To understand Jesus’ true position as head of the body, the church, the firstborn from the dead we must first understand the difference between being raised from the dead and the resurrection.
Colossians 1:18 “18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”
Jesus is supreme over everything made and everyone born. There must be an understanding between being raised from the dead and being resurrected from the dead as Jesus was. In the Old Testament we can read where Elijah (1 Kings 17:22) and Elisha (2 Kings 4:35) both raised someone from the dead. In 2 Kings 13:21 when a dead man was tossed onto the bones of Elisha the dead man came back to life. Jesus Himself raised three people from the dead, a girl in Matthew 9:25, a boy in Luke 7:15, and Lazarus in John 11:44. The difference between these people being raised from the dead and Jesus’ resurrection is that all of the others have died a second natural death. Jesus only had one natural death, but was resurrected into a new spiritual being that would never die again. 1 Corinthians 15:44 tells us that there is first a natural body, then a spiritual body. The spiritual body spoken of in 1 Corinthians 15:44 is for every person that dies, but for those who do not believe in Jesus and confess Him as their personal Lord and Savior, there will be a second death as spoken of in Revelations 2:11, 20:6, 20:14, & 21:8. Humans are both a natural being and a spiritual being as seen in Jesus. The major difference is that without Jesus our spirit man will die as well, thereby leaving our spirit absence from the presence of God. In Romans 6:9 we read that death has no dominion over Jesus which is very important to understand. What does all of this mean? Jesus is the beginning of an entirely “new species” of beings; spiritual beings that will never die and will forever live in the presence of God. True our natural body will die, but when you grasp the fact that everyone born of natural birth is in fact a spiritual being housed in “an earth suit” for a specified time, you can see that Jesus truly is the Firstborn of many. Those of us who are “born again” as spoken of by Jesus in John 3:3, 3:7, and by Peter in 1 Peter 1:23, are given a new spirit, the Sons Spirit crying out Abba Father (Romans 8:15 & Galatians 4:6).
Jesus is the head of the church which is also described as a family, a vineyard, a kingdom, a building, a flock, and a bride. The church being the body of Christ as described in 1 Corinthians 12:27 and Ephesians 4:12 is made up of this “new species” of beings that will never die. The only way of being transformed (2 Corinthians 3:18) into this “new species” is through our belief in Jesus as being the Son of God, as having lived, died, and resurrected, and through our public confession of Jesus as Lord and Savior over our lives, (Romans 10:8-10, & Matthew 10:32 & Luke 12:8). You cannot be “christened” as a baby or prayed into heaven after you have died to become a child of God, you must be “born again” through the confession of your mouth and the baptism of water. This is the single most important principle that separates the Catholic from the Evangelical believer. Without first belief followed by confession, you cannot enter the kingdom of God, the body of Christ!
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