Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
—Colossians 2:8-10 (NKJV)
We received the fullness of God when we were born again by faith in the finished work of Jesus. We are complete in Him. That means we lack nothing of God’s power and all of His resources. He, who is over every power and principality, lives within us.
“I also pray,” Paul writes, “that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realm” (Ephesians 1:19-20, NLT).
Paul writes to encourage us to believe the truth of what God has already given us—His incredible power that raised Christ from the dead. The fullness of God—His power—is real within us. We can draw from what we have received in Christ. We can overcome any power or principality that comes against us with the authority in Christ that is ours.
Paul prays “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (Ephesians 1:17-18, NKJV).
Allow the Holy Spirit to enlighten your understanding so you may know the fullness of the glorious riches Christ has purchased for your life. He imparts wisdom and reveals to you who you are in Christ. Don’t allow any teaching of man to cheat you or rob you of the knowledge of what you have received in Christ (Colossians 2:8). Don’t be rendered powerless by the traditions of men.
Seek who you are in God’s Word. Seek His perspective. Allow the Holy Spirit to teach you and renew your mind. Believe the truths He reveals about your identity in verses like Ephesians 1:1-14. Make these truths your own. You live who you believe you are. If you believe who the world or who tradition says you are, you live out of a lie. If you believe who Jesus says you are, you live out of God’s truth. You live the power Christ has given you.
I pray that God “would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:16-19, NLT).
You are complete in Christ. God’s power that raised Christ from the dead—all the riches of God’s glory—His fullness, are yours. God dwells in you. You have the power to comprehend the love of Christ which surpasses anything you have ever known.
Reach beyond the traditions of men. Allow the Holy Spirit to convince you that the fullness of God is within you. Believe, and live who you are in Christ. It is a matter of your perspective.
“Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17, NKJV).
©2021 Lynn Lacher