My message will be based on Ephesians 1:15-23 and consider the apostle Paul's words:
"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 an has made him the head over all things for the church, which is hi s body, the fullness of him who fills all in all." Eph. 1:20-23.
What mighty words that Paul writes here. Christ came to die for our sins but that was not the end. God brought him back from the dead and raised him to have a place of honor in heaven. We think about all earthly rule, and yet Christ stands above them in authority. Would that all human authority would live under his rule!
He is now the head of the church. Yes, we in the church need to look to live under his authority. Do you see how this would play out in terms of our life together in the church and also interacting with others in our world.
I would encourage you to read these words of Scripture in preparation for Sunday's worship and may the reading and study of Scripture as well as your worship this Sunday be a blessing for you.
Discipleship Questions for Reflection
Do you feel that you are living under Christ's rule for your own life? What might this include?
Where do you see that the church is living under Christ's rule?