We know now that through Jesus Christ’s complete work on the cross, that we are commanded to rule and have dominion over sin. We have also read that it is God’s purpose for the church to make known to those rebellious rulers and authorities in heavenly places that they are disarmed. All these statements agree with the description of the maturing church which is given in Eph 4…
Eph 4:11-13 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ
The church is the body of Christ and it is simply people, where two or more are gathered together in His name. We are to equip one another and build up one another, until we attain “the full and accurate knowledge of the Son of God” and “the completeness of personality whihci s nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection, the measure of stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him”. Those quotes are taken from the Amplified bible.
Once again let’s spend some time understanding Him, then we will understand ourselves better. What does the bible say about Jesus Christ, where He is and the authority that He has? And then notice the statement at the end about the church…
Eph 1:20-23 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 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. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
When you know that He has been raised from the dead and seated in a position of authority far above all other things that have authority… then you can understand your authority and your position, because you are His body on earth, He is in you and you are in Him. This change in your identity is nothing you earned, He earned it for you and He chose you and brought you to Himself. It’s simply something that you accept.
It is a magnificent thing that God looked down at the mess that sin and death had woven over human beings and He decided to use the weak to confound the strong.
And He will destroy on this mountain the covering of the face that is cast over the heads of all peoples [in mourning], and the veil [of profound wretchedness] that is woven and spread over all nations. He will swallow up death [in victory; He will abolish death forever]. – Is 26:7-8
God looked at our sorry state, always in fear of the next financial or physical crisis, always struggling to avoid poverty and loss… and He decided it was not ok for the captors to keep holding us captive. He decided to use us weak, addicted, poverty stricken human beings and enable us – through Him – to take dominion and rule over the very things that ruled over us for 10,000 years.
And in this way He has eternally demonstrated that He is merciful, powerful, wise and able to do His purposes. Yes it’s an eternal plan…
Eph 3:8-10 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
Eph 3:11-12 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.
Those His eternal purposes are not to be realised at some future time, because this verse clearly states that they have been (past tense) realised in Jesus Christ. You see, it has happened! Other versions don’t use the word “realised” instead they say “purposed” but that may be a distracting word, which gives hope to those who choose to see His work as unfinished…
So let’s look at the Greek word in Thayer’s Greek Definitions…
G4160, ποιέω, poieō
1) to make
1a) with the names of things made, to produce, construct, form, fashion, etc.
1b) to be the authors of, the cause
1c) to make ready, to prepare
1d) to produce, bear, shoot forth
1e) to acquire, to provide a thing for one’s self
1f) to make a thing out of something
1g) to (make, I.e.) render one anything
1g1) to (make, I.e.) constitute or appoint one anything, to appoint or ordain one that
1g2) to (make, I.e.) declare one anything
1h) to put one forth, to lead him out
1i) to make one do something
1i1) cause one to
1j) to be the authors of a thing (to cause, bring about)
2) to do
2a) to act rightly, do well
2a1) to carry out, to execute
2b) to do a thing unto one
2b1) to do to one
2c) with designation of time: to pass, spend
2d) to celebrate, keep
2d1) to make ready, and so at the same time to institute, the celebration of the passover
2e) to perform: to a promise
Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary
Citing in TDNT: 6:458, 895
I am confident that Jesus Christ has completed His work on the cross. What needed to be loosed and declared lawful in Heaven has been loosed in Heaven. What needed to be bound in Heaven has been bound and declared unlawful.
Then He sat down at the right hand of God to wait until His enemies are made a footstool. He sat down… why? So that the Holy Spirit can come to us as our Helper…
Joh 16:7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.
To help us… how?
Joh 16:8-11 And when he comes, he will
convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:
concerning sin, because they do not believe in me;
concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer;
concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
The Holy Spirit was sent to us to bring us into a “full knowledge” of the Son of God in those three respects so that we – the church, the people – will mature into the fullness of His body here on the earth and exert the same authority and dominion over sin and death that He had, by removing those mountains which block the return of His people back to Him. That is what makes known God’s many sided wisdom to those rulers and authorities in heavenly places.
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