There are many aspects of God’s plan for his church and how it can be made strong that I will cover over this series. One of the most important, is realizing that Christ is the Head of His church. It is rarely taught and seldom referred to even in Christian books, but where it is held to in the church, you will see spiritual growth and maturity. Where Christ’s headship is ignored, there will be weakness, division and false teaching.
What does it mean that Christ is Head of His church? First, God has placed Christ in that position; “And He [God] put all things under His [Christ] feet and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body” (Ephesians 1:22-23; see also Colossians 1:18; 2:10). This means that everything the church does is under Christ’s authority and direction. It is evident throughout the Book of Acts that Christ was directing and leading His church through the Holy Spirit who dwells in every believer.
Second, the headship of Christ also means that we are subject to Him because of the authority God has placed in Him (see 1 Corinthians 11:3). Where persons do not submit to His authority, there will be deviant teaching because leaders are “not holding fast to the Head” (Colossians 2:19). On the other hand, if leaders and the body in general are “holding fast to the Head”, then “the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.”
The question is; are we acknowledging Christ as our Head, not just in the church, but starting in our personal lives, marriages and families?
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