We are working our way through Ephesians on Sundays and I want to focus on verse twenty-two of the first chapter which reads,
And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church…
It represents the exalted place that Christ now holds at the right hand of the Father, having triumphed over death.
In the Garden of Eden a spiritual war begins between Satan and man when God says, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Christ fulfills this prophecy through His death and resurrection.
Psalm 110:1 tells us:
The Lord (Jehovah) said to my lord (adonai), sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
Then in Hebrews 2:8 we read:
For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
I think these two verses together show that, in one sense, the image of everything being placed under the feet of Christ refers to the fulfillment of time when Jesus returns in judgment. I believe it can also mean that even though it may not look like Christ reigns triumphant and supreme when we look with our eyes we can know, by faith, that He is victorious-and we also, as His co-heirs.
Paul writes in Romans 16:20:
And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.
This means we partake of Jesus’ victory over Satan when trampled him underfoot. Jesus has made the way for us and He is the way. We are indeed co-heirs with Christ.