Paul closes his prayer for the Ephesians by describing the exaltation of Jesus by the Father, which followed his ascension to heaven. Jesus has been given supreme authority for ever, and one aspect of it that Paul mentions is that Jesus uses his authority for the benefit of his people. As we think of the exaltation of Jesus we can see that several responses are appropriate.
First, we should ask ourselves if we acknowledge the sovereignty of Jesus. This is done by exercising faith in him and submitting to his rule out of love and loyalty. We do not make him ‘Lord’, for he is that already. But do we acknowledge it by availing ourselves of his salvation?
The second response concerns the importance of the content of biblical doctrine being understood by us. The greater our understanding of what God has done for us in Christ, the greater will be our assurance and comfort.
Thirdly, we should remember that there are current effects of Jesus’ exaltation. One current effect of Jesus’ resurrection is that believers are given new life – sanctifying power. This means that within us at present, through the indwelling Holy Spirit, is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. His presence is a reminder both of the strength of sin and the power available to us.
Fourthly, we should anticipate the future effects of Christ’s exaltation. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, believers will be raised in a glorious condition. Because of Jesus’ enthronement, believers will be revealed as the sons of God and as the heirs of God (Rom. 8:19; 1 John 3:2-3).
What a blessing to be under the authority of the exalted Saviour!