‘God…raised Him (Christ) from the dead, and set Him at His Own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion…not only in this world but also in that which is to come! And has put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the Head over all things!… He fills all, in all!’ Ephesians 1:17-23.
Calvin comments: “He (God) very rightly enjoins us to contemplate this power in Christ…. Though sin does not reign, it continues to dwell in us — and death is still strong! Blessedness is shut up in hope!… When our minds are roused to trust in righteousness, salvation and glory — let us learn to turn them to Christ! We still lie under the power of death. But He, raised from the dead by heavenly power, has the dominion of life!
“We struggle under the bondage of sin — and, surrounded by endless miseries, we fight a hard warfare. But He, sitting at the right hand of the Father, obtains the highest government in Heaven and Earth and triumphs gloriously over the enemies whom He has subdued…. It is to our good to transfer our thoughts to Christ, so that in Him…we may see the glorious treasures of Divine
grace…'(Which) made Him to sit at His right hand!’… It.mean(s)…the power which the Father bestowed on Christ, so that in His name He might administer the government of Heaven and Earth….
“God the Father is said to have raised Christ to His right hand, in that He has made Him to share in His government. For by Him, He exercises all His power…. Since the right hand of God fills Heaven and Earth, it follows that the Kingdom and power of Christ are everywhere diffused…. Christ is raised to the height, to the heavenly glory of God…. He has obtained the highest place in
“There is nothing so sublime or excellent, by whatever name it may be called, that is not subject to the majesty of Christ!… ‘Above every name.’ ‘Name’ is here taken for ‘largeness’ or ‘excellence’…. The excellence of Christ is not temporal, but eternal!… It is not limited to this world, but flourishes also in the Kingdom of God…. All the glories of men and angels are put in their place, to give way to the glory of Christ — so that it alone may shine above them all unequalled!…
“He was made the Head of the Church, so that He should have the administration of all things…. There was committed to Him the entire command and government of the universe! The metaphor of ‘Head’ denotes the highest authority…. He brings all things to pass in us, and in all the creatures!”
Calvin also says in his Institutes III:20:38: “The zeal…which we feel for our heavenly Parent…, behoves us to extend (friendship) towards His people…and…His heritage which He has honoured so highly as to give them the appellation of the ‘fullness’ of His Only-begotten Son (Ephesians 1:23).” Calvin further says in his Treatises III:253: “Therefore Paul entreats God…that He would open the eyes of their mind…, so that they may be able to apprehend…His calling! (Ephesians 1:17f).” For God raised Christ from the dead, to give us His power! Do you too so believe?