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.” (Ephesians 1:19–21 (ESV)
The greatness of God’s power, which is the working of His great might, in regenerating, calling, redeeming, justifying, indwelling, adopting, and glorifying the believer in Christ is the same power and might by which God the Father raised God the Son from the dead. Ephesians 1:19-23 provides doctrine on the resurrection and enthronement of Jesus Christ.
To begin with, the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is at work in believers in Christ (Ephesians 2:4-5; 3:16-17). Additionally, Jesus Christ is head over everything for the sake of the church. Jesus Christ is not only exalted, but also He intercedes on behalf of believers (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 3:1-3).
Consequently, Jesus Christ is far above all other rulers and authorities, powers and dominions. No one else, and nothing else supersedes the authority of Christ.
Dr. John Walvoord writes, “God’s energetic power which resurrected and exalted Christ in the past (cf. Rom. 8:34; Eph. 2:6; Col. 3:1; Heb. 1:3; 8:1; 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22) is the same power available to believers in the present (cf. Phil. 3:10). What an amazing source of spiritual vitality, power, and strength for living the Christian life! (cf. Col. 1:11) Christ’s Ascension to the right hand of God involves His being exalted above every order of authority (cf. Col. 1:16), human and superhuman (cf. Phil. 2:8–11), whether present (in the present Age) or future (the Age to come; cf. 1 Cor. 15:23–28). The words rule and authority, power and dominion may refer primarily to angelic beings (cf. Rom. 8:38; Eph. 3:10; 6:12; Col. 1:16; 2:15; Titus 3:1).”
Dr. R .C. Sproul writes, “Ephesus and its environs were a hotbed of occultic arts and strategies for placating and manipulating invisible spiritual powers (Acts 19:1-20). Paul boldly declares that in Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, God exalted Him above all unseen forces, and that Jesus wields His supreme dominion for the sake of the church.”
He is exalted the King is exalted on High
I will praise Him
He is exalted forever exalted
And I will praise His name.
He is the Lord
Forever His truth shall reign
Heaven and Earth
Rejoice in His holy name
He is exalted the King is exalted on high.
Today, may each of us exalt the Lord our God (Psalm 99:5). This means to praise, acclaim and extol Him before the people we encounter. He is worthy!
Soli deo Gloria!