I was reading Ephesians 1 this morning and was struck by how Paul wrapped up his writing about the supremacy of Christ.
"19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms.21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church."
We see the power and authority of Christ here, which didn't strike me as anything new. What did catch me off guard however, is how the person of Christ is manifested in his body, the church.
"23 And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself." I like how the New NIV reads, "for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
This whole chapter leads to the church. The church is the fullness of Christ. Stop and think about that for a minute, the group of people who call themselves Trinity Family and are attempting to live how Jesus taught us to live are the fullness of Christ. What an insanely huge responsibility. We represent the one who sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty and under whom all power and authority rest. We are His body.
This was my SOAP reading this morning and here's the prayer with which I finished.
Help me as I lead. Help TFC to be an authentic representation of your Son. May people encounter you as they encounter our church; as a gathered community in worship, as a united church in serving and as scattered individuals interacting with their world.