Christ is the head of the body (Col. 1:18)

“Christ

Is the head

Of the body,

The church.

He is the beginning,

The firstborn

From the dead,

So that he might have

First place

In everything.”

καὶ αὐτός ἐστιν ἡ κεφαλὴ τοῦ σώματος, τῆς ἐκκλησίας· ὅς ἐστιν ἀρχή, πρωτότοκος ἐκ τῶν νεκρῶν, ἵνα γένηται ἐν πᾶσιν αὐτὸς πρωτεύων,

Paul said, “Christ is (καὶ αὐτός ἐστιν) the head (ἡ κεφαλὴ) of the body (τοῦ σώματος), the church (τῆς ἐκκλησίας).  He is the beginning (ὅς ἐστιν ἀρχή), the firstborn (πρωτότοκος) from the dead (ἐκ τῶν νεκρῶν), so that he (αὐτὸς) might have (ἵνα γένηται) first place (πρωτεύων) in everything (ἐν πᾶσιν).”  Only this unique word πρωτεύων, is found here in Colossians, that means to have the first place, preeminence, or first.  This hymn moved on from the role of Christ as the creator of the world to his saving action here on earth.  Christ recreated us as saved human beings.  In the spiritual world, Christ is the first to rise from the dead.  Thus, the resurrection of the dead is possible for all of us because of the saving action of Jesus Christ.  Thus, he has first place or preeminence among both the spiritual or invisible world as well as the physical visible world around us.   Christ is the head of the body of his church as the first to rise from the dead.  Do you believe that you will rise from the dead with Christ?