Fullness in Christ—Colossians 2:9-10
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority” (Colossians 2:9-10)
The best plan for keeping on track is focusing on Christ and His will for you. This is easier said than done; in the previous verse, we are warned not to be deceived or taken captive by philosophy (vs. 8). These things depend on human tradition instead of heavenly wisdom. However, we are given powerful incentives to stay the course by knowing a few things about Christ.
First, the fullness of the Godhead gives its complete expression of the divine nature in Christ. Since Jesus is the exact image of God and His fullness dwells in Him, this should trump everything. Many things try to dethrone Jesus, one of the most subtle ways is through ideas, traditions and philosophies that are seemingly harmless. However we must evaluate in light of what is revealed about God through Christ. Paul faced this issue regularly and this was his remedy; “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (II Corinthians 10:5).
Secondly, we also have been brought into fullness in Christ. This is how the Amplified Bible records this; “And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]” (Colossians 1:10a AMP). This is an amazing statement; it almost seems impossible. We are made full in Christ; filled with Him living in us and we will continue to experience this saturation. Paul said this was one of the glorious mystery revealed; “which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27b). If we have been given completeness and fullness in Christ then philosophies and traditions that are counter to this should have no power to deceive.
Lastly, Christ is the head over every power and authority; why not let the source of life dictate worldviews. Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31b-32).To be free you have to know and remain in the truth. This comes through the transformation of renewing your mind to God’s word and knowing His will concerning you. Paul gives the key to figuring this out; “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).
Today, I am thankful to know this amazing truth; I have been given fullness in Christ. I pray that these things penetrate your thoughts so you think deeply about them. I hope it helps to both priorities what you face today as well as encourages you to continue in Christ, built on His foundation and strengthened in faith (Colossians 2:6-7). Have a great day!
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