“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence”
The ‘Body of Christ’ is used several times in the bible as a figure of speech for the church. It describes our union with Christ and our responsibility to one another. So what really does it mean when the bible says that Christ is the head of the church?
Eph 1:22-23 says that God has put everything under Christ’s feet, “and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all”.
Here, we learn that the headship of Christ refers to His authority. This verse helps us understand that the authority was given to Jesus for the sake of the church.
Jesus was God in the flesh; He didn’t need the authority of the risen Christ for Himself. He died for our sins and rose again for our justification.
The power that raised him from the dead was demonstrated to ‘us-ward’. God raised Christ from the dead for your benefit. That is the reason why you can live above sin.
That same power is at work in the man in Christ. The authority of Christ is yours. You can lay hands on the sick and expect them to recover. You have the power to cast out demons.
The Lordship of Jesus also refers to him as the Life Source. Jesus is the reason why we have eternal life. God in the flesh died the death we deserved and was raised to life on our behalf. He was the first person who was raised from the dead, never to die again.
“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” Ephesians 2:5-6.
Because the man Jesus was resurrected from the dead, everyone who believes is seated in heavenly places with Him and will live with Him forever.