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These verses and any linked articles/stories are intended to help jumpstart you in your own studies. MOST VERSES ARE BEST UNDERSTOOD WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE WHOLE LETTER in which it was written. We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have your own bible and seek on your own. no one or any resource can replace one-on-one time with the king.
While salvation is based entirely on believing in and loving the person of Jesus (Yeshua) and the power of His blood, when we choose to give our heart, soul, mind, and strength to Him, abiding in His presence, being a servant of His righteousness, then we inherit His blessings. We don't have access to His blessings and promises without first loving Jesus for who He is and obeying Him. What we inherit includes His authority - by His name. We are ambassadors and even more, the Body of Jesus. This carries such tremendous benefits and authority! Yet, so few understand the authority we have given to us by Jesus (Messiah Yeshua)! This means that True Believers in Messiah are not ping pongs living at the whims of the world. We are equipped and anointed to have authority in this world, to accomplish the will of the Father, against sickness, disease, poverty, the plans of darkness, and over creation. And the key to understanding our authority is a clear, strong grasp of our identity in Jesus (Yeshua)! Amen.
Bible versions used will vary and some may be paraphrased. We suggest using BibleGateway.com to look up the verse in your favorite version. Side notes, emphasis, etc. are my own.
The verses listed below are in no particular order.
EPHESIANS 1:2-3 Praised be ADONAI, Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who in the Messiah has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heaven. [CJB]
EPHESIANS 1:2-3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, [ESV]
EPHESIANS 1:4 In the Messiah he chose us in love before the creation of the universe to be holy and without defect in his presence. He determined in advance that through Yeshua the Messiah we would be his sons [and daughters] – in keeping with his pleasure and purpose… [CJB]
EPHESIANS 1:4-5 …even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption as sons [and daughters] through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will… [ESV]
EPHESIANS 1:18-19 I pray that the eyes of your heart will have enough light to see what is the hope of God’s call, what is the richness of God’s glorious inheritance among believers, and what is the overwhelming greatness of God’s power that is working among us believers. [CEB]
2 CORINTHIANS 5:14 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that those who live would no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose on their behalf. [NASB]
Prayer: I decree that the love of Christ controls me. Thank you Jesus, the Messiah, that you died for me. I declare that I no longer live for myself but for Him who died and rose on my behalf. This is my firm foundation. Amen.
2 CORINTHIANS 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin in our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. [NASB]
EPHESIANS 1:15-19 …because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe… [ESV]
Declaration prayer: I pray that the Father of glory, the God of my Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to me the riches of the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation to know Him through my deepening intimacy with him!
EPHESIANS 1:19-21 …according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. [ESV]
EPHESIANS 1:22 And [the Father] put all things in subjection under His feet (Jesus), and made Him head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. [NASB]
EPHESIANS 1:22 Also, he (the Father) has put all things under his (Jesus) feet and made him head over everything for the Messianic Community, which is his body, the full expression of him who fills all creation.
Over and over scripture tells us that True Believers are the Body of Christ (Messiah). His body is the full expression of Jesus (Yeshua!) - and fills all of creation. Meditate on this. If you are a Believer in Messiah, together with Him and the other Believers, you are His full expression!
EPHESIANS 1:19-20; 2:6. …how surpassingly great is [the Father’s] power working in us who trust Him. It works with the same mighty strength he used when he worked in the Messiah to raise him from the dead and seat him at his right hand in heaven, far above every ruler, authority, power, dominion, or any other name that can be named either THIS AGE OR THE AGE TO COME. [emphasis mine] Also, he has put ALL things under his (Jesus, Messiah’s) feet… [2:6] God raised us up WITH the Messiah Yeshua and seated us with him in heaven…
The implications of these verses are HUGE! Chew on Ephesians 1 & 2 for a long time as it reveals so much of our authority.
PHILIPPIANS 2:10-11 The authority of the name of Jesus causes every knee to bow in reverence! Everything and everyone will one day submit to this name-in the heavenly realm, in the earthly realm, and in the demonic realm. [TPT]
[ESV] Therefore God has highly exalted [Yeshua / Jesus] and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.