Christ, the Head of the Church (1)

Christ, the Head of the Church (1)

Scripture Reading – Ephesians 4:15-16 ; 5:22-27; 1:20-23 ; Colo 1:14-22

Introduction

Without head, there is no life, and there is no identity.

  • This is the truth of life.
  • The same is the truth of the church.
  • Christ is the Head of the Church, which is the body of Christ.

Which are the biblical passages on this? What is the meaning of Christ, the Head of the Church?

What are the benefits of Christ being the Head of the Church?

The Biblical Passages on Christ Being the Head of the Church

  • Ephesians 1:20-23
  • Ephesians 4:15-16
  • Ephesians 5:22-27
  • Colossians 1:14-22

The Meaning of Christ, the Head of the Church

It means:

  1. Our Authority is Christ
  • Matthew 28:18, “All power is given to me.”
  • That’s what it means to be head, means to be in charge, governing authority, sovereign.
  • Christ Exercises Authority to Rule the Church.
  1. Our Lordship is Christ
  • Philippians 2:9-11, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
  1. Our Identity and Existence is Christ
  • Ephesians 4:15-16, “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 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.

The Benefits of Christ Being the Head of the Church

  1. He Builds the Church (Matthew 16:13-18)

When Christ is the Head of the Church, His authority and sovereign power is upon the Church that He builds the Church.

(1) He is the anointed one, the Messiah, and He alone is worthy to build the Church (v 16).

  • He alone has the authority to build the Church.
  • It is His entitlement or privilege to build the Church (v 18a).
  • “I will build” could be translated “I will continue to build” (progressive future).
  • It is a continuous process. Church is not man’s work; it is God’s work.
  • Christ uses His people as He builds the Church.
  • The “gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (v 18b).
  • Christ, through His resurrection, guarantees the victory of the Church.

Conclusion

It is a privilege to be the members of the body of Christ. Let us joyfully participate in the building of the Church by true commitment and faithfulness.

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