Verses to review today: Ephesians 1:7-20
New Verses: Ephesians 1:22-23
22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (ESV)
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. (KJV)
Greek: 22 καὶ πάντα ὑπέταξεν ὑπὸ τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ καὶ αὐτὸν ἔδωκεν κεφαλὴν ὑπὲρ πάντα τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ, 23 ἥτις ἐστὶν τὸ σῶμα αὐτοῦ, τὸ πλήρωμα τοῦ τὰ πάντα ἐν πᾶσιν πληρουμένου.
Transliterated Greek: 22 kai panta hypetaxen hypo tous podas autou kai auton edōken kephalēn hyper panta tē ekklēsia, 23 hētis estin to sōma autou, to plērōma tou ta panta en pasin plēroumenou.•
Literal Word for Word Translation: 22 and he subjected all things under his feet and he gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of one who fills all things in every way.
Commentary: Clearly, Jesus is supreme. He has authority over all things and the church is the physical extension of Him on earth. The meaning of Christ’s filling is uncertain, but most agree that the fullness of God fills the universe, and so does Christ; as well Christ’s fullness also fills the church which carries out His great commission in building up the kingdom of God through disciple making.
At times the church and factions of the church in general may be preoccupied with itself rather than with Christ and that has caused harm in reaching the lost and has lead to shallow and sometimes ineffectice disciple making. However, Christ’s work is not done in the world apart from the church, His body. This is not “a” denomination, but the union of Spirit filled true Christians who are part of numerous denominations. We should not let the image of a worldly church negate the work of Christ Himself through His church.