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Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Completely Lacking Nothing in 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 2:9-10


The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.

—Psalms 34:10




But those who are immature in the knowledge of their faith in Jesus Christ experience a lack—a shortage—and suffer the results of their lack of knowledge. Instead of hungering for the knowledge of their faith, they hunger for what they see, taste, hear, smell, and touch. Their changing feelings rule the problems and circumstances of their lives instead of their unchanging identity in Jesus Christ. They face destruction, desolation, fear, and continual unrest because they suffer from a lack of knowledge of who they are in the finished work of Jesus and what is theirs in His grace (Hosea 4:6).


However, those who seek the Lord behold who He is in their lives and believe His finished work of grace completes them (Colossians 2:9-10). They believe they are the person who Jesus—the Word (John 1:1)—says they are. They are growing in their understanding of grace and trust the perfect love of Jesus in their lives to cast out all fear (1 John 4:18). They are not tormented by the enemy’s lies of fear and unrest. They know that God is greater than the enemy (I John 4:4). They also know God is greater than their own conscience that can condemn them (1 John 3:20). They know they are at peace in their relationship with the Lord (Romans 5:1). They know that there is no weapon which rises against them which can destroy them. They appropriate the power of the Holy Spirit and stand against any condemnation that comes against them (Isaiah 54:17). They believe they are the righteousness of God in Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21).


Those who know that they lack nothing in the finished work of Jesus believe that His perfect work of grace has completed them. No work can earn them any earthly status or reward from God. They have already received the complete work of Jesus and all He paid in full for them to have over two thousand years ago. They believe when they were saved they were reborn completely as new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). They walk by faith and live in the truth that they are completely new in their spirit and they lack nothing (2 Corinthians 5:7). They behold His glory.


Beholding Jesus is not working for him. It is not struggling to know Him. Beholding Jesus is hearing Him (the Word of faith) in your heart (Romans 10:17). It is allowing the Word to renew your mind with the truth of Jesus’ perfect work of grace you have received in your born-again spirit (Romans 12:2). Beholding Jesus is believing and living by faith the truth you have heard (Galatians 2:20). Beholding Jesus is believing and receiving in your heart the truth of the new person you have become in His redeeming love. It is knowing who the person of Jesus is and what is yours in Christ.


You are not still in the process of being born-again. You were reborn completely when you were saved. What you received when you were born again was the finished work of Jesus. Growing in the knowledge of His grace is how you come to know the new person you are. 


Never set aside the grace of Jesus. Your righteousness does not come through the law—through any work you do—through any tradition or religious status. Your righteousness is the gift of Jesus Christ. Don’t try to prove yourself. Jesus did not die for you in vain (Galatians 2:21). 


You are a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Behold, all things in you are new. Never stop beholding in His Word the truth of the new person you are in Christ. Be renewed in the spirit of your mind. You can only live the truth of the new person He has created in true righteousness and holiness when you are renewed by the truth of the new identity He has given you (Ephesians 5:23-24). 

When you believe you are completely filled with all of Him—His righteousness—His forgiveness—His love, you have no desire to seek anything else. 



© 2023 Lynn Lacher




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