“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” –
LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus is the source of the church.
A vital fact comprehended in the course of this study is that the church of Jesus is found upon His resurrection from the dead. Meaning, without His resurrection, there would have been no church (the called out ones or the believers). The church is the product of His resurrection. And upon that resurrection, where we find the church is the amalgamation of the church and Christ which is an inseparable union.
Therefore, where will the church be found? The church will be found in Christ in the resurrection. In essence, since the church (the called out ones, the believers) will be found in Christ in the resurrection, then Jesus becomes the source of the church. Meaning outside him, the church cannot be found. The church is in Christ and hence it is called the Church of Christ because He (Christ) is the source or the one in whom the church is found in.
This is what is echoed by Paul in Colossians 1:18, “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 pre-eminence”. The word, ‘head’ in this text implies source; that is, Jesus is the source of the church. Observe the way the Amplified translation and the New Living Translation renders the above text “He also is the Head of (His) body, the church; seeing He is the beginning, the First Born from among the dead, so that He alone in everything and in every respect might occupy the chief place (stand first and be preeminent) Colossians 1:18 (AMP).
“Christ is the head of the church, which is his body. He is the first of all who will rise from the dead, so he is first in everything (Colossians 1:18 NLT). Notice that the Amplified version and the NLT clearly calls the church his body (that is Jesus’ body). That is, the church is Jesus’ body and Jesus is the head of that body.
This shows us why the church is called the body of Christ, it is because it is found in Christ who is the head of this body. The church is therefore found in Christ in His resurrection. And it is in the resurrection that we find the amalgamation of God and man and this amalgamation equals the church. The word, ‘church’ from ‘ekklesia’ in Greek implies the called out ones and it speaks of believers (and the gathering of believers). It must be noted that there was no church before the resurrection. This is because the church (the called out ones) is a product of His resurrection.
Meaning man and God were not united in the incarnation, but it was in the resurrection that man and God were united. The incarnation was for God (in Christ) to take our place in sin while the resurrection was for us to take His place in life. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge the fact that you have been eternally united never to be separated from God.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the resurrection where I am found in you and where I am eternally united with you never to be separated.
QUOTE: Deity and humanity became united in the resurrection.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 16; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1