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July 28, 2013
You Can Have It All!
6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. 9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, 10 and He is the head over all rule and authority; 11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. (Colossians 2:6-12)
There is a word that is found in Colossians 2:9with which, I suppose, we are all familiar. It is the word “complete.” The word is translated from a Greek word, pleroo, which, according to Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, is defined: “to fulfill, to complete, carry out to the full.” Even in our current english use of the word we find the same concept: “having all the necessary parts; to the greatest extent; (verb) to make whole” (Oxford New American Dictionary).
Do we notice what the definitions say? Look again—”carry out to the full” … “having all the necessary parts.” Do we know what that means?Christians do not need any philosophies or traditions of the world. They do not need any lodge, union, association, or convention to get to heaven. Christians are complete in Christ and are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Him (Ephesians 1:3). We also see a related word earlier in the verse as it describes Christ: “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells.” If Christ is Deity “complete” and we are in Him, there is no possibility of anything else! To be a Christian is to have it all! Read these following verses and notice just a “partial” list of the things Christians have being “complete” in Christ.
Matthew 1:21 —“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Hebrews 2:9 — But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.
John 1:17 — For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
1Peter 1:18,19 —knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
1Corinthians 3:10,11 —According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 12:1,2 —Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
2Peter 1:3 —seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
Hebrews 13:5,6 —Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,” so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?”
Hebrews 3:6 —but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.
Hebrews 4:14-16 —Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
1John 2:1 —My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;
Matthew 7:24 —“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
John 8:12 —Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
John 14:6 —Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
Ephesians 2:12-13 —remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Ephesians 2:14-16 —For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.
Matthew 11:28-30 —“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
If one is in Christ, he is in the Church, the body of saved people (1Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 5:23). One cannot be had without the other. Are you in Christ? If so, are you living your life showing appreciation for the blessings of being complete in Him?
If you are not in Christ, why not? You can be baptized into Him (Romans 6:3,4). You can “put Him on” — “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (Galatians 3:27). Remember, Christians have it all!
—S. Scott Richardson Sr.