Page Three: “The Head of the Church” 4/21/13
One writer puts it like this. “The mightiest power ever unleashed on this earth was not the power of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan. It was not the power of an earthquake, volcano, tornado, hurricane, or flood. The mightiest power ever unleashed on this earth was when God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
Satan and all of his evil forces were aligned in full battle force when Jesus lay in the tomb. If he could have kept Jesus from rising from the dead, Satan would have been triumphant. And so Paul piles up words to make the point that God’s power in raising Jesus from the dead was the mightiest display of power ever known.” [Found on www.fcfonline.org “God’s Mighty Power” by Steven J. Cole].
He’s over every Supreme Court in the world. He’s over every invisible principality and every king and president and Prime Minister. There is no one equal to Jesus in authority. Everyone and everything ultimately looks to Jesus as its Head and will one day stand accountable to Him.
And yet, there are plenty in this world who have yet to acknowledge the Headship of Jesus. Here’s Paul’s word to the Corinthian Church. I Corinthians 15:20 “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. (21) For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. (22) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
(23) But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. (24) Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
(25) For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. (26) The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. (27) For he hath put all things under his feet. …”
So, let me add this word about Christ as Head over all things. Don’t be dismayed at what you see in the world. He’s got enough dismay and one day all that you see and don’t see will be rightly yielded to Jesus Christ. Don’t’ let yourself get discouraged when the world acts like the world, when evil appears to triumph, when men act like fleshy men. Jesus, our Head is the Head.
And once death is finally destroyed, then Jesus will be fully revealed as the Supreme Head over all.
And that’s just part of what the Scripture means when it refers to Jesus as the Head.
And all of Christ’s majestic authority is for the benefit of His Church over which He is indeed head. Look again at Ephesians 1: 22 “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,…”
First, Paul saw his place in the Church only because he saw himself under the headship of Jesus Christ.
Second, Jesus is the Head of all things.
Third, Jesus is the Head of His Church.
Here’s Paul again dwelling on this wondrous concept and he compares something to it that we’d never expect. Look with me at Ephesians 5:23 “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.”
And here’s another word from Paul on the place Jesus holds with respect to the Church. Ephesians 4:15 “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: (16) From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”