The Church is the fullness of Christ

That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him 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 title that can be given, 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.

Ephesians 1:19b-23

I was reading this last night and I was struck by how audacious this sort of language is regarding the relation of the Church to the Christ. I am also intrigued by the preposition "for" in the last verse. Christ was appointed head over everything for the church? Like for the sake of the church? As a gift/grace to the church? The NA says it like this:

And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

In any case, this notion of the giving of the Christ to the Church should challenge is to rethink our often meager concepts of the church.


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