So one of the most important things to understand is the power and authority that we have in Christ. It is essential to our ability to Come Alive With Jesus and live in his abundance.
This is actually something that’s been weighing heavily on my heart over the last few weeks. I’ve shared it in church, in VIM, and now with all of you beautiful people.
Ephesians carries some of the most amazing and powerful words in the bible. I think so anyway. The whole letter is beautiful and life changing to the reader who allows the words to penetrate his or her heart.
In the first two chapters Paul gives us incredible revelation that can help us clearly see just how much power we have over the kingdom of darkness; just how far above our adversary we are seated.
In chapter one Paul begins one of my favorite passages with an earnest prayer that the eyes of our hearts would be enlightened or flooded with light (vs 18). And here’s the reason: So often it’s easy to feel like we are under the feet of the enemy. Standing in the way of abundant life is oppression and heaviness that shoves our faces into the ground. And many of us don’t understand our power and authority so we just accept the darkness as the way life is. Every step is one taken in despair and a hopeless expectation.
But Paul is calling for the Holy Spirit to flood our hearts with light so that we can begin to walk and be in the very center of the life Jesus came to bring. And the revelation he brings next is astounding.
The reason Paul wants us to be flooded with light is so that we can see the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in us who believe (vs 19). Paul goes on to tell us that Christ was raised from the dead and seated above ALL power and rule and authority and dominion; far above every name that is named (vs 20-21).
Something we must understand here is that the people of Paul’s time identified the power of spiritual kingdoms in terms of hierarchy. So when Paul writes words like, power and rule and authority and dominion, he is identifying the levels of dark principles from the least to the greatest. And he tells us that Jesus was seated FAR above the highest level of darkness! Not just a little above but FAR above.
That in and of itself is incredible. But Paul doesn’t stop there. Just a few verses later in chapter two he lets us know that we have been raised up together with Christ and are seated with Him in the heavenly places because we are in Christ Jesus (2:6).
Because Jesus has been raised up far above all darkness, we are seated far above the greatest level of… Click To TweetBecause Jesus has been raised up far above all darkness, we are seated far above the greatest level of darkness. We are co-heirs with Jesus and because the enemy is far beneath his feet the enemy is far beneath our feet. We have been given the power and authority to crush the heads of snakes and scorpions. All we have to do is bring our feet down. Our adversary is perpetually under our feet! Reminds me of that song, “Oh, I went to the enemy’s camp and I took back what he stole from me…”
Well I’ve gone and gotten myself all fired up again. There’s smoke rising from the keyboard. Our adversary has an arsenal of lies in the form of lenses he casts over our eyes. Let’s rip them off and put on the Truth. Jesus said that he is the Truth and the Truth will set us free!
There are some other tactics the enemy uses to try and keep us from embracing our authority that we talk about in, Know Your Power and Authority, but this revelation from Paul is critical to viewing our stature against the kingdom of darkness trying to steal, kill, and destroy us every day.
The abundant life if Jesus is for us. We are already seated in it. Put on the lens of Christ!
Jesse and Kara Birkey
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