The Headship of Jesus
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?
The Headship of Jesus
When Jesus the Messiah returns from heaven, He will restore all things and reign in glory. One major aspect of this restoration is the headship of Jesus.
Let’s consider for a moment what the New Testament has to say about this. In Ephesians 1, that glorious prayer of the apostle Paul, he closes with a declaration of what God did in demonstrating His power in the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. Let’s just take the last three verses of Ephesians 1. God exalted Jesus:
“... far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come. He put all things under His feet...”
It is important to know that everything is under the feet of Jesus at this time. And then it says:
“... He [God] gave Him [Jesus] to be head over all things to the church, which is His body...”
The language is so accurate. God put all things under the feet of Jesus. But when it comes to the headship of Jesus over the Church, He gave Him, He’s God’s gracious gift to the Church as head. And He is head not over some things but over all things.
I have to say that I don’t believe this revelation has penetrated to most of the Body of Christ at all. In this series, I’m going to try to explain some of what’s involved in it.
Then in Ephesians 4, Paul talks about the purpose of the ministry gifts. We'll begin in verse 14:
“That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, and the cunning craftiness, by which they lie in wait to deceive.”
Do you know some people who are tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine? I’m afraid there are many of them. What is interesting is that Paul says God gave apostles, prophets, evangelists and teachers that we should no longer be tossed to and fro. In other words, until these ministries are operating in the Church, I think people are going to be tossed to and fro.
Thank You Lord, first and foremost, for Your Son, Jesus, the head of the Church. But thank You also for the ministries that You have given to the Church. Help me to respect and discern those ministries, to be open for correction, and help me to receive the gifts that You would want me to give so that I too can be a blessing for the Church. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
These messages are taken from Derek Prince's audio teaching series, The Headship of Jesus, available in our webshop here.