“For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.” (Colossians 2:9–10 ESV)
I believe that we have come to the very heart of this letter. These two verses are the climax of Paul teaching the churches here in Colossae and Laodicea.
It is also essential for us to grasp the force of these two verses because if we do, we will live differently, and our outlook on God, ourselves and others can change for the better.
Do you know the fullness of God?
Have you experienced the fullness of God?
What can we do to live our lives in the fullness of God?
What did Jesus mean when he said?
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10 ESV)
We know that there is an enemy, a killer, a thief and a destroyer! We saw it last week when we talked about deception. He is the father of lies, and he has made his business and purpose of obscuring the truth of Jesus and preventing the world to see the Glory of Jesus and the glory of the Gospel, which is the same thing according to 2 Cor. 4.
The enemy also comes to Christians, and he attacks the Body of Christ. And he does in different ways, like discrediting brothers and sisters, and he uses gossip for that; he confuses the minds of Christians with wrong doctrines that are man-made; he spreads rumours and conspiracy theories that bring confusion and a bad reputation to the body of Christ. But perhaps above all, he likes to inflict a potent dose of indifference, lack of commitment, passion, and infectivity in the body of Christ. So he is a master in making the Christian ineffective and weak.
How does he do this? He does it by being an accuser and a liar. He threatens us that we are a sinner without redemption, and therefore, we feel not a very good witness for Christ.
He comes and messes up with who we are in Christ and with our identity in Christ. He wants us to forget and not use the Mind of Christ that is ours and in us, and he steals our power and authority making us believe that we don’t deserve it, that we are too weak.
This is not the kind of life God wants for us, and this is not what he planned for us!
Jesus came so that you and I can live this life in abundance, which means to have a full life, a life that is lived from the fulness of God.
This is what Paul said in Ephesians three he prayed this prayer so that we may have the fullness of God! Listen:
“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” (Ephesians 3:14–19 NLT-SE)
Do you want your roots to grow down into God’s love and keep you strong?
Do you want to understand how wide, long, high and deep is the love of Jesus?
Do you want to experience the love of Christ?
Then we, you and I, need to encounter Christ!
Who is Christ?
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation: for by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also the head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”
(Colossians 1:15–20 NAS20)
This is what Paul says in verse 9 of Chapter 2!
“For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,” (Colossians 2:9 NAS20)
- Do you want your roots to grow down into God’s love and keep you strong?
- Do you want to understand how wide, long, high and deep is the love of Jesus?
- Do you want to experience the love of Christ?
If your answer is yes, then we need to know that the same fullness of Christ dwells in us; therefore, we are complete! We lack nothing, and Christ is sufficient.
“… and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.” (Colossians 2:9–10 ESV)
“… in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over every ruler and authority;” (Colossians 2:9–10 NAS20)
Hold on! Am I saying that what dwells in Christ also lives in me, and therefore, I am complete? Yes, that is what I am saying!
This is not half-fulness. God does not do half things!
But what about sin? I am still sinning, right? Yes, because we choose to sin. Paul teaches that we have died to sin, and sin no longer is our master!
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the father, we too might walk in newness of life.”(Romans 6:1–4 ESV)
So what has changed?
The change is that we no longer live under the dominion of the enemy, where sinning was natural, and we sinned without being convicted. So, a very subtle difference is that the Holy Spirit comes and convict us when we choose to sin!
So, why do we struggle with living under the full measure of God’s fullness?
One has to do with now and the not yet!
Let me explain.
The Now. We, as Christian, live in a world that has not been redeemed. This world is still under the enemy’s influence, and the enemy still exercises his power. Now his power was given to him when man sinned.
So, we live in a corrupt world. We have seen this last week as I spoke about deception! This is the now!
In this world, we are still tempted. As a result, we suffer sickness and death.
The not yet is what is to come. That is when Jesus comes back again, and we will reign with him. In theological terms, this is called eschatology, the doctrine of the last days!
Christ came to bring and established the Kingdom of God, he said “After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.” (Mark 1:14–15 MESSAGE)
When he comes or when we encounter him, there will be no more death, sin, and pain. We will be one with him.
This now and not yet! It does not contradict the truth that in Christ, we have been filled with the fullness of God or complete in him.
How do we know this?
Second. I believe that we don’t trust God’s sovereignty.
We need to trust Christ Sovereignty. We need to trust his Lordship. This is how verse 10 ends “… in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over every ruler and authority;” (Colossians 2:9–10 NAS20)
He is the head over every ruler and authority!
Jesus Christ is supreme; he is above all, and there is no one like him.
We need to trust his message and trust what he says and what he does.
Why are we here? Why have we been filled with the fullness of Christ?
We are here, and we have been filled with his fullness because we need to represent Him well. We are the Body of Christ, and we have the mind of Christ. We have the authority and power of Christ so that we can represent him well.