Friday, September 9, 2016

CHRIST THE KING; CHRIST THE HEAD - By Joel Finck


   CHRIST THE KING; CHRIST THE HEAD 
 By Joel Finck

Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:2, Ephesians 1:22, 23

Paul clearly affirms that in the final analysis, Jesus Christ  is "King of kings and Lord oflords" (I Timothy 6:15). Yet with  regard to His relationship to the Body of Christ, an important  distinction must be drawn.

To Israel, Christ is portrayed primarily as King. The wise  men from the east recognized this when they asked, "Where  is he that is born King of the Jews?" (Matthew 2:2). Indeed,  the very word, "Christ" means the "anointed" One. This is a  reference to the ancient practice of anointing the one chosen  to be a king. (See I Samuel 10:1; 16:12, 13.) The Old  Testament Scriptures are filled with references to this coming  "King of the Jews" of which the second Psalm is a notable  example. Here, Christ is foretold as the Lord's "anointed"  (verse 2), "my king upon my holy hill of Zion" (verse 6), and a  "Son" (verses 7 & 12) who will rule with "a rod of iron" (verse  9)·

However, to the church which is His body, Christ is not  said to be a "King" but rather the "Head." Concerning Christ,  Paul writes that the Father "hath put all things under his feet,  and gave him to be the head over all things to the church  which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all"  (Ephesians 1:22, 23). Also in chapter five, Paul writes, "Christ  is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body"  (Ephesians 5:23). This beautiful metaphor of a head and body  suggests that we enjoy a unique and intimate relationship  beyond that which Israel could have ever imagined. How we  should thank God for our precious union with Christ as out Head!



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