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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Nov 20

Written by: Andries
Friday, November 20, 2020 4:01:51 AM  RssIcon

On Sunday 22 November we have the privilege to join universal Christianity in celebrating “Christ the King Sunday”.  On this last Sunday of the Christian calendar we consider everything we learned about Jesus Christ from Advent to this day of honouring Jesus of Nazareth as King, Head and source of life and power. 
It also prepares us for the Advent Season that starts the next Sunday when we observe the first of the 4 Advent Sundays, which, amongst other things, help us to countdown the days till Christmas, the day when the Christmas season starts and that lasts 12 days.
 
Ephesians 1: 15 – 23:
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
 
The phrase “God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church”  lets us know that Paul wants to help us understand the things he has already told us about. He is saying, “in light of all the blessings that flow to the children of God - from God -, I want you to know that I am praying for you that you will understand everything you have been given in Jesus Christ.
 
Paul knows that he has given the Ephesians a lot to think about. He has talked about subjects far too deep for most people to grasp. He knows they are confused by some of the things they have heard and that they are concerned about other things. He wants them to know that he understands their confusion about the depth, richness and power they have in Christ the King, especially as a congregation that shared in the horrific persecution of the Church during those trying times.
 
As Paul pours out his heart to the Ephesians, he does so in an effort to help them understand what he has been writing to them. In reading his words to them, there is help for us as well. In verse 18 Paul tells them he is writing “that ye may know...”
Most importantly is that we need to know Christ the King and what difference this knowledge makes in our day to day lives as the Church – as the people of God and brothers and sisters in Christ.
 
The notion of power, dominion, rule, and authority are re-imagined through the life of the believer. That is, God’s power at work in Christ is also God’s power at work in the believer toward all good works (2:10), in the life of the Church – of every assembly and congregation. It makes known the gift of God’s grace and the riches of Christ (3:10), and our abilities in the struggle against the evil powers of this world (6:10-17).
 
The sheer use of synonyms for power in this small section of text (ischys, exousia, dunamis) reinforces that God’s power in Christ is all-encompassing, all-embracing, and all-in-all (1:23). It is worth considering, on this Christ the King Sunday, the ways in which we exercise this power − a power that first raises from the dead (1:20; 2:5), a power that makes us servants (3:7), a strength that enables us to realize “what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ,” that means the “fullness of God” (3:18-19).
 
Knowing Christ the King it is a power at work within us, “able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine” (3:20) toward God’s plan “for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth” (1:10).
 
God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the (sake of the) church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (22, 23) 

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