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Christ Rules

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These art in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about 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 domination, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fill all in all.” Ephesians 1:18-23 (NASB)
The powers control the world, according to the apostle Paul, but they do not control Christ. They though they had Him on the cross, but God showed what real power was when He raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him in heaven. Paul uses the image of a seated ruler, with a footstool carved to represent the different parts of the empire–as if the ruler rested his foot on the globe, symbolizing world domination. Christ’s foot rests not just on the world but on all the powers.
Christ is in charge. Does that really change my life? Yes it does! Christ rules for us.
This passage of Scripture is not a recipe, but a photograph; not a plan, but an analysis. This is the truth: There are forces, powers, that control the way things are for the world. But God raised Jesus and placed Him above the powers, to rule the powers for us who are included in the Body of Christ. That fact, that truth, liberates us from the lies of the powers. “His power toward us who believe” sets us free to live under Christ.

The Gospel According To Jesus – Part 98

“Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”
Mark 7:27 (NKJV)

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