I’ve been working my way through the first chapter of Ephesians, and I came across an intriguing description of Christ as King. Ephesians is very “flowy,” with one section melding seamlessly into the next, and so Paul’s prayers for the Ephesians in 1:17-19 quickly becomes a description of God’s power. In verses 19-23, he says:
“That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him 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 title that can be given, not only tin the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in very way” (1: 19b-23).
The church is the fullness of Christ, who fills everything in every way. That sounds like a big deal.
I’m going to be mulling that over today and praying about what it means. In the meantime, if you have any insight about how the church is the fullness of Christ, feel free to share!