The Headship of Christ

This combination of images came to mind as I was setting in church yesterday morning:

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Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Christ– the light of the world –is said to be “the head of the church, the body of which he is the Savior” (Ephesians 5:23).  And when we recognize this light, we subordinate our personal headship to the headship of Christ–realizing simultaneously, however, that we, too, are the light of the world:

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.  No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16).

What if recognizing the light of the world really were a precondition of Christian baptism?  What if everyone who names the name of Christ truly knew who they are?

“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light” (Psalm 36:9).

“In him was life, and the life was the light of men . . . the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world” (John 1:4,9).

“If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another” (I John 1:7).

Are you aware of awareness?  Are you walking in the light?  Do you lean into this momentDo you know the living Christ?

Or are you simply stipulating to a set of “beliefs” about Jesus of Nazareth and the Bible?

“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.  But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life” (John 5:39-40).

–>  Living Faith in a Nutshell

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3 Responses to The Headship of Christ

  1. Very well said. It is quite often a mystery to most believers how one can be seated in “heavenly places” while still walking this planet. Our true identities are ALREADY in Christ and will ultimately be revealed at the “coming of the Son of Man”. But one must truly WALK in the light…it is not some far off promise! Jesus begs us to walk in the light, Paul exhorts us to “put on the new man” and walk in the Spirit, and you my friend, are trying to say the same thing in modern vernacular. The I AM that you speak of is indeed the “new man” and that is born of baptism in the Holy Spirit. The joining of His Spirit with our spirit to create ONE spirit is the other half of the gospel so to speak. Paul tells us a truth and then asks the question: “His Spirit and your spirit have become one spirit (he is comparing this to sexual intimacy in marriage!…ie. “become one flesh”)”; “Do you not know that your body is the temple of God?”
    The “light of life” that Christ speaks of is the spirit of a man. That spirit is fallen and can only be redeemed by holy matrimony with Christ’s Holy Spirit. The marriage of the two creates a redeemed person that can now walk in freedom, love, peace, and wholeness. Somtimes I think you believe that every human (without faith in Christ or accepting that marriage) is born with the I AM wholeness; this is where we diverge….but all is not lost! You see, I believe that the Bible clearly states and my personal spiritual walk proves out, that without Christ (as an outside force, if you will) being “joined” with our inward self, that all bets are off! Christ’s Holy Spirit + our spirit = the NEW man….all other religions are based on the fact that they recognize the spiritual self and think that the discovery of that spritual self is the end game if you will….the Bible says to be “born again”, to become a “new creature” (and the Greek definition of “new” means “something that has never existed before”; it is not new like a copy, it is new like something that has no comparison!!). In essence, we are all half of a person…until we are joined (by choice) with Christ, we are doomed to live completely in the flesh; but if we are joined with Him spiritually (this is not theological, this is experiential), then we become whole.
    Think of the Israelites after Joshua had led them into victory of the Promised Land. The Bible tells us that the enemy was defeated. However, the tribes had to “occupy” the land. Their refusal to cleanse the land allowed them to fail: they intermarried, fell away from God by worshiping the idols and gods of their neighbors, etc….So they had victory but didn’t walk in it obediently. So it is with Christians: we have victory, but we have to walk in it. We have to take the time and “get to know” the spiritual man that already has been born within us at conversion. Many have no clue as to the true nature of their spiritual self! Just as the Israelites (a shadow of a spiritual truth) were destroyed from within by not obeying the mandate to “cleanse” (for us sanctification) the land and walk in victory, so are we if we do not obey the mandate to stop walking in the flesh (or the “way that seems right to a man”) and walking in the Spirit. “For there is now no condemnation to them that walk in the Spirit”…it seems odd to me that the mandate is actually the blessing. Life in the spirit is the most expressive, fulfilling, and exciting life imaginable. When spiritual eyes (or “the eyes of your heart”) have been opened, you realize you have been witnessing life in black and white and now are seeing in full color!
    Loved the article! We are sooooo close to seeing eye to eye. Be blessed!
    Your friend,
    Gideon

    • yeshua21 says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Gideon–much appreciated! Your questions are to the point, as usual, and I have been mulling them over. I think we have covered some of this ground before, but it is worth looking at again and in more detail, perhaps. We need not get to the bottom of it, even today–we are perpetual beginners, are we not?

