The Rule of the Ascended Lord (Ephesians 1:20-21)
Scripture: Ephesians 1:20-21
This section speaks of the consequences of Christ's ascension in fulfillment of Psalm 110:1, which is cited 33 times in the New Testament. The ascension is emphasized to show Christ’s rule over all powers and authorities no matter what or who they are. He is over all possible rule and authority. The pagans thought that knowing the names of various beings would give them their power. But Jesus is supreme above all other powers. If we are concerned about evil spiritual powers, we should trust in Christ through the gospel and go to Him with our needs. He is enthroned in heaven. We list various terms that Paul uses to describe the various spiritual powers. These beings exist, but believers are safe in Christ. When Paul says “every name that is named” he shows the uselessness of the pagan idea that knowing the name of a spirit being would give them power over those beings. We review material from Colossians to show the superiority of Christ, the sufficiency of Christ, and the supremacy of Christ. We need to seek Christ and trust Him for our salvation and spiritual well-being. Religious traditions put people into works-based bondage while Christ offers true rest. What overcomes the world and its false religions is our faith in Christ, not some religious process invented by humans.
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