Ephesians and Friends. 1.15-23

July 19, 2018

In our reading of Ephesians, we skip from 1.14 to 2.11 between last Sunday and the coming one.  The skipped verses appear in our lectionary, though, with the remaining part of chapter 1 making its appearance on Christ the King Sunday.


I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work 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 age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.


Paul prays for us to have the eyes of our hearts enlightened.  We need to learn to see the world differently, in a way beyond what our eyes perceive.  With our eyes (of our heads) we only see death and destruction and doom at every corner.  But with the eyes of our hearts trained by Jesus' light (in his light we see light - Psalm 36.9), we see all things in earth under the lordship of Jesus Christ.  


Jesus is above every rule, authority, power, and dominion - not just of the earthly realm but in the heavenly realm too.  The forces at work to ruin our world, which are bigger and stronger than any individual or even our society's are placed under Jesus's feet.  (For more on those power and authorities read Timothy Gombis' excellent book.)  


And be sure to look at Jesus' feet in the icon above.  Every thing is under Jesus' nail-scarred feet! And he is our head, as we become more fully his nail-scarred body and are raised up into him who fills all in all.


Image: Christ in Judgment, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=47457 [retrieved July 19, 2018]. Original source: http://www.yorckproject.de.


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