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Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him 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, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the Church, which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all (Eph. 1:20-23).

Webster defines “all” as “the whole, entire, total amount, quantity, or extent of” something. This little word occurs over forty times in the six brief chapters of Ephesians. In fact, it is this one word that becomes the key for the believer who will settle for nothing less than God's will, according as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love (1:4). God the Father has appointed Christ to be all things for all people. He ordained that He should be raised far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. God did not leave an opening for divided loyalties; He did not leave us with a choice of either accepting Jesus or continuing to follow the Law as it was in place before the resurrection. God made it clear that the power of salvation rested solely with His Son.

God's redeeming love, which He has showered upon us since the moment of creation, has no other purpose than that we receive Christ as Savior and Lord. And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (2:1-10).

In order to be ready to receive His all, however, we must seek all of Him through every Word that has been given to us from the Father. His will is revealed only through His Word, and His Son is the living embodiment of His will. As we allow the Word of God to fill us completely, we can surrender our own selfish will and allow ourselves to be reborn – transformed into the living body of Christ.

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him (Eph. 1:17).

Thought for Today:

All we will ever need is found in Jesus.

Christ Revealed:

For Eph. 1:22: See Ps. 8:6. Eph. 2:17: See Is. 57:19.

Word Studies:

1:8 prudence = spiritual insight, knowledge and holy love of the will of God; 1:10 dispensation of the fulness of times = last period of the dealings of God with mankind on earth; 1:13 sealed = proof of ownership that we belong to the Family of God; 1:14 earnest = first installment of our inheritance; 2:1 quickened = made alive; 2:13 sometimes = formerly (not "occasionally"); 3:3 mystery = purpose of God which is hidden from the ungodly; 3:13 faint not = don't give up or be discouraged.

Prayer Needs:

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Memory Verse:

Ephesians 1: 17-21

Ephesians 1: 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Ephesians 1: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 1: 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

Ephesians 1: 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

Ephesians 1: 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

Devotion courtesy Bible Pathway Ministries