Christ Alone Is the True Head of Men and Angels

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Your were dead, because you were sinners and had not been circumcised: he has brought you to life with him, he has forgiven us all our sins. He has overridden the Law, and canceled every record of the debt that we had to pay; he has done away with it by nailing it to the cross; and so he got rid of the Sovereignties and the Powers, and paraded them in public, behind him in his triumphal procession. Colossians 2: 13-15

Because of the fact that we are sinners; because we all too often have not circumcised our hearts from their sinful desires, and because we so often continue in our sinful ways, we are dead. It is a fact, in the generic sense, that the debt of our sins was cancelled, that it was wiped clean from the slates of eternal time, once and for all, on the cross. Eternal life was given back to us by that ultimate act of infinite generosity and love. And the reason for this then, now and always, is that Christ is greater than the Law, as he is its Only foundation and its Only real power. The “Sovereignties” and the “Powers” of this earth are as nothing in comparison. But what does that mean to us who are alive here and now?

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It means that our attention must always be first and foremost on Christ. The Sovereignties and Powers of the world, though they wield much weight and have great powers over our physical bodies, they have no power at all over our eternal souls. It is not our bodies that we are concerned with; it is our souls. Jesus is the One way, the One truth and the One life, worthy of our loyalty and our faith. No worldly sovereign, no earthly power, political, social, scientific, or economic has authority over our eternal souls. When human beings, whether they be sovereigns or powers, elected or dictatorial, or the common man, abandon God, the first effect is that they lose their common sense, and all hell breaks loose. When people abandon religion, they abandon each other. The only way to recover our sense of community; the only way to recover our common sense, is to recover our faith in God. It is faith in God, alone, that saves everything. When we put our faith in human government alone, we lose our natural freedom. When we put our faith in wealth alone, we lose our sense of the innate value of everything else, especially of other human beings. When we put all our faith in the sovereignty of the solitary ego alone, we lose our minds.

God alone can forgive our debts. Because Jesus triumphed over sin and death on the Cross, all worldly sovereignties and powers are “paraded in public behind him in his triumphal procession.” Only in God can we trust. Only God is worthy of our loyalty and faith. G.K. Chesterton understood this when he wrote, “The commands of Christ may sound impossible, but they are not insane. They are, rather, sanity preached to a planet of lunatics.” Why, then, do we so often put our faith in the lunacies of political leaders, economic barons, intellectual elites, rather than on Christ alone? The results are plain and simple. When we put our trust in finite beings and things, we are dead. Put your faith in God alone and you will have eternal life.

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.