19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might
20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,
21 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 one to come.
22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,
23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Think of a person or position you hold in the highest esteem. Many people today view military personnel in this regard. In airports, you see groups of strangers spontaneously clapping for soldiers passing by, and rightly so. Some people hold physicians in such high regard that they don’t question diagnoses. Some closely follow certain spiritual leaders on social media, read all their books, and consider them with the utmost respect.
There is nothing wrong with esteeming people who serve us or the positions they represent. Neither was there necessarily anything wrong with the way first century Jews were fascinated by angels and held them in high esteem. They were right to do so. When the writer of Hebrews wrote an entire section of that letter comparing the angels to Christ (Heb. 1:5-14), he wasn’t diminishing the role of angels, He was calling attention, rather, to the vast superiority of Jesus. By comparing the two, he was saying, “Whoever it is you honor, admire, and revere, Jesus is greater.”
Jesus is, in fact, greatest. Ephesians 1:19-23 serves well as a general summary for Hebrews 1:5-14. Angels were one example of Jesus’ superiority, “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 one to come” (21). God’s power that raised Jesus from the dead also seated Him in the heavenlies, above all other people, positions, and entities forever and ever. With the authority He has been given as the risen ruler over all, Jesus is right now filling all things with His fullness to the measure that He determines.
Esteemed by humankind or not, Jesus is, indeed, King of the universe! Greater than the wonder of heavenly angels, the authority of earthly leaders, the wisdom and care of faithful disciples, and the humble and sacrificial service of earnest protectors, there stands only One.
• What is one situation in your life right now that needs to be impacted with the knowledge and belief in the authority of Jesus above all? How does knowing that Jesus is the ultimate and final authority give you hope right now?
• What does it look like for Jesus to fill all and all in a person’s life with the fullness of Himself? What is your role in that process in your own life?
• Thank God that Jesus is above all. Ask Him to push that knowledge so deep in your heart that all your relationships, attitudes, and habits reflect His authority.