Consider Jesus: The Head

Let us continue to “consider Jesus.” (Heb. 3:1) 

1 Cor. 11:3“But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.”

The New Testament repeatedly affirms the headship, the authority and position, of Jesus. He is often styled as the “head of the church” or “head of the body.” (Eph. 1:22, 4:15, 5:23, Col. 1:18, 2:19). He leads, directs, guides, provisions and ultimately saves His church. 

Jesus’ headship over the church is also seen in the fulfillment of the oft-repeated prophecy that He would be made the “chief corner stone” (From Ps. 118:22, said to fulfilled by Christ in Matt. 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11 and 1 Pet. 2:7). Some modern translations render this as simply “corner stone” since buildings tend to have but one, and more literal translations give it as “chief corner stone,” but quite literally, if somewhat ineloquently in modern English, “head of the corner.” He is the standard of all that is built in the church. 

But He is not just the head (has the position of authority over) over those who submit to Him, but He is the head of “all rule and authority.” (Col. 2:10) There is not authority that is not under Him. There are some in rebellion to Him, not acknowledging that “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matt. 28:18)

The headship (authority) of Jesus is such that He is the rightful head of all, even those who don’t acknowledge it.  “But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man” (1 Cor. 11:3)