Ephesians 1: The Top Authority
Posted by Zak Schmoll
Welcome to the Ephesians 1! This chapter tells a lot about the process of salvation, but at the end, it refers to the position that Jesus Christ now holds in heaven.
Eph 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Eph 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Eph 1:23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Jesus Christ is at the right hand of God, and He is above everything that will ever happen on earth. Now, let’s add in the idea that we’re supposed to follow Jesus Christ. That is what Christians do. As a result, that means that Jesus’ authority is above that of anything else, and we need to follow that authority regardless of what the lower levels argue.
The law of God matters more than the law of man. Does that mean that we don’t need to obey the government? Absolutely not. I’m not trying to imply that anarchy is anyway viable.
Rather, I’m trying to point out that there are many things that are permissible by the standards of our government. For example, there is no law against me hating the guy who lives next door. Maybe people would say that’s not nice, but there certainly is no American law against that. Jesus Christ however has a law against that. We are to love everyone around us. I think you see my point. As Christians, there are these areas where our secular government will depart from the law of God. However, just because something is permissible by the law of the land does not mean that it is morally right.
It all comes back to where the bottom line of right and wrong lies. Does it lie in our government who has the authority to change the law at any time thereby making morality is subjective? Or, does it lie in our immutable Lord who is the same yesterday, today and forever?