      [Very well said. It is quite often a mystery to most believers how one can be seated in “heavenly places” while still walking this planet. Our true identities are ALREADY in Christ and will ultimately be revealed at the “coming of the Son of Man”. But one must truly WALK in the light…it is not some far off promise! Jesus begs us to walk in the light, Paul exhorts us to “put on the new man” and walk in the Spirit, and you my friend, are trying to say the same thing in modern vernacular. The I AM that you speak of is indeed the “new man” and that is born of baptism in the Holy Spirit. The joining of His Spirit with our spirit to create ONE spirit is the other half of the gospel so to speak. Paul tells us a truth and then asks the question: “His Spirit and your spirit have become one spirit (he is comparing this to sexual intimacy in marriage!…ie. “become one flesh”)”; “Do you not know that your body is the temple of God?”]

      So far so good… I have no problem with any of this unless it might be to say that this “joining” is a re-cognition of the unity that has always been there (but which has been ignored or in some sense rejected). The revelation of Christ is the good news that God is with us and that the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

      [The “light of life” that Christ speaks of is the spirit of a man. That spirit is fallen and can only be redeemed by holy matrimony with Christ’s Holy Spirit. The marriage of the two creates a redeemed person that can now walk in freedom, love, peace, and wholeness. ]

      It makes sense to me to think of Human beings as fallen, but not that the light of life is fallen:

      Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

      The light of life is not fallen, but it is incarnate–it has come into the world– has, in a sense, always been in the world –but has not been treated with respect:

      The true light, which enlightens everyone . . . was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him (John 1:9-11).

      “The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light” (John 3:19).

      [Somtimes I think you believe that every human (without faith in Christ or accepting that marriage) is born with the I AM wholeness; this is where we diverge….]

      I think that the light is available to — has, in a sense, appeared to all –but that our tendency is to ignore it or even run away from it:

      “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?”

      “I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe.”

      [but all is not lost! You see, I believe that the Bible clearly states and my personal spiritual walk proves out, that without Christ (as an outside force, if you will) being “joined” with our inward self, that all bets are off! Christ’s Holy Spirit + our spirit = the NEW man….]

      It is, in a sense, outside–outside the carnal mind (i.e. the mind of the flesh which must be crucified), but the carnal mind is not who we really are (not in the beginning, with God– created in Christ Jesus, i.e. in the image of God –chosen in him before the foundation of the world).

      [all other religions are based on the fact that they recognize the spiritual self and think that the discovery of that spritual self is the end game if you will….]

      We are not in a very good position to be judging “all other religious”. The reality of who we are and who God IS — and of how we relate — IS as it IS. Abraham did not have the benefit of Christianity or even the Law and the Prophets. And yet “Abraham saw my day and was glad–before Abraham was, I Am.” Likewise, IMO, the grace of God and the light of life is universal. That is not to say that all religions are of equal validity or that some minds will not rebel in perpetuity.

      [the Bible says to be “born again”, to become a “new creature” (and the Greek definition of “new” means “something that has never existed before”; it is not new like a copy, it is new like something that has no comparison!!). In essence, we are all half of a person…until we are joined (by choice) with Christ, we are doomed to live completely in the flesh; but if we are joined with Him spiritually (this is not theological, this is experiential), then we become whole.]

      We are half a person as long as we are alienated from the Way, the Truth, and the Life! But our new birth is also characterized as a “home-coming”–as returning to our Father’s house. We reach the place we set out from and know it for the first time (as T.S. Eliot suggests).

      [Life in the spirit is the most expressive, fulfilling, and exciting life imaginable. When spiritual eyes (or “the eyes of your heart”) have been opened, you realize you have been witnessing life in black and white and now are seeing in full color!]

      Yes, indeed…

      [Loved the article! We are sooooo close to seeing eye to eye. Be blessed!
      Your friend, Gideon]

      So glad you enjoyed the article–you are a blessing to me, whether or not we always see eye to eye! Thanks again for the feedback and especially for your friendship. I will continue to mull over your question and perhaps we can continue to discuss it from time to time. :)

  2. rogerwolsey says:

    Provocative piece! I embrace a panentheist view of God — both fully transcendent from all Creation and fully immanent within it. Your piece mentions both, but leans toward the immanent aspect. In that spirit, here’s a blog that I wrote that leans that way too. Enjoy. http://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/02/holy-yogi-jesus-was-a-walrus-and-so-are-you/

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