Headship over the Church
And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
We are not within a government ran by man but by Christ our Lord, requiring of us our loyalty and satisfaction in him alone. We find in his leadership a picture of how we are to also live in this world under earthly leaders (appointed by God himself.)
Christ has pronounced himself leader over his chosen people, holy And blameless by his offering, which leads to my next gift:
The Guarantee of a Better Covenant
“This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant. The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.”
No longer are we required to work for righteousness, it has proven to be unattainable by any means outside of Christ. By the law we find our diagnosis- dead, no resuscitation feasible on our own, only by the blood of Christ are we made alive.
Glory to God for revealing an office held by Christ that is to never be occupied by man!
Able to save to the uttermost.
Wow. That is sufficient, costly grace. There is never a day where Christ’s blood runs cold for it is ever warm and active in our salvation.
“The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.”
We take part in the sacrament of communion within our churches, representing the very blood and body of Christ shed for us, but it is a shadow of that which is to come- complete communion with Christ. Love unfolded as we see the love existing within the Trinity shared with us, expressed through the gospel of Jesus Christ.