Of Christ the Mediator.
Chapter 8, Paragraph 1.
“…Head and Savior of his Church…“
Ask people on the street who the head of the church is, and you would probably receive different answers. Some may say the Pope. Some may say their pastor, or elders. Some may point to their deacon board, or general assembly. Those answers would be incorrect. There is only one head of the church, and that is Christ.
Jesus is the only savior of His church. There is salvation in no one else, as Acts 4:12 states. He alone laid down His life for her, that she might live. The Christian owes His very existence as a Christian to Jesus. Even the name, “Jesus”, points to His role as savior of his church: “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) The church is His; her well-being He takes personally.
Since Jesus is our savior, it naturally follows that He is our Head. He alone is to lead the church. The church should not govern itself after the traditions and opinions of men, but is to follow the laws and directives given to us by Christ through His word. Are we, as His church, striving to follow His lead?
Questions to Consider
- Do you prefer Jesus as savior or as head, rather than embracing both of His roles in your life?