The Head Of The Body
The English word church is used to translate the original Greek word of the New Testament, pronounced ek-clay-zee-ah, which literally means those called, or gathered, out of the world (see What Is A Saint? and The Elect). As the name Christian makes obvious, Jesus Christ is the living head of His church.
"The Head Of The Body"
In his Epistles, the apostle Paul referred to the church as the "body of Christ," a physical, and spiritual, analogy that makes plain that there can be only one true head.
"Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from Whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every joint with which it is supplied, when each part is working properly, makes bodily growth and upbuilds itself in love." (Ephesians 4:15-16 RSV)
"He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities - all things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything He might be pre-eminent. For in Him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross." (Colossians 1:15-20 RSV)
"For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, because we are members of His body. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is a profound one, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church." (Ephesians 5:29-31 RSV)
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