I pray that….you may know….his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. (Eph. 1:18-21)
I remember it like it was yesterday. I was 19 years old and had recently experienced a spiritual awakening in college, and was reading through Romans for the first time. I was hit like a ton of bricks by one particular verse: “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you” (Rom. 8:11).
Are you kidding me?! The same power unleashed on Easter morning that broke open the grave and raised Jesus from the dead — that same Spirit is indwelling me? If we let this reality sink in, we will come to realize that we have the most powerful force in the universe somehow available to us.
This thought never seemed to escape Paul, as it comes up here again in his great prayer for the Ephesians. He prays that God will give them the ability to grasp, deep in their bones, the incomparable power and strength that was exerted when God raised Jesus from the grave!
How can we let any human obstacle or fear stand in our way of living freely and confidently? How can we not get up every morning with a renewed sense of peace and resolve to face the troubles of the day?
What obstacles are you facing? Unemployment? A broken marriage? Addiction? Cancer? What if we faced these challenges clinging to the fact that we have God’s death-defying power available to us?
Next, Paul reminds us that Jesus is on the throne. Regardless of appearances to the contrary, Jesus is seated “far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” This is good news!