THE PREEMINENT LORD
"And seated Him at His 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 age but also in that which is to come" (Ephesians 1:20, 21, NKJV).
Here an impressive array of titles are piled one upon the other to emphasize the supremacy of our resurrected Lord. He who was humiliated, abused, and crucified, is now highly honored, exalted, and glorified.
Well pleased with His beloved Son for His flawless execution of the plan of salvation, the Father rolled out the red carpet as it were in honor of His Son. The Son is awarded supreme authority over all things in all the universe. In honoring His Son for His redemptive accomplishment, God ordained that at the name of Jesus universal homage shall be paid. The powerful name of Jesus is far superior to all titles, be they kings or potentates, princes or lords, presidents or prime ministers. By God's decree, Jesus Christ is Lord of all!
Christ's exaltation to preeminence at His ascension is the prelude to a unified universe. At the appointed time, Christ will usher in His universal reign. This will take place at His second coming in "power and great glory" (Matthew 24:30). At this glorious event, Christ will remove all governments, powers, and authorities and will reign supreme forever (see Revelation 11:15). "Before the universe has been clearly presented the great sacrifice made by the Father and the Son in man's behalf. The hour has come when Christ occupies His rightful position, and is glorified above principalities and powers and every name that is named."--The Great Controversy, p. 671.
My Prayer Today: Lord, I magnify You for Your preeminence. May Your reign in glory be soon. Amen.