Complete in Christ Part 1
By Pastor J.D. Link
Colossians 2:6-10 says, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him: Rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the principles of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.”
“As you have received Christ Jesus, so walk in Him.” How does one receive Jesus? Through faith (Jn 3:16, Gal 3:26). So, we walk out the Christian life the same way we enter the Christian life; which is by faith. We start by believing, and continue by believing. We do not get saved by faith, and then all of sudden become perfect by works (Gal 3:3). Faith saves, and continues to save. Of course, genuine salvation will result in good works (Eph 2:8-10, Mt 7:16-20); but good works can never produce salvation.
“Rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” We are to be thankful for the Word of God. We are to be thankful we are taught the Word of God. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. If we are to walk by faith, we must read the Word of God daily. If we lack faith, there is a good chance we lack in our Bible reading. We must plant the seed of the Word of God in our heart, in order to produce spiritual fruit.
Notice, we get established in the faith by being rooted and built up in Him. Rooting must take place before building up. When a seed is planted, you don’t see any results for a while; but that doesn’t mean important things are not happening. Though unseen, that seed is germinating and putting forth roots. Then, when well rooted, you start to see a sprout; then a plant; then fruit on the plant. So it is in the faith walk. Just be persistent. Don’t dig up your seed through negative talk and unbelief. Hold firm your profession of faith without wavering, for God is faithful (Heb 10:23). As you daily read God’s Word and water it in prayer; roots are being put down. Though not immediately, eventually you will see growth, and then fruit. It will happen. God’s Word will not return empty (Isa 55:11).
If we will till up our heart through repentance and then plant the seed of God’s Word in it and water it through prayer; we will effortlessly produce a spiritual harvest of blessing in our life. The effort is not in producing fruit. The effort is in disciplining ourselves to till, plant and water. The seed is made to produce, and it will if we work to create the conditions. Be a daily Bible reader! Not to score points with God or as some legalistic requirement; but because if there is no planting, there will be no harvest. It is all that simple.
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the principles of the world, and not after Christ.” If we are not rooted, built up and established in Jesus Christ; then we are likely to be deceived through man’s philosophy, traditions and worldly principles. When we know the real thing, we will easily spot a counterfeit. However, if we don’t, because we are not students of God’s Word; then deception and destruction lurks in the shadows.
“For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” There is nothing lacking in Jesus. If you have Him, you have all that you could ever possibly need (Heb 13:5). The Godhead, or Triune God, dwelt bodily in Jesus. God The Father; God The Son; and God The Holy Spirit. Did the Holy Spirit not descend on Him in the form of a dove (Lk 3:22)? Was not the Child born called The Everlasting Father (Isa 9:6)? The Godhead dwelling in Christ is a wonderful mystery no doubt; but it is eternal truth nonetheless. Now, when Jesus dwells in us through the new birth, we can get a better understanding of what that means! The fullness of God dwells in us!
“And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.” Nothing lacking, nothing missing. Jesus makes us complete. His redemption is eternal (Heb 9;12), having made us perfect forever (Heb 10:14). When we begin to read this; believe this; proclaim this and walk by this: we will start living the Christian life the way God intended us to. Selah.
Complete in Christ Part 2
By Pastor J.D. Link
Col 2:6-10 “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.”
“Complete” means replete, crammed full and filled up. Jesus was full of the Godhead, and we are full of Him. The new creation in Christ is full of God. We are complete in Christ. We lack nothing. He freely gives us all things (Rom 8:32); we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings (Eph 1:3); and we have been given all things that pertain to life and godliness (2Pt1:3).
We must understand that this has taken place in our spirit. This is a spiritual reality. There is no remnant of the old man in our spirit; but there are remnants of the old nature in our mind, will, emotions, speech, actions, etc.. This is why, that though we are complete in Christ and have the fullness of God, it doesn’t automatically benefit us in our soul and body. The mind must be renewed in the truth of God’s Word; the tongue must be yielded to the Spirit; The emotions must be brought in line with God’s Word; the body must be offered a living sacrifice to God; etc..
In Christ, we are new creations, and all things are new (1Cor 5:17). Our spirits are completely unified with God (1Cor 6:17). Jesus was made sin with our sin, that we would be made righteous with His righteousness (2Cor 5:21). He took our sickness and gave us His healing. He took our despair and gave us His hope. He took our darkness and gave us His light. He took our fear and gave us His faith. He took our anxiety and gave us His peace. He took our sadness and gave us His joy. The list is endless. At the cross was made the greatest exchange of all eternity. Blessed be His name, for He gives and takes away.
We are now children of God through faith in Jesus (Gal 3:26), and we have been made heirs to the Kingdom of God (Rom 8:16-17). God is our truly our Father, and we in Christ His true children. As heirs, all He has is ours. If we have His Spirit, then we are His (Rom 8:9). It pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell in Jesus, and through His cross we are reconciled to Him (Col 1:19-20). We now have the ministry of reconciliation (1Cor 5:18-20). We are His ambassadors and covenant children, telling the world, “Be reconciled to God, for He has reconciled Himself to you.”
Christ is all, and in all who receive Him (Col 3:10-11); and those who receive Him have His fullness (Jn 1:16). The Christian life is not trying to get something from God, but rather acknowledging and understanding what He has already done. It is taking the promises of God and reading them; believing them; and speaking them. If in Christ dwells the fullness of God, and if in us dwells the fullness of Christ – there is nothing more we need than to understand this.
When we pray, “Oh God, give me Your joy, Your peace, Your favor, Your love, etc.”; we are asking for something He has already given us. He’s already given His love (Rom 5:5), and favor (Ps 5:12), and peace (Jn 14:27), and joy (Jn 15:11). It is no longer His job to give, but ours to believe and receive. We need only claim it and proclaim it. Indeed, God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hos 4:6), not for lack of promises. We must know who we are and what we have in Christ to reap the benefits of God’s promises.
We must acknowledge every good thing in us in Christ for our faith to be effective (Philm 6). Faith is not twisting God’s arm to do for us, but it is receiving all He has already done and saying, “Yes and Amen” to His promises (2Cor 1:20). It is accepting His promises as truth, and declaring these promises with our voices. “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so” (Ps 107:2), and “We believe, therefore we speak” (2Cor 4:13). May we not remain idle or silent. May we diligently search the Word for God’s promises, and boldly declare them in faith.
Christ is the fullness of God, and of His fullness we receive as individual believers. Add to this, that we as the Church are the fullness of Christ (Eph 1:22-23). This means, that Jesus came to build His Church, and we as individual members of His great body are completing Him. Poole said, “Christ in his relative capacity as a Head, would not be complete without his mystical body the church.” What an amazing truth. Christ is not only our fullness, but He is making us His fullness. This should give each Believer a great sense of not only confidence; but of purpose and destiny as well. All praise be to Jesus Christ the Lord God Almighty! Selah.