NT Tuesday: The Church, The Body of Christ [part 6]

Open BibleWe continue to explore what the Bible says about the Body of Christ, the Church.

We have been using Ephesians 5:25-28 – “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” as our theme verse.

We were reminded in Colossians 1, that Christ is the Head of the Body – The Church.

We recognized two basic truths contained in Colossians 1:

  • One of these truths is that if Jesus Christ is the Head than NO ONE else can be the Head of the Body. In order for someone else to be the Head of the Church, that would require that Jesus Christ abdicate His role. And He can not, nor will He ever do that. In that very same passage, we read how “all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.” Since the fullness of God dwells in Christ (because He is fully God), then He is eternal and His plan is to prepare the Bride for the great Wedding feast.
  • The other truth that is evident in this passage is that CHRIST is Head. Oh, I know that we have been talking about this, but I want the point to be very clear – Jesus Christ is Head over the Church! That ought to mean something. It ought to have a practical effect on all that we do or say.

What I mean by this emphasis is that many believers, after having read and studied the scriptures, have rightly concluded that there ought not to be a man (a mere man) as the head of the Church, either the universal church or the local church. However, the absence of a man recognized as the head does not satisfy scriptures. Only when believers recognize Christ as the Head are scriptures fulfilled. Now, I am sure many of you are thinking that you are following this principle. But, let’s think about this in an objective manner.

If Christ is the Head, have we carefully and consistently done that which is necessary to satisfy HIS commands and His directions for our lives as individuals, as well as, our corporate life? In other words, do we merely give lip service or do we actively and purposely follow His lead? I fear that for my own life and for many others, it seems like lip service can be easier than true devotion to Jesus Christ.

Next week, we will continue looking at what the Scriptures say about the Church and other New Testament Principles.

 

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