The Head Of The Church

Colossians 1:15-23 (NIV)

The Supremacy of the Son of God

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

Here in Colossians 1:15-23, we see an amazing depiction of who Jesus is.  I want to focus on the first part of verse 18:

And He is the head of the body, the church – Colossians 1:18a (NIV)

Do you see what Paul says there?  Jesus is the head of the church.  It’s not your church.  It’s not my church.  It’s not some pastor’s church.  It’s not the elders’ church.  It’s Christ’s church!  The latter part of verse 18 says that Christ “has the supremacy” (Colossians 1:18, NIV).  Jesus died for His church.  He shed His blood for His church.  God the Father has exalted His Son, Jesus, to be the head of the church.  We follow Jesus’ leading.  We follow the moving of Christ’s Spirit.  We follow God’s Word in matters of faith and practice.  What does Jesus want us to do as His church?  He told His disciples very clearly what He wants us to do:

…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. – Matthew 28:19-20a (NIV)

This is the prime directive of Christ’s church.  We are called to do whatever it takes to make disciples wherever we go.  This means that, very simply, it’s not about what we want.  It’s about what He wants.  If He sacrificed His very life for His church, surely we can sacrifice some personal preferences and opinions for Him.  What would you be willing to sacrifice so that one more person might hear the Gospel?  What would you give up so that one more soul might be saved by God’s grace?  What personal preference would you lay aside so that even one more lost sinner might be found?  It’s all about Jesus and we must preach and teach His Gospel so that all will hear and more will be saved by the grace of God.  Let us commit ourselves to not being stumbling blocks that prevent people from hearing the Good News.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, may I have an eternal perspective when it comes to Your church. Help me to see what You are doing through Your church. Help me to set aside my personal desires and preferences in order that others may hear and believe the Good News of Your Son, Jesus.  Amen.

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