Christ and the Church

Paul describes the relationship between Christ and the church as a profound mystery (5:32)—a hidden plan of God now revealed and fulfilled in Christ Jesus.

Christ is the head of the church1:22–23; 4:15; 5:23
Christ is the cornerstone of the church2:20
Christ is the Savior and sanctifier of the church5:23, 26–27
Christ gives the church ministry workers4:11–16
Christ loved and sacrificed himself for the church5:25
Christ nourishes and cherishes the church5:29
the church and her members dwell and grow in Christ2:21–22; 4:15
the church is a means through which God manifests his manifold wisdom3:10
the church submits to Christ5:24
the church is Christ’s body, and individual believers are members of his body1:22–23; 3:6; 4:4, 16; 5:23, 30