The Fullness of Deity in Christ in Us ~ blog
In my Bible reading this morning I read Colossians 1 and 2. There is a lot of amazing things we are taught there. Paul is teaching us that in Christ;
“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”
It should be no news to us that all the fullness of God dwelled in Jesus. He is the visible image of what the invisible God looks like. Plus, through Christ and the shedding of His blood on the cross God has made peace with us.
I hope you realize that in Christ we have peace with God. His finished work has made us justified from all of our sins and we now have an eternal relationship with God. God has sealed us with the Spirit who is His guarantee of our future inheritance in Christ.
However, in chapter 2 we read these words;
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.”
It is easy for us to believe that all the fullness of God was in Jesus. However, this verse declares that in Christ we have all been brought to fullness. The word for fullness is the Greek word “pleroo” which simply means “full.” It can also be translated “have been made complete.”
In one commentary I read;
“Have been made complete (pleroo from pleres = full) means to be completely filled with one of the implications being that one is to be totally controlled by that which fills them.”
Now let’s dig a little deeper. The tense of this verb is the “perfect tense.”
“Pleroo is in the perfect tense which indicates a past completed action with present ongoing effect or result and so the verse can be more literally translated “you are in Him, having been filled full, with the present result that you are in a state of fulness.” In other words, the results of our having been filled are eternal.”
I believe that since the Word of God is completely true and teaches us what God wants us to know as the Spirit guided Paul to write these words, this is an amazing statement.
Yet, rarely do we feel this to be true … right? I mean we feel very incomplete. We look at our past sexual sins and feel we are far from God and maybe we have even been rejected by God. So, whom are we going to believe? What God says is true about us or what we think and feel and have received these thoughts from the enemy of our soul!
My friends, this is something we need to believe by faith and not by sight. The Father has drawn us to Jesus, revealed to us that we need Him to be our Savior and Lord, and given us the grace and faith to believe in Him. We have become born again. We have gone from being dead in sin to being alive in Christ. We have been sealed with the Spirit and adopted by God the Father into His family … forever.
The real question we need to be wrestling with is;
Why are we not experiencing this fullness in our day to day lives?
I believe it is because even though we have received this fullness we do not tap into it. We try to live this Christian life in our own power and are so busy with the day to day issues of life we live in quiet desperation dealing with the tyranny of the urgent. We are so caught up in the mundane things of life that we have little time to worship and commune with our Savior and Lord.
If we are not feeding ourselves with the Word of God … thinking that we CAN live on bread alone and do not need the words that proceed from the mouth of God. We become malnourished and dehydrated. We ignore the living water that Jesus said will be a spring of living water in our souls.
And being in this malnourished and dehydrated state we see the offerings of this world as things that can fill us and the water of this world, we think will quench us. We find ourselves eating only the desserts of the devil and drinking the salt water of this world.
Yet, all the while we have the potential fullness from God in our bodies by the Holy Spirit and the bread of life in His Word.
The journey of recovery from sexual brokenness is a long and arduous road through the spiritual desert of this world. While in the Spirit and in the Word, we have all the nourishment we need for our souls and by living in community with fellow believers we can have the fellowship and support we need to live one day at a time.
I urge us all to tap into the fullness Christ has given us by offering our bodies to God daily, being filled with and walking in the Spirit, and daily putting on the full armor of God. Fifteen minutes communing with Christ through prayer and reading His word will do far more for you then fifteen hours of watching the garbage we called porn! What have you tapped into today?