|HEAD OF THE CHURCH |
A title for Christ (Ephesians 4:15;
Colossians 1:18). In Ephesians, the metaphor of Christ as head of His body, the church, is carefully developed. Headship includes the idea of Christ's authority (Ephesians 1:22;
Ephesians 5:23) and of the submission required of the church (Ephesians 5:24). More is in view than a statement of Christ's authority. The focus is on the character of Christ's relationship with the church. Unlike self-seeking human lords (Luke 22:25), Christ exercises His authority for the church (Ephesians 1:22 NRSV, NIV), nourishing and caring for the church as one cares for one's own body (Ephesians 5:29). Christ's headship also points to the interrelationship of Christ and the church. The mystery of husband and wife becoming “one flesh” is applied to Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:31), which is “the fullness of him that filleth all in all” (Ephesians 1:23). In
Colossians 1:18, the idea of Christ as head is again complex, including not only the idea of head as authority but of head as source (Colossians 1:15-20). The church is called to follow its head and to rest secure in its relationship with Him.
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