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The Head

The question is asked the woman in the Song of Songs, "What is thy beloved more than another beloved?" and she answers, "My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand-he is altogether lovely"! So she endeavour to convey in words her appreciation of her lover, yet how far short are her expressions in comparison to Him who is beyond the "Chiefest," even our Lord Jesus Christ! Mortal minds cannot fully grasp the purpose of God that

All things are to be headed up in Christ.

The apostle in Ephesians 1. 9, 10, speaks thus, "Making known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Him, unto a dispensation of the fulness of the times, to sum up (or "head up") all things in Christ, the things in the heavens, and the things upon the earth!"

Such revelations can only be appreciated by us with the aid of the Holy Spirit. It was Christ who made all things, in whom all things consist, of whom it is recorded in Colossians 1. 16-"All things have been created through Him and unto Him," and Hebrews 1. 2, reveals that He is "the Heir of all things," for in all things He will and must be the Preeminent One.

All things are His, who made the worlds, to whom all heavenly things, visible and invisible, and all earthly things will yet subject themselves, for they are His, and in addition He it is who purchased "the field" for the treasure that was in it. However, He has not as yet claimed that for which He has the right or title, as the glorified Man, Christ Jesus, who has made such a marvellous redemption through the purchase price of His own precious blood. The effects of this redemption will be realized fully in a coming day, and even a groaning creation will be released.

HEAD OVER ALL THINGS TO THE CHURCH.

As our minds endeavour to grasp the magnitude of such glory we are reminded of the words "and gave Him to be Head over all things to the Church, which is His body, the fulness of Him who filleth all in all " (Ephesians 1.22, 28). Herein lies still further revelation, for He is not only to be Head over all things, but He is Head over all things "to " (or "in relation to ") the Church. This truth is foreshadowed in the story of Adam, the first man, who had authority or headship over all creatures and the Garden. Adam was head over the things God had given to him and therefore he became head of these things in relation to or "to" his wife Eve, who was to be co-sharer and companion with him in whatever glories were his, which had their limitati6ns. Not so with the Lord Jesus Christ. He not only is over all things, but He is Heir of all things, the Preeminent One, with Headship over all things.

In Adam, the first man, we see in figure the Second Man, the One whom God sent unto the world, even His Beloved Son. As Adam wrought within the garden, God saw that it was not good for him to be alone, he needed a companion, a help meet for him, He caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, removed a rib from him, and thereof made a woman, whom He presented to Adam. She was bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh, his bride, his wife. Herein is a figure of the wondrous mystery concerning Christ and His Church.

Previously we have noted from the ninth verse of the first chapter of Ephesians, that which is referred to as the " mystery of His will," that our Lord Jesus Christ will be and is the Head over all things, both visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions. Then further on we noted how that He was to be Head of all things to the Church, but now that which is most precious to us, in this our day and time, is the truth that He is Head of the Body, the Church (Colossians 1. 18; Ephesians 5.23).

It was while the Lord was here on earth, in speaking to His loved and His own, that He unfolded something of that great mystery when He said in Matthew 16.18, "And upon this Rock, I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." He did not intend to build this Church while He was on earth, but He was looking forward to that which lay ahead, even His Cross-work, and His glorious ascension to the Father, and subsequently the sending of the Holy Spirit. He became Head of the Church which is His Body after His ascension to His Father's right hand; He was to be the Builder and the Sustainer thereof from the day when the Holy Spirit descended and dwelt in those who believed in Him. Ere Eve could be presented to Adam it was necessary that he should sleep that deep sleep when his side was opened from which the rib was taken. This foreshadows very faintly that which our Lord Jesus passed through ere there could be the Church, which is His Body. He left His Father's side and came to this earth, being found as a little Child, a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. He trod earth's pathway, with all its grief and sorrows, with all its loneliness, and yet there lay before Him the sufferings of the Cross in those dark hours of deepest woe.

Deep were those sorrows, deeper still

The love that brought him low,

Thatbade the streams of life from Him,

A lifeless victim flow.

