In the highest place
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.
- from Ephesians 1:19-21
Christ has been raised from the dead and seated in the place of the greatest, highest, most powerful power. And this is good news for us.
No one is higher than Christ. In today’s passage, Paul points out that Christ is in a position of authority above all of the political powers for the world, all of the spiritual powers that stalk the heaven and earth, and every god that could ever be worshipped. Not only is Christ the highest authority; he will always be the highest authority. No one will topple him, surpass him, or overthrow him.
The enthronement of Christ at the right hand of his heavenly Father is good news for us because we’re included in him. We have been clothed with Christ and bound to him. We have been seated with him in his position of authority. We don’t take his place, but we’re also not excluded from his blessings.
No one you encounter today is seated above Christ. No bully in your past, no nagging voice in your head, no disapproving face in the mirror, no former friend or hostile enemy will ever get one over on Christ.
When we say that every good and beautiful thing that you’re looking for is found in Christ, we’re deeply aware of Christ’s authority. Sometimes we need someone in authority to vouch for us, to defend us, or to pay attention to us. And the person with the most authority in the entire cosmos is the Christ who loves us.
Take some time today to ask the Lord to put his mighty strength to work for you today. Pick an issue, a struggle, or a tough spot and call on God to jump in on your behalf.