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Ephesians: A Letter to All the Saints  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  48:52
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Introduction

Summarize:
Last week we saw the resurrection of Jesus, this week we finish this chapter by seeing what happens to Jesus after His resurrection.
Jesus is not just a savior for us, but He is also our Lord. These things happen simultaneously.

Exposition

Ephesians 1:15–23 ESV
For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of 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 that is named, 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.
Author: Paul
Audience: All the Saints
Content: Jesus is Lord of All
Context: Paul’s prayer for wisdom and revelation for the saints
Comparison: Colossians 1:15-20
Explanation
Verse 20
Jesus is seated at the right hand of God. What does this position mean?

Jesus is the Lord of the Heavens

Ephesians 1:20 ESV
20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,
Consider Mark 10:35-45. James and John, “Do whatever we ask” …
Mark 10:40–42 ESV
40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.
We can deduce that this is a position of authority. Therefore, if Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, He is in authority in Heaven

Jesus is the Lord of the Earth

Ephesians 1:21 ESV
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.
Verse 21
far above all rule and authority and power and dominion,
Are we speaking of earth? Or Heaven?
The same words are used in Eph 3:10
Ephesians 3:10 ESV
10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
so rule and authority definitely speak of the heavenly places, what about the power and dominion?
These words can refer both to natural and the supernatural. It is a more encompassing term.
“power” dynameōs - Ro 8:38 neither life nor death, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers...” BUT Jesus rebukes the Sadducees in Matt 22/Mark 12 with “You are wrong because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God.”
and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
every name that is named is a term meaning any PERSON who has been APPOINTED
Jesus has authority over every authority
Jesus does not yet fully impose His authority (Eph 2:2)
When comparing to Eph 2:1-2. Who is really Lord here?

Jesus is the Lord of the Church

Ephesians 1:22 ESV
22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,
Verse 22
and He put all things under His feet and gave Him as head over all things to the church,
While Jesus does not yet enforce His Lordship over all creation (in the way that wickedness still prevails), He does exercise His Lordship over the Church.
Ephesians 1:23 ESV
23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Verse 23
which is his body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
The church itself is the body of Christ
If Jesus is Lord, what commands has He given to the church?
If Jesus is our Lord, we must be saved.
Matthew 4:17 ESV
17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Matthew 4:19 ESV
19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
If Jesus is our Lord, we must obey commandments.
John 14:15 ESV
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
John 14:21 ESV
21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
What are Jesus’s commandments? Start with Matthew 5-7.
If Jesus is our Lord, we must make disciples.
Matthew 28:19–20 ESV
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Acts 1:8 ESV
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
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