THE EXALTATION OF JESUS CHRIST

Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 1:15-22

“And what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working His great might that He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name, 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 1:15-22)

The Son of God humbled Himself and took upon Himself the form of man (Philippians 2:6,7).  He came not to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for His people (Mark 10:45).  He became the atoning sacrifice for His people (Romans 3:25) by bearing the curse of the law for them (Galatians 3:13), in order to redeem them and to reconcile them to God.

When Jesus Christ finished His work, God highly exalted Him (Philippians 2:9-11).  The basis for Paul’s prayer found in the opening chapter of Ephesians is the completed work of Jesus Christ and His power to rule over all things.

Paul clearly states how God exalted Christ in this prayer.  First, God raised Jesus from the dead. It is the resurrection of Jesus that confirms all the claims and promises He made.  Through His resurrection, Christ conquered death and ensures eternal life for His people.  As Jesus Christ was resurrected bodily, so will we receive resurrected bodies when Christ returns again.

Second, God seated Christ at His right hand.  This position puts Him far above all rule and authority, both in heaven and on earth.  All things are in subjection to His will.  He rules and over-rules from this seat of honor, power and authority.  Jesus Christ is the sovereign King over all creation.

Third, God made Christ head of the Church.  Christ loves His Church with a profound, boundless and steadfast love.  The Church is Christ’s body and Jesus is her head.  Thus, the Church is subject to Christ and is to glorify Him fully.

Jesus humbled Himself, but God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above very name.  One day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! (Philippians 2:9-11)

Lord Jesus Christ, exalted Son of God, I bow before Your majesty, power, and glory.  You humbled Yourself for me and bore the cross in order to redeem me and to reconcile me to God.  You are seated at the right hand of the Father and You rule over all things including my life.  I worship and praise You.  Indeed, You are none other than the Lord of glory Himself!

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