’s great might was worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead! Where is He seated by God? He is at His right hand in the heavenly places. He humbled Himself as a servant and was crucified. Philippians 2:9-11 proclaims,

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”


He is “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.” Our Savior is far above all rule and authority and power and dominion! Is Christ greater than the rulers and people of history that we could list off? He is above every name that is named! For how long is He above all? It is not merely in this age but also in the one to come! Praise the Lord! It is a relief to know He is a good ruler. It is comforting to know no evil ruler will be taking over after this. Jesus will reign, always. He is good and faithful, just and loving, and He will reign forever! Oh, let’s worship Him!


“Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.’ And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God,” (Revelation 11:15-16 ESV)



A Prayer


Dear Jesus,

Thank You for your loving, humble ways. Thank You for going to the cross for my sins. Thank You for living again! I’m so grateful that you rule and reign forever! We are so unworthy of your mercy and grace. We are so thankful for Your love. In Your Holy Name, Amen.


A Question to Ponder


How does knowing that the resurrected Christ is seated at God’s right hand comfort you?

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