Directed by the Head

And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

— Ephesians 1:22-23 (NKJV)

God has made Jesus head over all things. How does this affect your personal life, your family, your church – and the Church?

Directed by the Head

Today, we will go a step further in our study of the headship of Jesus over the Church and first go to Ephesians 5:23. This whole passage is an unfolding of God’s plan for Christian marriage but it also unfolds Christian marriage as a pattern of the relationship between Christ and the Church. It has a double application. Paul says here:

“For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church: and He is the saviour of the body.”

Notice the parallel which was also there in 1 Corinthians 11, verse 3, the relationship between Christ and the husband, the husband and the wife, and Christ and the Church. So, Christ is the head of the Church.

This means that Jesus receives input from the Church. When we run into trouble, we don’t look for our own solution. We communicate with the head. My right hand would get into a lot of trouble if it wasn’t directed by the head. We cannot act as if we were autonomous, because we aren’t.

Secondly, Jesus makes the decisions for the Church. The Church shouldn’t make its own decisions.
Thirdly, Jesus initiates the actions of the Church.
And fourthly, He gives ongoing direction. When He initiates action, the members should respond to His initiative.

Does that give you a picture of the relationship between Jesus and the Church? That’s the relationship of headship. When the Scripture says Jesus is head over all things to the Church, that’s the picture that we should form in our minds, that’s the relationship that should exist between Jesus and His Church. And we may ask the question: Is that the relationship that actually now exists between Jesus and the Church?


Dear Lord Jesus, I acknowledge that You are the Head of the church and that You are also my head. You alone are to make the decisions. Please help me never to act independently of You but, instead, to be sensitive to Your leading and to follow You wholeheartedly. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

These messages are taken from Derek Prince's audio teaching series, The Headship of Jesus, available in our webshop here.