When you think of an authority figure, who is the first person that comes to mind? Who holds authority for you? Who is that strong tower you run to for protection? In a world of deception where a person’s stories change like shifting shadows and truth is simulated to fit one’s image, who do you look to for authenticity? Who is your head? Where do you find the One whose stories never change – who always speaks absolute truth in the purest of love with all authority? Who is the “same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb 13:8 NIV)? Let us search the Scripture for the One and Only Omnipotent.
Jesus Christ has authority over all things and He holds all things together – apart from Christ we “can do nothing” (John 15:5 NIV). “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross” (Col 1:15-20 NIV). Supremacy is found in Christ and Christ alone. Praise be to God!!
Christ Jesus, the Lord God Almighty is our Head. “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Col 2:9-15 NIV). Christ is our Head, and He blessed us with freedom from the powers and authorities of evil. “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rom 8:5-11 NIV). May God bless us with a full understanding of the practical and spiritual implications of Christ as our Head. We have been welcome into the death that Christ died that brought victory over all powers and authorities of evil. Now we are alive to God as instruments of righteousness in Christ Jesus. We are blessed, but the warning is clear: “Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness” (Rom 6:13 NIV). We are the body of Christ. He is our Head and we are urged to “live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (Eph 4:1 NIV). For some “have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow” (Col 2:19 NIV). May we stay awake and always be cognitive of our life in Christ, our Lord Almighty. Praise to Him alone.
Jesus, our Head said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt 28:18-20 NIV). So, let us join together as the body of Christ, pray this prayer for one another, and be reminded of the great truth that power and authority found in Christ alone. May “we continually ask God to fill you [us] with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you [we] may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you [we] may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you [us] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Col 1:9-14 NIV). “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way” (Eph 1:18-23 NIV). Hallelujah!!! El Shaddai be glorified in our lives!! Amen.