March 22, 2017 – Ephesians 1:19b-21

Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23 focus on 1:19b-21

That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

Questions for observation and application:

“That power” is the power which Paul prays for the Ephesians to know. How does he describe that power?

How does Paul describe Jesus’s position?

What is Jesus “far above”?

List some powers and authorities that Jesus is above. Why is it helpful to remember that Jesus is higher than these authorities?

In these verses Paul explains what he means by God’s “incomparably great power for those who believe.” This power is none other than the resurrection power. We see in places like Colossians 3:1-4 that this power enables us to overcome sin and live a life dedicated to God:

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life,appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

What would it look like for you to know this power in your life? What about your life would look different if this power were more real to you?

Bonus Reading: Psalm 119:81-88

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