He saw the cross, despised its shame,

And bowed beneath its weight,

For this He bears the greatest Name,

And gains the highest seat."

As the glorified and triumphant One, He is the Builder of the Church which is His Body and the Sustainer thereof, and into it in one Spirit He baptizes all believing ones (1 Corinthians 12.13). " For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one Body." Herein is a union which can never be severed. It is safe and secure, as He stated in Matthew 16.: "The gates of Hades shall not prevail against it."

The Church, His Body, is not of this world, it has a heavenly calling and in it neither race nor creed plays a part, for both Jew and Gentile believers have now been reconciled in one Body unto God through the Cross (Ephesians 2.15, 16). This Church, which commenced on the day of Pentecost, and is now being built, may very soon be fully completed. It will then be presented to our Lord Jesus Christ, a glorious Church not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing (Ephesians 5.27). Thus we see that from the very beginning to the end He is the One who is the Head, the Source of all its life and the Sustainer of all, for we read that we are members of His Body.

The Body is One, although having many members. It is one indivisible whole. There can be no severance for it is one, even as we have reference made in 1 Corinthians 12.12 where the writer speaks of the Body as "The Christ."

Now as the Head of the Body and the Sustainer thereof, all things flow downwards from the Head to the members of His Body. He is and shall be, the controlling part of the Body in which the members are submissive to the Head. Is it possible for us to grasp fully this wondrous truth that Christ is the Head of the Church, that He who suffered and died, and gave His all, is the Head of that which is so precious to Him, of which we are members ? Here is a challenge for us to seek fully to enter into this wondrous truth as revealed to our hearts by the Holy Spirit, so that we, in acknowledging Him as our Head, may indeed love Him out of a pure heart. Pondering such thoughts has a salutary impact upon our hearts and beings, for we realize the days are fast approaching when we shall be presented to Himself.

Here we hasten to draw attention to the fact that whereas on the day of Pentecost when the Church which is His Body commenced there was also brought into being that which is known and recognized as the Church of God in Jerusalem, the House of God, even the Fellowship of God's Son Jesus Christ our Lord, of which Paul writes to the Corinthians in chapter 1.9. Whereas in the Church which is His Body there can be no severance, we recognize from the Scriptures that one can be removed from, or can leave a church of God due to sin or other causes (such as the man in 1 Corinthians 5.), but there can be no separation from that Church which is His Body. How important it is to keep in close communion with Him who is our Head, so that the free flow of supplies may continue to us His members on earth. The apostle shows the possibility of communion with the Lord being broken when he states " and not holding fast the Head, from whom all the Body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and bands, increaseth with the increase of God" (Colossians 2.19). Therefore let us take heed to the exhortation of Ephesians 4.15, to "grow up in all things into Him, who is the Head, even Christ," so that those lovely characteristics of our Lord Jesus Christ in all His love and grace and compassion will be manifested in our lives, and those around us will recognize the fact that not only have we been with Jesus, but we are members of His Body, and therefore are showing forth that which speaks so preciously of our Lord Jesus Christ.

How enthusiastically we sing the words "Head of the Church Triumphant, now seated in the glory"! And yet on the throne, He still has the marks of Calvary! There He displays in His hands and feet and side, the evidence of that tremendous purchase price paid for our redemption. In order that He might purchase for himself just one Pearl, He sold all that He had! Here is a price that we can never estimate, for He gave His life and gave all and suffered once for all, that we might be brought nigh unto God through His cross.

Soon the day will come when we shall meet Him, who gave Himself up for us, for moment by moment this glorious Body is being completed, and upon its completion He will leave His Father's side and come earthward for those who are His own. Then the dead in Christ shall rise first and we who are alive and remain shall together with them be caught up to meet Him in the air, so shall we be "for ever with the Lord."

"How shall I meet those eyes?

Mine on Himself I'll cast,

And own myself the Saviour's prize,

Mercy from first to last."

"With such a blessed hope in view,

We would more holy be,

More like our risen, glorious Lord,

Whose face we soon shall see."