The Exaltation of Christ over and for the Church

Posted on 09 Oct 2016, Pastor: Rev Hans Vaatstra

Manuscript of this sermon is available for reading services. Unfortunately the is no audio recording of this sermon.

Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23, WCF 15:1&2
Text: Ephesians 1: 22&23

The Exaltation of Christ.
Reading: Westminster Confession of Faith 25.1,2. Text: Ephesians 1:22,23
Sometimes Christians are influenced by what the world thinks of the church and look for ways to make their churches more appealing to the unchurched. Paul through his letter to the Ephesians encourages us not to worry too much about innovative strategies in order to grow the church. The strategy for church growth is already provided for is in Scripture. We have the Great Commission and the Great Commandment and Paul’s application of both in his own missionary and church planting efforts. What Paul teaches here at the end of Ephesians 1 is not to worry about strategy or what the world might think of the church because Christ, the head of the church is exalted and Christ is in the church.
Outline
1. Christ is exalted over all things
Over all of creation and all intelligent beings
Psalm 8:6 > 1 Corinthians 15:26
A problem in Paul’s day- worship of angels
A problem today- going to Mars?!
The reality is in Christ.
2. Christ is head over all things to the church.
a) He is head of the church
Institution
How we enter the church
The offices of the church
Gifts for the church
Presence in the church
b) Christ fills the church
The church is the complement of Christ just as..
i)
ii)
iii)
Encouragement: God loves Christ and the church. If we love Christ we must also love the body of Christ which is the church.
Comfort: Christ is exalted over all for and in the church therefore the gates of hell will not prevail against the church.