Christ Exalted (Ephesians 1:19-23)Bennie Byler, August 16, 2015
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to us and is working in us who believe. It is through believing that we receive what He has given us. God the Father has placed Jesus at His right hand, which signifies the highest honor and authority. The name of Jesus is the name and power above all other names. "Take the name of Jesus with you." We have the opportunity today to bow ourselves to the name of Jesus.
God fills the church with gifts and blessings - not to use for our own benefit, but to bless others. We should not even attempt to live or worship on our own; we need each other. God places us in communities - church - because his plan is for us to be involved in each others' lives.
Jesus is not only at the right hand of the Father, but He is also interceding for us.
Bennie concluded with encouraging the three youth who are leaving this week to be faithful in their calling, and also encouraging the remaining youth here to pull together and be unified in their calling at home.
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. (ESV)