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Ephesians 3:20 and Jesus’ Power

Ephesians 3:20 – Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.

What some trinitarians wish for one to think concerning this scripture is, first, that “him” refers to Jesus, and then they would like for us to add to and read into the rest of the scripture that Jesus is being described as omnipotent, being the Most High, the Almighty.

Actually, one has to remove the scripture from its context in order to have “him” refer to Jesus. The context shows that “him” is referring to the God and Father of Jesus.

One trinitarian remarks concerning this verse: “Ephesians 3:20, 21 makes no direct claim even to God, and could also certainly equally be referring to Christ who gives us power (John 1:12), and the Holy Ghost who sanctifies us by His power. (Titus 3:5, Romans 15:13)” It is certainly not true that Ephesians 3:20,21 makes no direct claim to God, for Paul is speaking of the “Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ”. (Ephesians 3:14) It is true that God Almighty has given to Jesus power which he imparts to us, thus God works in Christ to provide this power. Titus 3:5 refers to the use of God’s personal power, his holy spirit to produce the new birth. Romans 15:13 refers to our being filled with all joy and peace in believing, that we may abound in the hope by means of the power of God’s holy spirit.

Returning to Ephesians 3:20,21, we read that “to him [God] be the glory in [by means of, through] the assembly and in [by means of, through] Christ Jesus”. Please note the One to whom the glory is being given is distinguished both from the church and Christ Jesus, thus it is very clear that “to him” is not speaking of either Jesus Christ even as it is not speaking of the church.

However, suppose that Ephesians 3:20 did include Jesus; would that mean that Jesus was the Almighty, the Most High of the universe? Absolutely not! All power and authority that Jesus has received, he has received from the Almighty, the only Most High. (Deuteronomy 18:18; Isaiah 11:2,3; 61:1-3; Matthew 11:27; 28:18; John 3:34,35; 5:30;  6:38; 8:42; 12:49;  13:3; 14:10; Acts 4:27; 10:38; Ephesians 1:20-22; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:9; 1 Peter 3:22) This, of course, excludes the quality of being the Most High, as  the apostle Paul shows.  (1 Corinthians 15:27) Jesus is not, never has been, nor will he ever be, the Most High of the whole universe.