Week of August 21 - Day 3

Day 3—Read: Ephesians 1:20-23

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.

Reflect: The apostle Paul wrote in these verses about the power of God that was demonstrated by raising up Jesus from the dead and then seating Him at His right hand in the heavens. Why is the resurrection and ascension of Jesus the demonstration of God’s power?

Consider: Finally, Paul prays that we might be enlightened to comprehend the magnitude of God’s power which he exercised in bringing us our salvation. The power God demonstrated in raising Christ from the dead and placing him above all creation is the same power he is exercising toward us to bring about the blessings which he has promised us. Such power guarantees we will receive the hope and riches. That power is also available to us to make the hope and riches the focus of present life so that we live God’s way and not the world’s, seeking God’s inheritance and not the world’s.3

Respond: Knowing Jesus overcame death and ascended to heaven, what does that prove to be true about the power of God? What are some of the implications of that power for us as His followers?

 

3 Max Anders, Galatians-Colossians, vol. 8, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1999), 94.