x502........Christ the Head
Mt 21:42* Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
Jesus speaks of Himself as the fulfillment of this prophecy. He says that He is the "head of the corner". Later, Jesus would call Peter the stone upon which the church was built. Jesus is saying here that He is the Head of the church --But specifically, the church which Peter would help build--the church which is illustrated in the NT Bible. Christ was the Head of the church which the Bible describes--Question:--Is He the Head of the church today--in exactly the same way as he was the Head of the church of the Bible?
Mt 27:29* And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! Mt 27:30* And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. Mt 27:37* And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
The devil using the authority of the Roman government, specifically mocks the head of Jesus--the rulership--His right to be king. the devil specifically questions Jesus' authority and right to rule--Satan himself at the beginning of the Gospel--and Pontious Pilate at the end of the Gospel.
Mr 12:10 And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:
Lu 20:17 And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?
1Co 11:3* But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
The Head of every man is Christ. Note that it does not say that the head of every man is the pastor--or the elder or the bishop or the priest or the pope. This verse tells us plainly that we are all meant to be lead as individuals by Christ Himself.
Eph 1:22* And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Christ is the Head of the church. If we simply put together the previous scripture we see the operational plan which the NT Bible church functioned under. Christ is the Head of the church--all the members--directly (since we already know that He is the Head of us as individuals). Note that it does NOT say that we are to be "under the authority" of pastors or any other type of leadership within the church. Christ the Head of the church (all Christians--all members of His body)--and Christ the Head of each individual. This is the system of leadership the Bible proclaims--do we have it in our churches today? Where does "pastoral authority" fit in?
Eph 4:15* But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Eph 5:23* For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.
Col 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 preeminence.
The Bible clearly reinforces the fact that Christ is the Head of the church. Surely no Christian church would deny this Bible fact--Yet, we put our own caveats upon this teaching. We add to this by saying that we as individuals need earthly leadership--we need a person who leads us--who organizes us--who operates us--under whose "authority" we function. --
Col 2:10* And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
But the Bible disagrees with his concept. It says clearly that we as individuals are to be lead by Christ--and that we are complete in Him, the Head.
******This verse tells us that Jesus is the head of all "power"--this is the Greek word "exhousia" which is most often translated as "authority". This verse says that we will only be complete in His authority. The word "complete" means to be fulfilled--to not have any "want". Certainly a position which we all need to be operating from! But the only way to achieve this is to be under the authority of Christ--and we are told NOT to be fooled by the tradition of the world--
8* Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9* For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. 10* And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: (Collosians 2: 8-10)
Now, what is the tradition regarding authority in the world?--
25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. 26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. (Luke 22:25-26, KJV).
42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: (Mark 10:42-43, KJV).
25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; (Matthew 20:25-26, KJV).
3 times Jesus states the tradition of the world--the tradition of the "kings of the Gentiles". What is this tradition? That leaders exercise authority over the others--(and this is considered beneficial authority).
But the Bible tells us NOT to be fooled by the system of the world with regard to authority--rather to understand the Biblical authority which is found only in the direct leadership of Christ.
Col 2:19* And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
1Pe 2:7* Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
Christ is the Head of the church. This leaves no room for any other head. If the body of Christ--which is the church--is to be the glorious church which the Bible describes, it can have no other Head.
"Master"--other scriptures to consider
Mt 23:8* But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
8* But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9* And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10* Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11* But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12* And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. (Matthew 23: 8-12)
Joh 13:13* Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. Joh 13:14* If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.
Eph 6:9* And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him. Col 4:1* Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.