Head of the Church

In the Old Testament, God chose the nation of Israel to represent him on earth. The glory and majesty of God were visible as he worked in the lives of the Israelites. He blessed them in number, delivered them from slavery, opened the Red Sea, and provided food from heaven as they journeyed through the desert. God demonstrated his justice with Israel as well. The nation experienced the consequences of disobedience.

In the New Testament, God’s chosen people expanded from one nation to the entire world. Now, believers from every nation make up the body of believers, the ekklesia, the church. Jesus is the One in charge. He is the head of the body. Paul explains it like this:

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 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.

Colossians 1:17-18

Is there still a future for the nation of Israel? Absolutely! But now, the church participates in all the spiritual blessings provided for us by Jesus. He made it clear that he would build his church, and the gates of hell could not overcome it (Matthew 16:18). As members of the body, we follow the head of the church.

Lord Jesus,

Thank you for making the way for those who trust in you to be accepted into your body, the church. Thank you for all the spiritual blessings we enjoy as we follow you and join in the community of believers.

In your name. Amen.


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