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In fact, Paul brings to them Christ who "is" head of "all principality and power" (Col. 2:10).  He also indicates as head of his people, Jesus is a part of the body and that the balance of the body is to be "holding" (present tense) to him as the head.  This cannot be understood simply as keeping Christ or his word in memory.  Note in Colossians 2:19 that Christians are to be "...holding fast to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished7 and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows with a growth that is from God."  Thus, growth of the body is predicated on a present connection to Jesus.  It is by "him" that the body is "nourished." It is then on this basis: "Christ as head and active leader" that Paul is able to say in Col. 3:11 "... but Christ is all and in all!"

By What Power Does Jesus Lead Now?

If Jesus Christ intervenes for his people now, how does he do it?  He is in heaven. Paul makes clear that everything Christ does for his people is by the plan, authorization and power of God. He is God's active "agent" for his work with humanity. Yet, certainly it is God who is the source of all things and has ultimate primacy.  Paul writes to the Corinthians:

whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all belong to you, and you belong to Christ,  and Christ belongs to God (1 Cor. 3:22, 23).

God’s primacy is such that Christ belongs to him as does also all those who belong to Christ. This matter of God’s primacy is further driven home in these words to the Corinthians:

Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the  woman is man, and the head of Christ is God (1 Cor. 11:3).

In that statement, active leadership is pictured at each level Paul describes.  Christ "is" the head of the man in the same sense that man "is" head of the woman and God "is" the head of Christ.  For Christ to be a true head, he must lead his people in the same sense God leads him.       

Though in heaven, Jesus Christ is able to continue in active leadership because God has empowered him to do so. Again, "It pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell" (Col. 1:19).  God, who cannot be limited, has chosen to lead through his Messiah and has given authority and power to him by which Jesus can accomplish that leadership. Anything God can do, he can give authority and power to another to do - - if he so chooses.8 Such is the case with Jesus:

And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me" (Mat. 28:18).

While here in the flesh, Jesus could do "nothing" of himself (John 5:19, 30).  All that he did was by the authority, power and presence of God with him (John 14:10).  Peter makes this clear when he speaks to the people on the day of Pentecost:

"You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know" (Acts 2:22).

 

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7 Epichoregoumenon - Pres. Pass. Ptc. of epichoregeo. The sense is that of "being supplied or nourished" by the head (Christ) on a continuous (ongoing) basis. See A. T. Robertson's "Word Pictures in the New Testament" for a fuller treatment of the word as well as for the similar term sunbibazomenon - Pres. Pass. Ptc. of sunbibazo ("knit" or "held" together) which also indicates continuous action.

8 The authority God gave to Jesus while here on earth even included authorization to forgive sins (Mat. 9:6-8).

 

 

 





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