Daily Service: Jesus is the Head of the Church

 

Daily Service: Jesus is the Head of the Church 

Twenty Third in the series “Jesus is”  – I will include scriptures, references,
graphics, and songs also.

Head of the Church – “And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church.” Eph. 1:22

  • “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh, I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church . . .” (Col. 1:24).

Since the church is Jesus’ body, He is the head of the church.

  • “And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church” (Eph. 1:22).

Here are some similar figures of speech relating to Jesus’ position of prominence and authority:

Head: The Beginning, Firstborn from the Dead
Jesus is head of the church because He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead.

  • “He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything” (Col. 1:18).

In the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, Jesus has first place in everything. Therefore, He is head of the church — He has the highest rank in the church (Col. 1:18).

Head: God Put All Things Under Jesus’ Feet
After Jesus rose from the dead, and before ascending into heaven, God gave Him all authority.

  • “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matt. 28:18).

Since God gave Jesus authority over all things, Jesus has authority over the church.

  • “And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body . . .” (Eph. 1:22-23).

The Church is Subject to Christ
Since Jesus is head of the church, the church must obey Him in everything.

  • “But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything” (Eph. 5:24).

A church teaching the doctrines of men is not Jesus’ church. Rather, it’s a man-made church, based on self-made religion (Col. 2:23).

Such was the case with denominations that had already begun in the first century, one example of which is the Nicolaitans, a Gnostic sect (Rev. 2:615). These people had gone too far and did not have God (2 Jn. 1:9).

Brethren who entertain doctrines from other religions, such as the Nicolaitans must repent, or they’ll be lost for eternity (Rev. 2-3).

And churches that adopt the doctrines of men and do not repent, are removed by Jesus as a congregation of His people, and become His enemies.

  • “‘Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place — unless you repent” (Rev. 2:5).
  • “‘So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth‘” (Rev. 2:15-16).

As Head of the Church, Jesus is the Savior
Jesus is head of the church, being the Savior of the body.

  • “For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body” (Eph. 5:23).

http://www.biblestudyguide.org/articles/jesus-who-is-jesus-series/who-is-jesus-head-church.html

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