Headship

Jan. 14, 2017 | By Taffi Dollar

Summary

As Believers who all stand on equal ground, we cannot allow inferiority or negativity to creep into our thinking. We must not see ourselves as powerless, but instead clothed with the Spirit of might because of our union with God. The biblical concept of headship is something many do not understand, and countless marriages are affected by this lack of knowledge. God is no respecter of persons, and He shows grace equally to both men and women. Many husbands and wives do not understand the biblical concept of submitting one to another, and they mistakenly assume that it is only the woman’s responsibility to submit. The dictionary’s definition of “head” is someone who is a chief, a leader, or a boss, but these descriptions differ from the biblical definition of this word. When we study the Bible to renew our minds in this area, we learn that the head of the church is Christ, and He is the One Who connects us, nourishes us, and causes us to grow and reach our true potential in Him.

A. Jesus is our Head and our Source. Being in Him causes us to grow and mature.
  1. I have strength for all things in Christ, I am ready for anything, and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me. I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency (Philippians 4:13, AMPC).
    1. Our union with Christ is what empowers us. This union allows us to operate at a higher level than ever before.
  2. In Whom we have our redemption through His blood, which means the forgiveness of our sins. He is the exact likeness of the unseen God, the visible representation of the invisible. He is the Firstborn of all creation. It was in Him that all things were created. He Himself existed before all things. He also is Head of His body, the church. Seeing He is the Beginning, the Firstborn from among the dead, so that He alone in everything might occupy the chief place, stand first and be preeminent (Colossians 1:14-20, AMPC).
    1. Redemption means we were bought back from bondage, sin, and the captivity of the enemy.
    2. The Firstborn of all creation refers to Jesus, Who is part of the holy Trinity (John 1:14).
  3. And not holding fast to the Head, from Whom the entire body, supplied and knit together by means of its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God (Colossians 2:19, AMPC).
    1. The Greek meaning of “head” is “source.” It is through our union with the Head that we derive life and reach our fullest potential.
  4. God’s unmerited favor was given to each of us individually, not indiscriminately, but in different ways. His gifts were varied. He appointed and gave men to us, some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers. Because of Him, the whole body, the church in all its various parts, is working properly, growing to full maturity, building itself up in love (Ephesians 4:7-16, AMPC).
    1. God has given each of us abilities and particular talents.
    2. Jesus is the Source of all grace and all gifts, and the Source of growth and development.
    3. He allows the body to be the fullness of what He wants it to be.
B. Healthy marriages are modeled after the relationship between Christ and His church.
  1. I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ. The head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God (1 Corinthians 11:3).
    1. This Scripture reinforces the fact that Christ is the Head, which is what Paul pointed out in his letters to the Colossians and the Ephesians.
    2. It corresponds to what we read in Genesis about the woman being formed from the man. It has nothing to do with the man being the boss over the woman because of his gender.
    3. When we realize that God is the Head, we will no longer jockey for power, or the right to be called the boss.
  2. Submit yourselves to one another in the fear of God. Wives, submit to your husbands, as to the Lord. The husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church and the savior of the body. As the church is subject to Christ, let the wives be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it (Ephesians 5:21-33).
    1. We must not simply look at verse 22 and take it out of context. Submission is for the husband as well.
    2. “Head” is used as a metaphor in verse 23. Similar to Christ developing the church and encouraging it to grow, the husband should develop and encourage his wife to grow. This is applying Christ’s model to the marriage relationship.
    3. Christianity is not about who should be the boss. It is about assuming the role of a servant, like Jesus demonstrated (Philippians 2:3-8).

Scripture References

Philippians 4:13, AMPC

Colossians 1:14-20, AMPC

John 1:14

Colossians 2:19, AMPC

 

Ephesians 4:7-16, AMPC

1 Corinthians 11:3

Ephesians 5:21-33

Philippians 2:3-8

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