Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Made complete - Colossians 2:9-10

"For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority." (Colossians 2:9-10)
Paul tells us something very important about the person of Jesus Christ. All of God was in Jesus as He lived and walked among us. In some undefined way and mode, there was a commingling of the human and the divine in Jesus. Jesus certainly had a human body. Even after His resurrection He demonstrated to His disciples that He was very much still human. "While they still could not believe it because of their joy and amazement, He said to them, 'Have you anything here to eat?' They gave Him a piece of a broiled fish; and He took it and ate it before them." (Luke 24:41-43) Yet, while His body was human, what filled Him was divine. All of God abided within the confines of His human flesh. Jesus was not simply a man with a divine message like one of the prophets. Jesus was not a man merely possessed of influenced by the divine such as one of His disciples in  whom abides the Holy Spirit. Jesus was both fully human and fully divine making Him unique among all mankind, As such, being unique, He has now come to have first place in everything; being the head of all rulers and authorities; over all who are first and who have power to exercise over others.

In Jesus, the deity dwells complete and in Him we too are complete. The idea of the Greek word for "complete" means to be crammed full with nothing lacking and no room for any more. In Christ there is no lack, He already possess all we could ever need and want. When we are in Jesus, all our needs are provided by Him; by Him in whom the fullness dwells.

The path to being in Christ, as Paul will explain in the next few verses, is a path for which Jesus has already paid the price for us. It is a path that is initiated by Christ, sustained by Christ, and perfected by Christ. It is a path where Jesus is "the author and perfecter of faith." (Hebrews 12:2) However, it is also a path that we must choose. We may choose to live in want or we may choose to live in abundance. We may choose to live in the world with its wanting philosophies and elementary principals of morality or we may choose to live in the divine with its truth and light. However, to choose to live in Christ will necessitate change in our lives; changes we must be willing to embrace. We cannot continue to live in the world and expect to receive the fullness of Christ and His Kingdom. We are all called to choose and the choice we are asked to make centers around Jesus. Will we choose for Him or choose for ourselves and the world. That is the choice we must make. Once choice leads to life abundant and the other to eternal death. What choice will you choose today?

David Robison

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