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Tuesday, August 30 2016
Colossians 1: Who Is The Head Of Your Church?
"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"
Colossae (also rendered Colosse) was a city of Asia Minor (known today as Turkey; see also The Return Of The Home Town Apostles). It was located in the same region as the famous "seven churches of Asia" (Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea; see also Where Are The Seven Churches Of Revelation Today?) who were the original recipients of the "book" (which was actually an epistle, a letter) of Revelation (see Revelation: Thy Kingdom Come; also Apocalypse Now).
Paul's epistle to the Colossians was written while he was being held by the Romans, around the same time that he wrote his epistle to the Ephesians (see The Epistles: Ephesians).
"1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,
Over the centuries, many men and women have created a "church" and sat at the head of it. While someone must be held responsible for any congregation, large or small, no one has the right to presume to sit in the place of Jesus Christ: "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" (see also Eve Was Created From Adam; What Woman Was Created From Jesus Christ?).
"1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 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. 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
Despite his hard-earned fame and influence, Paul never, ever, claimed to be anything more than a servant of the LORD (to understand what "minister" actually means, see the Fact Finder question below).
"1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church: 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Fact Finder: What does "minister" truly mean?
This Day In History, August 30
30 BC: Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt (see The Cleopatra Connection and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars), died. She is said to have committed suicide by having a poisonous snake to bite her.
526: King Theodoric the Great died of dysentery at Ravenna. Theodoric's daughter Amalasuntha assumed power as regent for her 10-year old son Athalaric.
1125: Lothair II, Duke of Saxony, was elected king of the Germans (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1363: The forces of two Chinese leaders, Chen Youliang and Zhu Yuanzhang, met at the Battle of Lake Poyang, one of the largest naval battles in history (see also Gog and Magog).
1791: HMS Pandora sank after running aground on a reef the previous day. The Royal Navy warship was best known as the vessel sent in 1790 to search for the HMS Bounty and the sissy-boy rebel mutineers who had hijacked it.
1799: During the Second Coalition of the French Revolutionary Wars, the entire Dutch fleet was captured by British forces under the command of Sir Ralph Abercromby and Admiral Sir Charles Mitchell.
1835: Melbourne, Australia was founded.
1873: Austrian explorers Julius von Payer and Karl Weyprecht discovered the archipelago later named Franz Joseph Land in the Arctic Sea.
1881: In Germany, Clement Ader patented the first stereophonic sound system.
1914: The Battle of Tannenberg, one of history's greatest military disasters, ended after the Russian Second Army lost 30,000 troops after being encircled by the Germans.
1940: Sir J.J. Thomson, the English physicist who discovered the electron in 1897, died at age 83. He was buried near Isaac Newton in the nave of Westminster Abbey.
1945: Hong Kong was liberated when the British Royal Navy under Rear Admiral Cecil Harcourt sailed into Victoria harbor to accept the Japanese surrender.
1973: Kenya banned the hunting of elephants and the trade in ivory.
1980: A 17 day strike at the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, ended when union leader Lech Walesa signed an agreement with government negotiators.
1981: Iranian President Mohammad Ali Rajai and Prime Minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar were killed in a bomb blast at the Prime Minister's office in Tehran.
1982: Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat abandoned his headquarters in Beirut following an Israeli military intervention into Lebanon (see also Where Is Palestine?).
1995: NATO began military operations against Bosnian Serb forces.