Cedar Grove church of Christ
11103 Brooklyn Road, Andalusia, Alabama  36421      334-222-3651
Sunday at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
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Fundamental elements of headship

Fundamental elements of headship, related first to Christ and the church, and eventually to the home and the husband/wife relationship:

(1) Christ is the head of His church as its Creator. Headship has to do with origins. Adam was the head of his wife because she came forth from him (1 Corinthians 11:8). Christ is the Head of the church because He has brought it into existence; the church originates in Christ (Colossians 1:16-18).

(2) Christ is the head of His church as its Sustainer. Headship involves sustenance, and Christ is the Sustainer of the church (Colossians 1:17; 2:19; see also Ephesians 4:15-16).

(3) Christ is the head of His church as its Consummation. All of history is being divinely directed toward the goal of "summing up all things in Christ" (Ephesians 1:10).

(4) Christ is the Head of His church by possessing complete authority over it. Headship involves authority. To be the "head" of a company is to be in charge of it. To be the head of the church is to be in authority over it (Ephesians 1:22Colossians 1:16-18).

(5) Christ is the Head of His church because He has priority over it. Adam is the head of Eve because she was created for his benefit (1 Corinthians 11:9),129 and Christ is the head of the church because the church was created for His benefit. This is a neglected truth, and one which needs to be emphasized in our own times, when men look of God as though His task were to serve us, rather than recognizing that we have been created to serve God.

(6) Christ is the Head of His church because He is the One who is to be preeminent and to receive the glory. Christ is to be the object of our worship, adoration, and praise. He is to be lifted up and exalted. He is to have the preeminence (Colossians 1:18).130

Four of the elements of Christ's headship are drawn together by Paul in Romans, where he writes, "For from Him [origin] and through Him [sustaining] and to Him [consummation] are all things. To Him be the glory [preeminence, praise], forever. Amen" (Romans 11:36).