Colossians 1-4: The True Head of the Church

And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent...

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church

Colossians 1:18 & 24

 

From the foundation of the church, men have fought over who is to be its leader. It seems that nearly every religious body that professes Christ as Lord has men who would be its master. The irony should not be lost on us whenever we see men trying to gain power in the church. The church is the body of Christ, for it was He who was crucified that this body might live.

 

But what do we see today? We see men mass together to vote on who will be the head of some of these so-called churches. We see conventions and conferences and assemblies where men meet together to see what the new rules should be for these religious organizations. It is hard to conceive that men could be so blinded by their own lust for power that they could actually believe they have the right to set even one rule for Christ's church, but they not only believe they have such authority, they have even convinced their followers that they have the right to claim it.

 

Years ago, I asked a good friend who had just come back from just such a meeting as to how it went. His reply was that, while Jesus was still Lord, it was by a much smaller vote. I think that he was only half kidding.

 

The fact is that God Himself has set Christ as the head over the church and there is nothing that men can do to change that fact, nor should there be. Further, it was God and Christ Who set the rules for this church, and no man has been given the right to challenge that authority, nor has any man been given the power to make even one minor change to any of God's rules for the church. The reason that we are reading the Word of God is because we believe that He is God indeed, and we are mere servants who are subject to His Rule.  

 

It can only be when we recognize that Christ is the head of His church that we can begin to be pleasing to the Father and the Son. Until then we must recognize that any man or woman who claims to be the head of a church is not only self-deluded, but a genuine threat to those who would accept their false claims.

 

Jesus is the head of the church. Everyone else who claims that authority should be recognized for the imposter that they are.

 

The readings for the next few days come from Colossians 1-4. Along with the rest of the Bible, they reveal truths about the church that can be found in no other place.