Praising God For His Exaltation of Christ (Eph. 1:20-23)
When God raised Jesus from the dead it proved His power. he further showed His power when He seated the Lord Jesus at His right hand. This terminology refers to Jesus receiving a position of high authority and power.
Eph. 1:20 refers that this took place “in the heavenly places.” Denny Petrillo writes, “This phraseology means that Jesus was exalted above all other authorities, including those in the demonic realm. This is illustrated by his far above statement, where jesus is above: (a) every authority and (b) every name–either past, present or future.”
In verse 22 Paul has one more aspect that he wants to elaborate on. It is one that he will focus on in the remainder of the epistle. The Father gave Jesus a high position in regard to the church. To be head of something means He is the sole authority. God’s people are the church. The church is made up of believers. We are the ones who have received all the spiritual blessings that are only found in Christ (Eph. 1:3-14).
In verse 23 the church is called His body. This term is one of Paul’s favorite descriptions on the church. Denny Petrillo writes these words, “The body indicates closeness…” Paul is saying that Jesus, as head over the church, is filling [the church] in a special way with His Spirit, grab and gifts; it is His fulness. As a church we are entirely dependent on Christ. The church is full, complete, lacking nothing. As the hymn writer says, “The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord…”
-Larry Miles, April 30, 2015 in Mangum, OK,